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Top Stories from the European Commission - 7-11 September 2020
Brexit: Statement by Michel Barnier - EU-China High-level Digital Dialogue - Disinformation: EU assesses the Code of Practice - Coronavirus global collaboration - Urban waste water: report - VAT Gap - Strategic Foresight Report - vaccines portfolio - State aid broadband rules - EU-U.S. agreement on tariffs - Vertical Block Exemption Regulation - health and pollution and climate change

Top Stories from the European Commission - 10-14 August 2020
Support for Lebanon - Cambodia loses duty-free access to EU market - State aid: EC approves Italian guarantee scheme to support trade credit insurance market, Estonian measure to support Nordica, German aid scheme to support airports - EC probe into public support for expansion of LG Chem's electric vehicles battery plant in Poland - Coronavirus: Eight macro-financial assistance programmes agreed to support enlargement - Coronavirus: 23 new research projects to receive EUR 128m EU funding - EU financial support for Croatia following earthquake

Top Stories from the European Commission - 13-17 July 2020
Consumer Internet of Things inquiry - Green Recovery: transport projects EUR 2bn - protecting seasonal workers - Coronavirus: preparedness for future outbreaks - Fair and Simple Taxation package - Lorenzo Natali Media Prize: 2020 winners - European Democracy Action Plan - financial support to companies with links to tax havens - 2020 EU Justice Scoreboard

Capacity mechanisms show 'significant shortcomings' in efforts to secure energy supplies
Capacity mechanisms have a role in increasing security of electricity supply but many EU Member States must be more thorough assessing need and design to ensure they are targeted and cost-effective.

MEPs back restrictions on glyphosate herbicide
Members of the European Parliament called Wednesday for a ban on all uses of glyphosate-based herbicides in private and public green areas, including spraying in and around public parks, playgrounds and gardens.

Eurozone industrial production down 0.8 pct
In February 2016 compared with January 2016, seasonally adjusted industrial production fell by 0.8% in the euro area and by 0.7% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the EU's statistical office.

Visa reciprocity with US, Canada & Brunei: EU mulls next move
With the U.S., Canada and Brunei continuing to apply visa requirements for citizens of some EU Member States, the European Commission has assessed the legal, political and economic consequences of a possible temporary suspension of the visa waiver with these countries.

EU proposes tax transparency for multinationals
Multi-national companies operating in Europe will be required to publish country-by-country information on the tax they pay, according to new proposals announced by the European Commission on Tuesday.

Euro area house prices grew 2. 9 pct in Q4 2015
House prices rose 2.9 per cent in the euro area and 3.8 per cent in the EU in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared with the same quarter of the previous year, according to the EU's statistical office Eurostat.

Public confidence in judicial independence found wanting in several EU Member States
The independence of the judicial systems of EU Member States came under scrutiny on Monday with the EU's 2016 Justice Scoreboard showing persistently low levels of public trust in some countries.

EU set to strengthen data protection rules
The EU is set to give the final nod to a legislative package on reform of its data protection rules, following first reading adoption by the Council.

EU boosts aid to Ethiopia after worst ever El Nino
The European Commission has announced aid for Ethiopia worth some EUR 122.5 million, amidst a worsening humanitarian situation caused by one of the most severe extreme El Nino weather phenomenon on record.

Commission unveils upgrade for EU VAT system
Europe's VAT rules are to be made simpler, more fraud-proof and business-friendly as a result of European Commission plans to reboot the current EU VAT system.

EU initials partnership agreement with Malaysia
The chief negotiators of the European Union and Malaysia have initialled text of an EU-Malaysia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia in Putrajaya. The initialling marks the successful closure of negotiations that started in October 2010.

EU aid for children's education in conflict zones
The European Commission announced on Tuesday a EUR 52 million humanitarian aid package aimed at educational projects for children caught up in conflict zones and other emergencies in 2016.

Horizon 2020: first impressions
Horizon 2020, the EU’s biggest ever research and innovation programme, kicked off at the beginning of 2014. Worth EUR 80 billion and running over seven years, Horizon 2020 promised a simple structure that reduced red tape and time so participants could focus on what is really important. Has this been the experience of participants so far?

Top inventors honoured at European Inventor Award 2014
Inventors from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, UK, Japan and the US scooped top honours at the European Inventor Award 2014 in Berlin last week.

An environmental standards information portal for Europe
In Europe, we have a vast wealth of research results that support standards in relation to environmental aspects such as air, water, soil and waste. SIPE ('An environmental Standards Information Portal for Europe'), an EU-funded project, brings all these results together and combines them with information on standards and policies in a single dedicated web-based portal.

Sharing data to achieve sustainable global marine management
A healthy sustainable marine environment is crucial to the smooth functioning of the EU economy. Fishing and offshore oil and gas fields for example employ thousands and bring in billions of euro a year, while most raw materials and consumer goods are imported and exported by sea. In fact, the EU has the world's largest merchant fleet; 90 % of foreign trade and 40 % of internal trade is seaborne. Coastal areas are also vital for tourism.

Western Balkans gearing up for Horizon 2020
While the scientific performance of the Western Balkan countries (WBCs) has improved in recent years, it still lags behind that of EU countries, both in terms of quantity and quality.

S&P downgrades EU debt, Commission hits back
The Standard and Poor’s ratings agency downgraded the European Union’s credit-worthiness by one notch on Friday, blaming threats to cohesion including Britain’s role in curtailing budgets and holding a membership referendum.

Indonesia, EU seal pact to stop illegal timber exports
Indonesia, Asia's leading exporter of timber to Europe, on Monday signed a long-awaited pact with the European Union to fight the trade in illegal timber, a driver of environmentally damaging deforestation.

Will a No-Deal Brexit trigger negative interest rates? - Euro currency news daily
The Pound declined yesterday as the Bank of England held rates at 0.1% and left QE unchanged but the possibility of negative rates moved a step closer.

Commission declares 2013 the year of air
The European Commission has declared 2013 the year of air, with new proposals on improving air quality across Europe.

European leaders seek Asian support on debt crisis
European leaders flew to impoverished Laos Monday on a mission to reassure Asia they are finally getting a grip on the eurozone debt crisis during a major summit in the tiny landlocked nation.