The European Commission has dialled down efforts to promote its planned investment agreement with China, recognising that EU lawmakers will not approve any such deal while Beijing maintains sanctions on five of their colleagues.
The European Commission announced it suggested waiving a number of restrictions for travelers in the European Union. The decision is related to all non-essential travels that had been banned, EC said in official statement. The decision follows the rapid vaccine rollout in EU and the recommendations of health officials. “The Commission proposes that Member States lift restrictions on non-essential travel for vaccinated persons traveling to the EU. This reflects the latest scientific advice showing that vaccination considerably helps to break the transmission chain”, EC said.
The US tech giant Apple illegitimately squeezes music-streaming competitors active on its App Store, the European Commission said on Friday, following an investigation triggered by a complaint from Spotify.
The European Union plans on cutting its dependency on Chinese and other foreign suppliers in six strategic areas including raw materials, pharmaceutical ingredients and semiconductors, Reuters claims citing an industrial action plan that is to be announced on 5 May by EU digital chief Margrethe Vestager and EU industry chief Thierry Breton.
The European Commission launched a review of EU rules on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on Thursday, opening the door to a possible loosening of restrictions for plants resulting from gene-editing technology, Reuters reports.
US tourists vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to visit the European Union in the coming months, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said in an interview on Sunday with The New York Times, AFP reports.
The European Commission is considering legal action against pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca because of the failed delivery of sufficient Covid-19 vaccines, multiple diplomatic sources said cited by news agencies. The EU executive could seek an injunction because the company had not yet made a formal commitment on planned deliveries, one EU diplomat told dpa.
The European Commission expressed its astonishment Monday following a decision by Belgian authorities to prolong a ban on all non-essential travel as part of measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
Germany is under pressure to explain its entry bans targeting the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the Austrian state of Tyrol, after the European Commission complained in a letter that the measures were disproportionate and unjustified, dpa reported.