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Margrethe Vestager © EU
27/06/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health

The European Commission has fined Google €2.42 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Google has abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another Google product, its comparison shopping service.

Cecilia Malmström © EU
26/06/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Enlargement, external relations and trade

European exporters reported a 10% increase in the number of trade barriers they encountered in 2016 alone. 372 such barriers were in place at the end of last year in over 50 trade destinations across the world. 

Miguel Arias Canete and Joe Mizzi © EU
26/06/2017 - Energy, environment and climate / Transport and travel

The Council adopted, without debate, a regulation on Energy efficiency labelling which allows customers to be more aware of the energy efficiency and energy consumption of household appliances. 

View of European Council meeting room © EU
23/06/2017 - Institutional affairs

On the first day of the European Council, EU leaders adopted conclusions on security and climate change. They also discussed foreign affairs issues. On Friday, the EU leaders met again to discuss economy and trade issues, as well as migration. 

Pierre Moscovici © EU
21/06/2017 - Business, taxation and competition

The European Commission has today proposed tough new transparency rules for intermediaries - such as tax advisors, accountants, banks and lawyers - who design and promote tax planning schemes for their clients. 

Marianne Thyssen © EU
20/06/2017 - Asylum and migration / Culture, education and youth

On the occasion of the United Nations' World Refugee Day, the European Commission is today releasing the 'EU Skills Profile Tool for Third-Country Nationals'.

View of meeting room, Luxembourg © EU
19/06/2017 - Asylum and migration / Enlargement, external relations and trade

EU foreign ministers discussed the current crisis in the Gulf region. EU ministers urged de-escalation of the crisis through dialogue and negotiation. They expressed their full support for the mediation efforts of Kuwait. 

Valdis Dombrovskis and Edward Scicluna © EU
16/06/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The Council agreed its stance on part of a package of proposals aimed at reducing risk in the banking industry. The Council closed excessive deficit procedures for Croatia and Portugal, confirming their deficits have dropped below the EU's 3% of GDP reference value. 

European Parliament building, Strasbourg © EU
16/06/2017 - Institutional affairs

This week’s plenary session dealt with issues such as energy labelling, ambitious plans to cut CO2 emissions, and the Erasmus programme. 

Christine Lagarde, Pierre Moscovici and Jeroen Dijsselbloem © EU
16/06/2017 - Economy and the euro

The Eurogroup finalised its discussion on the ongoing second review of Greece's macroeconomic adjustment programme financed by the European Stability Mechanism. 

Representation of collaborative economy © EU
15/06/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The EU should reap the benefits of the “collaborative” or “sharing” economy, while ensuring fair competition, workers’ rights and tax compliance.

Young woman using mobile from next to a train © EU
15/06/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Transport and travel

As of today roaming charges in the European Union will no longer apply. “The European Union is about bringing people together and making their lives easier. The end of roaming charges is a true European success story.” 

Logo de la COP21 © UE
14/06/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Energy, environment and climate

Plans for new compulsory greenhouse gas cuts under the Paris agreement were backed by MEPs, following a debate on the announced U.S. withdrawal. 

Bâtiment de la Cour européenne de justice © UE
14/06/2017 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights

In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law. 

View of meeting room, Luxembourg © EU
13/06/2017 - Economy and the euro

Central counterparties (CCPs) from the EU are already well regulated and equipped to deal with financial distress, thanks to a raft of measures adopted in the wake of the financial crisis. However, further reforms to ensure a more consistent and robust supervision of CCPs in EU and non-EU countries are now needed to deal with emerging challenges.

European energy labels on washing machines © EU
13/06/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Energy, environment and climate

MEPs gave the green light for a tool enabling customers to choose products reducing energy consumption and their energy bills. A new, more robust A to G scale showing the energy efficiency of household appliances to keep pace with technological progress was approved by MEPs. 

Tibor Navracsics in front of poster for the 30th anniversary of Erasmus © EU
13/06/2017 - Culture, education and youth

The EU today celebrates 30 years of its 'Erasmus' programme. From Erasmus to Erasmus+, 9 million people have now benefited from exchanges abroad. 

Phil Hogan, Clint Camilleri © EU
12/06/2017 - Food, farming and fisheries

The Council held an orientation debate on the legislative proposal for a new regulation on organic production and labelling of organic products. 

12/06/2017 - Asylum and migration / Justice and citizens’ rights

Ministers exchanged views on migration policy, in particular on the situation in the Central Mediterranean and on the implementation of the Malta declaration of 3 February 2017. 

View of Council meeting room, Luxembourg © EU
09/06/2017 - Energy, environment and climate / Transport and travel

The Council agreed on a general approach on a proposal to increase regulatory oversight and price transparency for cross-border parcel delivery services. Ministers also adopted two sets of conclusions: on the priorities for the EU's maritime transport policy up to 2020 and on road safety. 

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