European Commission payments proposals may have the unintended consequence of making card payments less convenient for consumers and retailers.
- Oettinger floats copyright reformsCommissioner takes a hard stance on Google and plans to extend copyright levies.
- EU payments regulation: unintended consequencesThis article, the first of a five-part series, looks at the European Commission’s proposals to revise the Payments Services Directive (PSD2) and a Regulation on Interchange Fees for card-based transactions (IFR). They also reflect the findings from research conducted by Ipsos MORI in September 2014 among consumers and retailers in Italy, Germany and Belgium. The results reveal potential unintended consequences the proposals will have if adopted in their current form.
- Ministers to discuss financial taxItaly is pushing for an agreement on the financial transaction tax before it hands over the presidency of the Council of Ministers to Latvia at the end of the year.
- ECB review puts the spotlight on Italian banksBank stress tests revealed no surprises but they served the purpose of showing that the eurozone is clamping down on national banking regulators.
The structure of the Erasmus programme has changed, giving students more opportunities to study abroad.
Night of EU-brokered negotiations ends with no deal between Russia and Ukraine, but EU believes agreement is now possible.
- No cold winter for EU citizens, Commission saysIf the EU’s member states co-operate, households in Europe could enjoy a warm winter even if Russia stops supplying gas to the EU.
- Šefčovič confident at the energy helmThe nominee to be vice-president for energy union displayed an impressive knowledge of his new subject area.
EU environment ministers prepare the EU's position on climate change ahead of December's Lima summit.
- Environment ministers prepare for Lima climate summitMinisters will have to translate last week's 2030 climate package agreed by EU leaders into an emissions reduction pledge for UN climate talks.
- EU to take 40% offer to LimaFinal deal contains clause to review the targets after next year's UN climate summit in Paris.
MEPs will call for member states to be able to impose national bans on GM crops on environmental or health grounds.
- Commission punishes Sri Lanka over illegal fishingBelize, Fiji, Panama, Togo and Vanuatu will not face sanctions, but Sri Lanka fails to tackle problems in its fishing sector.
- Commission says cuts will protect deep-sea fishingEuropean commissioner for fisheries says sustainable management is 'the only way to ensure the future of deep-sea fisheries'.
- Poroshenko acts quickly to form coalition after election victoryPresident’s party emerges ahead in an election dominated by parties that back reform agenda.
- Pro-EU parties set for majority in UkraineParties of prime minister and president vying for victory in election that sees populists pushed to the margins and Communists removed from parliament.
“We are at a turning point in health policy”, says Ilona Kickbusch of the Global Health Programme in Geneva. “The nature of 21st century health, together with …
- Helping our immune system against cancerDespite progress in our knowledge of the biological basis of cancer and therapeutic advances there remains a significant need for new treatment options.
- France calls for healthy lifestylesThis article is part of a series looking at challenges facing the health systems in six European countries.
European leaders met to discuss climate targets and the Ebola outbreak, but a row over EU budget top-ups overshadowed the summit.
Romanian MEP Ioan Mircea Pașcu will replace Corina Creţu as one of the European Parliament's 14 vice-presidents.
The former Portuguese secretary of state has been nominated to be the next European commissioner for Research, science and innovation.
- German regulator puts EU telecoms rules to the testThe incoming European Commission will have to decide what to do about refusal by Germany's telecom regulator to cut mobile phone fees in line with EU guidelines.
- MEPs choose EU data protection chiefCommittee selects European Data Protection Supervisor and assistant European Data Protection Supervisor, whose appointment will be a formality.
EU proposals follow legislation by the United States intended to curb conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- EU prolongs trade benefits for UkraineUkraine will continue to enjoy largely tariff-free access to the EU until January 2016, when a trade deal comes into force.
- Members states warn Juncker against ISDS concessionsFourteen member states urged Juncker to stick to the script on ISDS ahead of his speech to the European Parliament.
Controversial road toll plans, that will be presented at the end of this month, would still hit foreign car drivers.