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France, China agree to fight carbon emissions

3 hours 34 min ago

Diplomats in Paris were beaming when the world’s most populous country announced plans to start cutting its net CO2 emissions "around 2030". But environmentalists were less optimistic, saying the commitment is much too vague. EurActiv France reports

Climate change: An opportunity for EU-China cooperation

3 hours 42 min ago

It's time to shift from the well-known statement that climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing humankind to a new affirmation, argues Teresa Ribera.

German states draft bill for nationwide GMO ban

3 hours 53 min ago

Five state governments in Germany are putting pressure on Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt, introducing a bill for a nationwide ban on GMOs instead of his “patchwork” proposal. EurActiv Germany reports.

Uber lobbyists take on European critics in Parliament

4 hours 10 min ago

Uber's director of public policy for Europe, Simon Hampton, suggested on Wednesday (1 July) that he sees a chance at winning over governments pursuing legal action against the company.

“If you're in a city Uber hasn't come to yet, then creating a group of people to say they want Uber and to put pressure on local politicians - that's hard," Hampton said at a panel discussion in the European Parliament.

France may block EU-Canada trade deal over ISDS

4 hours 29 min ago

Opposition to investor protection measures in the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, signed by Canada and the European Union in 2013, have put the deal’s future in doubt. EurActiv France reports

German leaders admonish Greece ahead of referendum

4 hours 36 min ago

Chancellor Merkel emphasised that despite the situation in Greece, Europe is stable and intends to “calmly” await the Greek referendum, while Finance Minister Schäuble accused Athens of “flip-flopping without purpose or understanding”. EurActiv Germany reports.

Parliament’s TTIP vote cleared by S&D, with a new ISDS

1 July, 2015 - 16:11

The S&D group in the European Parliament voted today (1 July) on a controversial amendment which keeps investor protection in the EU-US trade agreement (TTIP), paving the way for a vote in plenary, possibly next week in Strasbourg, EurActiv has learned.

S&D MEPs agreed to replace the controversial Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanism with a new system.

Sources told EurActiv that the compromise was pushed through by Martin Schulz, the German Socialist President of the Parliament.

Russia judiciary questions legality of Baltic countries’ independence

1 July, 2015 - 15:40

A move in Russia to review the legality of a 1991 decision formally granting Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia independence from the USSR has alarmed the Baltic states and stoked tensions with Moscow.

The Baltic states declared independence in 1990 and 1991, and activists in Lithuania and Latvia were killed in attempts by Soviet forces to quell rebellions. The events have been a matter of particular sensitivity in the three countries since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine, another former Soviet republic.

The Great Recession novel: Antonio Machado’s Average Happiness Index

1 July, 2015 - 15:22

SPECIAL REPORT / Economic crises might not be ideal for funding newspapers, but they’ve always inspired great fiction.

A+ energy efficiency labels will be ditched

1 July, 2015 - 13:52

The European Commission will revamp its energy labelling system for refrigerators and televisions, ditch confusing grades that range from A+++ to G, and return to a clear A-G scale.

Documents obtained by EurActiv showed that the red to green colour scheme will be kept and that grades would be rescaled every decade.

The Commission plans to launch the revised Energy Labelling Directive on 15 July. As well as fridges and TVs, 10 other goods, mostly white goods such as dishwashers, are covered.

EU support for keeping Greece in eurozone elusive

1 July, 2015 - 12:55

Greece will vote on its future in the eurozone on Sunday (5 July). If such a poll were to be conducted across the EU, it is far from certain that a majority would back further concessions to Athens as the price for keeping the Union intact. The EurActiv Network reports.

Eastern European countries in the euro area are saying, “Don't ask my people to help you again when my standard of living is lower than yours,” French finance minister Michel Sapin commented today (1 July).

Improving Greek democracy: The Swiss example

1 July, 2015 - 11:05

Swiss democracy guarantees stability in public finances by seeking public approval for every significant piece of public finance legislation. Greece could learn from this, writes Guido Cozzi.

The 'uberisation' of the workplace is a new revolution

1 July, 2015 - 09:59

Think Uber, Spotify, Netflix and Airbnb. New ‘Uber-like’ business models are now being embraced in the field of employment too. The changing nature of employment relationships will require a complete overhaul of welfare and social security systems, writes Denis Pennel.

Denis Pennel is managing director of EUROCIETT, the European Confederation of Private Employment Services.

Work and the workplace are witnessing a revolution. To be successful organisations must react quickly, reduce product lifecycles and focus on core business and delivery.

The European circular economy package: What the experts think

1 July, 2015 - 08:41

In December last year, the European Commission stepped back from its circular economy package, which had included a ban on sending recyclable materials to landfill by 2025 and a target for EU states to recycle 70% of municipal waste by 2030.

Trilateral talks on Ukraine’s gas supplies fall apart

1 July, 2015 - 07:52

Ukraine announced yesterday (30 June) the immediate suspension of all Russian gas purchases after EU-mediated negotiations broke down.

State energy company Naftogaz said it would still continue transporting Russian gas supplies westward to its other European client states.

But "since the additional agreement between Naftogaz and Gazprom is expiring on 30 June, and the terms of further Russian gas deliveries to Ukraine were not agreed at today's trilateral talks in Vienna, Naftogaz is suspending purchases from the Russian company", the Ukrainian firm said in a statement.

Greece defaults on IMF loan, referendum hangs in doubt

1 July, 2015 - 07:30

Greece's last-minute overtures to international creditors for financial aid yesterday (30 June) were not enough to save it from becoming the first developed economy to default on a loan with the International Monetary Fund. The situation remains so uncertain that even the Sunday referendum, on whether to accept the aid, hangs in doubt.

The EU and Greece: Exiting the IMF era, not the euro

1 July, 2015 - 06:41

The end of the EU aid programme to Greece on 30 June, and the organisation of a Greek referendum on 5 July, raise the prospect of ending the “IMF - Europe” era, opened under the pressure of the crisis, writes Yves Bertoncini

Le Pen and Juncker clash at Parliament leaders' meeting

1 July, 2015 - 06:26

The leader of the National Front participated in her first Conference of the Presidents of the European Parliament this Monday (29 June). The meeting was marked by a heated exchange between Marine Le Pen and Juncker. EurActiv France reports. 

'Euphoria' among jihadists in Europe, says German security agency

1 July, 2015 - 06:19

The establishment of the caliphate by “Islamic State” (IS) and its military successes have created a “spirit of euphoria” among jihadists in Europe, says the Annual Report on the Protection of the Constitution in Germany, which was presented on Tuesday (30 June). EurActiv.de reports.

Greece to lose €16.3 billion at midnight

30 June, 2015 - 16:02

Assuming that there is no last-minute deal between Athens and its creditors, Greece will lose €16.3 billion of financing at midnight Washington time today (30 June), EU officials told the press in Brussels.

As the chance of a last-minute deal to save Greece from default becomes ever more elusive, EU officials provided ample details about the stakes.

Greece, which has received nearly €240 billion in two bailouts from the EU and International Monetary Fund since 2010, is set to miss a €1.6 billion euro debt repayment to the IMF which falls due tonight.