The euro was the currency most used for exports from the EU in 2018, the European statistical office, Eurostat, reported on Monday, but the U.S. dollar was used more to pay for imports.
EU ministers are against strengthening border controls to clamp down on private citizens buying tobacco or alcohol from other member countries.
European Finance Ministers meeting in Brussels on Friday dropped Aruba, Barbados and Bermuda from its tax-haven blacklist.

Cheaper calls within the EU as of today

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 11:13
As of 15 May, a new maximum price will apply for all international calls and SMS within the EU. Consumers calling from their country to another EU country will pay a maximum amount of 19 cents per minute (+VAT) and 6 cents per SMS message (+VAT).
Close to 43% Europeans believe that the rise of populist parties threatens the functioning of the European Union, according to YouGov survey conducted for the Leading European Newspaper Alliance (LENA).
An environmental nonprofit has obtained documents showing the extent to which the European Commission has been lobbied by pesticide producers seeking to protect their interests, leading to a more lenient regulation of these controversial substances.
Over 30,000 people flocked to the Open Day hosted by the Brussels European Institutions, which took place on Saturday.
The day, also called Difference Day, was celebrated last Friday at Bozar, Brussels, for the 5th time in row.
Hungary’s national conservative Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, and the head of Italy’s extreme right, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, announced on Thursday in Budapest that they want to come together against immigration after May’s European elections.
Ahead of the European elections in May, the European Commission registered this week four new European Citizens’ Initiatives in policy areas that may concern the voters in the elections.