Reforms include creating registers listing the owners of all companies, in a bid to tackle tax evasion, corruption and criminality.
- Latvian banking dealThe Latvian government has agreed to sell off the good assets of failed bank Perex, which was rescued in a 2009 deal that has subsequently given rise to controversy.
- Spanish telecoms merger under the microscopeEuropean Commission's doubts about Orange and Jazztel may have implications for further consolidation in Europe's telecoms markets.
Syriza criticises bailouts for turning Greece into a "debt colony" and demands debt reduction, although indications are that the Eurogroup could only accept debt extension.
- Commission sketches out its capital-markets planThe Commission will consult stakeholders on options to make it easier for companies to raise capital, ahead of the launch of an action plan.
- Eurogroup awaits decisions from Greek governmentPresident of the Eurogroup insists that Greece must abide by existing agreements, but signals willingness to be pragmatic.
A report suggests that American universities are using European partnerships to bring in talented students, without sending anyone in return.
The European Parliament’s industry committee has locked itself out of negotiations on fixing Europe’s broken emissions trading scheme, writes Dave Keating
The European Parliament's environment committee will be told tomorrow that the Commission will go ahead with its plan to withdraw the circular economy package and put forward a new version this year.
- Commission will not withdraw air-quality proposalProposal will continue making its way through the normal legislative process, but the 'circular economy' package on waste will be withdrawn.
- Majority of MEPs vote against plan to withdraw air and waste proposalsDespite majority opinion, bickering between MEPs has left the Parliament with no official response to the Commission's 2015 work programme.
EU agriculture ministers were updated on the situation but rumours of a deal with Russia to end its ban on EU pork proved premature.
Japan’s foreign minister sees co-operation on security matters and free-trade agreements as pillars of a fuller relationship with the EU.
- More sanctions planned as fighting flares up in UkraineAs foreign ministers hold an emergency meeting today, the new Greek government adds to uncertainty about EU economic action against Russia.
- Security crisis puts Yemen on EU agendaFast-moving crisis in strategically important country leaves EU scrabbling to find a response.
Françoise Grossetête says there is still much the European Parliament can do to boost European health policy.
- Latvia spells out its health policy ambitions Health minister puts focus on a healthy lifestyle in childhood and empowering individuals to take responsibility for their own health.
- Poland: keeping patients at workThis article is part of a series looking at challenges facing the health systems in European countries.
Riga statement adopted today says Schengen Border Code should be amended to allow systematic checks against terrorist watch lists.
- Ministers pave the way for summit of EU leadersInterior ministers are meeting in Riga today to prepare next steps for an EU response to the terrorism threat.
- Parliament’s leaders to decide on Lux leaks inquiryThe inquiry would be "the first time in 30 years" that the European Parliament has acted on tax matters.
- Commissioners regroup to review their strategyCollege seminar next week will discuss working methods, trade, GMs and security policy.
- Group leaders to decide on single-seat bidMEPs seek to re-open the discussion of abandoning Strasbourg as the Parliament’s official seat and making Brussels the Parliament’s only base.
Off-the-cuff remark by Commission first vice-president on the future of the chief scientific adviser has reignited a bitter debate over how best to provide policymakers with the scientific advice they need.
- Medical researchers' fears over data protection rulesResearchers call on the EU to provide the legal framework for research so it can provide reliable answers as rapidly and cost-effectively as possible.
- The politics of scienceThe Juncker Commission acted swiftly to discontinue the role of chief scientific adviser. But the Commission’s reluctance to say where it will get its scientific policy advice is creating disquiet in the UK.
- French minister queries legality of Amazon e-book loan serviceInvestigation fits pattern of French government suspicion of Amazon and other US tech companies.
- Investment in telecoms infrastructure downEU regulation on telecoms has been criticised for being too complex and generating too much legal uncertainty.
- Protesters dominate consultation on US investmentCommission says consultation on investor-state disputes in US trade deal was “not a referendum”, but says four concerns raised by the public need addressing.
- EU ombudsman calls for greater TTIP transparencyCommissioner Malmström will respond today by publishing legal texts and position papers.
The 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".