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E-commerce still vulnerable to VAT and customs duty evasion: EU auditors

E-commerce still vulnerable to VAT and customs duty evasion: EU auditors

Many challenges in collecting correct amounts of VAT and customs duties on e-commerce remain to be resolved, according to a report from the European Court of Auditors published on Tuesday.

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MEPs confirm Ursula Von der Leyen as first female Commission President

MEPs confirm Ursula Von der Leyen as first female Commission President

Members of the European Parliament confirmed in a secret ballot Tuesday Ursula von der Leyen as President of the next European Commission, voted in with a narrow majority by 383 MEPs.

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EU takes next step over judicial reforms in Poland

EU takes next step over judicial reforms in Poland

The EU Commission took the next step in an ongoing infringement procedure against Poland Wednesday, sending a 'reasoned opinion' regarding a new disciplinary regime for Polish judges.

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EU, US agree pharmaceuticals mutual recognition

EU, US agree pharmaceuticals mutual recognition

The EU and the United States have completed a Mutual Recognition Agreement, with both sides agreeing to reduce barriers and increase trade in pharmaceuticals as part of ongoing EU-U.S. trade talks.

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EU opens probe into Amazon use of sensitive data

EU opens probe into Amazon use of sensitive data

The European Commission opened a formal investigation Wednesday into whether Amazon's use of sensitive data from independent retailers selling on its 'marketplace' breaches EU competition rules.

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Airbnb decides to conform to EU consumer rules

Airbnb decides to conform to EU consumer rules

Following its negotiations with Airbnb, the EU Commission announced Thursday that the accommodation platform had improved and 'fully clarified' the way it presents offers to consumers.

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Global tensions and uncertainty test EU economy

Global tensions and uncertainty test EU economy

While Europe's economy is set for continued growth in 2019, the near-term outlook is clouded by global trade tensions and significant policy uncertainty, according to the EU's Summer 2019 Economic Forecast.

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EU bank stress test too feeble: auditors

EU bank stress test too feeble: auditors

The latest bank stress test by the European Banking Authority should have been more demanding in testing banks' resilience to systemic risks across the EU, the EU Court of Auditors said on Wednesday.

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EUR 35m EU funding for AI solutions to fight cancer

EUR 35m EU funding for AI solutions to fight cancer

The EU Commission launched a call for proposals Tuesday for EUR 35 million available aimed at supporting the development of analysis of health images for cancer diagnostics based on Artificial Intelligence

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EU unwavering in its support for Ukraine

EU unwavering in its support for Ukraine

At the 21st EU-Ukraine Summit in Kiev Monday, the European Union affirmed its strong partnership with Ukraine as well as its support for the country's continued progress on reform and fighting corruption.

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Finland's EU presidency kicks off in Helsinki

Finland's EU presidency kicks off in Helsinki

Finland's presidency of the EU, which began 1 July, promises to focus on strengthening the Union's common values and the rule of law, as well as its position as a global leader in climate action.

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Ursula von der Leyen nominated as next EU Commission chief

Ursula von der Leyen nominated as next EU Commission chief

The EU at a special summit Tuesday proposed Ursula von der Leyen, Germany's German defence minister and a member of the centre-right CDU, as candidate for the next president of the European Commission.

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Italy escapes EU excessive deficit censure over public debt

Italy escapes EU excessive deficit censure over public debt

Following Italy's announcement of further measures to address public debt, the EU Commission decided Wednesday not to propose opening an Excessive Deficit Procedure for lack of compliance with EU debt criterion.

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State support for Peugeot plant in Spain comes under EU scrutiny

State support for Peugeot plant in Spain comes under EU scrutiny

The EU Commission opened a probe Monday into whether Spain's granting EUR 20.7m of public support to PSA for investing in its existing car plant in Vigo, Spain is in line with EU rules on regional state aid.

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New EU dispute resolution for double taxation in force

New EU dispute resolution for double taxation in force

New rules to ensure more effective resolution of tax disputes between EU Member States came into force Monday, offering more tax certainty for businesses and individuals experiencing double taxation issues.

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EU signs trade agreement with Vietnam

EU signs trade agreement with Vietnam

The EU and Vietnam signed in Hanoi the EU-Vietnam trade and investment protection agreements Sunday, the most ambitious free trade deal between the EU and an emerging economy to date.

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EU reaches agreement with Mercosur on huge trade deal

EU reaches agreement with Mercosur on huge trade deal

The EU and the Mercosur trading bloc comprising Argentina, Brazil Paraguay and Uruguay reached a political agreement on Friday on a comprehensive trade deal - the largest the EU has ever concluded.

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EU lifts Taiwan's yellow card for illegal fishing following reforms

EU lifts Taiwan's yellow card for illegal fishing following reforms

The EU lifted its illegal fishing 'yellow card' against Taiwan Thursday in recognition of the country's upgrading its legal and administrative systems to fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

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First 17 'European Universities' selected

First 17 'European Universities' selected

The European Commission announced Wednesday the higher education institutions from all over Europe that will be part of the first “European Universities” alliances.

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New EU cybersecurity certification rules in force

New EU cybersecurity certification rules in force

The EU's Cybersecurity Act, agreed by negotiators in December 2018, entered into force Thursday, providing Europe with a framework of cybersecurity certification of products, processes and services.

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