Latest European Commission News

Workers’ paradise? Portugal's new teleworking law takes flak

Nov. 27, 2021 03:49 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s new law on working from home makes the European Union country sound like a workers’ paradise. Companies can’t attempt to contact their staff outside working hours. They must help staff pay for their home gas, electric and...

EU eases its controls on COVID-19 vaccine exports

Nov. 26, 2021 09:16 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said on Friday that it will ease its restrictions on exporting COVID-19 vaccines. The Commission, the EU's executive arm, said that as of January it will no longer require vaccine producers to request special authorization to export...

EU to limit political ads, ban use of certain personal info

Nov. 25, 2021 15:27 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Concerned by the misuse of political advertising to undermine elections, the European Union on Thursday unveiled plans to help people better understand when they are seeing such ads online and who is responsible for them. The proposals, aimed at ensuring...

EU warns differing virus measures put free travel at risk

Nov. 25, 2021 10:09 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union warned member countries Thursday that they risk undermining the 27-nation bloc’s COVID-19 travel and access certificate system with new restrictions that some are putting in place to try to thwart a surge in cases. At the same time,...

EU regulator authorizes Pfizer's COVID vaccine for kids 5-11

Nov. 25, 2021 07:30 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The European Union's drug regulator on Thursday authorized Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine for use on children from 5 to 11 years old, clearing the way for shots to be administered to millions of elementary school pupils amid a new wave of infections sweeping...

Israel, Belgium clash over settlement products labeling

Nov. 24, 2021 13:57 PM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel's deputy foreign minister canceled meetings with Belgian officials on Wednesday after a decision by Brussels earlier this week to begin labeling products made in Jewish West Bank settlements. Idan Roll said on Twitter he was scrapping...

Bus crashes, catches fire in Bulgaria; at least 45 dead

Nov. 23, 2021 14:50 PM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A bus carrying tourists back to North Macedonia crashed and caught fire in western Bulgaria early Tuesday, killing at least 45 people, including a dozen children, authorities said. DNA tests were being carried out to identify the victims. The bus...

Belarus says it has helped more than 100 migrants leave

Nov. 23, 2021 11:56 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarusian authorities say they have helped more than 100 migrants leave the country on Monday and more are prepared to leave Tuesday, a statement that comes after almost two weeks of tensions at Belarus' border with Poland, where hundreds of people remain stuck. ...

Poland: Belarus eyes using Afghan migrants as border pawns

Nov. 21, 2021 12:29 PM EST

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Poland’s leader on Sunday warned against more possible migrant pressures on the European Union’s border with Belarus, this time coming from Afghanistan and Uzbekistan. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki spoke in Vilnius, the capital of...

EU opens door to giving aid for semiconductor production

Nov. 18, 2021 09:43 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission said Thursday that it could approve aid to fund production of semiconductors in the 27-nation bloc amid a global chip shortage and intense worldwide competition to fill the need. The EU's executive arm expects that the scarcity of...