Latest European Commission News

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...

What's at stake in the European Parliament election that concludes Sunday?

Jun. 09, 2024 02:12 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Nearly 400 million European Union citizens have been going to polls this week to elect members of the European Parliament, or MEPs, in one of the biggest global democratic events. Far-right parties are seeking to gain more power amid a rise in the cost of living...

German Chancellor Scholz warns next European Commission president against courting far-right support

May. 24, 2024 12:51 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz waded into the European election campaign on Friday by warning that the next president of the European Commission should not seek support from far-right parties hoping to make big gains in next month’s vote. Left-leaning parties across...

EU Commission fines Oreo maker Mondelez 337.5 million euros for blocking cross-border sales

May. 23, 2024 07:25 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission has imposed a fine of 337.5 million euros ($366 million) on food company Mondelez, the owner of Oreo cookies and other snack brands, for obstructing sales of its products between EU member states, the bloc's executive arm said on Thursday. ...

Facebook and Instagram face fresh EU digital scrutiny over child safety measures

May. 16, 2024 12:00 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The European Union opened fresh investigations Thursday into Facebook and Instagram over suspicions that they're failing to protect children online, in violation of the bloc's strict digital regulations for social media platforms. It's the latest round of scrutiny...

Thousands rally in Slovakia to protest a controversial overhaul of public broadcasting

May. 02, 2024 14:01 PM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Thousands of Slovaks rallied in the capital on Thursday to protest – again – a controversial overhaul of the country’s public radio and television services, a move that critics say would result in the government taking full control of the media. ...

European Union official von der Leyen visits the Finland-Russia border to assess security situation

Apr. 19, 2024 09:32 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The head of the European Union's executive branch said Friday that Finland's decision to close its border crossings with Russia over a surge in migrants is a security matter for the whole 27-member bloc to consider. European Commission President Ursula...

EU, Britain and Spain say significant progress made in talks on post-Brexit status of Gibraltar

Apr. 12, 2024 11:26 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — British and Spanish foreign ministers said a new round of talks held Friday over the status of the disputed territory of Gibraltar following Britain’s exit from the European Union were productive and significant progress was made. The meeting was between Spain's...

Apple, Google, Meta targeted under new European law meant to prevent cornering of digital markets

Mar. 25, 2024 13:29 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — European Union regulators opened investigations into Apple, Google and Meta on Monday, the first cases under a sweeping new law designed to stop Big Tech companies from cornering digital markets. The European Commission, the 27-nation bloc's executive arm, said it...

The EU will impose tariffs on Russian grain, fearing Moscow will use exports as a weapon of war

Mar. 22, 2024 06:21 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission wants to prevent Russia from using farm products as a tool to wreak havoc on the EU market and is moving to impose tariffs on grain imports from Russia and Belarus. The tariffs are also aimed at denying Russia revenue, because they will...