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Von der Leyen calls for stronger EU defence cooperation
In her 'State of the Union' address to the European Parliament Wednesday, Commission president Ursula von der Leyen called on EU member states to step up cooperation on security and defence.

Strengthened EU export controls target dual-use technologies
New export controls, which entered into force Thursday, will reinforce the EU's response to the threat of 'dual-use technologies' such as cyber-surveillance that can be misused for human rights violations.

EU seeks financial penalties for Poland over judiciary reforms
The EU Commission sought fines for Poland at the European Court of Justice Tuesday to ensure compliance with two key rulings last July aimed at protecting the independence of Polish judges.

New EU energy labels for lighting products come into force
A new energy label started appearing on lamps sold across the European Union as from 1 September, helping consumers to get clearer, more helpful information on the energy efficiency of lamps.

70 pct of EU adult population now fully vaccinated
The European Union reached an important milestone Tuesday when it announced that 70 per cent of its adult population - over 256 million adults - have now received a full vaccine course against COVID-19.

EU sets out Baltic Sea fish quotas for 2022
The EU Commission outlined Thursday its proposals for next year's fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea, on which EU countries will determine how much fish can be caught in the sea basin.

EU consults on chemicals labelling revision
The Commission launched a public consultation Monday on the revision of the Regulation on the classification, labelling and packaging of chemical substances and mixtures (“CLP Regulation”).

EU strives to get its citizens and local staff out of Afghanistan
European Union ministers of foreign affairs stressed the need to ensure the safe evacuation of EU citizens and local staff at an extraordinary meeting to consider latest developments in Afghanistan.

EU sends help to Greece as wildfires rage
The European Union's Civil Protection Mechanism continued to channel support to Greece and other Mediterranean countries Monday as they battle to bring unprecedented forest fires under control.

EU outlines vision for blended education
The EU Commission outlined measures Thursday to address gaps in education brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, and also longer-term to 'blend' learning environments in primary and secondary education.

EU opens probe into Facebook's acquisition of Kustomer
The Commission announced Tuesday it was opening an in-depth investigation into whether Facebook's proposed acquisition of Kustomer would distort competition under the EU Merger Regulation.

Commission acts against 12 EU states over unfair trading practices
The European Commission opened infringement procedures Tuesday against 12 Member States for failing to transpose EU rules banning unfair trading practices in the agri-food sector.

New EU authority to crack down on money-laundering
The EU Commission proposed Monday a new authority to combat money laundering, part of a package of measures to strengthen Europe's fight against money laundering and countering terrorism financing.

EU sets out roadmap to climate neutrality in 2050
The EU Commission set out a set of climate, energy, transport and taxation policies Wednesday, a wide-ranging package to set Europe's economy on course to a 55% carbon emissions reduction by 2030.

Employers can ban hijab at work, rules EU Court
An employer may ban the wearing of the Muslim hijab at work, the EU Court of Justice ruled Thursday, there is a need to present a neutral image towards customers or to prevent social disputes.

EU agrees increased public scrutiny of environment-related acts
The EU Parliament and Member States reached provisional political agreement Monday on amending the Aarhus Regulation to allow for increased public scrutiny of EU acts affecting the environment.

EU fines Daimler, VW EUR 875m for colluding on emissions cleaning
Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen group breached EU antitrust rules by colluding on technical development in the area of nitrogen oxide cleaning, the European Commission found Thursday.

Faster rebound forecast for European economy
Europe's economy was forecast to rebound faster than previously expected Wednesday, as the improved health situation prompted a swifter easing of pandemic control restrictions in the second quarter.

EU sets out green finance package
The EU Commission adopted measures Tuesday to improve the funding of sustainable projects, with an EU Green Bond Standard to facilitate capital flows to green investments and transition projects.

EU code to promote sustainable food system
65 companies and associations signed a new EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business Monday, with a view to increasing the availability and affordability of healthy and sustainable food options.

EU digital COVID certificate goes live
The EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation entered into application Thursday, allowing EU citizens and residents to have their Digital COVID Certificates issued and verified across the European Union.

EU looks to phase out cages for farm animals
The EU Commission responded positively Wednesday to a European citizens' petition to 'End the Cage Age' with plans for a legislative proposal by 2023 to prohibit cages for a number of farm animals.

EU air passenger rights fall by wayside during pandemic: report
The rights of air passengers have not been safeguarded in the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report published on Tuesday by the European Court of Auditors (ECA).

Boost for EU consumer rights in wake of pandemic
Consumers are set to gain extra protection when they take out a loan, according to proposals published Wednesday by the Commission revising EU rules on consumer credit and general product safety.

Sharp decrease in CO2 emissions of new cars in Europe
Provisional monitoring data published Tuesday shows the average CO2 emissions of new cars registered in the EU, Iceland, Norway and the UK in 2020 decreased by 12 per cent compared to 2019.