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Auditors examine effectiveness of EU fight against superbugs
The European Court of Auditors is conducting an audit of EU action against superbugs, including bacteria which have become resistant to antibiotics, to assess the relevance and effectiveness of EU contributions and support.

EU platform to boost diagnosis and treatment of rare diseases
The EU Commission launched Thursday, Rare Disease Day, a new online knowledge-sharing platform to support better diagnosis and treatment for more than 30 million Europeans living with a rare disease.

Facebook not keeping to commitments on disinformation, says EU
Social media platform Facebook is not keeping to commitments it made on disinformation with regard to scrutiny of ad placements, the EU Commission said as it published progress reports from Facebook, Google and Twitter Thursday.

Amazon not obliged to provide phone no for consumers: EU Court Opinion
Amazon and other e-commerce platforms are not obliged to make a telephone number available for consumers on their web pages, the EU top Court's Advocate General stated in an Opinion on Thursday.

States agree easier access to capital for Europe's SMEs
EU ambassadors agreed a negotiating mandate Wednesday on proposed rules to help Europe's smaller businesses trying to list and issue securities on financial markets to tap market-based funding more easily and cheaply.

EU-Arab League commit to stronger ties
Leaders of the EU and the League of Arab States meeting for the first ever summit between the two regions agreed Tuesday to strengthen cooperation particularly on border control and the fight against irregular migration.

New EU low-carbon benchmarks boost for sustainable investment
The EU Council and Parliament reached a preliminary agreement Monday on a proposal for new financial benchmarks aimed at giving greater information on an investment portfolio's carbon footprint.

State aid ceiling for EU farmers raised to EUR 25K
The maximum aid Member States can give to their farmers without need for prior EU approval will rise from EUR 15,000 to EUR 25,000, the Commission announced Friday, to allow greater flexibility, especially in times of crisis.

Brussels mulls new guidelines for company reporting on climate info
As part of its Sustainable Finance Action Plan, the EU Commission launched Thursday a consultation with the objective to finalise new guidelines for company reporting on climate-related information.

States confirm update of EU's common visa policy
EU states confirmed a plan to modernise the EU's common visa policy Wednesday, adapting the rules to growing security concerns, the challenges of migration and new opportunities offered by technological developments.

Europe to set first-ever CO2 emission reduction targets for trucks
The EU is set to reduce CO2 emissions of lorries, following a provisional deal between MEPs and the EU Council on new rules which set binding CO2 emission reduction targets for heavy-duty vehicles.

EU issues first call for supercomputers sites
The European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking launched its first calls for expressions of interest Monday to select the sites that will host its first supercomputers by the end of 2020.

Red tape cut for those who move to another EU Member State
From 16 February, bureaucratic procedures for citizens who need to present a public document to get married or start a job in the country they live in have been cut across the European Union.

EU reaches deal on digital copyright reform
Creatives and news publishers will be empowered to negotiate with internet giants thanks to a deal reached late Wednesday on copyright rules which also contains safeguards on freedom of expression.

EU agrees new natural gas transit rules
New rules setting out a clear regulatory framework to operate gas pipelines inside the EU and from non-EU countries were provisionally agreed Tuesday between MEPs and the EU Member States.

EU Parliament go-ahead for trade deal with Singapore
The European Parliament gave its endorsement Wednesday to the free trade and investment protection deals between EU and Singapore, serving as blueprint for further cooperation with Southeast Asia.

EU adds Saudi Arabia to money-laundering blacklist
Saudi Arabia has been added to the EU's list of 23 third countries with strategic deficiencies in their anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing frameworks, revealed Wednesday by the Commission.

MEPs greenlight fisheries management plan for EU's Western Waters
The European Parliament voted through the Multi-annual Fisheries Management Plan for the EU's Western Waters Tuesday, covering the Atlantic Ocean between Ireland and Portugal.

EU moves to allay public concern over food safety studies
The EU Parliament and the Council reached provisional agreement Monday night on draft rules to ensure the EU risk assessment procedure for food safety is more transparent and independent.

New EU rules on fake drugs enter into force
New rules on safety features for prescription medicines sold in the EU entered into force Saturday, heralding the introduction of end-to-end verification and safety features on prescription medicines.

EU lawmakers vote to tighten checks on unsafe products
EU lawmakers gave their approval Thursday to better enforcement of rules on products, tighter checks on the safety of goods sold in the EU, and improving the coordination of market surveillance.

EU strikes deal to boost workers' rights in non-standard jobs
The EU struck a provisional deal Thursday on a proposal for more transparent working conditions, with minimum rights for workers with on-demand, voucher-based or platform jobs such as Uber or Deliveroo.

EU cuts forecasts for economic growth amid global uncertainties
Trade tensions and the possibility of a disruptive Brexit are likely to contribute to a slowdown in Europe's economy in 2019, the European Commission said in its Winter Economic Forecast, outlined Thursday.

New plans for accessing health data across EU borders
The Commission presented a set of recommendations Wednesday for the creation of a secure system that will enable citizens to access their electronic health files across EU Member States.

EU competition concerns put halt to Siemens-Alstom rail merger
The EU Commission put a halt to Siemens' proposed acquisition of Alstom Wednesday, saying remedies to concerns that it would harm competition in markets for railway signalling systems and high-speed trains were insufficient.