Latest European Commission News

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...

3 new candidates for European Commission clear 1st hurdle

Nov. 12, 2019 9:03 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Three new candidates for the European Commission have cleared a first hurdle in their nomination process after lawmakers scrutinizing possible conflicts of interest gave the go-ahead on Tuesday. The new Commission — the powerful executive arm of the European Union that proposes laws...

Next EU Commission chief wants to increase foreign spending

Nov. 12, 2019 4:52 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The next European Commission president says she wants to spend almost a third more on foreign policy goals over the next half decade to better establish the EU as a global player. Ursula von der Leyen said Tuesday that the extra money is needed to develop a stronger strategic culture of the...

Human Rights Watch says Croatia should not join Schengen

Nov. 8, 2019 1:31 PM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia should not be allowed into Europe's border-free travel zone because of its treatment of migrants crossing into the country from neighboring Bosnia and Serbia, a leading international human rights body said Friday. In a report, Human Rights Watch criticized the European...