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New rules for online shopping in EU take effect
New EU rules on online shopping, which came into force on Saturday 14 September, should make it easier and safer for consumers to pay for goods and services online and to manage their personal finances.

Performance risks in EU defence plans, say auditors
The current military capabilities and cooperation of the EU Member States do not match the new level of ambition of the EU’s defence policy, says a review by the European Court of Auditors, out Thursday.

German law restricting Google news not admissible: EU Court
A German provision stopping Google search from using newspaper snippets without publisher authorisation must be disregarded as it was not notified to the Commission, the EU Court ruled Thursday.

EU reaffirms ambition for climate neutrality by 2050
The European Commission reaffirmed the EU's commitment to accelerated climate ambition Wednesday, as it makes preparations for a long-term strategy to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.

Von der Leyen's new Commission affirms green credentials
EU Member States accepted Tuesday the list of Commissioners until 31 October 2024 proposed by European Commission president-elect Ursula Von der Leyen, with climate policy put forward as a top priority.

Europe's satnav system reaches 1 billion smartphones
Galileo, Europe's satellite navigation system, reached 1 billion smartphone users worldwide Tuesday, as the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency reached its 15th anniversary.

Eurojust launches new Counter-Terrorism Register
A new Counter-Terrorism Register, launched Thursday by Eurojust, the EU's agency on judicial cooperation, will help EU countries exchange information on terrorist offences in a quick, efficient and uniform manner.

EU states' VAT collection gap at EUR 137 bn in 2017
Thorough reform of the VAT system is needed to make it more fraud-proof, the EU Commission said Thursday as it released a study showing Member States lost EUR 137 billion in VAT revenues in 2017.

EU issues Brexit 'no-deal' checklist for European businesses
With 8 weeks to go until the possible withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU on 31 October, the Commission reiterated Wednesday its call for EU27 businesses to prepare for a ‘no-deal' scenario.

Children to get EU milk, fruit and veg as school year begins
With the start of a new school year, the EU school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme, aimed at promoting healthy eating to schoolchildren, is to resume in participating EU countries for 2019-2020.

EU sets out proposal for sustainable fishing in Baltic Sea
The situation of fish stocks in the Baltic Sea is 'serious', the EU Commission said Friday as it set out proposals for 2020 fishing opportunities for the commercially most important fish stocks.

EU extends anti-dumping measures against Chinese bicycles
The EU has extended anti-dumping duties on imported Chinese bicycles of 48.5% until 2024, a measure called for by European trade unions, bicycle manufacturers, small businesses and cyclists.

EU agrees measures to combat drought in Europe
EU Member States agreed Wednesday to a series of support measures to ease financial difficulties faced by farmers due to adverse weather conditions, and increase the availability of feed for animals.

EU support programme helps Greece towards financial stability
Greece has shown steady recovery since it successfully concluded its European Stability Mechanism support programme to restore financial stability and promote growth and job creation, the EU said Tuesday.

EU starts probe into dumped hot rolled steel from China, Taiwan and Indonesia
The European Commission initiated Monday an anti-dumping investigation into imports of hot rolled stainless steel sheets and coils from China, Indonesia and Taiwan.

EU bolsters support for refugees in Turkey
The EU Commission has announced an additional EUR 127 million of funding for the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) programme via the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey.

EU, United States sign agreement on imports of hormone-free beef
The European Union and the United States signed in Washington D.C. Friday an agreement reviewing the functioning of an existing quota to import hormone-free beef into the EU.

Ryanair has to return EUR 8.5m illegal state aid: EU
France must recover EUR 8.5 million of illegal state aid made to Ryanair, the EU Commission said Friday, as regional marketing agreements at the airport of Montpellier are illegal under EU state aid rules.

EU work-life balance directive comes into force
An EU Directive on work-life balance, which came into force Thursday, aims to increase the participation of women in the labour market and the take-up of parental leave and flexible working arrangements.

EU and Japan select first Joint Master Programmes
The European Commission announced Wednesday the results of a call for proposals for Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Partnerships with Japan launched in October 2018.

Websites using Facebook 'Like' button are data liable
A website displaying Facebook's 'Like' button, which processes users' personal data, becomes jointly liable for collection and transmission of the data to Facebook, the EU's top Court ruled Monday.

GDPR working, but not well enough: EU report
While most EU Member States have set up the legal framework for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), more is needed if the new data protection regime is to be fully effective, says a new report.

EU announces emergency measures to save east Baltic cod
The EU Commission announced emergency measures to save the eastern Baltic cod stock from impending collapse Tuesday, banning commercial fishing for cod in most of the Baltic Sea till end 2019.

EU sets out plan to combat deforestation
The EU Commission issued a Communication on deforestation and forest degradation Tuesday, setting out a much-needed plan of action to address the EU’s significant contribution to global deforestation.

Chipmaker Qualcomm fined EUR 242m for 'predatory pricing'
The EU Commission fined US tech giant Qualcomm EUR 242 million Thursday, for abusing its market dominance in 3G baseband chipsets, sold below cost with the aim of forcing its competitor Icera out of the market.