Latest European Commission News

EU scraps pesticide proposal in another concession to protesting farmers

Feb. 06, 2024 11:41 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s executive arm shelved an anti-pesticide proposal Tuesday in yet another concession to farmers after weeks of protests that blocked many capitals and economic lifelines across the 27-nation bloc. Although the proposal had languished in EU...

Why European Union officials are taking angry farmers so seriously before Thursday's summit

Feb. 01, 2024 00:21 AM EST

HALLE, Belgium (AP) — The writing of angry farmers was on the Paris-to-Brussels highway in giant yellow letters visible from up high: “Ursula, We are here!” It was chalked onto the road with an equal measure of defiance and desperation, warning European Commission Ursula von...

Traffic-blocking farmers now closing in on EU capital in a protest seeking better market conditions

Jan. 31, 2024 15:20 PM EST

HALLE, Belgium (AP) — Farmers blocked more traffic arteries across Belgium, France and Italy on Wednesday, as they sought to disrupt trade at major ports and other economic lifelines. They also moved in on Brussels on the eve of a major European Union summit, in a sustained push for better prices...

EU Commission changes social media post about Auschwitz after protests from Poland

Jan. 28, 2024 17:48 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland on Sunday asked the European Commission to fix a social media post about the Holocaust, saying it wrongly linked the Auschwitz death camp to Poland, rather than Nazi Germany. In a video posted Saturday on the X platform by European Commission President...

EU officials urge Bosnia to press ahead with reform in order to start accession negotiations

Jan. 23, 2024 09:13 AM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The European Commission chief and the prime ministers of the Netherlands and Croatia told Bosnia on Tuesday to press on with reforms and seize a chance to begin accession negotiations with the European Union before the 27-nation block holds a parliamentary vote...

European Union institutions gear up for a fight over Orbán's rule of law record, funds for Hungary

Jan. 18, 2024 09:16 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's institutions are gearing up for a fight over Hungary and a contentious transfer of 10 billion euros (nearly $11 billion) in funds to Budapest. The European Parliament decided to assess Thursday whether to take the bloc's executive branch, the...

Google should pay a multibillion fine in antitrust shopping case, an EU court adviser says

Jan. 11, 2024 06:50 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A legal adviser to the European Union's top court said Thursday that Google should pay a whopping fine in a long-running antitrust case in which regulators found the company gave its own shopping recommendations an illegal advantage over rivals in search results. The...

EU pays the final tranche of Ukraine budget support for 2023. Future support is up in the air

Dec. 21, 2023 08:04 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday paid the final tranche of a multibillion-euro support package to Ukraine to help keep its war-ravaged economy afloat this year, leaving the country without a financial lifeline from Europe as of next month. The EU has sent 1.5 billion...

EU court annuls approval of French pandemic aid to Air France and Air France-KLM

Dec. 20, 2023 09:47 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Low-cost airlines Ryanair and Malta Air won a court case Wednesday against the European Union's decision to approve billions of euros in state aid by the French government to Air France and holding company Air France-KLM during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ryanair has...

EU regulators say Amazon's acquisition of vacuum maker iRobot may harm competition

Nov. 27, 2023 16:42 PM EST

European regulators said Monday that Amazon’s proposed acquisition of robot vacuum maker iRobot may harm competition. The European Commission, the European Union’s executive arm and top antitrust enforcer, said it has informed Amazon of its “preliminary view” regarding the...