- Lamassoure chairs first meeting of special committee on tax rulings Committee told "we need results and we need them fast".
- National parliaments discuss Greek reformsThe reform list focuses on combating fraud and tax evasion, making government spending more efficient and improving the productivity of central and local government.
Bundestag's approval comes as Athens is hit by first protests against Syriza for watering down its election promises.
- Draghi considers funding options for GreeceThe president of the European Central Bank was forced to defend his stance toward Greece during a debate in the European Parliament.
- Court ruling could determine London’s standing as financial hubThe European Central Bank is considering measures to force British companies managing trades in euros, rather than pound sterling, to relocate to eurozone countries. The UK has taken its objection to the plan to the EU’s highest court.
British students will for the first time be able to apply to universities in other EU member states through the UCAS application system.
- Unequal student flows in partnerships with USA report suggests that American universities are using European partnerships to bring in talented students, without sending anyone in return.
- Court backs outsiders’ right to studyFreedom to study ruling is fundamental to harmonising access to EU universities for third-country students.
- EU member states evasive on shale-gas activitiesCommission asked EU countries to fill out questionnaire, but most gave only partial answers.
- Gazprom says it could exempt rebel-held zone from gas talksRussia sticks by its threat to cut off gas supplies to Ukraine if it does not receive payment by the end of this week.
European Environment Agency warns that the EU needs to do more if it wants to meet its 2050 emissions and circular economy targets.
- Commission spells out Paris climate pledgeExperts say specifics in today's package could undermine the EU's 2030 emissions reduction commitment by at least 5%.
- Member states oppose Commission's plan to withdraw waste proposalThough ministers at today's general affairs council endorsed the work programme as a whole, a majority strongly criticised the decision to withdraw the 'circular economy' proposal.
A new regime for the authorisation of genetically modified crops in the EU is supposed to fall into place this week. The Commission has to decide whether to go ahead and use it, and at what speed.
- First GM crop to be approved following authorisation agreementPesticide-resistant maize 1507 will be the first crop authorised under the new law, set to take effect on Monday.
- MEPs take on Commission’s organic farming proposalThe Parliament's ENVI committee will discuss organic farming as the Latvian presidency tries to reach a compromise on the issue before June.
Latvian MEP Sandra Kalniete, vice-chairwoman of the EPP group, says she was detained at Moscow airport and told it would be a criminal offence to enter Russia.
- Commission conference on Ebola hopes to accelerate elimination of the diseaseChristos Stylianides wants the event to be a turning-point in the fight against Ebola.
- Transforming healthcare systems: learning from the EU’s best practicesThis article is part of a series looking at challenges facing the health systems in Europe.
With thousands of asylum seekers crossing the Mediterranean since the beginning of the year, the first months in the job have been a baptism by fire for Fabrice Leggeri, the executive director of the EU’s border management agency.
- Debate on PNR deal gets off to rocky start in ParliamentThe author of a report on a proposal to collect information about air passengers is hoping a greater emphasis on data protection will allay the fears of many MEPs.
- American soldier can seek asylum in Germany, EU court rulesAndré Shepherd sought asylum after deserting his unit, saying that the US military would make him commit war crimes in Iraq. But final decision will lie with German court.
Investigation by the European Ombudsman has found that EU institutions are failing to deliver promised safeguards to protect officials who speak up about irregularities in the workplace.
- Reform Party wins Estonian electionRuling liberal party comes out on top in close-run election, and the prime minister will now seek to form a coalition.
- Reform Party ahead in Estonian electionRuling party well ahead in online voting, but opposition Centre Party likely to gain support when paper ballots are counted.
The European Commission has suggested that diverted funding would serve the same ends, but academics disagree.
- Europe’s technological breakdownEurope needs a true single market if it is to compete in the ‘programmable world’, writes the CEO of Nokia.
- Former science adviser goes public on British televisionThe Juncker Commission’s 2014 decision to scrap the role of chief scientific adviser has led to an outcry in the scientific world. The woman at the centre of the storm, Scottish scientist Anne Glover, has spoken publicly about the issue for the first time.
Andrus Ansip has presented his priorities for the strategy, including a single contract law for online transactions and a copyright and licensing regime.
- Telecoms deals spell trouble for VestagerThe new Commission will have to decide whether to pursue the previous Commission's permissive stance on telecoms mergers that was strongly opposed by national antitrust authorities.
- EU data protection supervisor calls for rapid deal on reformButtarelli wants the EDPS to be a 'key player' in data protection in the EU.
Talks resume after four months with pressure mounting ahead of summit in May and self-imposed end-of-year deadline for a draft free-trade deal.
- What is at stake in TTIP talks?The most important part of the emerging transatlantic deal is the framework for long-term regulatory co-operation, writes Alberto Alemanno.
- European Commission proposes TTIP oversight mechanismThe chief negotiators from the EU and the US have concluded the eighth round of negotiations on the free-trade agreement.
One freight vessel on a river could replace 280 lorries on the roads, but Europe's rivers and canals are mostly free of cargo ships.
- MEPs approve change to law on cross-border speeding finesDrivers from Denmark, Ireland and the UK will no longer have exemption from law requiring them to pay speeding tickets they incurred in other member states.
- Transport firms angered by minimum wage demandsThe European Commission is investigating the German minimum wage but has underlined that the principle of a fixed hourly salary is “in line with the Commission's social policy commitment".