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Egg scare prompts EU to consider national food safety officers

Member states have agreed on Tuesday (26 September) to consider appointing a single "food safety officer" to improve communications in the case of food contamination. The ministerial conference was held to look back on the fipronil crisis that took place ...

EU commission says Spanish website seizures are legal

The European Commission has refused to defend free expression following a clamp down on pro-Catalan websites by the Spanish government. Speaking to reporters in Brussels on Tuesday (26 September), the EU commission's chief spokesperson, Margaritis Schinas, ...

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Tusk: No sufficient progress yet in Brexit talks

European Council chief Donald Tusk said there had not been sufficient progress in Brexit talks to move onto discussing the future UK-EU relationship after meeting with PM Theresa May in London on Tuesday. Tusk feels "cautiously optimistic" about May's " ...

EU commission sees 'more evidence' of dual food quality

EU commissioner for consumers Vera Jourova said on Tuesday (26 September) there was "more evidence" that the alleged practice of 'dual food quality' exists in Europe. "We have heard many complaints of consumers noticing that the coffee, drinks, or fish ...

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EU commission provides €2mn for food quality studies

The European Commission has made €1 million available to member states that want to carry out studies on the alleged practice of "dual food quality", it announced Tuesday. Particularly eastern states have managed to make allegations of differing food ...

Opinion

A social Europe needs better housing

Local authorities play a central role in delivering social inclusion and welfare measures, as front-line providers of public services, such as housing support. However, the global financial crisis exposed the existing inefficiencies of housing markets, ...

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Almost a third of Europeans unaware of cost-free roaming

According to an EU-funded poll, 71% of Europeans know that telecom operators are no longer allowed to charge for making calls and going online abroad in the EU. After years of negotiations, the EU banned roaming charges as of 15 June. Since then, the share ...

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No immediate declaration after Tallinn digital summit

The Estonian presidency will write a report about the debate on Europe's digital future after Friday's summit in Tallinn, but the summit itself will not produce a written text, a source close to the presidency told journalists in a briefing. Estonian prime ...

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Alternative women's rights fund raises €292mn

A global fund to replace US family planning aid has raised €292 million, said outgoing Dutch development minister Liliane Ploumen on Monday. The centre-left politician had proposed the fund in January, after US president Donald Trump banned US aid money ...

London firms seek free trade after Brexit

London's leading businesses are proposing a free trade deal on financial services after Brexit, including a dispute settlement body to secure the City's leading role in finance. A report launched on Tuesday (26 September) by the the International ...

Macron to lay out plan for EU 'pioneers'

French president Emmanuel Macron will present his proposals to "rebuild Europe" and fight back against anti-EU forces on Tuesday afternoon (26 September), right after the German elections increased uncertainties on which direction to take. With plans to ...

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Russian gay rights activist calls for EU action

Igor Kochetkov, the head of the Russian LGBT Network, an NGO, told the European Parliament on Monday he had helped 76 gay men to flee persecution in Chechnya, a self-ruling Russian province, but urged the EU to get more involved. "You could launch you own ...

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Food maker shamed on inferior products in Croatia

British baby food maker HiPP has said it will relaunch its products after a study in Croatia found that its jars contained 14 percent fewer carrots than equivalent ones sold in Germany. The move comes after an EU outcry over what some politicians called " ...

Polish president disappoints EU on judicial reform

Polish president Andrzej Duda's proposals on judicial reform are unconstitutional and do little to stop politicisation of the judiciary, legal experts say. Two months after he vetoed the government's laws on overhauling the Supreme Court (SC) and National ...

Italy brushes off southern alliance in EU agency race

Italian state secretary of European affairs Sandro Gozi did not want to commit to a Greek proposal to have all Mediterranean EU countries support each others' bids to host the European Medicines Agency (EMA). "There are many talks. Everybody is talking to ...

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British PM to meet EU president on Brexit

British prime minister Theresa May is to meet EU Council head Donald Tusk in London Tuesday for first talks on her ideas on Brexit as outlined in a speech in Florence last week, the BBC reports. Her speech was criticised by EU leaders for lack of clarity, ...

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Russia's Ukraine 'republic' opens mission in France

The Donetsk People's Republic, a self-proclaimed and Russia-controlled entity in east Ukraine, opened a mission in Marseilles, France, on Monday under the headship of Hubert Fayard, a right-wing French local politician. "We will be coordinating ...

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Cities united by love of good food

Overlooking the rolling countryside just nine miles from Barcelona, Mollet del Valles, a city in Spain of 53,000 people, always had a tradition of eating well and protecting the land. But there was never a city-wide food policy linking producers and ...

Barnier: No transition before Brexit divorce is settled

Following British prime minister Theresa May's speech last week, the EU has urged for more clarity from the UK side during the start of the fourth round of Brexit talks on Monday (25 September), "The EU is keen and eager to understand better how the UK ...

Article 7 not mentioned in Poland probe update

EU member states have urged the European Commission and Poland to resolve rule of law concerns, just as Polish president Andrzej Duda proposed new amendments that would increase the political grip on the judiciary. EU affairs ministers met in Brussels on ...

US tests EU patience over Privacy Shield

The European Commission is struggling to get the US administration to comply with a data privacy pact known as Privacy Shield. Outstanding issues remain, following a review of the deal with the EU commissioner for justice, Vera Jourova, who told reporters ...

Europe holds off on storing CO2

In six weeks, climate negotiators will meet in Bonn, Germany, to attend the United Nations' annual climate conference. They will debate how they can implement the global agreement struck in Paris in 2015, which aimed to slow down the average temperature ...

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EU to outline online hate speech rules

The European Commission on Wednesday will unveil, in a communication, what it thinks is the best way to regulate online hate speech. Speaking to reporters on Monday, EU justice commissioner Vera Jourova said that she prefers "voluntary action" and "more ...

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Polish president proposes judicial reform amendments

Polish president Andrzej Duda on Monday presented his proposals to amend a controversial reform of the judiciary. He said new members of the National Council of the Judiciary should be elected by the lower house with a 3/5 majority and that they would be ...

Analysis

Merkel's win heralds uncertain time

Angela Merkel's election on Sunday (24 September) for a fourth term might open her most difficult period yet as chancellor, while limiting her room for manoeuver in talks on EU reform. She will have to muster all her powers of diplomacy to keep a fractious ...

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Left-wing MEP De Masi elected to Bundestag

Member of the European Parliament Fabio Di Masi was elected into the German parliament Sunday, his office said in a press release on Monday. He will step down as an MEP once the new Bundestag has its first sitting. Di Masi is in the far-left Die Linke ...

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French PM downplays news of glyphosate ban

French prime minister Edouard Philippe said in a statement on Monday that France will work during his five-year term to "make progress towards a glyphosate ban ... and an agriculture [sector] that is less dependent on pesticides". The statement came ...

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France to ban glyphosates

France will ban glyphosate within five years, including in the agricultural sector, a government spokesman announced Monday. The decision comes as the EU is still discussing whether to renew the license for the product, which is used by chemical ...

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EU closes deficit procedure for Greece

EU states closed the excessive deficit procedure for Greece on Monday, after the country reduced its deficit below 3% of its GDP. The procedure was opened in 2009, when its deficit was 15.1%. In 2016, Greece recorded a 0.7% surplus. However, the country ...

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AfD leader will not join party's parliamentary group

Frauke Petry, the chairwoman of far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) since July 2015, announced on Monday that she will not be joining the party's parliamentary group in the German Bundestag. The announcement appeared to surprise other AfD members ...