Latest European Commission News

EU ombudsman slams executive arm over vaccine communication

Jan. 28, 2022 08:59 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive arm is responsible of “maladministration" for mishandling a request for access to text messages between its president and the CEO of pharmaceutical company Pfizer regarding COVID-19 vaccine purchases, the bloc's ombudsman said Friday. ...

EU launches WTO action against China over Lithuania dispute

Jan. 27, 2022 13:48 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and China on Thursday stepped up their diplomatic dispute as the EU took a spat over exports problems for member state Lithuania to world trade's governing body, and accused Beijing of seeking to undermine the 27-nation bloc's single market. China...

EU regulator recommends Pfizer's COVID pill be authorized

Jan. 27, 2022 10:22 AM EST

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The European Medicines Agency has recommended that Pfizer's coronavirus antiviral drug be authorized for use in the 27-nation European Union, the first time the agency has recommended a pill for treating COVID-19. In a statement on Thursday, the EU drug regulator...

EU court annuls Intel's 2009 billion euro antitrust fine

Jan. 26, 2022 17:32 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Chipmaker Intel scored a decisive legal victory Wednesday in a long-running battle against European Union competition watchdogs after a court reversed itself and threw out a billion-euro antitrust fine issued more than a decade ago. The EU's General Court annulled...

EU leaders worried by rise in antisemitism, Holocaust denial

Jan. 26, 2022 14:17 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders pledged Wednesday to confront the rise of antisemitism and Holocaust denial witnessed during the coronavirus pandemic, on the eve of the annual commemorations of Auschwitz’s liberation. European Council President Charles Michel said the...

Ukrainian leaders: Stay calm, Russian invasion not imminent

Jan. 25, 2022 16:09 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's leaders sought Tuesday to reassure the nation that an invasion from neighboring Russia was not imminent, even as they acknowledged the threat is real and received a shipment of U.S. military equipment to shore up their defenses. Moscow has denied it...

EU seeks to streamline cross-border travel during pandemic

Jan. 25, 2022 11:58 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is seeking to streamline the sometimes chaotic travel between its member states during the pandemic by relying more clearly on a person's vaccine or infection status rather than where a traveler came from. The EU's 27 Europe ministers agreed...

Migrant abuses continue in Libya. So does EU border training

Jan. 25, 2022 11:46 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — A confidential European Union military report calls for continuing a controversial EU program to train and equip Libya’s coast guard and navy despite growing concerns about their treatment of migrants, a mounting death toll at sea, and the continued lack of any central authority...

In global 5G race, European Union is told to step up pace

Jan. 24, 2022 12:39 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — As the United States grapples with the 5G rollout affecting airlines, a European Union watchdog warned on Monday the EU faces much bigger economic and security threats unless member countries step up cooperation. The alarm bells are included in a special report on...

EU orders Poland to pay 70 million euros in spat over judges

Jan. 20, 2022 11:45 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Union is ordering Poland to pay a fine of nearly 70 million euros ($80 million) for its failure to shut down a disciplinary chamber with the power to suspend or otherwise punish judges for their rulings, an official said Thursday. The move is just...