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The EU was initially formed as an economic trading block. It has continued to grow and develop as a broad-based social entity with open internal borders. May 9 is Europe Day.
    (Econ, 7/28/07, p.55)

2021        Jan 4, It was reported that some EU specialist online retailers have said they will no longer deliver to the UK because of tax changes which came into force on 1 January.
    (AP, 1/4/21)

2021        Jan 5, The European Union said it would redouble its efforts to save the Iran nuclear agreement despite what it calls Tehran’s “important breach” of commitments made in the 2015 deal by starting to enrich uranium to new levels.
    (AP, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 5,  Portugal started consultations with other European Union countries to find common ground for a new policy on migration, which has caused humanitarian crises and deep political divisions in the bloc over how to respond.
    (AP, 1/5/21)

2021        Jan 6, Thirteen of the EU's foreign ministers said in a joint letter to the bloc's executive saying the EU should send coronavirus vaccines to its Balkan neighbors and do more to combat the virus in Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 1/6/21)

2021        Jan 8, The European Union's drug agency approved doctors drawing one more dose from each vial of the coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech, in a move that — combined with the purchase of 300 million extra shots of the serum — could speed up the pace of vaccinations in the 27-nation bloc.
    (AP, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 8, European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said EU countries are not allowed to negotiate separate vaccine deals with pharmaceutical companies in parallel to the efforts of the European Union as a whole.
    (Reuters, 1/8/21)
2021        Jan 8, Data published by the EU climate monitoring service said 2020 was the warmest year in Europe since records began.
    (AP, 1/8/21)

2021        Jan 14, Europe’s top human rights court (ECHR) agreed to look into Ukraine’s complaint against alleged human rights violations in the Russia-annexed Crimean Peninsula.
    (AP, 1/14/20)

2021        Jan 15, The European Union's drug regulator said that COVID-19 vaccine documents stolen from its servers in a cyberattack have been not only leaked to the web, but “manipulated" by hackers.
    (AP, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, US pharmaceutical company Pfizer confirmed it will temporarily reduce deliveries to Europe of its COVID-19 vaccine while it upgrades production capacity to 2 billion doses per year.
    (AP, 1/15/21)

2021        Jan 19, The European Union’s top migration official criticized Bosnian authorities for failing to properly care for hundreds of migrants living in sub-zero temperatures on its territory, warning the Balkans country of its obligations if it hopes to join the EU.
    (AP, 1/19/21)

2021        Jan 20, The EU's executive Commission said it has issued fines to Valve Corp., owner of a US video game platform and five game makers, after they blocked players from buying cheaper copies of the games in other countries in the bloc.
    (AP, 1/20/21)

2021        Jan 21, Europe's top human rights court found Russia responsible for a swath of violations in Georgia's breakaway regions after the 2008 Russia-Georgia war. Georgia hailed the verdict by the European Court of Human Rights as a major victory.
    (AP, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, EU government officials said Pfizer has slashed in half the volume of COVID-19 vaccines it will deliver to some EU countries this week, as frustration over the US drugmaker's unexpected cut in supplies grows.
    (Reuters, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, Europe's disease surveillance agency said that the three mutant variants of the coronavirus that emerged in Britain, South Africa and Brazil pose a high risk in Europe as they have led to increased transmissibility.
    (Reuters, 1/21/21)

2021        Jan 22, EU Council President Charles Michel told Russian President Vladimir Putin by telephone to release opposition politician Alexei Navalny and insisted on an investigation into his August poisoning.
    (AP, 1/22/21)

2021        Jan 25, The EU said it will require pharmaceutical companies producing COVID-19 vaccines inside the bloc to register in advance any exports of doses to third countries.
    (Reuters, 1/25/21)

2021        Jan 27, European Union police and judicial agencies Europol and Eurojust said that investigators took control of infrastructure behind a botnet called EMOTET. A botnet is a network of hijacked computers used to carry out cyberattacks. The malware was first discovered in 2014 and “evolved into the go-to solution for cybercriminals over the years.
    (AP, 1/27/21)

2021        Jan 28, Qualcomm lost its fight against a data demand from EU antitrust regulators after Europe's top court reaffirmed the regulators' right to see it, in a case that has already landed the company a 242-million-euro ($292.60 million) fine.
    (Reuters, 1/28/21)
2021        Jan 28, The European Union's drugs regulator approved the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine after the pharma giant published its contract with the EU, amid a row over whether it broke its vaccine commitments.
    (The Telegraph, 1/28/21)

2021        Jan 29, The European Union introduced tighter rules on exports of COVID-19 vaccines that could hit shipments to nations like the United Kingdom, deepening a dispute with London over scarce supplies of potentially lifesaving shots.
    (AP, 1/29/21)

2021        Jan, Exports from Britain to the European Union reportedly fell by 68% this month as trade was disrupted after the end of a transition period following Britain's departure from the EU.
    (Reuters, 2/7/21)

2021        Feb 2, Politicians in Britain, Northern Ireland and the European Union condemned threats against border staff that prompted authorities to suspend checks at ports and underscored the tremors Brexit has sent through Northern Ireland's peace process.
    (AP, 2/2/21)

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