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EU opens doors to mark Europe Day
The European Union's main institutions threw open their doors to the public Monday, marking Europe Day, May 9, a celebration of the anniversary of the founding of the EU.

EU agrees better access to public sector websites and apps
Public sector bodies' websites and mobile applications will have to offer improved access for disabled and elderly people, under a provisional deal struck by Parliament and Council negotiators.

Pope Francis receives EU Charlemagne Prize
Pope Francis was awarded the prestigious 2016 Charlemagne Prize at a ceremony held at the Vatican Friday, at which the presidents of the three EU institutions delivered a joint eulogy.

EUR 1.8m EU aid to help redundant Belgian workers
The EU Commission is proposing to provide Belgium with EUR 1.8 million to help 488 workers made redundant by several manufacturers of construction machinery in the Wallonia region.

EU looks to reform asylum system
The European Commission proposed to reform Europe's asylum system Wednesday, promising a fairer and more sustainable system for allocating asylum applications among EU Member States.

Turkish citizens could get visa-free travel to EU by June
The European Commission has opened the way for a decision on visa-free travel for citizens of Turkey by June, on the understanding that Turkey fulfils outstanding benchmarks of its Visa Liberalisation Roadmap.

EU forecasts modest growth amid Brexit warning
The EU forecast continuing modest growth for Europe's economy Tuesday, but warned that the outlook was affected by uncertainty surrounding the Chinese economy and the UK's upcoming referendum on EU membership.

New EU customs rules into force
New customs rules for the European Union will make life simpler for businesses that trade in Europe and better protect consumers against illegal and counterfeit goods, says the EU Commission.

EU backs crowdfunding as alternative funding source for startups
The European Commission gave its backing to the use of crowdfunding as an alternative source of finance for start-ups in the EU Member States, in a report on the sector published on Tuesday.

EU CO2 emissions from energy use edge up in 2015
Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuel combustion increased by 0.7% in the European Union in 2015 compared with the previous year, according to figures from Eurostat, the EU's statistical office.

Eurozone industrial producer prices up 0.3 pct
Industrial producer prices rose by 0.3% in the eurozone in March compared with a month earlier, according to estimates from Eurostat, and by 0.4% in the EU as a whole.

EU roaming charges come down before their end in 2017
Texting or surfing online from another EU Member State (roaming) became cheaper Saturday as new rules on roaming and net neutrality entered into force.

EU railway package on track to boost rail travel in Europe
The European Parliament approved Thursday the first 'technical' part of a comprehensive railway package which aims to make rail travel in Europe more attractive.

EU policy for the Arctic unveiled
The EU set out Wednesday a strategy for integrating policies on the Arctic region, focusing on climate change, environmental protection, sustainable development and international cooperation.

MEPs vote to end manipulation of benchmark interest rates
The European Parliament delivered a boost for financial market stability in the EU Thursday by voting in a new law to ensure robust and transparent benchmark setting.

Big variations in jobless across EU regions
While unemployment rates fell in the majority of EU regions in 2015 compared with the previous year, figures from Eurostat show a huge variation in the levels of unemployment across Europe.

More Europeans age 30-34 complete tertiary education
An increasing number of Europeans aged 30 to 34 complete tertiary education - from 23.6% in 2002 to 38.7% in 2015 - while there are fewer and fewer early leavers from education and training, figures from Eurostat show.

Eurozone needs 'simpler budget rules': Dijsselbloem
"The budget rules for countries in the eurozone need to be simpler, more predictable and easier to explain," said Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem, at an informal meeting of EU finance ministers in Amsterdam Sunday.

70 pct employment for 20-64 yr-olds in EU
The employment rate of the EU population aged 20 to 64 stood at 70.1% in 2015, up compared with 2014 (69.2%), but still slightly below its 2008 peak (70.3%), according to Eurostat, the EU's statistical office.

EU trade mark applications continue upward rise
Applications for European Union trade marks continued their upward rise in 2015, with Germany leading the way from the Member States, and Paris from the regions. Almost 90,000 EU trade mark applications were received from the Member States in 2015.

Chinese toys, clothing top EU's 2015 list of unsafe products
Toys and clothing top the list of dangerous products for which the EU issued Europe-wide alerts last year, with China remaining the number one country of origin for products on the EU's alert system.

EU puts forward new approach for handling refugees
Self-reliance and dignity are the themes of a new approach set out by the European Commission on Tuesday for refugees and displaced people coming to the EU.

EU issues country warnings against illegal fishing
The European Union issued new warnings on illegal fishing to Kiribati, Sierra Leone and Trinidad and Tobago Thursday. At the same time, it lifted its red card against Sri Lanka.

'Historic day for climate action': EU signs Paris climate deal
The EU signed the global Paris climate agreement in a high-level ceremony in New York Friday. The agreement was concluded in December 2015 at the UN climate change conference in Paris.

EU agri-food trade continues to increase
EU agri-food exports in February 2016 were worth EUR 10.2 billion, well above export values in January, and even slightly above exports in February last year, according to the EU's latest monthly statistical report.