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Differences remain on EU digital service tax
EU finance ministers meeting Tuesday have some way to go before they can agree on the digital service tax directive, aimed at addressing the most urgent gaps and loopholes in the taxation of digital activities.

Patent applications for self-driving vehicles surge in Europe: study
Innovation in self-driving vehicles (SDVs) is accelerating fast and could signal the coming of a transport revolution, according to a new study published Tuesday by the European Patent Office (EPO).

Local authorities can apply for free Wi-Fi hotspots from 7 Nov
The European Commission launched a call for applications for the scheme 'WiFi4EU', the EU scheme to promote free Wi-Fi connectivity in public spaces throughout Europe, at 1pm on 7 November.

EU states ease rules for dealing with bad loans
EU Member States agreed a softer position Wednesday on capital requirements applying to banks with non-performing loans (NPLs) on their balance sheets, in preparation for talks with the EU Parliament.

EU cohesion fund plans after 2020 'need safeguards'
New plans for how EU cohesion funds are spent are simpler and more flexible, but additional safeguards are needed to make sure spending has a real impact and complies with the rules, say the EU's auditors.

Council clarifies position on EU plastics ban
EU Member States agreed their position Wednesday on a proposal to ban single-use plastics, clarifying the products covered and proposing that producers of plastic items cover the costs of litter clean-up.

SME funding allocated to innovators across Europe
246 smaller businesses (SMEs) from 24 countries were selected Monday for financial support from the EU's SME Instrument - a funding mechanism under the EU's Horizon 2020 research programme.

European banks offer fees transparency from 31 Oct
New EU rules for banks and financial services providers, in force from 31 October, require them to be more transparent and open about the fees they charge related to opening and maintaining bank accounts.

EU pledges EUR 300m for cleaner, safer oceans
The EU Commission announced EUR 300m of EU-funded initiatives Monday, including projects to tackle plastic pollution, make blue economy more sustainable and improve research and marine surveillance.

EU probes Ryanair deal with Frankfurt-Hahn airport
The European Commission opened an in-depth investigation Friday to assess whether measures in favour of low-cost airline Ryanair at the German airport of Frankfurt-Hahn are in line with EU State aid rules.

Ballerina wins contract case at EU's top Court
An Italian ballerina won her case at the EU Court of Justice Thursday when it ruled that workers in the opera and orchestral sectors cannot be excluded from protection against abuse of fixed-term employment contracts.

New EU tool supports digital teaching and learning in schools
The Commission unveiled a new tool Thursday aimed at helping all schools in the EU, as well as in Russia, Georgia and Serbia, to assess how they use digital technology for teaching and learning.

EU approves EUR 243m environment funding
The European Commission approved funding of EUR 243 million from the EU budget Thursday for projects under the LIFE programme supporting nature, the environment and quality of life.

New Erasmus call outlines plans for European Universities
Plans for the Erasmus+ youth education programme published Wednesday by the EU Commission, set to be funded to the tune of EUR 3 billion, include plans for a network of European Universities.

Brussels sets out 2019 fishing quotas proposal for the Black Sea
The EU Commission put forward its proposals Wednesday for fishing opportunities in 2019 for the most important commercial fish stocks in the Black Sea.

Auditors highlight failure of EU carbon capture projects
EU action to support carbon capture and storage and innovative renewables has not succeeded, according to a report published Tuesday by the European Court of Auditors.

MEPs back plans to clean up Europe's drinking water
The European Parliament backed plans on Tuesday to improve consumers’ trust in drinking water from the tap, which is much cheaper and cleaner for the environment compared to bottled water.

EU Parliament approves ban on single-use plastics
Single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws, balloon sticks or cotton buds, will be banned from the EU market from 2021, under plans approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday.

EU rejects Italy's draft budget for 2019
The EU Commission asked Italy Tuesday to present a revised draft budgetary plan for 2019, saying the current plan is not in line with commitments presented in Italy's Stability Programme of April 2018.

Brussels withdraws Court action against Ireland over illegal aid to Apple
Following the confirmation by Ireland that the full recovery of the illegal State aid granted to Apple has been finalised, the EU Commission decided Thursday to withdraw its Court action against Ireland.

MEPs look to boost workers' rights in the gig economy
New rules on minimum rights for workers in on-demand, voucher-based or platform employment, such as Uber or Deliveroo, were approved by a European Parliament committee on Thursday.

EU leaders ready to extend Brexit transition period
EU leaders at a summit in Brussels to review progress on Brexit talks declared their readiness Thursday to consider any British proposal to extend the two-year transition period once the UK leaves the EU.

Family cop-out no excuse for copyright infringement: EU Court
Blaming another family member for illegal file-sharing does not exonerate the owner of an internet connection used for copyright infringements through file-sharing, the EU Court ruled on Thursday.

Commission and Bill Gates launch EUR 100m clean energy investment fund
The EU and Breakthrough Energy signed an agreement Wednesday to set up an investment fund to help innovative European companies develop and bring new clean energy technologies to the market.

EU-Vietnam trade deal ready for signing, says Brussels
The EU Commission adopted the EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements Wednesday, paving the way for their signature and reflecting EU will to put such trade deals in place as soon as possible.