European Commission

Ten non-EU Financial Centres Authorised to do Business in the EU

BRUSSELS, Dec 16 – The European Union has authorized a batch of countries outside the bloc to offer clearing and trading of securities to EU firms, under a regime that Britain may also have to use after Brexit. The EU’s executive European Commission said on Friday it has granted so-called equivalence to the clearing houses

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Uber in Landmark Court Battle on Tuesday to Escape Strict Rules

BRUSSELS, Nov 28 – Uber will seek to convince Europe’s top court next week that it is a digital service, not a transport company, in a case that could determine whether app-based startups should be exempt from strict laws meant for regular companies. The European Commission is trying to boost e-commerce, a sector where the

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EU Will Not Water Down Criteria For Turkish Visa Waiver: Juncker

By Gabriela Baczynska STRASBOURG, April 19  – Turkey must meet all criteria for visa-free travel with Europe, a top European Union official said on Tuesday, after Ankara threatened to walk away from a crucial migration deal with Brussels unless it eased travel rules for Turkish citizens. The EU depends on Turkey for a deal its

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EU Executive to Present Steps to Tighten External Border Controls

By Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS, April 6 – The European Union’s executive will propose on Wednesday a raft of technical measures to strengthen its external borders as it seeks to tackle both an uncontrolled influx of migrants and security threats following deadly attacks in Paris and Brussels. More than 160 people were killed in the November

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EU’s Juncker Sees Progress in Migrant Crisis, Praises Merkel

BERLIN, Feb 17 – European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told Germany’s Bild daily that Europe is making progress in tackling the migrant crisis and praised Chancellor Angela Merkel for sticking to “long-sighted” policies in the face of criticism. In an interview published on Wednesday, a day before leaders hold a closely-watched summit on the refugee

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The Brunt of Climate Change

By Barbara Lewis PARIS, Dec 5 – Small islands affected by the rising sea levels also face the greatest risk of diseases linked to a warmer planet, health leaders said on Saturday, as 13 million medical professionals added to the calls for a global climate pact. Hundreds of thousands more people will die every year from heat

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