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Airbus seeks European legal status

Airbus is pressing ahead with previously announced plans to adopt "European Company" status, the aerospace group said on Wednesday (15 April). Holding company Airbus Group N.V. would be renamed Airbus Group SE, and would keep its...more »


European Commission clarifies new GMO import rules

EXCLUSIVE / An internal document seen by EurActiv discloses Commission plans to give member states the final say on whether or not to accept GMO imports. EurActiv France reports. more »


MEPs call on Turkey to recognise the Armenian genocide

The European Parliament backed a motion Wednesday (15 April) that calls the massacre a century ago of up to 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turkish forces a "genocide", days after Pope Francis triggered fury in Turkey by using...more »


Naftogaz chief: We don’t want to be a monopoly

What is often missed when Naftogaz gets called a monopoly is that the firm was intended to be one by previous Ukrainian governments. Current reforms will make it compatible with EU law, the company’s CEO Andriy Kobolev told...more »


German government repackages data retention regulations

With their proposal to reintroduce data retention in Germany, Justice Minister Heiko Maas and Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière are planning a new law that opposition parties say is simply a scheme to “relabel” existing...more »


Parliament adopts relaxed measures on conflict minerals

MEPs from the Committee on International Trade have rejected a set of binding regulations for certain minerals extracted in conflict zones, in favour of a less ambitious system of self-certification, which would exclude some...more »


Commission’s fracking advisors controlled by lobbyists, claim NGOs

Environmental campaigners and the shale gas industry have clashed amid accusations that companies are controlling an influential European Commission group advising on fracking policy. Friends of the Earth Europe walked out of the...more »

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