The European Parliament approved tougher rules for the approval of new cars aimed at avoiding a repeat of the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal but rejected amendments calling for a new, centralised EU road agency to oversee emissions testing.
United States Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said during a visit to Brussels on Thursday (23 July) that European leaders need to do more to promote the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
Members of the European Parliament have asked the Commission to take urgent action to align VAT rates for electronic books and press with those applied to paper publications. But no reform will take place before 2016. EURACTIV France reports.
The United States voiced concern yesterday (25 November) over a draft plan by two MEPs to break up Google Inc, saying politicians should not influence the EU's antitrust inquiry into the world's most popular Internet search engine.
EU lawmakers will likely vote on Thursday (27 November) on a motion proposing the breaking up of Google and other Internet technology companies, increasing political pressure on the bloc's antitrust regulators to take a stronger line on the search giant.