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It proposed that some seats could in the future be reserved for pan-European lists.
The United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, Mongolia, Macau, Grenada and Barbados were also lifted from the list by finance ministers.
The EU has voiced serious concerns about rights abuses in Venezuela, where protests against Maduro last year turned violent and economic collapse has led to dire shortages of food and medicine.
Britain could take part in a new model of European cooperation after Brexit but is unlikely to rejoin the EU in its current form, a senior minister has said.
EU President Donald Tusk began the charm offensive, saying that the bloc's "hearts are open" to Britain changing its mind.
Germany halted all long-distance rail traffic for at least a day, while numerous domestic flights were scrapped as hurricane-force winds lashed the country.
Violent gales battered northern Europe and beyond Thursday, snapping air and train links and leaving three people dead, all killed by falling trees.
Seven individuals have been blacklisted according to diplomats, making them subject to asset freezes and travel bans.
Russia faces a barrage of accusations of interfering in a string of seismic political events like Brexit and 2016 US election.
The European Union unveiled plans Tuesday for all plastic packaging in Europe to be recyclable by 2030 and phase out single-use plastic like coffee cups to fight pollution.
The 'new RCom' also announced a USD 600-million investment to build a 68,000-km undersea cable network that will carry data to Europe and Hong Kong from its headquarters.
An EU official said that the bloc's finance ministers would pare down the list at talks next week, satisfied that the countries had made committed tax reforms.
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Michael Olunga starred on a great weekend for Africans across the major European leagues.
Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage has lost nearly half of annual European Parliament salary over allegations that he misspent funds, claims his political group on Friday branded "vindictive".
All three major US indices finished solidly higher at records as investors appeared to jump at the chance to buy stocks at lower prices following Wednesday's modest pullback.