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Open Europe - 4 hours 22 min ago
New Open Europe Briefing: EU rules set to increase SMEs??? energy bills by 23% in 2020 ??? urgent change is needed

Spain confident of being declared 'Ebola-free'

EU Active - 4 hours 36 min ago

Teresa Romero, who became the first person to contract Ebola outside West Africa, is cured from the disease, after a 16-day battle for survival in Madrid's Carlos III hospital. Spain is now confident of being declared Ebola-free by December. But the crisis has also had political side-effects. EurActiv Spain reports.

The Socialist Party (PSOE), accused Ana Mato, the Spanish health minister, of “inappropriate” management of the crisis and fiercely criticized her over what critics described as a lack of clear and accurate information on the health crisis.

Irish senators build EU momentum on Palestine recognition

EU Observer - 4 hours 54 min ago
Irish senators have urged the government to recognise Palestine, as the EU prepares to set out new red lines on Israel relations.

[Opinion] EU states should follow Sweden on Palestine

EU Observer - 4 hours 58 min ago
Israel's ex-ambassador to South Africa tells EUobserver his country is on "the slippery slope of apartheid" by destroying prospects for a Palestinian state.

[Ticker] 2015 EU budget up for tough negotiations

EU Observer - 5 hours 21 min ago
Disagreement between the EU institutions over next year's budget has triggered a three-week conciliation period to start on 28 October. The aim is to find agreement based on the Commission's 2015 budget proposal of €142.1bn (5% more than in 2014), with the Council wanting €140bn and the European Parliament €146.42bn.

[Ticker] Nine migrants injured in rush on Spanish border fence

EU Observer - 5 hours 22 min ago
Nine African migrants were Wednesday treated for injuries after a rush on border fences separating Spain's North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco. Around 20 managed to get across. Spanish authorities estimated total 2,000 migrants have made it across the border fences in roughly 60 attempts this year.

[Ticker] Hungary to press charges against Norway-funded NGO

EU Observer - 5 hours 23 min ago
Hungary's government said Wednesday it had found "irregularities" in 61 of 63 Norway funded NGO projects and will press charges against the Budapest-based Okotars Alapitvany in charge of distributing Norwegian grants. The foundation, which promotes environmental awareness among civil society, denied the accusations.

EU in last-ditch talks with Italy and France on 2015 budget changes

EU Active - 5 hours 24 min ago

The European Commission is discussing changes with Italy and France to their 2015 draft budgets to avoid having to send back the plans that break European Union rules, EU officials said on Wednesday (22 October).

Juncker vote reveals Socialist dissident group

EU Active - 5 hours 26 min ago

The new Commission led by Jean-Paul Juncker won the support of the European Parliament yesterday (22 October) with 423 votes in favour, 209 against, and 67 abstentions. Votewatch Europe provides insight into how individual MEPs voted, revealing the emergence of a dissident group of 30 MEPs amongst the Socialists, which didn’t support Juncker.

According to Parliament’s rules, MEPs voted electronically, and their individual vote is public. Overall, 89% of MEPs voted along party lines. Votewatch Europe reveals the following results by country:

NATO, Swedish fighters scrambled to intercept Russian plane

EU Active - 5 hours 39 min ago

NATO and Swedish fighter jets were scrambled to intercept a Russian intelligence-gathering plane that briefly entered Estonian airspace on Tuesday, the alliance said on Wednesday (22 October).

Song lauding UKIP withdrawn after race row

EU Active - 5 hours 46 min ago

The performer of a song promoting the anti-EU UK Independence Party before next year's election in Britain said on Wednesday (22 October) he was withdrawing the track from sale after being accused of racism.

Additional €20bn per year needed for French energy transition

EU Active - 6 hours 7 min ago

The public sector will play an important but secondary role in financing the French energy transition, according to a new study by CDC Climat. The state-funded think tank believes an additional investment of 20 billion euro per year is needed to complete the energy transition. EurActiv France reports

Climate change rivals Ebola at World Health Summit

EU Active - 6 hours 22 min ago

Climate change is expected to cause 250,000 additional deaths per year between 2030 and 2050, affecting the poorest countries with weak health care systems - a global challenge that rivaled Ebola as one of the top issues at the World Health Summit in Berlin this week. EurActiv Germany reports.

Electricity linkage target dropped ahead of EU summit

EU Active - 6 hours 28 min ago

EXCLUSIVE: EU leaders will not agree on 2030 targets for exchanging energy through electricity interconnectors, because of a long-running row between Spain, Portugal and France, according to documents obtained by EurActiv.

An obligation for member states to make 15% of their national generation capacity available to other EU nations was ditched from draft summit conclusions, which heads of state and government hope to finalise at a summit opening in Brussels today (23 October).

[Ticker] Russian plane violates Estonia airspace

EU Observer - 6 hours 38 min ago
Estonia has summoned the Russian ambassador after a Russian intelligence-gathering plane entered 600 metres into its airspace for less than one minute on Wednesday. Nato "air-policing" jets from Denmark and Portugal intercepted the plane, which took off from Kaliningrad. Swedish jets were also involved in escorting it away.

EU fiscal rules won't be changed, says Juncker

EU Observer - 22 October, 2014 - 18:55
TThe EU's rules on debts and deficits will not be re-written, Juncker told MEPs in his first speech as European Commission president.

[Opinion] Cameron's tight-rope walk on free movement

EU Observer - 22 October, 2014 - 17:35
EU migration will be the key battle in the UK election next year. Polls show that immigration is the number one issue for British voters; they care about it more than the economy. So what will David Cameron's approach be?

Open letters help frame debate on climate summit

EU Observer - 22 October, 2014 - 17:30
EU leaders have received at least a dozen open letters about the climate and energy targets they are about to set. But does anyone pay any attention to them?

MEPs withhold millions from EU commission over transparency

EU Observer - 22 October, 2014 - 16:59
The European Parliament on Wednesday punched a €3.8 million hole in the EU commission 2015 budget as leverage until the Brussels-executive improves its transparency record.

Juncker u-turn puts pharma in health Commissioner's portfolio

EU Active - 22 October, 2014 - 15:35

Pharmaceutical drugs, and medical technology, will remain under the department of health (DG Sanco) in the next Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, the President-elect, confirmed on Wednesday (22 October).

The responsibility for the policy on pharmaceuticals was initially put under the supervision of Elżbieta Bieńkowska, the Polish Commissioner-designate responsible for the EU's Single Market, Industry and Enterprises, as well as SMEs.

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