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EU strategy to support Myanmar reform 02 June 2016, 21:47 CET
The EU's foreign policy chief and the European Commission adopted a Joint Communication Thursday setting out a vision for EU engagement with Myanmar as the country's transition enters its next phase.

European Youth Orchestra finds EU lifeline 02 June 2016, 21:12 CET
The European Youth Orchestra, under threat of imminent closure, found a lifeline Wednesday when the European Commission announced it had found short and long term solutions to keep it alive.

Brussels gives support for 'sharing economy' 02 June 2016, 18:33 CET
Support for the so-called 'sharing economy' was given by the Commission Thursday with guidelines on online platforms which offer services such as sharing houses and car journeys.

Germany need not recognise nobility of German 'count' 02 June 2016, 17:10 CET
Germany is under no obligation to recognise noble titles awarded to himself by a German national while in Britain, according to a ruling from the European Court of Justice Thursday.

Eurozone industrial producer prices down 0.3 pct in April 02 June 2016, 16:28 CET
Industrial producer prices in the eurozone fell by 0.3 per cent in April 2016 compared with the month before, and by 0.2 per cent in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat.

EU warns Poland on rule of law 02 June 2016, 01:43 CET
The European Commission warned Poland on Wednesday of a "systemic risk to the rule of law" in a first step setting out the EU's concerns on various constitutional issues.

Europe can be 'global hub for standardisation' 02 June 2016, 01:11 CET
A new Communication on standardisation, adopted Wednesday by the European Commission, aims to ensure that Europe remains a global hub for standardisation.

Brussels looks for short-term glyphosate extension 02 June 2016, 01:09 CET
The European Commission called Wednesday for the EU Plants Animals Food and Feed Committee to meet on June 6 to discuss a limited extension of the authorisation of the herbicide glyphosate.

EU looks to extend flagship investment plan 02 June 2016, 00:08 CET
The European Commission looked Wednesday to extend its flagship Investment Plan for Europe beyond 2018, hailing its achievements in creating jobs and 'getting Europe investing again'.

May inflation in eurozone forecast at -0.1 pct 01 June 2016, 23:08 CET
Eurozone annual inflation is expected to be -0.1% in May 2016, up slightly from the -0.2% in April, according to a flash estimate from Eurostat, the EU's statistical office.

Eurozone jobless lowest since 2011 at 10.2 pct 01 June 2016, 23:03 CET
The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for the Eurozone remained stable at 10.2% in April compared with the previous month, according to Eurostat, and down from 11.0% in April last year.

Tech giants sign up to EU code against online hate 01 June 2016, 12:36 CET
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft signed up Tuesday to an EU code of conduct that includes a series of commitments to combat the spread of illegal hate speech online in Europe.

New EU-wide border system moves a step closer 01 June 2016, 12:36 CET
The setting up of an integrated EU border management system moved a step forward Monday as MEPs in committee backed plans for a flagship European Border and Coast Guard agency.

EU and Mexico start trade and investment talks 01 June 2016, 12:35 CET
Mexico and the European Union hailed a new page in the history of EU-Mexico relations Monday as trade and investment talks began between the two commercial partners.

EU advisers under scrutiny 31 May 2016, 12:17 CET
The European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, has opened a strategic inquiry into how the European Commission carries out conflict of interest assessments for its Special Advisers.

Commission pledges new transparency for expert groups 31 May 2016, 11:27 CET
The European Commission has adopted new rules on how it selects the advisory expert groups which provide external expertise to help inform the policy-making process.

Trade secrets directive to protect innovation in Europe 31 May 2016, 10:46 CET
New EU rules to help firms win legal redress against theft or misuse of their trade secrets were agreed by EU ministers Friday, the aim being to protect innovation and creation in Europe.

G7 leaders push free trade agenda 28 May 2016, 00:24 CET
Leaders of the G7 countries meeting at a summit in Japan reaffirmed their commitment to open and fair global trade and called for swift progress on regional trade agreements, including the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement and TTIP.

EU strikes deal for safer medical devices 28 May 2016, 00:19 CET
Safer medical devices and fast patient access to innovative devices are the aim of a provisional deal on new rules for medical devices and in vitro diagnostic products reached by the EU Council and Parliament Wednesday.

EU pilot scheme to break regulatory barriers to innovation 27 May 2016, 11:43 CET
The European Commission issued calls for expressions of interest on Thursday from projects contributing to EU plans on the circular economy, in a pilot scheme to break down regulatory barriers to innovation.

Poland taken to EU Court of Justice over biofuel restrictions 26 May 2016, 19:23 CET
Poland is being referred to the Court of Justice of the EU for establishing restrictions in Polish law against certain imported biofuels and raw materials for biofuel, the Commission said Thursday.

UK broadband scheme complies with EU state aid rules 26 May 2016, 18:13 CET
The UK's National Broadband Scheme for 2016-2020, which aims to connect homes and businesses throughout the UK to high speed broadband. complies with EU state aid rules, the EU said Thursday.

EU-US 'Privacy Shield' data deal needs improvement, say MEPs 26 May 2016, 17:55 CET
The European Parliament urged the EU Commission Thursday to go on negotiating with the United States over the proposed 'Privacy Shield' protection for EU citizens’ data transferred to the US for commercial purposes.

Update to EU film and video rules to promote European films 26 May 2016, 17:13 CET
An update for EU audiovisual rules outlined by the Commission Wednesday looks to promote European films as well as protect children and tackle hate speech with a 'new approach to online platforms'.

High standards for Europe's bathing water 26 May 2016, 16:43 CET
Forty years after the first Bathing Water Directive was introduced, the EU's annual bathing water report show the standards of Europe's bathing water continuing to improve.