Strong Tool Needed to Link Fund Access to Rule of Law Brussels – The European Union should urgently equip itself with a robust tool tying member states’ access to EU funds to respect for core membership obligations, Human Rights Watch…
EU provides Tk 10 mn for flood victims in Bangladesh
Dhaka, Aug 03 – The European Union is providing EUR 100,000, almost Tk 10 million, in humanitarian aid funding to assist the most vulnerable communities in response to severe flooding that has affected nearly one-third of Bangladesh.
EU condemns Turkish decision over Hagia Sophia
Brussels, AP/UNB, July 14 – Foreign ministers of the European Union condemned the Turkish decision to convert Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia back to a mosque, saying ” It will inevitably fuel mistrust, promote renewed divisions between religious communities and undermine…
EU calls for eliminating tariffs on pharma & medical goods
Geneva, 24 Jun (D. Ravi Kanth) – The European Union has called for the elimination of tariffs and potential “non-tariff” barriers on more than 120 “pharmaceutical goods” and “medical goods” on grounds that the current Covid-19 pandemic requires a global…
Google cautions EU on AI rule-making
Google warned on Thursday that the EU’s definition of artificial intelligence was too broad and that Brussels must refrain from over-regulating a crucial technology.
EU, Japan call for multilateralism to defeat coronavirus
The leaders of the European Union and Japan said on Tuesday that global solidarity, cooperation, and effective multilateralism are required to defeat the coronavirus.
EU mobilising over €334mn for fight against Covid-19 in BD
Dhaka, May 21 – The European Union (EU) on Wednesday said the team Europe is mobilising over €334 million or around Tk 31 billion for the fight against Covid-19 and its consequences in Bangladesh.
EU backs WHO after Trump pull-out threat
BRUSSELS – The European Union backed the World Health Organisation and multilateral efforts to fight the coronavirus on Tuesday after US President Donald Trump threatened to quit the global agency. “This is the time for solidarity, not the time for…
Facebook chief wants EU not China to lead on tech rules
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on Monday urged the European Union to take the lead in setting global standards for tech regulation or risk seeing countries follow China as a model.
EU draft for WHA on “COVID-19 Response” lacks clarity: CSOs
Geneva, 4 May (TWN) – The European Union’s draft resolution on “COVID-19 Response” for the upcoming Seventy-third World Health Assembly (WHA) lacks clarity on the way forward with regard to shortages on access to medical products, according to civil society…
EU wants battery autonomy
As Europe looks to declare its tech independence by becoming a leader in next-generation batteries, it will have to start by making its own graphite.
EU awards human rights prize to Uighur activist Ilham
The European Union awarded its top human rights prize to economist Ilham Tohti for his work defending China’s Uighur minority and urged Beijing to release him from jail.
U.S. tariffs on EU aircraft subsidy dispute take effect
Washington, Oct. 18 (Xinhua/UNB) — Additional U.S. tariffs on a wide range of goods from the European Union (EU) after World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling on aircraft subsidies took effect on Friday, a move likely to fuel trade tensions between…
UK, EU reach Brexit deal; still needs ratification
Brussels, Oct 17 (AP/UNB) — Britain and the European Union said Thursday that they have struck an outline Brexit deal after days of intense see-saw negotiations — though it must still be formally approved by the bloc and ratified by…
EU needs new noisy electric cars for pedestrian safety
Brussels, July 1 (Xinhua/UNB)– From July 1, new types of electric and hybrid vehicles in the European Union (EU) are required to install sound generating devices to help increase the safety of pedestrians and cyclists. An electric car’s acoustic vehicle…
EU Special Representative for HR Eamon Gilmore visits BD
Dhaka, EUDEL Press Office: EU Special Representative (EUSR) for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore visited Bangladesh on 10-11 June 2019. This visit, the first ever of a EUSR for Human Rights to Bangladesh, reflects the EU’s commitment to engaging with the…
Greek researchers enlist EU satellite against Aegean sea litter
Knee-deep in water on a picture-postcard Lesbos island beach, a team of Greek university students gently deposits a wall-sized PVC frame on the surface before divers moor it at sea. Holding in plastic bags and bottles, four of the 5…
EU drive for trade liberalisation adds to tensions in Tunisia
by Werner Raza, Jan Grumiller and Bernhard Tröster The European Union’s disproportionate pressure for trade liberalisation risks exacerbating political strains in the last democracy of northern Africa. Tunisia is the only country in northern Africa in which a democratic political…
Towards a common food policy for the EU
The International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) has released a new report: “Towards A Common Food Policy for the EU”. The report maps out a single, time-bound vision for reforming European food systems, realigning the various sectoral…
Opposition in polls reflects aspirations of people: EU
Dhaka, Jan 1 – The European Union (EU) has said the mobilisation of voters and the participation of the opposition in Sunday’s elections for the first time in 10 years reflect the aspirations of the people of Bangladesh to democracy.
US cybersecurity firm: Hackers stole EU diplomatic cables
Hackers have spent years eavesdropping on the diplomatic communications of European Union officials, a U.S. cybersecurity firm said Wednesday, an operation disrupted only after researchers discovered hundreds of intercepted documents lying around on the internet.
EU won’t observe Bd elections – No MEP asked to represent
Press Releases The co-chairs of the European Parliament’s Democracy Support and Election coordination group made the following statement on the forthcoming general elections in Bangladesh.
EU for an end to impunity for crimes against Journos
Democracy cannot live without free, diverse and independent media. Journalists and media actors across the globe hold states, government officials, corporations and society at large accountable for their actions.
EU brings relief to riverbank collapse victims in Bangladesh
Dhaka, 15 October 2018 – In response to the collapse of the Padma River embankment in the central Bangladeshi district of Shariatpur, the European Union is providing EUR 80 000 (BDT 7.84 million) in humanitarian aid funding to address the…
EU defiant in face of Trump threats over Iran trade
The EU foreign affairs minister encouraged companies to ignore US President Donald Trump’s threats on doing business with Iran. She said it’s up to Europeans to decide who they trade with. Speaking in Wellington alongside New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston…
EU, Mexico reach agreement on free trade deal
The EU and Mexico said Saturday they had reached an “agreement in principle” to modernise an existing free trade deal, as the Latin American country faces pressure from protectionist measures threatened by US President Donald Trump.
EU wants clarity on Trump tariffs exemption
The EU’s trade commissioner says there is “no immediate clarity” from the US on how the bloc can gain exemption from new tariffs on imported steel and aluminium imposed by President Trump. Cecilia Malmstrom met with the US Trade Representative…
Trump steps up war of words over trade tariffs
US President Donald Trump has stepped up his war of words over trade tariffs, threatening to “apply a tax” on imports of cars from the European Union. Mr Trump said other countries had taken advantage of the US for years…
May to dine with EU chiefs amid Brexit ‘deadlock’
Theresa May is to travel to Brussels later for a dinner with EU leaders in a bid to end a stalemate over Brexit. The meeting, with chief negotiator Michel Barnier and Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, comes days after the pair…
Canada, EU, China to co-host September climate meeting
Environmental ministers representing Canada, China and the European Union will co-host a meeting in Montreal later this month to move forward with the implementation of the Paris climate change agreement. The ministerial meeting will include representatives from some 30 countries,…