Latest European Commission News

Zuzana Caputova inaugurated as 1st Slovak female president

Jun. 15, 2019 7:50 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Liberal environmental activist and lawyer Zuzana Caputova was inaugurated Saturday as the first female president of Slovakia. Caputova took the oath of office at a special session of Parliament, becoming Slovakia's fifth president since it gained independence after the split of...

EU hails draft deal to boost US beef imports

Jun. 14, 2019 7:43 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission says it's reached an agreement with the United States to allow more hormone-free U.S. beef onto the European market. The commission said Friday the "in-principle" deal would allow U.S. farmers to export 35,000 tons of beef to the bloc. The increased tonnage will be...

EU finance ministers agree Italy should face debt action

Jun. 14, 2019 4:52 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union finance ministers say Italy's high debt contravenes EU rules and that the country should face penalties for failing to comply. Mario Centeno, who chairs meetings of finance ministers from the 19 countries using the euro currency, said Friday that they agree with a European...

EU finance ministers urge Italy to respect debt pledges

Jun. 13, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union finance ministers urged Italy Thursday to respect its pledges to bring its blown-out deficit back into line with EU rules amid threats of possible legal action against the country. "We need to reassure everyone — Italian citizens, firms, European investors —...

Scottish leader: Brexit signals need to chart future path

Jun. 13, 2019 2:08 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says Brexit and the "horror show" of the British government leadership contest are signs that Scotland needs to chart a different future path, probably outside the United Kingdom. Sturgeon said Tuesday that "increasingly, Scotland and the U.K. are...

Moldova crisis sparks calls for EU help in ending tensions

Jun. 12, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — The ongoing political crisis and power struggle in Moldova sparked urgent calls for help Wednesday from the European Union to end the tensions. The president of neighboring Romania, Klaus Iohannis, warned in a letter to the European Council President Donald Tusk and European...

EU asks Italy to better explain debt or face legal action

Jun. 12, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Europe's economy commissioner on Wednesday urged the Italian government to quickly provide any new information it might have to explain its high debt levels or face the prospect of imminent legal action. Pierre Moscovici told reporters that "we stand ready to take into account any new...

EU set to delay membership talks with Albania, N Macedonia

Jun. 12, 2019 8:06 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders appear set to push back the start of membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia despite warnings that further delays could undermine pro-democratic reform efforts and stability in the volatile Balkans region. The prospect of EU membership has been a powerful...

France's Macron backs Merkel for EU post - if she wants it

Jun. 11, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron says he would support German Chancellor Angela Merkel if she wanted to be the head of the European Union's executive body. The French leader said Tuesday the EU "needs someone strong" at the helm of the European Commission but that he wouldn't try to influence...

EU regulator blocks Thyssenkrupp-Tata Steel merger

Jun. 11, 2019 7:12 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's antitrust regulator says it's blocking a planned merger between German steelmaker Thyssenkrupp and India's Tata Steel because the move would have cut competition and pushed up prices. The decision was expected. Thyssenkrupp had said last month that it expected the...