Latest European Commission News

In first since 2002, EU not forcing any states to cut debt

Nov. 20, 2019 6:41 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — For the first time since 2002, the European Commission is not taking legal action against any of its members over high budget deficits or debt, and is instead encouraging some to spend more to help the economy. The EU’s executive arm said Wednesday that eight countries were at risk...

EU court refers doubts on Polish judiciary to national court

Nov. 19, 2019 10:39 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top court ruled Tuesday that there are reasons to question the independence of a new judicial chamber in Poland that monitors and potentially punishes judges. However, the European Court of Justice left it to Poland’s highest court to determine whether the new...

The Latest: EU calls for closure of migrants camp in Bosnia

Nov. 18, 2019 10:29 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on migration flows to Europe (all times local): 4:25 p.m. European Union officials have reiterated their call for the closure of a camp in northwestern Bosnia where hundreds of migrants are living in poor conditions with almost no facilities. An EU delegation warned during a visit...

EU acts against Colombia for slapping duties on fries

Nov. 15, 2019 7:10 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is launching a case against Colombia at the World Trade Organization for slapping extra duties on fries from the bloc. The European Commission said Friday that it has repeatedly implored Colombia to lift the duties, ranging from 3% to 8%. The commission says the tariffs...

EU bank to stop funding fossil fuel projects in 2 years

Nov. 14, 2019 3:37 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The European Investment Bank said Thursday that it will stop financing fossil fuel energy projects from the end of 2021 as part of an effort to fight climate change. The decision, which ends fossil fuel funding a year later than initially proposed, follows lengthy negotiations among European...

EU takes legal action against UK over commissioner dispute

Nov. 14, 2019 1:22 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is piling pressure on Britain and has launched legal action against the departing member of the 28-country bloc over its decision not to name a candidate for the EU’s executive arm. The EU Commission said in a statement Thursday that it sent a letter of formal...

The Latest: EU launches action against UK over commissioner

Nov. 14, 2019 12:17 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Britain’s failure to name a candidate for the new European Commission. (all times local): 6:15 p.m. The European Union has launched legal action against the United Kingdom following the country's decision not to name a candidate for the bloc's executive arm. The EU...

Auditors urge EU to quickly fix migrant policy shortfalls

Nov. 13, 2019 11:18 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Auditors on Wednesday urged the European Union to improve its approach to easing migrant pressure on Greece and Italy as people languish in camps on the Greek Islands, and to draw lessons from its shortcomings before a new crisis hits. Well over 1 million people arrived in Europe in 2015,...

EU chief Juncker's aneurysm operation has been successful

Nov. 13, 2019 7:00 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The spokeswoman for European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says he is recovering well from an aneurysm operation and is expected to leave intensive care later Wednesday. Mina Andreeva said that "his return to office will depend on the speed of his recovery." The 64-year-old is...

Court says EU states must label Israeli settlement products

Nov. 12, 2019 10:31 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top court ruled Tuesday that EU countries must identify products made in Israeli settlements on their labels, in a decision that was welcomed by rights groups but sparked anger in Israel. The European Court of Justice said that when products come from an Israeli...