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E-commerce still vulnerable to VAT and customs duty evasion: EU auditors
Many challenges in collecting correct amounts of VAT and customs duties on e-commerce remain to be resolved, according to a report from the European Court of Auditors published on Tuesday.

EU takes next step over judicial reforms in Poland
The EU Commission took the next step in an ongoing infringement procedure against Poland Wednesday, sending a 'reasoned opinion' regarding a new disciplinary regime for Polish judges.

EU opens probe into Amazon use of sensitive data
The European Commission opened a formal investigation Wednesday into whether Amazon's use of sensitive data from independent retailers selling on its 'marketplace' breaches EU competition rules.

MEPs confirm Ursula Von der Leyen as first female Commission President
Members of the European Parliament confirmed in a secret ballot Tuesday Ursula von der Leyen as President of the next European Commission, voted in with a narrow majority by 383 MEPs.

EU, US agree pharmaceuticals mutual recognition
The EU and the United States have completed a Mutual Recognition Agreement, with both sides agreeing to reduce barriers and increase trade in pharmaceuticals as part of ongoing EU-U.S. trade talks.

Airbnb decides to conform to EU consumer rules
Following its negotiations with Airbnb, the EU Commission announced Thursday that the accommodation platform had improved and 'fully clarified' the way it presents offers to consumers.

EU bank stress test too feeble: auditors
The latest bank stress test by the European Banking Authority should have been more demanding in testing banks' resilience to systemic risks across the EU, the EU Court of Auditors said on Wednesday.

Global tensions and uncertainty test EU economy
While Europe's economy is set for continued growth in 2019, the near-term outlook is clouded by global trade tensions and significant policy uncertainty, according to the EU's Summer 2019 Economic Forecast.

EUR 35m EU funding for AI solutions to fight cancer
The EU Commission launched a call for proposals Tuesday for EUR 35 million available aimed at supporting the development of analysis of health images for cancer diagnostics based on Artificial Intelligence

EU unwavering in its support for Ukraine
At the 21st EU-Ukraine Summit in Kiev Monday, the European Union affirmed its strong partnership with Ukraine as well as its support for the country's continued progress on reform and fighting corruption.

Finland's EU presidency kicks off in Helsinki
Finland's presidency of the EU, which began 1 July, promises to focus on strengthening the Union's common values and the rule of law, as well as its position as a global leader in climate action.

Italy escapes EU excessive deficit censure over public debt
Following Italy's announcement of further measures to address public debt, the EU Commission decided Wednesday not to propose opening an Excessive Deficit Procedure for lack of compliance with EU debt criterion.

Ursula von der Leyen nominated as next EU Commission chief
The EU at a special summit Tuesday proposed Ursula von der Leyen, Germany's German defence minister and a member of the centre-right CDU, as candidate for the next president of the European Commission.

State support for Peugeot plant in Spain comes under EU scrutiny
The EU Commission opened a probe Monday into whether Spain's granting EUR 20.7m of public support to PSA for investing in its existing car plant in Vigo, Spain is in line with EU rules on regional state aid.

New EU dispute resolution for double taxation in force
New rules to ensure more effective resolution of tax disputes between EU Member States came into force Monday, offering more tax certainty for businesses and individuals experiencing double taxation issues.

EU reaches agreement with Mercosur on huge trade deal
The EU and the Mercosur trading bloc comprising Argentina, Brazil Paraguay and Uruguay reached a political agreement on Friday on a comprehensive trade deal - the largest the EU has ever concluded.

First 17 'European Universities' selected
The European Commission announced Wednesday the higher education institutions from all over Europe that will be part of the first “European Universities” alliances.

EU lifts Taiwan's yellow card for illegal fishing following reforms
The EU lifted its illegal fishing 'yellow card' against Taiwan Thursday in recognition of the country's upgrading its legal and administrative systems to fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

New EU cybersecurity certification rules in force
The EU's Cybersecurity Act, agreed by negotiators in December 2018, entered into force Thursday, providing Europe with a framework of cybersecurity certification of products, processes and services.

EU signs trade agreement with Vietnam
The EU and Vietnam signed in Hanoi the EU-Vietnam trade and investment protection agreements Sunday, the most ambitious free trade deal between the EU and an emerging economy to date.

EU funding to modernise air traffic management 'largely unnecessary': auditors
While the EU's regulation for the modernisation of air traffic management has added value, EU funding to support ATM projects was largely unnecessary, says the EU Court of Auditors in a report.

Asylum applications to EU on the increase in 2019
Asylum applications in the EU increased in the first five months of 2019, though an annual report out Monday showed a decrease for the third consecutive year in 2018, returning to pre-crisis levels.

Lowering Polish judges' retirement age unlawful: EU top Court
Polish legislation to lower the retirement age of Supreme Court judges breaches EU law, the EU's top Court ruled Monday, going against principles of the irremovability of judges and judicial independence.

EU will not reopen talks on UK withdrawal agreement
Ending their two-day summit Friday, EU heads of state and government looked forward to a new UK prime minister, but said they would not reopen negotiations on Britain's withdrawal agreement.

adidas 3-stripe trademark invalid: EU Court
The adidas EU trade mark, which consists of three parallel stripes applied in any direction, is invalid, the EU's top Court ruled Wednesday, as the firm failed to prove the mark's distinctive character.