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High standards for Europe's bathing water

High standards for Europe's bathing water

by EUbusiness — 26 May 2016, 16:43 CET

Forty years after the first Bathing Water Directive was introduced, the EU's annual bathing water report show the standards of Europe's bathing water continuing to improve.

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Rubik's Cube trade mark invalid: EU Court judge

Rubik's Cube trade mark invalid: EU Court judge

by EUbusiness — 25 May 2016, 18:14 CET

The EU trade mark representing the shape of a Rubik’s Cube must be declared invalid, according to the Opinion of the European Court of Justice' Advocate-General on Wednesday.

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EU okays AB InBev-SABMiller deal, on conditions

EU okays AB InBev-SABMiller deal, on conditions

by EUbusiness — 25 May 2016, 17:35 CET

Brussels gave AB InBev, the world's largest brewer, the green light Tuesday for a proposed acquisition of SABMiller, the second largest brewer -- so long as it sells practically the entire SABMiller beer business in Europe.

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EU targets geo-blocking to boost e-commerce

EU targets geo-blocking to boost e-commerce

by EUbusiness — 25 May 2016, 17:25 CET

Retailers will no longer be able to refuse to sell goods and services to people living in other EU countries under a three-pronged bid to boost e-commerce in Europe, unveiled on Wednesday.

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Eurozone finance ministers agree to unlock Greek aid

Eurozone finance ministers agree to unlock Greek aid

by EUbusiness — 25 May 2016, 17:25 CET

The EU's Eurogroup ministers welcomed a staff-level agreement between Greece and the institutions Tuesday, paving the way for finalisation of the first review of Greece's macroeconomic adjustment programme.

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EU rail freight not on right track: Court of Auditors

EU rail freight not on right track: Court of Auditors

by EUbusiness — 25 May 2016, 12:27 CET

The EU's aim of shifting freight from road to rail is not working, said the European Court of Auditors Tuesday in a new report which shows a decline in rail's share of EU freight since 2011.

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New EU rules on tobacco target young smokers

New EU rules on tobacco target young smokers

by EUbusiness — 24 May 2016, 16:55 CET

New rules for tobacco products sold in the EU came into force Friday, aiming to reduce the number of smokers, especially among young people, ensuring all are fully aware of the harmful effects of tobacco use.

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EU again delays decision on glyphosate renewal

EU again delays decision on glyphosate renewal

by EUbusiness — 20 May 2016, 17:32 CET

The European Commission again postponed a vote on whether to renew the licence for the controversial herbicide glyphosate on Thursday, despite a WHO warning about a link to cancer.

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EU tightens sanctions against N Korea

by EUbusiness — 19 May 2016, 17:30 CET

The EU added another 18 people and one entity to the list of those subject to EU restrictive measures against North Korea Thursday, adding to sanctions imposed by United Nations Security Council resolutions.

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Nearly 16,000 victims of trafficking in the EU

Nearly 16,000 victims of trafficking in the EU

by EUbusiness — 19 May 2016, 17:14 CET

15,846 women, men, girls and boys were registered as victims of trafficking in the EU, according to a report presented Thursday by the European Commission on progress in the fight against trafficking in human beings.

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Spain, Portugal under caution over budget deficits

Spain, Portugal under caution over budget deficits

by EUbusiness — 18 May 2016, 23:52 CET

Spain and Portugal were given one more year to correct their excessive deficits after the European Commission published its Spring economic package Wednesday.

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One year delay for MiFID II directive

One year delay for MiFID II directive

by EUbusiness — 18 May 2016, 21:48 CET

The EU confirmed Wednesday a one-year delay to the MiFID directive, new securities market rules which regulate firms providing share-dealing services, after a Council agreement with the European Parliament.

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Annual inflation in the EU down to -0.2 pct

by EUbusiness — 18 May 2016, 12:45 CET

European Union annual inflation dropped to -0.2% in April 2016, down from 0.0% in March. The rate for March last year was also 0.0%, according to Eurostat, the EU's statistical office.

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EU toughens rules to stop rigging of market benchmarks

EU toughens rules to stop rigging of market benchmarks

by EUbusiness — 18 May 2016, 12:35 CET

The EU adopted new rules Tuesday aimed at restoring trust in interest rate benchmarks and avoiding the kind of manipulation of such instruments seen in the recent Libor and Euribor scandals.

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Eurozone trade surplus up to EUR 28.6 bn in March

by EUbusiness — 17 May 2016, 12:44 CET

First estimates for March show a surplus in international trade in goods for the Eurozone of EUR 28.6 bn and a EUR 7.2 bn surplus for the whole EU, according to Eurostat, the EU's statistical office.

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MEPs vote against market economy status for China

MEPs vote against market economy status for China

by EUbusiness — 13 May 2016, 15:49 CET

EU Parliament members voted against dumping and the granting of market economy status (MES) to China Thursday. This is seen as an important signal that the EU will not grant MES so long as China fails to meet its WTO obligations.

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Better protection against cancer-causing chemicals 'could save 100,000 lives'

Better protection against cancer-causing chemicals 'could save 100,000 lives'

by EUbusiness — 13 May 2016, 15:46 CET

New EU rules to limit exposure to 13 cancer-causing chemicals at the workplace could save 100,000 lives in the next 50 years, says Employment Commissioner Marianne Thyssen.

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EU prolongs Schengen controls for six months

EU prolongs Schengen controls for six months

by EUbusiness — 12 May 2016, 22:38 CET

Foreign affairs ministers agreed Thursday to prolong by six months controls at certain internal Schengen borders of the EU in Germany, Austria, Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

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New EU rules to attract non EU students & researchers

New EU rules to attract non EU students & researchers

by EUbusiness — 12 May 2016, 16:38 CET

Harmonised EU entry and residence rules were approved by the EU Parliament Wednesday, making it easier and more attractive for people from third countries to study or do research at EU universities.

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EU blocks Hutchison acquisition of O2 in the UK

EU blocks Hutchison acquisition of O2 in the UK

by EUbusiness — 12 May 2016, 15:29 CET

The European Commission blocked the proposed acquisition of O2 by Hutchison under the EU Merger Regulation Wednesday. It says the merger would have led to less choice and higher prices for UK mobile customers.

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