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  • KIEV, Sept 30- The European Union has expanded the amount of produce Ukraine can export duty-free to the bloc as part of their free trade deal, but delayed disbursing a second tranche of aid pending further policy steps by Kiev, the bloc said on Friday. Friday's announcement is a boon to Ukrainian exporters, some of whom had complained about the fact that the deal...

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 30- European Union states agreed on Friday on a fast-track, joint ratification of the Paris accord to combat climate change, pushing the landmark global pact to the brink of entering into force. Friday's agreement by environment ministers from all EU 28 member states marks a rare political breakthrough for the bloc at a time of uncertainty over...

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 30- European Union states agreed on Friday on a fast-track, joint ratification of the Paris accord to combat climate change, pushing the landmark global pact to the brink of entering into force. Friday's agreement by environment ministers from all EU 28 member states marks a rare political breakthrough for the bloc at a time of uncertainty over...

  • BUDAPEST, Sept 30- Central European assets declined on Friday due to concerns over Deutsche Bank and a weekend referendum in Hungary about the EU's migrant quotas. It fell 1.2 percent by 1311 GMT, partly driven by 4.3 percent fall of Moneta Bank. Moneta plunged after GE Capital completed a bookbuild offering to sell about a quarter of Moneta's share capital.

  • BRUSSELS— The European Union's environment ministers on Friday approved the ratification of the landmark Paris climate change pact, paving the way for the agreement to take effect in November. "It's really a historic result," French Environment Minister Segolene Royal told reporters after the ministers agreed unanimously to ratify the deal at talks in...

  • LONDON, Sept 30- The London Metal Exchange has this week confirmed it will cap both rents and load-out charges across its physical delivery network effective next year. The move was widely expected. The exchange has learnt the hard way to tick all the boxes when it consults users on changes to its warehousing system.

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 30- U.S. shale gas will displace a growing portion of the world's expanding energy demand, cutting into the need for oil products from refineries, BP's head of refining economics said on Friday. Natural gas liquids from the U.S. shale boom such as ethane, an alternative to naphtha refined from crude, could feed as much as a third of demand growth in 2017,...

  • BUDAPEST, Sept 30- Central European assets declined on Friday due to concerns over Deutsche Bank, a fall of oil prices and a referendum in Hungary about the EU's migrant quotas due on Sunday. Prague's stock index led regional losses. It fell 1.5 percent by 0830 GMT, touching an 11- day low, driven by 5 percent fall of Moneta Bank and 2.1 percent decline of Erste Bank.

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 29- A planned reform of global banking rules being discussed by the United States, Europe, Japan and other major economies risks negatively affecting European banks and needs to be changed, the EU financial services commissioner said on Thursday. But opponents, mostly in Europe and Japan, feel the review goes too far. "As things stand, the proposals...

  • Brussels police spokeswoman Ilse Van de Keere said around 45,000 people took part in Thursday's protest, the fourth since Prime Minister Charles Michel took office in 2014. Tensions have been high since U.S. heavy equipment maker Caterpillar announced the closure of its Belgian production plant, meaning the loss of more than 2,000 jobs.

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 29- A planned reform of global banking rules being discussed by the United States, Europe, Japan and other major economies risks negatively affecting European banks and needs to be changed, the EU financial services commissioner said on Thursday. But opponents, mostly in Europe and Japan, feel the review goes too far. "As things stand, the proposals...

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 29- A planned reform of global banking rules being discussed by the United States, Europe, Japan and other major economies risks negatively affecting European banks and needs to be changed, the EU financial services commissioner said on Thursday. But opponents, mostly in Europe and Japan, reckon the review goes too far, as they fear it...

  • BRUSSELS— The European Commission is taking Germany to court over its road-toll system for private vehicles, claiming that the scheme is discriminatory. It also says that prices for an annual toll sticker for cars registered outside Germany are too high in some cases. The Commission said in a statement Thursday that the toll system does not comply with the...

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 29- A planned reform of global banking rules being discussed by the United States, Europe, Japan and other major economies risks negatively affecting European banks and needs to be changed, the EU financial services commissioner said on Thursday. But opponents, mostly in Europe and Japan, reckon the review goes too far, as they fear it...

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 29- A planned reform of global banking rules being discussed by the United States, Europe, Japan and other major economies risks negatively affecting European banks and needs to be changed, the EU financial services commissioner said on Thursday. "As things stand, the proposals Basel has issued for consultation would imply significant capital...

  • BERLIN, Sept 28- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi rejected German criticism of the bank's super-loose monetary policy on Wednesday, calling sub-zero interest rates a necessity and urging Berlin to share the burden with more spending. "On balance, savers, employees, entrepreneurs, pensioners and taxpayers across the euro area, including in Germany,...

  • BRATISLAVA/ BRUSSELS, Sept 28- The European Union's executive wants to boost the bloc's joint defense and security with an initial investment of 90 million euros in research, marking a turning point after years of cuts. Now the European Commission proposes to use the EU budget to fund it. A 90 million-euro plan put forward by the Commission could serve as a pilot...

  • BRATISLAVA/ BRUSSELS, Sept 28- The European Union's executive wants to boost the bloc's joint defence and security with an initial investment of 90 million euros in research, marking a turning point after years of cuts. Now the European Commission proposes to use the EU budget to fund it. A 90 million-euro plan put forward by the Commission could serve as a pilot...

  • BRUSSELS/ FRANKFURT, Sept 28- EU antitrust regulators on Wednesday raised a raft of concerns over the proposed $28 billion merger between Deutsche Boerse and the London Stock Exchange, saying it could hinder competition in key financial market activities. Deutsche Boerse and the London Stock Exchange, which had anticipated criticism of the deal, immediately...

  • BERLIN/ FRANKFURT, Sept 28- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi rejected German criticism of the bank's super-loose monetary policy on Wednesday, calling sub-zero rates a necessity and urging governments including Germany's to share more of the burden. Facing a grilling from German lawmakers who say the bank's monetary policy has damaged the euro...