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Brussels consults on implementation of Basel III reforms
The EU Commission has launched a public consultation on implementation of the Basel III standards - the reforms to improve the regulation, supervision and risk management in the banking sector.

Trade network helps EU counter global economic uncertainties
As more EU trade agreements enter into force, European companies are making good use of opportunities created by the EU's trade network - the largest in the world - the Commission said in a report Monday.

EU sets its sights on huge potential of blockchain
Blockchain, the technology behind bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, has the potential to transform the way we exchange a much wider range of assets, according to a new report from the EU's research centre.

Russian propaganda singled out as EU moves against fake news and foreign electoral interference
The threat to democracy posed by the "highly dangerous nature of Russian propaganda" was singled out by the European Parliament Thursday as it called for stronger action to counter disinformation.

EU centre to combat fake news: call for tenders
The European Commission published Monday a call for tenders to create the first core service of a digital platform to help fight disinformation, or fake news, in Europe.

New EU law to help protect whistleblowers from 2021
The EU formally adopted Monday a new set of rules to guarantee a high level protection to whistleblowers across a wide range of sectors including public procurement, financial services and money laundering.

Latest UK Brexit proposal holds no basis for agreement, say MEPs
The UK's 'last minute proposals' do not, in their current form, represent a basis for an agreement to which the European Parliament could give consent, an EU Parliament committee said on Thursday.

EU Court forces global deletion of defamatory comment on Facebook
Facebook can be ordered to seek and remove, among shared user content, defamatory content which is identical to content already characterised as illegal, the EU Court of Justice ruled on Thursday.

Eastern & Southern African countries look to reinforce trade ties with EU
The EU began talks Wednesday with five Eastern and Southern Africa countries (Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Zimbabwe) to deepen their current Economic Partnership Agreement.

Internet cookies 'consent or be tracked' is not an option: EU Court
Internet 'cookies' can only be set if users have given consent that is valid under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and a pre-ticked checkbox is insufficient, the EU's top Court ruled on Tuesday.

New EU push for safer, more repairable appliances
The EU Commission proposed Tuesday new 'eco-design' measures to improve the repairability and recyclability of household products such as refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers and televisions.

EU fines Coroos, Groupe CECAB EUR 31m for canned veg cartel
The EU Commission has fined Coroos and Groupe CECAB a total of EUR 31,647,000 for breaching EU antitrust rules. Bonduelle was not fined as it revealed the existence of the cartel to the Commission.

One hour for Internet firms to remove terrorist content
Internet companies would be forced to remove content promoting terrorism within an hour of being informed, under new EU rules adopted by an EU Parliament committee on Wednesday.

EU staff budget savings come at a cost to workforce
A 2014 EU staff reforms package has achieved significant savings, says a new report from the European Court of Auditors, but also had some negative consequences for human resources.

EU states agree taxonomy for sustainable business
EU ambassadors gave a green light Wednesday to a proposal for a first EU-wide classification system, or 'taxonomy', to allow businesses to determine what economic activities can be termed sustainable.

MEPs give green light for first EU Chief Prosecutor
EU Parliament and Council negotiators agreed Wednesday on the appointment of Laura Codruta Kövesi, the MEPs' preferred choice to be the first head of the new EU Public Prosecutor’s Office.

Nantes named European Capital of Innovation 2019
The city of Nantes in north-west France has been named the European Capital of Innovation 2019, the EU Commission announced Wednesday at the European Research and Innovation Days.

2030 energy efficiency targets receive EU boost
The European Commission adopted on Wednesday three recommendations to help the Member States with transposing and implementing the EU's amending Directive on Energy Efficiency.

Google 'right to be forgotten' applies only in EU: EU Court
Google's 'right to be forgotten', defined as "the right to silence on past events in life that are no longer occurring", only applies in EU Member States, the EU's top Court ruled on Tuesday.

Suspension of Parliament unlawful, rules UK Supreme Court
The prorogation of Britain's Parliament by prime minister Boris Johnson was unlawful, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a huge setback for the prime minister and his no-deal Brexit strategy.

No patents on naturally obtained plants and seeds, say MEPs
Fruit, vegetables or animals obtained from conventional breeding processes, such as crossing, must not become patentable, the European Parliament said in a non-legislative resolution on Thursday.

EU, UN and Smurfs help clean up world's beaches
EU staff joined hands with local communities, and the Smurfs, on beaches across Europe and the world on Thursday, as part of the #EUBeachCleanUp campaign to clean up marine litter.

EUR 740m of fake goods stopped at EU borders
Fake and potentially dangerous goods worth nearly EUR 740 million were intercepted at EU customs borders in 2018, according to new figures released Thursday by the European Commission.

Stop pretending to negotiate, Barnier tells UK
Three years after the Brexit referendum, rather than pretending to negotiate, the UK needs to come up with legally binding solutions to the backstop problem, the EU's chief negotiator said Wednesday.

EU food agency consults on cumulative risk of pesticides
The European Food Safety Authority, the EU's food agency, opened a public consultation Tuesday on its pilot assessments of the risks posed to humans by residues of multiple pesticides in food.