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EU looks to protect journalists against abusive lawsuits 06 October 2021, 18:01 CET
The EU Commission launched a consultation Monday on action against abusive lawsuits lodged against journalists to prevent them informing the public and reporting on matters of public interest.

European airlines agree to speedier cancellation refunds 05 October 2021, 18:59 CET
16 major airlines committed Thursday to better information and timely refunds for passengers whose flights are cancelled, following dialogue with the EU Commission and national consumer authorities.

EU calls on VW to fully compensate consumers over 'Dieselgate' 30 September 2021, 21:23 CET
Six years after the 'Dieselgate' scandal broke, the EU Commission called on German car manufacturer Volkswagen to compensate EU consumers for misleading them over vehicles' emission standards.

EU looks to crack down on migrant smugglers 30 September 2021, 21:22 CET
Releasing a report on migration and asylum Wednesday, the EU Commission put forward a renewed EU action plan against migrant smuggling and tougher sanctions for employers of illegal migrants.

Go-ahead for EUR 5 billion Brexit adjustment reserve 29 September 2021, 21:12 CET
The EU Council gave its final approval Tuesday to a fund of five billion euros aimed at helping Member States' hardest hit regions tackle the negative impact of the UK's withdrawal from the European Union.

Brussels proposes common USB-C charger for electronic devices 29 September 2021, 00:25 CET
The Commission put forward legislation Thursday to establish a common charging solution for mobile phones, hailing it as an important step against e-waste and consumer inconvenience.

Insurance review to boost investment in Europe's recovery 28 September 2021, 18:02 CET
A review of EU insurance rules ('Solvency II'), adopted Wednesday by the Commission, should help insurance companies scale up long-term investment in Europe's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

EU falling behind on sustainable investments: auditors 23 September 2021, 18:42 CET
The EU is not doing enough to channel money into sustainable activities, its auditors said Monday, with the transition to a net-zero emission economy requiring significant private and public investment.

'Wise persons' start work on future of EU Customs Union 22 September 2021, 23:46 CET
The EU Commission announced Friday the launch of a new special group tasked with identifying innovative solutions for the most pressing challenges that face the EU's Customs Union.

EU fund to help mitigate the impact of Brexit 20 September 2021, 21:58 CET
With trade between the EU and the UK increasingly affected as a result of Brexit, a EUR 5 billion fund is set to support people, companies and countries affected by the UK's withdrawal from the European Union.

EUR 7 billion call for key European infrastructure projects 19 September 2021, 17:17 CET
A call for proposals launched yesterday under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Transport programme is making EUR 7 billion available for European transport infrastructure projects.

EU puts forward fishing quotas for Med and Black Seas in 2022 19 September 2021, 16:42 CET
A plan for fishing opportunities for 2022 in the Mediterranean and the Black Seas, set out Friday by the EU Commission, reflects its ambition for achieving sustainable fisheries in these two sea basins.

Von der Leyen calls for stronger EU defence cooperation 15 September 2021, 18:05 CET
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 15 September 2021, 18:05 CET
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 09 September 2021, 17:04 CET
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 09 September 2021, 17:03 CET
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 07 September 2021, 15:56 CET
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 02 September 2021, 00:05 CET
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 31 August 2021, 22:22 CET
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 26 August 2021, 23:13 CET
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 09 August 2021, 19:35 CET
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 09 August 2021, 19:34 CET
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 09 August 2021, 19:22 CET
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 05 August 2021, 22:08 CET
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 04 August 2021, 00:37 CET
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.