The new rules will harmonise credit and debit card fees across the EU while banning some of the card schemes' more unpopular practices.
- VAT regime changed for online purchases New value-added tax rules coming into force on 1 January 2015 will require companies selling online to pay VAT in the European Union country where they make a sale, as oppose to their home country.
- Pilkington loses appeal against €357m cartel fineThe 2008 decision by the European Commission to impose fines totalling €1.35 billion on four car glass producers was at the time the highest fine imposed for a single antitrust infringement.
The 'big three' credit agencies came under heavy fire for their role in both the global financial crisis and the eurozone's subsequent sovereign debt crisis.
A report suggests that American universities are using European partnerships to bring in talented students, without sending anyone in return.
Latvia needs to be better connected to Europe’s energy networks, but its vulnerability can be over-stated.
- MEPs narrowly approve Commission's tar sand planThe European Parliament has rejected the environment committee's attempt to scupper a greenhouse-gas ranking that goes easy on Canadian fuel source.
- Commission pushes for energy unionStakeholders are positioning themselves ahead of a strategy on completing the EU's energy union, due early next year.
Ministers will approve legislation on medium-size power plants, and are expected to express concern over the Commission's decision to scrap accompanying legislation on air pollution limits.
- Delegates reach agreement in Lima after marathon negotiationsNarrow agreement keeps the road to Paris open, but delegates are leaving Peru frustrated at the number of compromises made.
- EU grants financial support to Finnish milk sectorFinnish dairy farmers to receive nearly €11 million in EU support following the Russian ban on agricultural products.
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Georgia is last of a trio of former Soviet states to win the backing of the European Parliament for an association agreement with the EU.
The Commission has scrapped drug pricing rules, saying there is “no foreseeable agreement” on the transparency directive.
The UK argued that the high number of sham EU marriages justified a rule requiring non-EU citizens resident in the EU to obtain a visa, but court disagreed.
At his first European Council, Donald Tusk impressed with his ability to keep discussions focused enough to end the summit well ahead of schedule.
Researchers 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.
- Juncker scraps chief scientific adviser postPosition created by Barroso to provide neutral scientific advice, but opposed by environmental campaigners, has been allowed to expire.
EU regulation on telecoms has been criticised for being too complex and generating too much legal uncertainty.
- Commission revives Google probeThe Commission has sent out questionnaires to rivals and complainants, marking a revival of the probe into Google that has lain dormant during the transition to the Juncker Commission.
- Regulating the digital economy: in search of a breakthroughThe European Commission has suggested ambitious reforms of the EU’s digital sector, but will need a new strategy if it is to push them through.
Four countries risk trade sanctions if they do not step up their efforts to combat illegal fishing within six months.
Commission continues to monitor possible violation of EU law after German cabinet backs road toll plans.
- EU wasted money on new airports, say auditorsSpain and Greece spent millions of euros in EU funding on ghost airports which are not being fully used, the European Court of Auditors has found.
- MEPs accept delay to introduction of new lorry designsDeal struck with member states will stop manufacturers from using the safer and more aerodynamic designs until around 2022.