As new policymakers arrive in Brussels, European business's wish-list includes deepening the single market, making EU energy policy more coherent, cutting labour market rules and EU red tape. But will the new Commission be able to deliver on these demands?
- Ryanair ordered to pay back €9.5m in illegal state aidMarketing deals and other arrangements with the airports of Angloulême, Nîmes and Pau Pyrénées provided the budget airline with illegal state aid, according to the European Commission.
- Andor hits out at Microsoft job cutsMicrosoft announces 12,500 job losses at subsidiary Nokia, just months after Commission gave green light for the takeover.
IMF downgrades growth in Italy and France, making it more difficult for either country to comply with eurozone budget rules.
- ECB website hackedThe thief demanded money in return for stolen data, and German police have launched an investigation into the theft.
- Spain's employment figures improveSpain's economy added 402,400 new jobs in the second quarter of 2014, posting the first year-on-year growth in employment in six years, although some 5.6 million people remain unemployed.
Last academic year saw an increase of 6% in the number students and staff using grants to study or work abroad.
- The MapAbility project: taking the initiative on mobilityDisabled students are under-represented in mobility schemes because many think moving abroad to study is not an option.
- EU still chilly towards Swiss universitiesIn the aftermath of the Swiss referendum, co-operation with the EU on higher education and research remains frozen.
Subsidies for renewables and electricity producers that can guarantee capacity are approved, although campaigners warn that the UK's capacity market policy will be a wind-fall for polluting coal power stations.
- Barroso yields on energy efficiency, but battle still looms2030 energy efficiency target raised to 30% at the last minute after pressure from Juncker, but many think the figure is still too low.
- Commission to propose 2030 energy efficiency targetThe proposal is expected to suggest a non-binding efficiency increase of less than 30%.
- A differentiated deal on climate takes shapeA climate deal to be agreed in 2015 will have different obligations for developing and developed countries.
- EU leaders to discuss climate burden-sharingEnvironment ministers have said that a decision is needed now on the distribution of climate-reduction efforts after 2020.
Tests carried out across the EU in the first half of 2014 found 16 cases of horsemeat DNA in food labelled as beef.
- Fish stocks under greater threat, says Commission reportDespite spending the past two years agreeing fisheries reform, member states have been setting fishing limits above scientific advice.
- EU and Faroes reach truce in herring disputeThe Faroe Islands has agreed to stop overfishing herring, and the EU will end trade restrictions imposed last year.
Pharmaceutical companies will have to start uploading clinical trial summary results to increase transparency.
- Mental healthcare in Europe under-resourcedAn OECD report says national governments need to invest more in mental healthcare to treat hidden disorders such as depression and anxiety.
- Commission fines Servier over pay-for-delay settlements on drugsServier fined €331 million for curbing market entry of cheaper versions of heart medicine.
- MEPs prepare for showdown with OLAF bossGiovanni Kessler accused of obstructing the work of the parliamentary committee.
- UK report sees no need for free movement overhaulDespite being apparently rewritten for being too ‘pro-European’, the government report finds no evidence that EU rules on immigration need to be fundamentally reformed.
- Greece nominates Avramopoulos as European commissionerSamaras rewards party stalwart for years of service, deepening Jean-Claude Juncker's problem of attracting more women to the Commission.
- MEPs threaten delay to hearingsThe failure to agree a foreign policy chief has put the confirmation of a new European Commission by 1 November in doubt.
EU data protection supervisors issue search engines with questionnaire about how they implement data rules.
Six southern African states joins west Africa in liberalising trade; EU also reaches agreement with Ecuador.
- TTIP tries to weather the mid-way squallsNegotiators are trying hard to maintain momentum, but can they make a truly ambitious and comprehensive agreement?
- Sixth round of TTIP talks endEU and US negotiators highlight nine areas of “convergence” and progress on easing access to the transatlantic market for small businesses.
Germany’s controversial attempts to impose road tolls on foreign motorists seem likely to breach EU rules, but that does not mean road charging is without merit.