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Shell lobbied to undermine EU renewables targets, documents reveal

EU Active - 2 hours 28 min ago

Shell successfully lobbied to undermine European renewable energy targets ahead of a key agreement on emissions cuts reached in October last year, newly released documents reveal.

At the time of the deal European commission president, Jose Manuel Barroso, said: “This package is very good news for our fight against climate change.” Adding: “No player in the world is as ambitious as the EU.”

[Analysis] Sidelining Varoufakis is Tsipras' wild card

EU Observer - 2 hours 44 min ago
Isolated in the eurogroup and less popular at home, the Greek finance minister will no longer be in sole command of negotiating with lenders.

[Ticker] MEPs commemorate victims in Mediterranean and Nepal

EU Observer - 2 hours 55 min ago
The EP started its plenary session Monday with a moment of silence to commemorate the migrants who died in the Mediterranean, and the victims of the earthquake in Nepal. Speaking of of the drowned migrants, president Schulz said moments of silence seem needed "every session" but "nothing is happening politically".

The fight against illegal fishing: The EU’s role in a global challenge

EU Active - 3 hours 17 min ago

The EU not only has a great responsibility to demonstrate legal and sustainable seafood supply chains to its consumers. It must ensure that its access to abundant seafood does not rob more vulnerable communities, of their own, writes Eszter Hidas.

Eszter Hidas is EU Policy Officer for WWF Smart Fishing Initiative’s Illegal Fishing project

France acknowledges ‘mounting tensions’ in Nagorno-Karabakh

EU Active - 3 hours 44 min ago

French President François Hollande has met with both the President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, and Ilham Aliyev, the President Azerbaijan, against the background of reports of renewed violence in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Hollande visited Armenia on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide on 24 April, and was in Azerbaijan on 25 April.

EFSI must deliver a sustained and sustainable economic recovery in Europe

EU Active - 4 hours 20 min ago

The Juncker Plan is a golden opportunity to deliver investment and prosperity to the areas that need them most, argues Ingrid Holmes.

Brexit would hit UK economy hardest, German think tank warns

EU Active - 4 hours 53 min ago

The impact of a UK exit of the European Union would hit Britain harder than Germany or the rest of Europe, warns the Bertelsmann Stiftung, saying 'Brexit" could shave off 14% of the country's 's GDP.

With the British general election on a knife edge, and the chances of a referendum on EU membership a distinct possibility, German think tank Bertelsmann Stiftung issued a stark warning.

Commission to put financial services, insurance under spotlight

EU Active - 5 hours 1 min ago

SPECIAL REPORT / The EU executive is set to launch a broad consultation on the state of the internal market for financial services to gauge how fragmented it is and what can be done to encourage more cross-border activity in the insurance sector.

Final preparations are still under way and the format of the consultation has not yet been agreed internally – although a so-called "green paper" is likely – an EU official told EurActiv.

[Ticker] Greek finance minister to be surrounded by team of negotiators

EU Observer - 6 hours 25 min ago
Greek PM Alexis Tsipras has expressed support for his finance minister Yanis Varoufakis but decided to surround him with a team of negotiators coordinated by deputy Foreign Minister Euclid Tsakalotos, it was announced Monday. Varoufakis clashed with other Eurozone ministers on Friday over lack of progress in bailout talks.

Moderate politician wins Northern Cyprus election

EU Active - 6 hours 37 min ago

A leftist moderate promising to press for a peace deal in ethnically-split Cyprus swept to victory in a Turkish Cypriot presidential election runoff yesterday (26 April).

Mustafa Akıncı, standing as an independent, won 60.3% of the votes. His rival was incumbent president Derviş Eroğlu, a conservative elected five years ago.

Akıncı, 67, has said he would work with fresh urgency to find a peace deal on Cyprus, split in a 1974 Turkish invasion that was triggered by a short-lived Greek-inspired coup aimed at union with Greece.

[Ticker] Greeks unhappy with Tsipras government

EU Observer - 7 hours 37 min ago
An Alco poll for the Proto Thema newspaper in Greece says 52% of Greeks aren't satisfied with the performance of the Syriza-led government, versus 39% who are. It notes 50% of Greeks want Syriza to compromise if lenders don't accept its reform proposals, versus 36% who want a hard line.

Anti-fraud law hits Spain's elites

EU Active - 8 hours 3 min ago

Model 720, the anti-fraud law passed by the Spanish Government in 2012, has claimed its first high profile victim. Rodrigo Rato, the former director of the International Monetary Fund, as well as First Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of the Economy, is being investigated. EurActiv Spain reports.

Since the legislation was first put in place, an estimated 124,500 million euros in foreign accounts, of 197,000 Spanish taxpayers, have come to light.

[Ticker] Shelling 'intensifies' ahead of EU-Ukraine summit

EU Observer - 8 hours 36 min ago
International monitors, the OSCE, say south-east Ukraine is seeing the "most intense shelling ... since fighting began in the area in mid-February 2015" as EU and Ukraine leaders meeting in Kiev Monday. Monitor drones have also spotted "amassing of forces" by the pro-Russia side, including tanks, artillery, and armoured vehicles.

[Agenda] Security issue and Ukraine top EU's agenda this WEEK

EU Observer - 8 hours 53 min ago
The European Commission will this week unveil a "security agenda" for the EU, including how to tackle terrorism, organised crime and cyber crime.

EU to re-open South-Asian trade talks

EU Observer - 8 hours 56 min ago
The EU is prepared to reopen trade negotiations with the Asean trade bloc of South-Asian countries, the bloc’s trade chief said ahead of a summit on Monday.

Greece faces criticism, as 'plan B' speculation mounts

EU Observer - 11 hours 1 min ago
The bitter fallout from Friday’s failed Eurogroup meeting continued over the weekend, with Greece looking increasingly isolated.

Election in Northern Cyprus renews hopes of peace deal

EU Observer - 11 hours 17 min ago
Independent candidate Mustafa Akinci won a surprise victory to become president of Northern Cyprus on Sunday, in a result that could prove a breakthrough for peace talks on the divided island.

US firms negligent in reporting 'conflict minerals', study claims

EU Active - 11 hours 33 min ago

Many US companies are failing to comply with a law against financing armed movements active in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo through the purchase of "conflict minerals," according to a new study.

[Ticker] Merkel under pressure to investigate NSA spying

EU Observer - 11 hours 41 min ago
The German Social Democrats, the junior partner in Merkel's grand coalition government, want an immediate investigation into allegations that the Chancellor's office ignored warnings in 2008 and 2010 about US National Security Agency (NSA) spying. Pressure is growing on German Intelligence Service chief Gerhard Schindler to resign, Spiegel reported.

[Ticker] EU offers €3m aid to Nepal following earthquake

EU Observer - 11 hours 43 min ago
The European Commission has offered €3m in immediate aid to Nepal, hit Saturday by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake. The aid will go towards the most urgent needs in the worst affected areas, including clean water, medicine, emergency shelter and telecommunications. The death toll had risen to above 3,000 by Monday.

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