The ECB has hinted that it could create its own cryptocurrency within a few years.
The agreements with the 2 drug firms follow requests by EU countries in May.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has selected a new managing director following the stepping down of Christine Lagarde.
Tax battle: Apple challenges $14 billion court case
Apple has obeyed a EU ruling which ordered the firm to pay Ireland €14.3 billion as taxes.