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No plans to punish fishermen who defy EU cod ban: Poland
Polish authorities said Wednesday they had no immediate plans to punish fishermen who are catching cod in the Baltic Sea and defying a European Union freeze imposed to preserve the species.

EU threatens legal action over cross-border labour obstacles
The European Commission threatened on Wednesday to take legal action against EU countries that throw up barriers to workers on short-term assignments from other member states.

EU uncorks wine deal phasing out Australian 'Champagne'
The Commission is toasting a deal with Australia that aims to stop Australian vintners from using names of widely know European tipples.

Bush names Zoellick as new World Bank chief
U.S. President George W. Bush has named Robert Zoellick, a former trade representative and top diplomat as his nominee to head the World Bank.

Turkey's EU quest under threat amid political crisis
Turkey's political crisis and the army's role in the presidential election could fuel opposition to Ankara's quest to join the European Union and harm its membership chances, analysts said on Wednesday.

European households becoming increasingly digital: survey
The drive to get European citizens to go digital would appear to be gradually paying off, according to the findings of an EU-wide survey. It finds that more than half of European households have a computer - 4% more than in a similar study done at the end of 2006, while increasing numbers of people are switching to broadband and wireless internet access.

EU plans to cap roaming phone charges face parliamentary hurdle
An EU plan to cap the price operators can charge mobile phone users while abroad was expected to clear a key hurdle in the European Parliament on Thursday.

New EU rules tell truck drivers to work less, take more breaks
New EU-wide regulations have come into force restricting the working week for lorry and coach drivers and requiring longer rest stops.

Europe's .eu a soaring success in cyberspace
The .eu online domain name is enjoying a runaway success in cyberspace with over 2.5 million registered users during its first year.

UN report proves need to limit global warming: EU Commission
A United Nations report on the potentially devastating effects of global warming provides new backing for the European Union's policy to limit climate change, the EU's executive body said Friday.

Slovak economic boom, 2009 euro entry on track
Slovakia's economy is on track for further growth and should meet adoption criteria for the euro early 2009, the OECD said on Thursday.

Germany hails Polish step forward on EU talks with Russia
Germany welcomes signs from Poland that it is ready to lift a veto on talks between the EU and Russia about a new cooperation pact.

EU offers full market access to former colonies
The EU offered on Wednesday to scrap most tariffs and quotas on exports from African, Caribbean and Pacific nations to boost talks on new trade pacts, but the proposition quickly met with scorn.

South Korea set to start free trade talks with EU
South Korea will soon start talks with the European Union for a similar free trade agreement that it recently struck with the United States.

Britain's Prince Charles slams 'crazy' EU laws on seeds
Prince Charles describes as "crazy" EU legislation which prevents the sale of seeds from old vegetable varieties.

Eurozone services sector slows slightly in March: survey
Growth in the eurozone 's service sector lost more steam in March but nonetheless remained at a high level.

Eurozone retail sales rise in February after German VAT hike
Retailers in the 13 countries sharing the euro saw their sales rise in February as German spending bounced back from a value added tax hike the previous month, official EU data showed Wednesday.

EU cuts red tape for awarding EU funds
New implementing rules for EU funds will simplify access to EU funding and cut associated administrative burdens, particularly for SMEs.

EU cuts red tape for awarding EU funds
New implementing rules for EU funds will simplify access to EU funding and cut associated administrative burdens, particularly for SMEs.

Japan restricts liquids on planes
Japan has joined North America and the EU in restricting the liquids that can be carried onto airplanes for international flights.

Turkish Cypriot leader hopes for trade breakthrough by June
Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat expressed optimism Tuesday that the economic isolation of the northern third of the divided island could be over by the end of June.

European Commission action against cartels – Questions and answers
The European Commission defines a cartel as being an illegal secret agreement concluded between competitors to fix prices, restrict supply and/or divide up markets.

EU to propose lifting diesel taxes to avoid 'tank tourism'
The EC is to propose lifting minimum diesel taxes to discourage hauliers from tanking up in countries with low rates.

EU earmarks a billion dollars to combat South African poverty
The EU will hand over EUR 980m to the South African government in the next seven years to help fund anti-poverty programmes

British bird flu outbreak barely scratches sales
Turkey sales in Britain remain largely unaffected by the discovery of lethal Asian-strain bird flu on a farm, with the public taking the latest health scare in their stride, experts said on Tuesday.