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EU lost over €100bn because of its own anti-Russia sanctions – Lavrov

The EU is punishing itself for doing Washington's bidding and sanctioning Russia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. However, while the restrictions policy does not harm the US, the EU suffers billions in losses.
In an interview with the Spanish newspaper El País, Lavrov lamented the dismal state of EU-Russia relations, describing them as far from normal. The divisions are being fueled from across the pond, he said.

EU unemployment rate at 6.8 pct in August

The European Union's unemployment rate in August stood at 6.8 percent, the lowest figure recorded in the 28-member EU bloc since April 2008, Eurostat revealed on Monday.
"The EU28 unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in August 2018, stable compared with July 2018 and down from 7.5 percent in August 2017," the statistical office said in a statement.

EU bans poultry imports from Israel-occupied West Bank

Source : RT / 18 Aug 2014 

Chicken and eggs from the occupied West Bank and the annexed east Jerusalem will no longer be seen on European plates, the EU has ruled, reportedly citing gaps in public health standards between the two Jewish zones and the state.


Lithuania becomes first EU country to ban energy drink sales to teens

Source : RT / 16 May 2014

Selling energy drinks to minors will soon be illegal in Lithuania, as the parliament voted overwhelmingly to ban highly caffeinated beverages to people under the age of 18. Lithuania is the first EU country to enact such a ban.


EU freezes assets of ousted Ukrainian leader and 17 others

Source : Reuters / 07 Mar 2014

The European Union froze the assets on Thursday of ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich, former prime minister Mykola Azarov and 16 other senior Ukrainian officials suspected of misusing state funds and violating human rights.

In a legal filing published in the European Union's Official Journal, the EU said that "all funds and economic resources belonging to, owned, held or controlled" by the people listed was now frozen within the 28-nation union.


One third of EU women suffered abuse in lifetime: Study

Source : Presstv / 06 Mar 2014

A new study reveals that one in every three women in the European Union (EU) countries has experienced at least one physical or sexual assault since the age of fifteen.

The Violence Against Women report by the EU’s Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), released on Wednesday, shows that some 33 percent of women living across the 28-nation bloc, equating to 62 million people, have been a victim of violence during their lifetime.


EU ministers link GM crops approval to future elections

Source : RT / 14 Feb 2014

Leading EU agricultural nations remain steadfast in their battle against GM crops. Dozen national European ministers warn against approving GM maize and forebode protest voting during the next EU parliamentary elections in May.


EU condemns Afghan law barring abused women from giving evidence

Source : / 13 Feb 2014

The European Union (EU) has condemned a draft law recently approved by the Afghan parliament, saying it would deny justice to victims of domestic violence, forced marriage and child abuse.

New legislation that bars relatives from testifying against each other, making it virtually impossible for abused women and children to accuse a family member, is awaiting President Hamid Karzai’s signature. Unless he vetoes it within 15 days it automatically becomes law.


Corruption costs European economy 120 billion euros a year

Source : / 06 Feb 2014

Corruption costs Europe 120 billion euros a year, or around one percent of economic output, according to the first ever report on graft in the 28-nation European Union by the executive European Commission.

The report published on Monday places the EU, often portrayed as one of the globe's cleanest regions, in an unflattering light.


EU jobless rate remained high in December: Eurostat

Source : Presstv / 1 Feb 2014

Official figures show that the jobless rate in the eurozone remained near record high of 12 percent in December.

The jobless rate, which was released by the European Union's Statistics Office (Eurostat) on Friday, has remained unchanged since October.


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