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'Solidarity principle' to prevent future EU gas supply crises 27 April 2017, 23:20 CET
Negotiators of the Council and the European Parliament reached an agreement late Wednesday on a new security of gas supply regulation with the aim of preventing future gas supply crises in Europe.

EU Court of Justice rejects banana cartel appeal 27 April 2017, 23:19 CET
The European Court of Justice confirmed Thursday that in proving a cartel the Commission can rely on and use as evidence documents from national authorities other than competition authorities.

MEPs call for EU rules on textile imports to curb worker exploitation 27 April 2017, 22:30 CET
EU rules are needed to force textile and clothing suppliers to respect the rights of workers around the world, who often suffer long working hours, low wages and hazardous conditions,’ MEPs said Thursday.

EU sets out principles for a social dimension 27 April 2017, 15:50 CET
The EU Commission set out its 'Pillar of Social Rights' Wednesday, setting out principles relating to labour markets and welfare systems and aiming at improving working and living conditions in Europe.

EU green light for tougher controls on firearms 26 April 2017, 23:09 CET
EU ministers gave the green light Tuesday to a revision of the firearms directive, which provides for more rigorous controls on the acquisition and possession of firearms.

EU spectrum boost for connectivity in run-up to 5G 26 April 2017, 18:38 CET
The EU adopted a decision on opening the 700 MHz frequency band for wireless broadband services Tuesday, in order to boost mobile connectivity and drive the roll-out of 5G technology.

Internet rules to protect children should be same as TV 25 April 2017, 20:27 CET
Children should have the same protection whether they are watching television, a web-shared video or a web-streamed film on the Internet, a European Parliament committee urged on Tuesday.

Blue economy boost for Western Mediterranean 20 April 2017, 22:45 CET
An EU initiative launched Wednesday aims to promote sustainable blue growth and jobs, preserve ecosystems and biodiversity and boost maritime safety in the Western Mediterranean region.

New cars fall behind EU's fuel efficiency target 20 April 2017, 22:44 CET
The fuel efficiency of new cars sold in the EU improved last year but at the smallest annual improvement recorded over the last decade, according to provisional data from the European Environment Agency.

Brussels mulls revision of excise duty rules 20 April 2017, 18:06 CET
The EU Commission launched a consultation Wednesday on how excise duties are applied to alcohol and alcoholic beverages, as it eyes a revision of tax rules to support small drinks producers.

44 pct food has some pesticide residues, not harmful: EU report 20 April 2017, 18:05 CET
Food consumed in the European Union continues to be largely free of pesticide residues or to contain residues that fall within legal limits, new figures show.

New EU e-certificates for organic imports into force 19 April 2017, 23:08 CET
A new system of electronic certification for monitoring imports of organic products into the EU came into force Wednesday, improving the products' traceability and collection of reliable data on its trade.

EU clears Rolls-Royce acquisition of ITP, subject to conditions 19 April 2017, 23:08 CET
The EU Commission cleared Rolls-Royce's proposed acquisition of Spanish aircraft engine components maker ITP Wednesday, so long as it eliminates a conflict of interest concerning the EPI engine consortium.

Euro-MPs address new online privacy rules 19 April 2017, 15:51 CET
A European Parliament committee is working on new privacy rules which would take account of new practices such as internet-based messaging and allow users better control of their privacy settings.

EU plans better protection for migrant children 18 April 2017, 19:07 CET
With a growing number of children in migration arriving in the EU over the past two years, many without their families, the EU has set out actions to reinforce the protection of migrant children at all stages of the process.

EU development aid EUR 75.5 billion in 2016 18 April 2017, 11:38 CET
The European Union and its Member States have consolidated their place as the world's leading aid donor, with official aid reaching EUR 75 bn in 2016, according to new figures.

MEPs call on EU to tackle food waste mountain 13 April 2017, 12:34 CET
MEPs on the European Parliament's Environment committee put forward a number of possible measures Tuesday to cut the EU 88 million tonnes per year food waste by half by 2030.

EU presents review of EU justice systems 10 April 2017, 17:45 CET
European justice systems received their annual inspection Monday, with the EU's Justice Scoreboard assessing the length of criminal court proceedings relating to money laundering for the first time.

EU approves Fox takeover of Sky under Merger Regulation 10 April 2017, 17:29 CET
The EU Commission has given its unconditional approval under the EU Merger Regulation of the proposed acquisition of Sky by U.S. media giant Twenty-First Century Fox.

Mobile roaming surcharges in EU to end by summer 08 April 2017, 23:01 CET
The last hurdle on the way to ending retail 'roaming' surcharges, scheduled for 15 June 2017, was cleared Thursday as the European Parliament voted for the abolition of wholesale price caps.

Brussels raises import tariffs on China steel 07 April 2017, 00:19 CET
The EU Commission imposed anti-dumping duties on imports of hot-rolled flat steel products from China Thursday, fixing at higher duties than provisional measures in place since October.

Online hotel booking under EU scrutiny 07 April 2017, 00:18 CET
The European Commission and ten national competition authorities published a report on competition in the online hotel booking sector Thursday, highlighting the impact of antitrust enforcement measures.

EU Parliament sets out conditions for approving Brexit deal 06 April 2017, 18:44 CET
The European Parliament, whose approval is needed for any agreement for the UK to withdraw from the EU, adopted Wednesday its key principles and conditions for doing so.

MEPs vote in safer, more traceable medical devices 06 April 2017, 18:44 CET
The European Parliament gave its backing Wednesday to stricter rules on medical devices, to ensure that devices such as breast or hip implants are traceable and comply with EU patient safety requirements.

EU probes RBS alternative to Williams & Glyn sale 04 April 2017, 22:47 CET
The EU Commission is to investigate an alternative proposal from the UK to the Royal Bank of Scotland's commitment to sell Williams & Glyn as part of its restructuring plan.