The European Commission closed an antitrust inquiry into e-book prices yesterday (13 December) after Apple and four international publishers agreed to ease pricing restrictions on Amazon and other retailers.
Efforts to update international telecommunications regulations collapsed yesterday (13 December) after six EU member states joined the US and Canada in refusing to agree a text at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai.
After decreasing steadily for years, household electricity consumption in 2010 reached its highest level in two decades, says a report by the European Commission.
The Italian political saga took another turn after both outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti and former premier Silvio Berlusconi appeared at the European People’s Party meeting on the margins of the EU summit today (13 December) in Brussels.
Eurozone finance ministers and the International Monetary Fund have agreed to release €49.1 billion in aid to Greece by the end of March, a sum that should help the country stay afloat until then and avoid bankruptcy.
In a victory for France, the European Court of Justice today (13 December) struck down the European Parliament’s effort to reduce the amount of time spent at its seat in Strasbourg.
A deal on the 2013 budget, voted by the European Parliament yesterday (12 December), plugs a hole in the EU’s finances for 2012 and removes uncertainty about funding for the Erasmus student exchange programme next year, the European Commission said.
The EU has taken a global lead on energy efficiency policies but still has a long way to go if it is to reap the full benefits, argue Caroline Lucas, Anders Wijkman and other signatories from the energy savings coalition.
European leaders will seek to agree on a “deep and genuine European monetary union” during a two-day summit that begins today (13 December), but diplomats say it should not be seen as a “big bang” event.
France plans to shift some agricultural subsidies from crop growers to livestock farmers to narrow a gap in revenue and productivity between the two sectors in the European Union’s biggest farming economy.
Finance ministers reached agreement early today (13 December) on the basic mechanism for a single supervisory authority over eurozone banks – the key first step to a banking union.
EU heads of states are meeting in Brussels on 13-14 December to hammer out an agreement on banking supervision and set out a longer-term roadmap to deepen the eurozone’s economic and political integration. A new round of treaty changes and a dedicated budget for the eurozone are all on the agenda.
Violence is not just black and white, it has many different shades. On 7 December EU decision-makers adopted Council conclusions on Combating Violence Against Women, and the Provisions of Support Services for Victims of Domestic Violence. It is a positive step forward but more is needed, argues Annica Ryngbeck.
The shady underworld of global prostitution is alarming, and Europe should act to tackle the dire situation by looking at Sweden as a model to end slavery that still weighs on women, writes Pierrette Pape.
The European Union took a step closer to an EU-wide patent yesterday (11 December) with lawmakers voting to cut the cost of protecting inventions and a top advisor to Europe’s highest court rejecting a challenge to the new scheme.