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EU plans for relaunch of European tourism
The EU cranked up plans to relaunch tourism in Europe Monday with the launch of 'Re-open EU', an online platform with information on borders and available transport and tourism services in Member States.

Brussels opens antitrust probe into Apple Pay
The European Commission opened a formal antitrust investigation Tuesday to assess whether Apple's conduct in connection with Apple Pay, such as its terms and conditions, violates EU competition rules.

EU and UK agree new push for Brexit deal in July
EU leaders and British prime minister Boris Johnson agreed in a videoconference Monday to intensify Brexit talks in July to create the best conditions for concluding and ratifying a deal by the end of 2020.

Brussels looks to remove travel restrictions to EU on 1 July
The EU announced Thursday that it is making concrete preparations for the lifting of travel restrictions with countries whose health situation is similar to the EU's and for resuming visa operations.

Euro candidates still to meet EU convergence demands
The European Commission published the 2020 convergence report Wednesday, in which it provides its assessment of the progress non-euro area Member States have made towards adopting the euro.

EU asks online platforms to report on fake coronavirus news
The EU stepped up its campaign against online disinformation Wednesday, asking online platforms for monthly reports on action to promote authoritative content and limit fake information on the coronavirus.

EU reaches provisional deal on new rules for truck drivers
The EU Parliament's transport committee endorsed Monday a provisional agreement with ministers to improve driver working conditions, posting of drivers and better enforcement against illegal practices.

Water quality 'excellent' in 85 pct of Europe's beaches: EU survey
85% of swimming sites across Europe monitored in 2019 met the EU's stringent 'excellent' quality standards, according to this year's European bathing water quality assessment published on Monday.

EU grants EUR 314m to innovative companies to combat virus, support recovery
The EU Commission announced the award Monday of nearly EUR 166 million to companies set to combat the coronavirus pandemic, and another EUR 148 million to fund Europe's economic recovery plan.

CAP not halting biodiversity loss in farming: EU auditors
The common agricultural policy has not been effective in reversing a decades-long decline in biodiversity and intensive farming remains a main cause of biodiversity loss, an EU auditors report said Friday.

EU provides coronavirus aid to Yemen, as famine looms
The EU will provide funding of EUR 70 million in Yemen, the Commission said Wednesday, as the coronavirus threatens to worsen one of the world's worst humanitarian crises, where famine already looms.

Brussels consults on fair minimum wages
The EU Commission launched Wednesday a second-stage consultation of European trade unions and employers' organisations on how to ensure fair minimum wages for all workers in the EU.

Ban for Armenian airlines in EU Air Safety List update
The EU Commission added airlines certified in Armenia to Tuesday's update of the list of airlines subject to an operating ban or restrictions within the EU because they do not meet international safety standards.

EUR 2 billion to reinforce EU's crisis response capability
The EU Commission proposed Tuesday to give the EU the capability to react more swiftly when a serious cross-border emergency such as the coronavirus strikes and affects EU countries at the same time.

Brussels proposes EUR 750 bn Covid recovery package
EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen presented Wednesday a EUR 750 bn plan for economic recovery from the Covid-19 crisis involving pooling of debt and unprecedented financial transfers.

EU, Japan strenthen ties to face COVID-19 crisis
EU and Japan leaders at a video conference Tuesday signalled close coordination in responding to the coronavirus pandemic, stressing the importance of global solidarity, cooperation and multilateralism.

Brussels plots route to sustainable recovery
The EU Commission recast its economic policy guidance Wednesday towards recovery which achieves sustainable and inclusive growth while mitigating the socio-economic consequences of COVID-19.

EU unveils green makeover for food and farming
The European Commission took steps towards sustainable biodiversity, food and farming policies Wednesday, as it published its long-awaited 'farm to fork' policy roadmaps for the next 10 years.

EUR 1 billion to support Europe's battery industry
The European Investment Bank confirmed at a meeting of the European Battery Alliance Tuesday that it expects to increase backing of battery-related projects in 2020 to more than EUR 1 bn financing.

Coronavirus: EU issues new call for EUR 122m research funding
The European Commission put out a call for expressions of interest for new funding of EUR 122 million Tuesday for urgently needed research into the coronavirus. The deadline for submission is 11 June.

MEPs demand data protection guarantees for fingerprint exchange with UK
The EU Council should not allow fingerprint data exchange between the UK and EU countries without guarantees on reciprocity and data protection in place, the European Parliament said on Thursday.

Euro-MPs give green light to increased water reuse
With a view to preventing water shortages in the EU, Euro-MPs approved Wednesday the Water Reuse Regulation, which defines for the first time minimum requirements at European level for reclaimed water.

Brussels prepares reboot of 'vital' tourism industry
The European Commission presented a package of guidelines and recommendations Wednesday to help EU countries gradually lift travel restrictions and allow tourism businesses to reopen after months of lockdown.

EU adds EUR 72m to fund 8 major coronavirus research projects
The EU is to increase to EUR 72m its funding for 8 large-scale European research projects aimed at developing treatments and diagnostics for the coronavirus, the Commission announced Tuesday.

EU to put off new tax rules due to coronavirus crisis
The EU Commission decided Friday to postpone entry into force of two EU taxation measures to take account of difficulties businesses and Member States are currently facing with the coronavirus crisis.