European Union Law

EU to ban pesticides linked to bee deaths

A bee collects pollen from a dandelion blossom. Photo: Reuters

The European Union was set to impose a two-year ban on three pesticides linked to bee deaths after a majority of member countries voted in favour of a moratorium on Monday. A key committee of experts cleared the way for the European Commission to impose a proposed ban on insecticides blamed for a sharp decline in bee populations, when 15 nations voted in favour, with eight against and four abstentions.

Monday, 29 April, 2013, 11:14pm

New EU rules boost rights of air passengers

Under new rules, stranded passengers will get more help

Airlines will be banned from a range of practices that include charging passengers a fee to correct a mis-spelling of their name and leaving them sitting on the tarmac for hours without access to a toilet or drinking water.

14 Mar 2013 - 3:13am

Europe to move against Google over privacy rules

Google's headquarters in New York. Photo: Reuters

In October, the data protection agencies warned Google that its new confidentiality policy did not comply with EU laws and gave it four months to make changes or face legal action.

19 Feb 2013 - 3:43am

If voluntary compliance fails, we must have laws

Regulation does not sit easily with Hong Kong's free-market principles. Buyer beware and voluntary compliance with codes of conduct are preferred. But sometimes we need rules for our own good, as with tough anti-smoking and anti-littering fines - and now household energy-saving laws to protect the environment

8 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Science and politics, the twin realities of climate-change fight

US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu said that, despite President Barack Obama's pledge to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, his ambition was unlikely to flourish in the face of political opposition.

26 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

HK claws back a little face in investment rule pursuit

Apart from being former British colonies, what do regional rivals Hong Kong and Singapore have in common?

22 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

VAT rise to strike exporters

Foreign-invested enterprises (FIEs), which import raw ma terials for exports, will suffer an increase in value-added tax (VAT) from January 1, raising their mainland production costs.

27 Nov 1998 - 12:00am


A US$3 million (about HK$23 million) security system has been installed at the Egyptian museum in Cairo to guard against theft from the home of some of the world's richest archaeological treasures.

28 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Maastricht ensures closer co-operation

FROM Sicily to the Shetland Islands, people now enjoy common citizenship of the European Union and by 2000 it is hoped most of them will be buying goods with the same money, too.

These steps towards integration in western Europe are the results of the Treaty on European Union, effective since last November.

9 May 1994 - 12:00am

Cheap sale of flats stopped

CHINA has banned the sale of state-owned flats at excessively low prices to stop the drain of state assets, official media reported yesterday.

A directive issued by the State Council ordered all regions and departments to strengthen their grip on housing reform.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:10pm

Asylum limited

PARIS: France's two houses of parliament have approved an amendment to the constitution to limit political asylum before border controls among nine European Community countries are abolished next year.

20 Nov 1993 - 12:00am

Risks in Maastricht

FOR the moment, Europe's political establishment is celebrating. The people of Denmark have accepted the Maastricht Treaty on European union, although in a version so riddled with exemptions it scarcely can be described as union at all.

20 May 1993 - 12:00am