European Commission - the best personalized free web-based Email en en European Commission The Latest: Latin America nations condemn Venezuela violence CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the protests and counter demonstrations in Venezuela (all times local): 9:15 p.m. The governments of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay are "energetically condemning" the violence in Venezuela and lamenting that international calls for the ongoing demonstrations to be peaceful have been i... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 01:16:00 GMT 2017-04-21T01:16:00Z The Latest: UN official calls for de-escalation in Syria WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on events in Syria (all times EDT): 7:30 p.m. The president of the United Nations General Assembly says the U.N. hopes there will be "no further escalation" following Thursday's missile strikes on Syrian targets by the United States. Peter Thomson of Fiji says there are "peace processes un... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 23:33:00 GMT 2017-04-07T23:33:00Z The Latest: US calls for transparency in UN Syria summit BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on events in Syria (all times local): 6:25 p.m. Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said the U.S. insisted that an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on the U.S. missile attack on Syria be held in the open so that "any country that chooses to defend the atrocities of the Syrian regime will have to do in full public vie... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:31:00 GMT 2017-04-07T16:31:00Z EU Commission clears Greek regional airport privatization ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The European Commission has approved the transfer of 14 Greek airports to a German-led consortium and says it's now up to Greece to finalize the deal, a key element of the country's bailout program. The Commission says the 1.23 billion-euro ($1.32 billion) agreement can go ahead as it did not involve state aid, was transparent and in... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:34:00 GMT 2017-03-17T11:34:00Z EU: Moldova needs to do more to improve rule of law BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union says Moldova needs to do more to improve the rule of law and the environment for business as the two sides deepen their relationship. Moldova signed an association agreement with the European Union in 2014, which took effect fully last July. In a report Monday, the European Commission and its foreign p... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:45:00 GMT 2017-03-13T12:45:00Z The Latest: Hungary defends new asylum law criticized by UN ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on migration issues in Europe (all times local): 4:45 p.m. Hungary's prime minister says new rules allowing the detention of all asylum-seekers, including unaccompanied minors older than 14, in camps on the Serbian border made of shipping containers are in line with European Union legal standards. ... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:44:00 GMT 2017-03-10T14:44:00Z UK considers intervening in Sky merger with 21st Century Fox LONDON (AP) — Britain's Culture Secretary says she is considering intervening in the proposed merger of Sky and Twenty-First Century Fox. Karen Bradley said Friday she is "minded to" issue a European Intervention Notice because of concerns about the proposed merger. She said she has not made a final decision and is inviting both parties... Fri, 03 Mar 2017 12:44:00 GMT 2017-03-03T12:44:00Z EU's foreign policy chief begins tour of Western Balkans PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — The European Union's foreign policy chief sought to encourage countries in the Western Balkans on Wednesday to press on with efforts to join the 28-nation bloc despite tensions threatening the region's stability. Federica Mogherini, the European Commission's high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, said at ... Wed, 01 Mar 2017 21:40:00 GMT 2017-03-01T21:40:00Z European Parliament panel urges improved diesel oversight BRUSSELS (AP) — A European Parliament panel chastised European authorities and automakers on Tuesday for failing to ensure that laws on diesel emissions were upheld, and called for much-improved oversight in the future. The investigating committee was set up after it emerged in late 2015 that Germany's Volkswagen had installed software that allowed cars t... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:01:00 GMT 2017-02-28T17:01:00Z Weakened graft law ignites furor, protests in Romania BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's new decree diluting the country's corruption law ignited a furor Thursday, prompting strong criticism from home and abroad and a declaration from the president that he would ask judges to declare it unconstitutional. Tens of thousands protested for the third night in Bucharest, the capital, and thousands more in some 20... Fri, 03 Feb 2017 00:01:00 GMT 2017-02-03T00:01:00Z EU slaps China, Taiwan with steel anti-dumping duties BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission has imposed anti-dumping duties on steel products from China and Taiwan to stop them flooding Europe's struggling steel market. The Commission said Friday that an investigation has confirmed that Chinese and Taiwanese stainless steel tube and a type of butt-welded pipe fitting have been sold in Europe at dumping prices. ... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 12:58:00 GMT 2017-01-27T12:58:00Z EU watchdog probes Facebook over WhatsApp merger BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission is investigating whether Facebook gave misleading information about its takeover of mobile messaging service WhatsApp. The EU's executive body on Tuesday gave Facebook until Jan. 31 to answer a "statement of objections" about merger information the social media giant gave the Commission two years ago. ... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 16:29:00 GMT 2016-12-20T16:29:00Z Greece's Tsipras visits Germany amid argument over bonus BERLIN (AP) — Greece's prime minister said Friday he wanted to reward Greeks who have made "enormous sacrifices in the name of Europe" as he visited German Chancellor Angela Merkel amid an argument about a Christmas bonus payment for low-earning pensioners. The bonus plan prompted creditors to suspend a new debt-relief deal reached only last week. The gov... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 15:31:00 GMT 2016-12-16T15:31:00Z EU gives millions to Niger to help stop flow of migrants BRUSSELS (AP) — Buoyed by the success of its refugee deal with Turkey, the European Union announced Thursday that it has earmarked hundreds of millions in euros for Niger to try to prevent people from leaving Africa in search of better lives in Europe. With arrivals in the Greek islands down to a relative trickle, the EU is now looking to stop people from... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 16:05:00 GMT 2016-12-15T16:05:00Z Greece and IMF squabble over austerity and forecasting ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek government and the International Monetary Fund squabbled Tuesday over further reforms the debt-hobbled country is being asked to make as part of its bailout. The left-led government said it refuses to legislate any further cutbacks after the bailout ends in mid-2018, and is accusing the IMF of citing "false" data in calling for sweeping pensio... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 16:18:00 GMT 2016-12-13T16:18:00Z Spain plans $528M in environmental taxes to meet EU goals MADRID (AP) — Spain wants to raise 500 million euros ($528 million) from new environmental taxes as part of a package of fiscal measures to meet the European Union's budget deficit goals. The new environmental taxes are part of the revised budgetary plan Spain has submitted to the European Commission. The plan says the new taxes will target a reduction in greenhouse gases. ... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 13:25:00 GMT 2016-12-11T13:25:00Z EU chief: 1 type of European chopper, tank to stop waste MAASTRICHT, Netherlands (AP) — The chief of the European Union's executive branch said Friday he wants to streamline defense procurement and industries in member states to make them more efficient and less dependent on U.S. military protection. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday that even before Donald Trump's election as presid... Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:38:00 GMT 2016-12-09T18:38:00Z EU starts legal action against 4 states over VW emissions BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is starting legal action against Britain, Germany, Spain and Luxembourg for not imposing penalties against Volkswagen for using illegal software to hide vehicle emissions. The European Commission also said Thursday that it believes Britain and Germany "broke the law by refusing to disclose, when requested by the Commissi... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:12:00 GMT 2016-12-08T17:12:00Z