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As the working day draws to a close, Place du Luxembourg – the square in front of the European Parliament in Brussels – fills with people. Among the crowd are lobbyists, on the hunt for networking opportunities. Place du Luxembourg – or Place Lux as it’s known – was described by one former Member of… » read more

Posted by Joanna Impey

BOOZE price hikes to combat alcohol abuse would be illegal, according to a top EU official. The SNP’s flagship policy to introduce minimum pricing was passed by Holyrood earlier this year, but needed the stamp of approval from the European Commission. Now commission vice president Antonio Tajani has turned his back on the plans, adding… » read more

Posted by Jennifer McKiernan

MINIMUM pricing plans for booze have come under fire from the Bulgarian Government. The 50p minimum unit price for alcohol was passed by MSPs in Holyrood earlier this year. But the Bulgarian Government has objected to the European Commission about the plans, which are expected to be given the go-ahead this month. The Bulgarian Government… » read more

Posted by Jennifer McKiernan

SCOTS will lose European Union membership if the country wins independence, according to EU policy bosses. Nationalists believe an independent Scotland would have no problem remaining in the European Union. But European Commission head of growth and jobs Olivier Bailly said on Tuesday the move would take the EU into uncharted waters. He said: “We… » read more

Posted by Jennifer McKiernan