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Aug 20, 2014

EU regulators seek to close car emissions testing loopholes

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU regulators are preparing draft legislation that will require vehicle fuel use to be tested on roads rather than in laboratories, looking to close loopholes that allow car makers to exaggerate fuel-saving and emissions credentials.

Already from Sept. 1, slightly tougher EU testing standards will be enforced, in line with a global push for accuracy. More-stringent standards are likely to be opposed by automakers.

Aug 18, 2014

EU fruit, vegetable growers get 125 mln euros to help with Russia ban

BRUSSELS, Aug 18 (Reuters) – EU fruit and vegetable growers
will get financial aid of up to 125 million euros ($167 million)
to help them cope with Russia’s ban on most Western food
imports, which has created a glut of produce in peak harvest
time, the European Commission said.

Russia has declared a one-year embargo on meat, fish, dairy,
fruit and vegetables from the United States, the European Union,
Canada, Australia and Norway in retaliation for Western economic
sanctions over Moscow’s actions in Ukraine.

Aug 15, 2014

EU gives European governments go-ahead to arm Iraqi Kurds

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union gave a green light on Friday to individual EU governments to supply arms and ammunition to Iraqi Kurds battling Islamist militants, provided they had the consent of authorities in Baghdad.

EU foreign ministers holding an emergency meeting in Brussels on the Iraq and Ukraine crises welcomed the decision by several EU governments to send weapons in response to an appeal by Iraqi Kurdish President Masoud Barzani.

Aug 15, 2014

EU unity on Russia sanctions fraying despite tough talk

BRUSSELS, Aug 15 (Reuters) – European Union foreign
ministers voiced concern on Friday at reports that Russian
military vehicles had crossed into Ukraine overnight, but behind
the tough talk there were signs that EU unity over sanctions
against Moscow was fraying.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said he was alarmed
by reports in British papers that at least 23 Russian military
vehicles had crossed the border, and warned Moscow of serious
consequences if it did not withdraw any forces it had there.

Aug 14, 2014

EU seeks to take sting out of Russia food ban

BRUSSELS, Aug 14 (Reuters) – The European Commission will
announce more help for EU fruit and vegetable producers early
next week to try to stave off a price collapse after Russia’s
ban on most Western food imports.

Russia has declared a one-year embargo on meat, fish, dairy,
fruit and vegetables from the United States, the European Union,
Canada, Australia and Norway in retaliation for Western economic
sanctions over Moscow’s actions in Ukraine.

Aug 14, 2014

European experts start emergency talks to tackle Russia food ban

BRUSSELS, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Agricultural officials from all
28 European Union countries began emergency talks on Thursday to
weigh the impact of Russia’s ban on Western food imports and
whether to compensate EU farmers.

Russia announced last week a one-year embargo on meat, fish,
dairy, fruit and vegetables from the United States, the EU,
Canada, Australia and Norway in retaliation for Western economic
sanctions over Moscow’s actions in Ukraine.

Aug 12, 2014

Ukraine closer to passing law for sanctions against Russia

KIEV/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Ukraine’s parliament backed the first reading of a bill to impose sanctions on Russian companies and individuals on Tuesday, a move that has raised concern in Europe about energy supplies from Russia.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said last week that the sanctions could be imposed against 172 citizens of Russia and other countries and against 65 Russian companies, including gas export giant Gazprom, “for financing terrorism”.

Aug 12, 2014

Ukraine moves towards passing law for sanctions against Russia

KIEV/BRUSSELS, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s parliament
backed the first reading of a bill to impose sanctions on
Russian companies and individuals on Tuesday, a move that has
raised concerns in Europe about energy supplies from Russia.

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said last week
that the sanctions could be imposed against 172 citizens of
Russia and other countries and against 65 Russian companies,
including gas export giant Gazprom, “for financing
terrorism”.

Aug 11, 2014

Peach, nectarine growers to get EU help after Russian ban

BRUSSELS, Aug 11 (Reuters) – The European Commission will
provide financial support to EU peach and nectarine producers as
a result of Russia’s import ban on European food and also
because of bad weather, it said on Monday.

Russia announced a one-year ban last week on imports of
meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables from the United States,
the European Union, Canada, Australia and Norway.

Aug 11, 2014

EU officials seek to limit impact of Russia’s food import ban

BRUSSELS, Aug 11 (Reuters) – European Union regulators on
Monday began analysing product-by-product the impact of a
Russian ban on EU food imports announced in retaliation for
Western sanctions over Moscow’s actions in Ukraine.

But they said it was too soon to decide how much, if any, of
a 400 million euro ($535 million) EU compensation fund might be
paid out to help farmers.