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EU Parliament votes to upgrade rail passenger rights
Updated rules to EU rail passengers' rights should include higher compensation rates for delays and better assistance to people with reduced mobility, the EU Parliament said in a vote Thursday.

UK capacity market suspended after EU Court ruling
The capacity scheme to guarantee security of supply for the UK's electricity market is suspended following the EU's General Court ruling to annul a Commission decision not to raise objections to it.

EU action on animal welfare not living up to promise: auditors
EU action on animal welfare has been successful in important aspects, but weaknesses persist in relation to farm animals, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors.

'Damage control' Brexit agreement as UK ministers resign
Following Wednesday's agreement between EU Commission and the United Kingdom on the terms of the Article 50 Withdrawal Agreement, ministers have resigned including the Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab.

MEPs back 35 pct CO2 emissions cuts for trucks by 2030
The EU Parliament has backed plans for lorries to cut CO2 emissions by 2030, adopting a higher target (35%) than the Commission (30%) for new lorries to reduce the EU's greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

MEPs vote to cap the price of phone calls
The European Parliament approved Wednesday the EU's telecoms package that caps intra-EU calls, makes super-fast 5G networks possible by 2020 and creates alert system for emergencies.

Bulgaria makes progress, Romania backtracks on judicial reform, corruption
Bulgaria has made good progress in fighting corruption and organised crime, but Romania has gone backwards, particularly with regard to judicial reform, the EU said in its annual review published Tuesday.

Brussels intensifies preparedness for Brexit no-deal scenario
The European Commission published detailed information Tuesday on its ongoing preparedness and contingency work in the event of a no deal scenario in the Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom.

EU opens up free movement of non-personal data
EU ministers provided a boost to Europe's data economy Friday, signing off on a new directive aimed at removing obstacles to the free movement of non-personal data within the EU.

Ukraine needs to step up fight against corruption: EU report
Ukraine has made progress in important areas, but the pace of reforms in areas of the judiciary and anti-corruption measures is too slow, the EU said Friday in its Association Implementation Report.

EC requests Maltese anti-money laundering watchdog to step up supervision of banks
The EU Commission requested the Maltese anti-money laundering supervisor Thursday to take additional measures to fully comply with its obligations under the fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive.

EU Parliament, Council strike deal on accessibility
Key products and services such as smartphones, ticketing machines and banking services will have to be made more accessible to people with disabilities following a deal by Parliament and Council Thursday.

Eurozone growth eases on rising global uncertainty
Economic growth in the eurozone is easing gradually, as an increasingly uncertain international environment takes its toll on the pace of economic activity, according to the EU's Autumn Economic Forecast.

EU unveils proposed 2019 fish quotas for Atlantic, North Sea
The Commission presented its proposed 2019 fishing opportunities for the Atlantic and North Sea Wednesday, ahead of December's Council meeting where Member States are due to agree next year's quotas.

Athens is Europe's most innovative city in 2018
The city of Athens has won this year's European Capital of Innovation Awards, funded by the EU's research and innovation programme Horizon 2020, the EU Commission announced on Tuesday.

Brussels sets out strategy on hormone disrupting chemicals
The EU Commission unveiled a long-awaited strategy on endocrine disrupting chemicals Wednesday, with the aim of protecting consumers against harmful chemicals which change our hormonal system.

Differences remain on EU digital service tax
EU finance ministers meeting Tuesday have some way to go before they can agree on the digital service tax directive, aimed at addressing the most urgent gaps and loopholes in the taxation of digital activities.

Patent applications for self-driving vehicles surge in Europe: study
Innovation in self-driving vehicles (SDVs) is accelerating fast and could signal the coming of a transport revolution, according to a new study published Tuesday by the European Patent Office (EPO).

Local authorities can apply for free Wi-Fi hotspots from 7 Nov
The European Commission launched a call for applications for the scheme 'WiFi4EU', the EU scheme to promote free Wi-Fi connectivity in public spaces throughout Europe, at 1pm on 7 November.

EU states ease rules for dealing with bad loans
EU Member States agreed a softer position Wednesday on capital requirements applying to banks with non-performing loans (NPLs) on their balance sheets, in preparation for talks with the EU Parliament.

EU cohesion fund plans after 2020 'need safeguards'
New plans for how EU cohesion funds are spent are simpler and more flexible, but additional safeguards are needed to make sure spending has a real impact and complies with the rules, say the EU's auditors.

Council clarifies position on EU plastics ban
EU Member States agreed their position Wednesday on a proposal to ban single-use plastics, clarifying the products covered and proposing that producers of plastic items cover the costs of litter clean-up.

SME funding allocated to innovators across Europe
246 smaller businesses (SMEs) from 24 countries were selected Monday for financial support from the EU's SME Instrument - a funding mechanism under the EU's Horizon 2020 research programme.

European banks offer fees transparency from 31 Oct
New EU rules for banks and financial services providers, in force from 31 October, require them to be more transparent and open about the fees they charge related to opening and maintaining bank accounts.

EU pledges EUR 300m for cleaner, safer oceans
The EU Commission announced EUR 300m of EU-funded initiatives Monday, including projects to tackle plastic pollution, make blue economy more sustainable and improve research and marine surveillance.