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EU steps up legal action against Poland over judicial independence 14 August 2018, 21:43 CET
The European Commission took another step in its infringement procedure against Poland over the rule of law Tuesday, pursuing efforts to protect the independence of the Polish Supreme Court.

Russia loses WTO claims against EU energy policy 14 August 2018, 21:43 CET
Russia lost most of its claims against EU energy policy measures at the World Trade Organisation Friday, over alleged incompatibility of the EU's third energy package with the multilateral trade rules.

European firms get EU protection from Trump Iran sanctions 07 August 2018, 23:51 CET
As the first batch of re-imposed US sanctions on Iran take effect, the EU's updated 'Blocking Statute' entered into force early on 7 August to mitigate their impact on EU companies doing business in Iran.

Drought-hit European farmers get extra EU support 07 August 2018, 14:55 CET
Europe's farmers grappling with extreme drought are receiving payments from the EU in advance and being granted extra flexibility to use land normally not used for production to feed their animals.

Digital rights open up for holidaymakers across EU 03 August 2018, 12:26 CET
Following the end of roaming charges across the European Union last year, holidaymakers are now able to travel with their online TV, film, sports, music or e-book subscriptions at no extra cost.

EU imports of American soybeans jump 283 pct 03 August 2018, 12:25 CET
Following up on a July agreement between the EU and U.S. president Trump, the European Commission reported Wednesday an increase of 283% in imports of soybeans from the United States.

EU could pay states EUR 6,000 to take in migrants 25 July 2018, 13:19 CET
The EU could pay financial support to Member States that accept transfers of refugees disembarking in their country, under plans outlined by the European Commission on Tuesday.

EU investment plan exceeds EUR 315 bn target 20 July 2018, 11:30 CET
An EU funding plan to fund growth and innovation mobilised EUR 335 billion in additional investment since July 2015, and has made a clear impact on the EU economy, the Commission said Wednesday.

EU takes legal action against Hungary over migrants 19 July 2018, 23:39 CET
The Commission has referred Hungary to the EU Court of Justice for non-compliance of asylum and return legislation with EU law, and sent a letter of formal notice concerning new Hungarian migrant legislation.

Google fined EUR 4.34 bn for breaching EU antitrust rules 19 July 2018, 23:38 CET
The EU Commission fined Google EUR 4.34 billion Wednesday for using Android to cement its dominance of internet search by imposing restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile operators.

Brussels provides guidance on protection of cross-border EU investments 19 July 2018, 23:16 CET
The EU Commission issued guidance Thursday to help EU investors invoke their rights before national administrations and courts and to help states protect the public interest in compliance with EU law.

EU warns of impact of Brexit on rest of Europe 19 July 2018, 22:08 CET
The EU Commission warned Thursday of the repercussions of Brexit for citizens and businesses in both the United Kingdom and the EU, as it prepares for all outcomes of the United Kingdom's exit from the EU.

EU puts in place safeguards against steel imports after Trump tariffs 19 July 2018, 18:30 CET
The EU Commission introduced safeguard measures on imports of steel products Wednesday, to address the diversion of steel from other countries to the EU market as a result of recently imposed US tariffs.

VW yet to guarantee post-dieselgate emissions repairs 18 July 2018, 15:52 CET
VW is yet to guarantee its emissions repairs do not affect its cars' performance, the EU Commission said Tuesday in its conclusions on the 8.5 million car recalls made after the 'dieselgate' scandal.

EU signs largest ever free trade deal with Japan 18 July 2018, 15:52 CET
EU and Japanese leaders signed a landmark free trade agreement Tuesday, removing nearly all tariffs paid by EU companies exporting to Japan and sending a clear message against protectionism.

EU urges China to play by the rules on trade 17 July 2018, 18:32 CET
China needs to take responsibility for global problems of overcapacity in the steel and aluminium sectors, and conform to stricter rules on state aid, the European Union said at a summit in Beijing Monday.

Brussels warns Airbnb over pricing policy 17 July 2018, 18:31 CET
The EU Commission and consumer authorities called on online accommodation marketplace Airbnb Monday to align its terms and conditions with EU consumer rules and to be transparent on pricing.

MEPs back work-life balance reforms 16 July 2018, 18:35 CET
The EU Parliament's Employment Committee gave its backing Wednesday to approved paternity leave, non-transferable parental leave and measures to boost women's chances in the labour market.

Trade tensions with US hitting EU growth 16 July 2018, 18:34 CET
Growth is set to remain strong in 2018 and 2019, at 2.1 per cent this year and 2 per cent next year, according to the EU's latest economic forecast, but growing trade tensions with the US could hit growth.

Court upholds EC decision on state aid to UK's Hinkley nuclear plant 12 July 2018, 22:31 CET
The EU's top Court upheld Thursday a Commission decision to approve aid provided by the UK in favour of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, dismissing an action brought by Austria.

MEPs urge clamp-down on illegal trade in pets 12 July 2018, 14:10 CET
MEPs on the European Parliament's health committee proposed Wednesday measures to help EU countries tackle illegal trade in pets, often committed by cross-border criminal networks.

Brussels cracks down on use of plastic toxins 12 July 2018, 12:27 CET
The EU Commission took action Wednesday to restrict the placing on the market of articles containing four phthalates found in a wide variety of everyday plastic products, from toys to sport equipment.

EU steps up monitoring of reforms as Greece moves to normalisation 12 July 2018, 12:27 CET
The EU Commission activated an enhanced surveillance framework for Greece Wednesday to support implementation of reforms following the conclusion of its bailout through the European Stability Mechanism.

Jehovah's Witnesses must comply with data privacy law: EU Court 11 July 2018, 23:42 CET
The processing of personal data carried out by Jehovah's Witnesses during their door-to-door preaching must respect EU law on the protection of personal data, the EU's top court ruled on Tuesday.

EU anti money-laundering rules enter into force 11 July 2018, 00:12 CET
New EU rules against money laundering, which entered into force Monday, introduce stricter transparency requirements on the real owners of companies and strengthen the fight against terrorist financing.