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    • Brussels moves to prolong free roaming in Europe February 25, 2021
      Europe's citizens should enjoy roaming without additional charges when travelling in the EU, following the European Commission's proposal Wednesday for a new Roaming Regulation.
    • EU agrees sanctions against Russia over Navalny February 24, 2021
      Russia is drifting towards an authoritarian state and away from Europe, EU foreign affairs ministers said Monday, agreeing sanctions in response to the detention of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
    • New strategy to prepare EU for impact of climate change February 24, 2021
      The European Commission adopted Wednesday a new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change, setting out a pathway to prepare for the unavoidable impacts of climate change.
    • EU signals more sustainable trade strategy February 23, 2021
      The EU Commission set out its future trade strategy Thursday, focusing on an economic recovery that is green and digital, which strengthens multilateralism and reforms global trade rules.
    • EU prepares for increased threat of Covid variants February 20, 2021
      The EU Commission put forward plans Wednesday for a new European bio-defence preparedness plan to pull together available resources to ready the EU against the increased threat of coronavirus variants.
    • EU Council signs off on airline slot relief February 17, 2021
      EU ministers signed off an amendment to the Slot Regulation Monday, relieving airlines of airport slot-use requirements for the summer 2021 scheduling season, to protect airlines and help the environment.
    • EU stiffens defences against unfair trading February 16, 2021
      Robust new trade enforcement rules entered into force in the European Union on Monday designed to further strengthen the EU's toolbox in defending itself against unfair trading practices.
    • EU growth forecast sees hope at end of Covid tunnel February 16, 2021
      With Europe in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic, the EU's winter economic forecast provided grounds for cautious optimism Thursday, projecting stronger growth momentum for the second half of 2021 and 2022.
    • MEPs greenlight EU's EUR 672.5 bn stimulus funding February 11, 2021
      The European Parliament gave the green light Wednesday to EUR 672.5 billion in grants and loans from a 'Recovery and Resilience' fund to help EU countries tackle the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • States provisionally agree update to EU ePrivacy rules February 11, 2021
      The EU member states agreed Wednesday on a negotiating mandate for revised rules on the protection of privacy and confidentiality in the use of electronic communications services.


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