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EUR 740m of fake goods stopped at EU borders

EUR 740m of fake goods stopped at EU borders

Fake and potentially dangerous goods worth nearly EUR 740 million were intercepted at EU customs borders in 2018, according to new figures released Thursday by the European Commission.

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No patents on naturally obtained plants and seeds, say MEPs

No patents on naturally obtained plants and seeds, say MEPs

Fruit, vegetables or animals obtained from conventional breeding processes, such as crossing, must not become patentable, the European Parliament said in a non-legislative resolution on Thursday.

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EU, UN and Smurfs help clean up world's beaches

EU, UN and Smurfs help clean up world's beaches

EU staff joined hands with local communities, and the Smurfs, on beaches across Europe and the world on Thursday, as part of the #EUBeachCleanUp campaign to clean up marine litter.

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Stop pretending to negotiate, Barnier tells UK

Stop pretending to negotiate, Barnier tells UK

Three years after the Brexit referendum, rather than pretending to negotiate, the UK needs to come up with legally binding solutions to the backstop problem, the EU's chief negotiator said Wednesday.

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New rules for online shopping in EU take effect

New rules for online shopping in EU take effect

New EU rules on online shopping, which came into force on Saturday 14 September, should make it easier and safer for consumers to pay for goods and services online and to manage their personal finances.

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EU food agency consults on cumulative risk of pesticides

EU food agency consults on cumulative risk of pesticides

The European Food Safety Authority, the EU's food agency, opened a public consultation Tuesday on its pilot assessments of the risks posed to humans by residues of multiple pesticides in food.

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Performance risks in EU defence plans, say auditors

Performance risks in EU defence plans, say auditors

The current military capabilities and cooperation of the EU Member States do not match the new level of ambition of the EU’s defence policy, says a review by the European Court of Auditors, out Thursday.

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German law restricting Google news not admissible: EU Court

German law restricting Google news not admissible: EU Court

A German provision stopping Google search from using newspaper snippets without publisher authorisation must be disregarded as it was not notified to the Commission, the EU Court ruled Thursday.

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EU reaffirms ambition for climate neutrality by 2050

EU reaffirms ambition for climate neutrality by 2050

The European Commission reaffirmed the EU's commitment to accelerated climate ambition Wednesday, as it makes preparations for a long-term strategy to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.

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Von der Leyen's new Commission affirms green credentials

Von der Leyen's new Commission affirms green credentials

EU Member States accepted Tuesday the list of Commissioners until 31 October 2024 proposed by European Commission president-elect Ursula Von der Leyen, with climate policy put forward as a top priority.

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Europe's satnav system reaches 1 billion smartphones

Europe's satnav system reaches 1 billion smartphones

Galileo, Europe's satellite navigation system, reached 1 billion smartphone users worldwide Tuesday, as the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency reached its 15th anniversary.

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EU states' VAT collection gap at EUR 137 bn in 2017

EU states' VAT collection gap at EUR 137 bn in 2017

Thorough reform of the VAT system is needed to make it more fraud-proof, the EU Commission said Thursday as it released a study showing Member States lost EUR 137 billion in VAT revenues in 2017.

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Eurojust launches new Counter-Terrorism Register

Eurojust launches new Counter-Terrorism Register

A new Counter-Terrorism Register, launched Thursday by Eurojust, the EU's agency on judicial cooperation, will help EU countries exchange information on terrorist offences in a quick, efficient and uniform manner.

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EU issues Brexit 'no-deal' checklist for European businesses

EU issues Brexit 'no-deal' checklist for European businesses

With 8 weeks to go until the possible withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU on 31 October, the Commission reiterated Wednesday its call for EU27 businesses to prepare for a ‘no-deal' scenario.

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EU sets out proposal for sustainable fishing in Baltic Sea

EU sets out proposal for sustainable fishing in Baltic Sea

The situation of fish stocks in the Baltic Sea is 'serious', the EU Commission said Friday as it set out proposals for 2020 fishing opportunities for the commercially most important fish stocks.

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Children to get EU milk, fruit and veg as school year begins

Children to get EU milk, fruit and veg as school year begins

With the start of a new school year, the EU school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme, aimed at promoting healthy eating to schoolchildren, is to resume in participating EU countries for 2019-2020.

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EU extends anti-dumping measures against Chinese bicycles

EU extends anti-dumping measures against Chinese bicycles

The EU has extended anti-dumping duties on imported Chinese bicycles of 48.5% until 2024, a measure called for by European trade unions, bicycle manufacturers, small businesses and cyclists.

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EU agrees measures to combat drought in Europe

EU agrees measures to combat drought in Europe

EU Member States agreed Wednesday to a series of support measures to ease financial difficulties faced by farmers due to adverse weather conditions, and increase the availability of feed for animals.

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EU support programme helps Greece towards financial stability

EU support programme helps Greece towards financial stability

Greece has shown steady recovery since it successfully concluded its European Stability Mechanism support programme to restore financial stability and promote growth and job creation, the EU said Tuesday.

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EU starts probe into dumped hot rolled steel from China, Taiwan and Indonesia

EU starts probe into dumped hot rolled steel from China, Taiwan and Indonesia

The European Commission initiated Monday an anti-dumping investigation into imports of hot rolled stainless steel sheets and coils from China, Indonesia and Taiwan.

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