BRUSSELS, Oct 27 (Reuters) – The European Union warned
Britain on Monday it would put the country’s cherished EU budget
rebate at risk if it tried to change the rules in response to a
surprise 2.1 billion-euro ($2.66 billion) bill from Brussels.
British Prime Minister David Cameron responded angrily last
week to an EU calculation, based on British statistics showing
that the country was wealthier than previously thought, that
London owed more money to the EU budget.
MONS Belgium (Reuters) – Russia still has troops in eastern Ukraine and retains a very capable force on the border despite a partial withdrawal, NATO’s military commander said on Friday.
“We’ve seen a pretty good withdrawal of the Russian forces from inside Ukraine but, make no mistake, there remain Russian forces inside eastern Ukraine,” U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove told reporters at NATO’s military headquarters near Mons in Belgium.
BRUSSELS, Oct 23 (Reuters) – The European Union appointed a
coordinator on Thursday to lead its drive to fight Ebola in West
Africa following criticism that European efforts so far to
contain the world’s worst recorded outbreak of the disease have
Christos Stylianides, who takes over on Nov. 1 as the EU’s
commissioner for humanitarian affairs and crisis management,
will also be the 28-nation bloc’s point man on Ebola.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union imposed sanctions on Tuesday on 12 Syrian government ministers, two senior military figures and a United Arab Emirates company it accused of helping supply oil to Syria.
The moves were part of a gradual tightening of EU sanctions against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has clung to power despite a three-year-old civil war in which close to 200,000 people have been killed.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union said on Friday it had reached an agreement with the United States to use a U.S. firm’s air ambulances to evacuate European doctors or nurses from West Africa if they caught Ebola.
The agreement is one of a range of measures the EU is working on to try to encourage more European healthcare workers to go and care for sick people in Ebola-hit countries of West Africa by reassuring them they would quickly be evacuated for treatment in European hospitals if they contracted the disease.
BRUSSELS, Oct 16 (Reuters) – European Union health ministers
agreed on Thursday to try to improve the systems put in place by
West African nations to screen departing passengers for Ebola,
but disagreed on the need to check travellers arriving in their
Ministers met in Brussels to discuss ways to strengthen
Europe’s defences against a disease that has killed around 4,500
people in West Africa in the latest outbreak, the worst on
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO’s new leader offered an olive branch to Russia on Wednesday, saying he saw no contradiction between a strong alliance and building a constructive relationship with Moscow.
Former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, who took over on Wednesday as NATO secretary-general, struck a more conciliatory tone towards Moscow than his Danish predecessor Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union decided on Tuesday to keep in place a package of economic sanctions against Russia over its support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine despite what it called “encouraging developments” on the ground after a ceasefire deal.
The 28-nation EU has imposed sanctions on Russia’s finance, defence and energy sectors and has frozen the assets of some 140 Russian and Ukrainian individuals and companies over Moscow’s role in Ukraine.
BRUSSELS, Sept 30 (Reuters) – A tax concession that
Luxembourg authorities granted to a subsidiary of Italian car
maker Fiat may constitute illegal state aid, the
European Commission said on Tuesday.
A 33-page letter to the Luxembourg government from EU
Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia sets out the
Commission’s reasons for investigating further a 2012 decision
by Luxembourg authorities to approve a transfer pricing
arrangement by Fiat Finance and Trade Ltd, which lends money to
other Fiat companies.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union regulators will provide more details on Tuesday of their reasons for launching in-depth inquiries into tax arrangements reached by Ireland with Apple and by Luxembourg with a Fiat subsidiary.
The European Commission has launched a similar investigation into the Dutch government’s tax treatment of Starbucks, but details of that will be published later, Antoine Colombani, spokesman for European Union Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia, told reporters.