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Online business platforms to be more transparent under new EU rules 26 April 2018, 18:18 CET
New rules for online platforms, announced Thursday by the EU Commission, aim to create a fair, transparent and predictable business environment for their smaller business and trader users.

Messi can register 'MESSI' trademark says EU Court 26 April 2018, 13:16 CET
Lionel Messi, the world's best-paid footballer, can register the trademark 'MESSI' for sports equipment and clothing, the EU's top Court ruled Thursday despite a Spanish company's 'MASSI' trademark.

EU probe threatens Apple's acquisition of Shazam 25 April 2018, 23:42 CET
The European Commission opened an in-depth investigation under the EU Merger Regulation Tuesday into U.S. tech giant Apple's proposed acquisition of the UK's Shazam music identification service.

New EU rules to help companies grow and merge in single market 25 April 2018, 20:36 CET
EU companies should find it easier to merge, divide or move within the single market and to digitalise setting-up and running a business, under new company law rules outlined Wednesday by Brussels.

Whistleblowers to be protected by EU law 24 April 2018, 14:05 CET
In the wake of the Dieselgate, Luxleaks, Panama Papers and recently the Cambridge Analytica revelations, the EU Commission proposed Monday a new law strengthen whistleblower protection across the EU.

Mexico and EU agree revamped trade deal 24 April 2018, 14:05 CET
Almost all trade in goods between the EU and Mexico are to be duty-free, including in agriculture, following Saturday's agreement on a new trade deal, part of a broader, updated global agreement.

After Dieselgate: Europe's car type approval rules tightened 23 April 2018, 20:48 CET
Stronger supervision of the European car approval system was voted in by the EU Parliament Thursday, giving the Commission the power to make sure manufacturers are no longer able to cheat on emissions.

EU extends anti-dumping duties on Chinese steel rope 20 April 2018, 23:33 CET
The European Commission decided Friday to extend anti-dumping duties on imports of Chinese steel rope and cable for another five years. Duties of 60.4 per cent have been in place since 1999.

Brussels bids to revive Europe's city centres 20 April 2018, 20:12 CET
The EU Commission published a set of best practices for the retail sector Thursday in a bid to revive city centres and increase innovation and competitiveness in one of the EU economy's biggest sectors.

Logging in Bialowieza Forest broke law: EU Court 20 April 2018, 00:14 CET
Increasing logging operations in Poland's Białowieza Forest nature reserve infringed EU law, the European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday in a final judgement.

Green light for new EU rules on organic food 19 April 2018, 23:25 CET
Euro-MPs gave the green light Thursday to a new law on organic food production and labelling, with a view to boosting organic production and ensuring that only high-quality organic food is sold in the EU.

Kitkat protected status in doubt in EU Court's opinion 19 April 2018, 20:53 CET
The future of the three-dimensional shape of Nestle's ‘Kit Kat 4 fingers’ chocolate as an EU trade mark is in doubt following Thursday's opinion of the Advocate-General of the European Court of Justice.

Brussels urges early signing of Japan trade deal 19 April 2018, 00:13 CET
The European Commission urged a swift conclusion of trade deals with Japan Wednesday, presenting the outcome of negotiations on the biggest bilateral trade partnership ever negotiated by the EU.

EU raises recycling targets for circular economy 18 April 2018, 23:40 CET
The European Parliament backed ambitious targets for recycling Wednesday under legislation on waste and the circular economy intended to benefit the environment, climate, and human health.

EU aims for near zero-energy buildings by 2050 18 April 2018, 23:23 CET
MEPs set a goal of near zero-energy buildings in the EU by 2050 Tuesday as they gave final approval to the Energy Performance of Buildings directive for smarter and more energy efficient buildings.

Commission recommends membership talks for Albania, Macedonia 18 April 2018, 22:53 CET
The Commission's annual Enlargement Package, adopted Tuesday, recommends that the Council open accession negotiations with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and with Albania.

MEPs back new rules for funding of political parties 18 April 2018, 22:50 CET
The European Parliament in plenary Tuesday approved new rules governing the public funding for European political parties and foundations, to ensure that this is used properly and transparently.

Brussels wants fingerprints added to ID cards 18 April 2018, 20:36 CET
The EU Commission put forward a package of security measures Tuesday, including more secure ID cards, stricter rules on explosives and firearms, and better data sharing to help fight crime and terrorism.

EU foreign ministers call for relaunch of Syria peace talks 18 April 2018, 00:01 CET
The parties involved in the Syrian conflict need to relaunch a political solution in the framework of the UN-led Geneva process, EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said at a Council meeting Monday.

6 hours for tech firms to hand over key evidence under EU security proposal 18 April 2018, 00:01 CET
Police and judicial authorities would gain easier and faster access to e-evidence such as e-mails or documents under new EU proposals to help them investigate, prosecute and convict criminals and terrorists.

Brussels looks to clamp down on unfair food trading practices 17 April 2018, 15:47 CET
The EU Commission put forward proposals Thursday to ban the most damaging unfair trade practices in the food supply chain, with a view to ensuring fairer treat­ment for smaller food and farming businesses.

EU puts forward 'military mobility' defence plan 13 April 2018, 00:02 CET
The European Commission and the EU's foreign affairs chief presented Wednesday an Action Plan to improve military mobility within and beyond the European Union.

Food safety: EU acts to make food studies more reliable 12 April 2018, 23:51 CET
Responding to public concern in the form of a 'European Citizens' Initiative', the EU Commission presented Wednesday a proposal to improve the transparency of scientific studies in the area of food safety.

Member states approve posting of workers compromise 12 April 2018, 13:43 CET
EU ambassadors approved Wednesday a compromise text negotiated with the Euro-Parliament on the posting of workers - employees sent to work in another EU member state on a temporary basis.

Brussels confirms antitrust raids on sports media firms 12 April 2018, 00:46 CET
EU officials carried out unannounced inspections in several Member States at the premises of companies active in the distribution of media rights and related rights relating to sports events and broadcasting.