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New EU rules tell truck drivers to work less, take more breaks
New EU-wide regulations have come into force restricting the working week for lorry and coach drivers and requiring longer rest stops.
Trump threatens EU's future: Tusk
As EU leaders prepare to meet at a summit on Friday, Council president Donald Tusk listed the Trump administration alongside Islamic extremism as a major ...
EU steps up WTO action against China over technology transfers
The EU is stepping up its challenge in the World Trade Organisation to practices that force European companies to give up sensitive technology and know-how as ...
Brussels intensifies preparedness for Brexit no-deal scenario
The European Commission published detailed information Tuesday on its ongoing preparedness and contingency work in the event of a no deal scenario in the ...
EU Council authorises start of Brexit talks
The EU Council of 27 Member States formally authorised the beginning of talks with the UK Monday, following the notification of its intention to leave the EU. ...
MEPs back 35 pct CO2 emissions cuts for trucks by 2030
The EU Parliament has backed plans for lorries to cut CO2 emissions by 2030, adopting a higher target (35%) than the Commission (30%) for new lorries to reduce ...
Unfair burden on the young: EU employment review
An annual review of employment and social developments in Europe, published Monday, finds a particularly high burden, exacerbated by demographic ageing, being ...
Brussels sets out strategy on hormone disrupting chemicals
The EU Commission unveiled a long-awaited strategy on endocrine disrupting chemicals Wednesday, with the aim of protecting consumers against harmful chemicals ...
EU strikes deal for safer medical devices
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 ...
Brussels objects to VISA inter-regional fees
The European Commission sent a supplementary Statement of Objections to Visa Inc. and Visa International Thursday, focusing on inter-regional fees on ...
Work-related accidents cost EU EUR 476 bn a year
Work-related ill-health and injury costs the EU 3.3 per cent of its GDP, or EUR 476 billion every year, according to new estimates of the cost of poor ...
Brussels approves German rescue aid to Air Berlin
The EU Commission endorsed Monday under state aid rules Germany's plans to grant Air Berlin a temporary EUR 150m bridging loan to allow for the orderly ...
EU pledges EUR 300m for cleaner, safer oceans
The EU Commission announced EUR 300m of EU-funded initiatives Monday, including projects to tackle plastic pollution, make blue economy more sustainable and ...
EU on track for 2020 CO2 emissions targets
Greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union were reduced by 23% between 1990 and 2016, while the economy grew by 53% over the same period, according to the ...
EU confirms deal on energy savings and governance
EU decision-makers have reached agreement on a 32.5 per cent target for energy savings by 2030, as well as a new instrument to help EU Member States deliver on ...
EU looks to make procurement more efficient and sustainable
As part of EU efforts to stimulate the economy and unlock investment, the European Commission put forward Tuesday an initiative for more efficient and ...
Update to EU film and video rules to promote European films
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 ...
Talks set to remove barriers to free flow of data in Europe
A draft proposal to allow non-personal data to move freely across borders, removing unjustified restrictions on the geographical location for storing and ...
MEPs call for blitz on EU food waste mountain
MEPs called Tuesday for a halving of food waste in the EU by 2030, by lifting existing restrictions on food donations and eliminating confusion about 'best ...
Structural weakness holding back growth: EU economic reports
The EU Commission published Wednesday its annual analysis of the economic and social situation in the Member States, including progress in implementing ...
2017 EU Budget prioritises growth, jobs and migrant crisis
A draft EU Budget for 2017 of EUR 134.9 bn, proposed by the EU Commission, focuses on supporting recovery of the economy and addressing Europe's border and ...
EU pharma waiver to boost generic drugs exports
The EU Commission proposed Monday to adjust intellectual property rules to help Europe's pharmaceutical companies tap into fast-growing global markets and ...
EU imports of American soybeans jump 283 pct
Following up on a July agreement between the EU and U.S. president Trump, the European Commission reported Wednesday an increase of 283% in imports of soybeans ...
Ministers make progress on VAT reform and fight against fraud
EU finance ministers agreed Tuesday on new rules to exchange more information and boost cooperation on criminal VAT fraud, as well as measures to cut VAT ...
EU safeguards taxpayers' right to VAT refunds
The European Commission is to postpone the deadline for the submission of VAT refund requests related to 2009, to give more time to taxpayers to apply for VAT ...
EU launches action to tackle antimicrobial resistance
The European Commission launched Thursday a new EU action plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance - a growing threat responsible for 25,000 deaths and a loss ...
Brussels set to act on antimicrobial resistance
The EU is to bring out a new action plan next year to combat antimicrobial resistance - the ability of micro-organisms to resist antimicrobial treatments, ...
InBev fined EUR 200m for breaching EU antitrust rules
The EU Commission fined Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's biggest beer brewer, some EUR 200 million Monday for breaching EU antitrust rules through its actions ...
Road safety targets unlikely to be met: EU report
While 2017 showed an improvement in the number of fatalities on Europe's roads, reaching the EU's goal of halving road fatalities between 2010 and 2020 will be ...
Social media record on removing hate speech improves
IT companies removed around 70% of illegal hate speech notified to them, according to an evaluation of the EU Code of Conduct on countering illegal online hate ...