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May's Brexit agreement suffers record Commons defeat
Prime minister Theresa May faces a no confidence vote Wednesday as she suffered the biggest ever defeat by a sitting government with MPs rejecting her EU withdrawal agreement by a record 432 votes to 202.

New EU rules on occupational pension funds in force
The EU's revised Directive on occupational pension funds, known as IORP II, which came into force on 13 January, aims to increase savers' trust in work pension funds regardless of where in the EU they are based.

ECB must allow full scrutiny of banking supervision: EU auditors
The European Court of Auditors called Monday on EU legislators to intervene and ensure the European Central Bank allows full access to documents for audits related to banking supervision.

Brussels consults on EU equal pay guarantee
The European Commission has launched a public consultation to gather information on the impact of EU rules on equal pay and how to better implement and enforce the EU equal pay principles.

Google 'right to be forgotten' applies only in EU, suggests EU Court
Google and other search engine operators need to guarantee the 'right to be forgotten' to users inside the European Union but not to users globally, the EU's Advocate General said in an Opinion Thursday.

EU begins probe into Nike's Dutch tax setup
The EU Commission opened an in-depth investigation Thursday to examine whether tax rulings granted by the Netherlands to Nike may have given the company an unfair advantage over its competitors.

European AI platform launches with EUR 20m EU funding
The EU's AI4EU artificial intelligence project officially launched Thursday with a view to mobilising Europe's AI community to build the first European on-demand Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform.

EU lifts Thailand's 'yellow card' for illegal fishing
The European Commission removed Thailand off the list of "warned countries" Tuesday, in recognition of what it says is its progress in tackling illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

EU's single currency turns 20 years old
The euro, Europe's common currency, turned 20 on 1 January 2019. 11 EU states launched the euro in January 1999, introducing a shared monetary policy under the European Central Bank.

EU anti-tax avoidance rules target multinationals
New EU rules to eliminate the main loopholes used in corporate tax avoidance came into force on 1 January, with legally binding anti-abuse measures targeting tax practises of some large multinationals.

Brexit heads major challenges for EU's new Romanian presidency
Major challenges of Brexit, the EU's future Budget and the upcoming European elections faced Romania on 1 January 2019 as it took over its first presidency of the European Union.

EU steps up WTO action against China over technology transfers
The EU is stepping up its challenge in the World Trade Organisation to practices that force European companies to give up sensitive technology and know-how as a precondition for doing business in China.

EU states agree 30 pct cut in CO2 emissions from trucks by 2030
EU environment ministers adopted a 'common position' on future CO2 standards for trucks and buses Thursday afternoon, the first time the EU is setting CO2 emission reduction targets for heavy-duty vehicles.

A website has data responsibility for Facebook 'like' button: EU Court
A website's use of Facebook's 'Like' button, which processes users' personal data, makes the website jointly responsible for that stage of the data processing, says the EU top Court's Advocate General.

EU agrees single-use plastics ban to reduce marine litter
Provisional plans to ban single-use plastics, agreed Wednesday by the EU institutions, target products most often found on beaches such as plates, cutlery, straws and cotton buds, and abandoned fishing gear.

Legislators sign off on major reform of EU electricity market
EU legislators agreed Wednesday to new electricity market rules to better integrate renewable energy, help consumers switch energy providers and end state subsidies to the most polluting coal power plants.

EU agrees 2019 fish quotas for Atlantic and North Sea
After intense negotiations, EU fisheries ministers reached agreement in the early hours of Wednesday morning on the 2019 catch limits for the main commercial fish stocks in the Atlantic and North Sea.

Ministers agree Black Sea fish quotas for 2019
Bulgarian and Romanian fishermen will be able to continue fishing at the same levels as in 2018, following EU agreement on 2019 catch quotas for the commercially most important fish stocks in the Black Sea.

EU agrees framework for banks with bad loans
The EU presidency and Euro-Parliament agreed a new framework for dealing with banks' bad loans Tuesday, including capital requirements for banks with non-performing loans on their balance sheets.

EU summit clarifies UK 'backstop', but no renegotiation
As PM Theresa May sought to save her Brexit deal at a Brussels summit Thursday, EU leaders clarified their position on the 'backstop' but stated there would be no renegotiation of the UK withdrawal deal.

Commission not entitled to relax car emission limits: EU Court
The EU's General Court upheld actions brought by the cities of Paris, Brussels and Madrid Thursday, and annulled in part a Commission attempt to relax oxides of nitrogen emission limits for car tests.

EU institutions reach deal on cross-border access to online content
Parliament, Commission and Council negotiators reached a political agreement Thursday on proposed EU copyright legislation to make online TV and radio programmes more easily available in Europe.

EU-Japan trade deal set to enter into force February 2019
February 1, 2019 is the date set for entry into force of the EU’s trade agreement with Japan, as the European Parliament gave its consent Wednesday to the largest bilateral trade deal ever negotiated by the EU.

Plastics alliance to bolster Europe's recycling market
A new Circular Plastics Alliance of of key industry stakeholders, launched Tuesday by the EU Commission, with the aim of improving the economics and the quality of plastics recycling in Europe.

States agree new EU legal framework for spirit drinks
EU countries have confirmed agreement on a regulation on the definition, presentation and labelling of spirit drinks, including use in other foodstuffs and protection of geographical indications.