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EU notes low GSP+ utilization by electronics industry

A TRADE official from the European Union (EU) said Philippine electronics exporters need to maximize the trade perks they are entitled to in shipping products to Europe, noting that the industry is using only a little over half its entitlements.

Trade dep’t confident of retaining GSP+, EU concerns being addressed

TRADE SECRETARY Ramon M. Lopez is confident that the Philippines will retain its tariff perks with the European Union (EU), after the European Parliament voted in support of their removal.

GSP+ withdrawal could worsen unemployment — MAP

THE removal of tariff perks enjoyed by Philippine exports to Europe will hurt various industries and worsen unemployment, the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) said.

Minority senators weigh in on EU lawmakers’ call

A call by European lawmakers for the Philippines to release a senator critical of the government shows her detention is baseless and politically motivated, according to opposition senators.

PHL, EU sign P1.4-billion grant deal for BARMM, Marawi rehab

THE government and the European Union (EU) have signed a new financing agreement worth 24.5 million euros (P1.405 billion) in the form of grants to support the rehabilitation of Marawi City and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s (BARMM) coronavirus containment effort.

Trip to Ireland is the big prize in recipe contest using...

THE IRISH Government Food Board, Bord Bia launched its first online culinary competition, called East Meets West, with participants welcome to submit their recipe entries until Aug. 31. The top 10 participants will be announced on Sept. 7, and the five winners will be known on Oct. 23.

Reducing ASEAN trade barriers seen key to EU investments

THE Philippines’ prospects for attracting European investment in the post-pandemic period could hinge on regional partnerships and the reduction of non-tariff barriers among ASEAN member states, the EU-ASEAN Business Council (EU-ABC) said.

Crunch time for Apple in fight against $15 billion EU tax...

BRUSSELS/DUBLIN — Apple’s clash with EU competition regulators comes to a head on Wednesday as Europe’s second-highest court rules on whether it has to...

Britain to spend $890M on EU border infrastructure

LONDON — Britain will spend 705 million pounds ($890 million) on border infrastructure to help keep trade flowing after its transition deal with the European Union expires at the end of the year, Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove said on Sunday.

It is rocket science: EU to speed up space ambitions, says...

The European Union will plow more money into rocket launches, satellite communication, and space exploration to preserve its often unsung successes in space and keep up with US and Chinese ambitions, its space chief said on Sunday.

EU boy band tells Brits the love isn’t over

AMSTERDAM — As Brexit rapidly approaches, a pro-European Union boy band has made its debut with a ballad to the British people pleading for them to “come back to us” because the love is not over.

DoE, EU launch green energy program for off-grid areas

THE Department of Energy (DoE) said on Thursday that it had partnered with the European Union (EU) to provide electricity to around 100,000 households in off-grid communities, including those in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

EU reps to hold exploratory mission as Bangsamoro plebiscite monitor

THE EUROPEAN Union (EU) is conducting an exploratory mission this month in response to the Philippine government’s invitation to serve as an election observer during the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite in January.

Platform launched to improve LGUs’ integrity

THE Local Government Integrity Circles (LoGIC) Network has formally launched a platform that is meant to promote a culture of integrity among local government units that includes the reduction of red tape.

EU gives €2 million for victims in Mindanao conflict zones

THE EUROPEAN Commission has allocated €2 million in humanitarian aid for those who have been displaced in conflict-affected zones in parts of Mindanao.

EU urges big powers to avert trade ‘conflict and chaos’

Beijing, China -- The European Union called Monday on the United States, China and Russia to work together to cool worsening global trade tensions,...

Germany says `isolationist’ Trump opens global power vacuum

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called on the European Union to unite and fill the void left by the U.S. drawback from global agreements...

Merkel offers Macron concessions on eurozone reforms

Berlin, Germany -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered a long-awaited answer to French President Emmanuel Macron's call for ambitious European Union reforms Sunday, offering...

US commerce chief warns of disruption from EU privacy rules

Washington -- US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross warned Wednesday that the new EU privacy rules in effect since last week could lead to serious...

World on brink of trade war as US slaps tariffs on...

Paris -- The world's largest economies stood on the brink of all-out trade war as the EU, Canada and Mexico drew up retaliatory measures...

EU ‘not at war with anyone’ on trade: Mogherini

Brussels, Belgium -- EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Friday said the bloc was not in a trade war with anyone but would...

EU lawmakers move to toughen screening of foreign investments

BRUSSELS/BERLIN -- Lawmakers in the European Parliament approved on Monday a far-reaching proposal calling for greater scrutiny of foreign investments, part of a bid to respond to a flurry of Chinese acquisitions in the European Union (EU).

How healthy is too healthy? EU warns about green tea supplements

BRUSSELS — Taking high doses of supplements containing green tea extracts may be associated with liver damage, according to new research from the European...

EU asks WTO for safeguards over US steel, aluminum tariffs

GENEVA — The European Union (EU) on Monday followed China in complaining to the World Trade Organization (WTO) over US tariffs on steel and...

Versace and Furla join designer labels ditching fur

MILAN -- Italian fashion house Versace and handbag and accessories maker Furla said they would stop using real fur in their creations, joining a...

Crocs shoes lose EU patent in court blow

LUXEMBOURG -- An EU court ruled on March 14 that the design of Crocs shoes cannot be patented in Europe in a blow to...

Senate concurs with PHL-EU agreement

THE SENATE in a statement on Monday said it has adopted a resolution expressing its concurrence with the ratification of a framework agreement “on...

EU more dependent on Russian gas despite bid to diversify

DESPITE repeatedly vowing to reduce its energy dependency on Moscow, Europe is more reliant on Russian gas than ever before — and there are...

EU says no formal notice from PHL canceling assistance

By Victor V. Saulon, Sub-Editor AS far as the European Union (EU) is concerned, the Philippines has yet to come up with a final decision...

Google fine is small change compared with EU’s bigger threat

GOOGLE’S record-breaking €2.4-billion ($2.7-billion) European Union fine could end up being just a fraction of the costs from the EU’s demand that it stop...

‘Alarming’ superbugs a risk to people, animals and food, EU warns

LONDON -- Superbug bacteria found in people, animals and food across the European Union (EU) pose an “alarming” threat to public and animal health...

Coal dust kills 23,000 per year in EU: report

PARIS — Lung-penetrating dust from coal-fired power plants in the European Union (EU) claims some 23,000 lives a year and racks up tens of...

Young users ‘guinea pigs’ for new wave of drugs: EU watchdog

PARIS — Young drug users risk ending up as “human guinea pigs” for a new wave of sometimes highly-toxic recreational drugs, the European Union’s...

EU court upholds new tobacco laws on packaging, menthol cigarettes

LUXEMBOURG — The European Union’s (EU) top court on Wednesday, ruled that the bloc’s new laws on plain tobacco packaging and a ban on...