In the meantime, the U.K.'s FTSE 100 popped 0.58 percent by the close, while the French CAC rose 0.25 percent and Germany's DAX jumped 0.67 percent. Periphery bourses however ended on a mixed to higher note, with Italy's FTSE MIB closing in the red.
Looking at sectors, autos continued to post solid gains, following on from a strong performance in recent days. The sector, however, came off its highs, closing up 0.44 percent after Italian automaker Ferrari had its rating downgraded to "underweight" by Morgan Stanley. It was the STOXX 600's worst performer, closing down 6.9 percent.
Elsewhere, tech stocks posted solid gains — closing 1.47 percent up as a sector — with AMS and Micro Focus both closing sharply higher, up 6.8 and 5.12 percent respectively.
In individual stocks, Capita sank 2.4 percent as it lowered its underlying operating profit for 2016 after putting new international accounting standards into practice. The business services firm is currently looking for a new chief executive after a flurry of profit warnings.
Wendel was also found near the bottom of the STOXX 600, closing down 3.8 percent, after the investment firm said that its Chairman of the Executive Board, Frederic Lemoine, would leave by the end of 2017.
In banks, Nordea ended in the red after it announced that it would be moving its headquarters to Finland. The bank said it would move away from Sweden, to cut the costs enforced by its domestic regulators.