Latest European Commission News

European Union says X's blue checks are deceptive 'dark patterns' that breach its social media laws

Jul. 12, 2024 12:26 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The European Union said Friday that blue checkmarks from Elon Musk's X are deceptive and that the online platform falls short on transparency and accountability requirements, the first charges against a tech company since the bloc's new social media regulations took effect. ...

EU accepts Apple pledge to let rivals access 'tap to pay' iPhone tech to resolve antitrust case

Jul. 11, 2024 12:18 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The European Union on Thursday accepted Apple’s pledge to open its “tap to pay” iPhone payment system to rivals as a way to resolve an antitrust case and head off a potentially hefty fine. The European Commission, the EU's executive arm and top antitrust...

EU commission approves Lufthansa purchase of long-troubled Italian airline ITA, with conditions

Jul. 03, 2024 09:49 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The European Commission on Wednesday approved Lufthansa’s takeover of Italian airline ITA with conditions to protect competition in a deal that Italy's finance minister called “historic.” Lufthansa will invest 325 million euros ($350 million) to acquire a 41%...

European Union accuses Facebook owner Meta of breaking digital rules with paid ad-free option

Jul. 01, 2024 08:47 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — European Union regulators accused social media company Meta Platforms on Monday of breaching the bloc's new digital competition rulebook by forcing Facebook and Instagram users to choose between seeing ads or paying to avoid them. Meta began giving European users the...

EU leaders have tapped their top brass. Von der Leyen must win over parliament to keep her job

Jun. 28, 2024 13:34 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s leaders this week agreed with surprising speed on a trio of top jobs, tapping European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen for a second term, Portugal’s António Costa as European Council President, and Estonia’s Kaja Kallas as their top diplomat....

Von der Leyen, Costa and Kallas endorsed for the EU's top jobs. Here's who they are and what they do

Jun. 27, 2024 21:45 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Following the elections for EU Parliament, European Union leaders have agreed on the officials who will hold the key positions in the world’s biggest trading bloc in the coming years for issues ranging from antitrust investigations to foreign policy. The three...

Microsoft breached antitrust rules by bundling Teams with office software, European Union says

Jun. 25, 2024 09:42 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Microsoft violated European Union antitrust rules with “possibly abusive” practices by tying its Teams messaging and videoconferencing app to its widely used business software, the bloc said. The European Commission said Monday it informed Microsoft of its...

Apple becomes first target of EU's new digital competition rules aimed at big tech

Jun. 24, 2024 15:42 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — European Union regulators on Monday leveled their first charges under the bloc’s new digital competition rulebook, accusing Apple of preventing app makers from pointing users to cheaper options outside its App Store. The European Commission said that according to...

EU leaders break off talks on top job nominees without result

Jun. 17, 2024 18:50 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Leaders of European Union countries reached no final agreement on candidates for the bloc's top jobs Monday, but several praised the record of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and she appeared on track to secure their endorsement later this month for a second...

EU Commission asks 3 major porn sites to give details on kids' protection measures under digital law

Jun. 13, 2024 13:20 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission is asking three of the world’s biggest pornography sites to provide details of the measures they have taken to better protect minors from accessing their content and prevent gender-based violence. The European Union's executive branch took...