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Shell lobbied to undermine EU renewables targets, documents reveal

1 hour 27 sec 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.”

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

1 hour 49 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

2 hours 16 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

2 hours 52 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

3 hours 26 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

3 hours 34 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.

Moderate politician wins Northern Cyprus election

5 hours 9 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.

Anti-fraud law hits Spain's elites

6 hours 35 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.

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

10 hours 6 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.

Latvian PM: If Russia attacks NATO, the treaty will be enforced

10 hours 21 min ago

Ahead of the Eastern Partnership summit in May, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma of Latvia, which currently holds the Presidency of the EU, warned that if necessary, Article 5 of the NATO treaty will be enforced. We will not go back to the Soviet Union, she told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.

Laimdota Straujuma spoke to EurActiv's Editor-in-Chief, Daniela Vincenti.

‘Plan B’ mooted for Greece as Merkel, Tsipras agree to intensify dialogue

10 hours 54 min ago

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed in a phone conversation on Sunday (26 April) to maintain contact during talks between Athens and its lenders to reach a debt deal, a Greek government official said.

"During their communication, they expressed their common will for a steady communication throughout the course of negotiations in order to have a mutually beneficial solution soon," said the official, who declined to be named.

EU and ASEAN to jumpstart trade agreement talks

11 hours 2 min ago

Southeast Asia and the European Union (EU) agreed yesterday (26 April) to take steps toward resuming stalled talks on a free trade agreement between the two regions.

The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the EU had launched negotiations in 2007, but broke them off in 2009, amid disagreements largely centering on European concerns over ASEAN member Myanmar's human rights record.

EU announces €3m emergency aid for Nepal

11 hours 6 min ago

The European Commission on Sunday (26 April) released three million euros in emergency aid for Nepal, where over 2,500 people died in a massive earthquake the previous day.

The aid is in addition to assistance offered by individual EU nations and the deployment of European Commission humanitarian aid and civil protection experts to the crisis area.

At summit, Ukraine to press EU for peacekeepers

11 hours 7 min ago

Ukraine will press European leaders for peacekeepers to patrol its war-torn east and will angle for more international financial support at two days of high-level talks starting today (27 April).

Its pro-Western President, Petro Poroshenko, called on EU leaders to "provide powerful signals in support of Ukraine and its European integration in the course of the summit".

Greek minister suggests early election as solution to impasse

11 hours 12 min ago

The interior minister of cash-strapped Greece has raised the possibility of fresh elections to give Greeks the last word on the government's economic policy.

"Those who imagine that the current government is an interlude ... are wrong; the people spoke and, if necessary, will do it again," Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis said during a stormy debate in parliament on a decree forcing public institutions to hand over their cash reserves to the central bank.

Chizhov: The Gazprom case is political

11 hours 39 min ago

The Gazprom case was not initiated by EU-based energy companies, but by the Lithuanian government, which was at that time involved in arbitration with Gazprom, Vladimir Chizhov, Russia’s Ambassador to the European Union, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.

Before being appointed Ambassador to the EU in 2005, Vladimir Chizhov was Russia's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. He spoke to EurActiv’s Senior Editor, Georgi Gotev.

Ukrainian foreign minister: ‘Business as usual’ with Russia is a bad joke

26 April, 2015 - 15:55

Those who don’t understand that Ukraine is a test case for the European Union, don’t realise that the EU is already under attack by Russia, Pavlo Klimkin, the country's foreign minister, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.

Pavlo Klimkin is a career diplomat. He has played a central role in negotiating the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.

He spoke to EurActiv’s Senior Editor, Georgi Gotev.

Miliband vows to end UK 'isolationism', attacks Cameron

24 April, 2015 - 16:50

British opposition leader Ed Miliband accused David Cameron's government of "small-minded isolationism" in an election campaign speech Friday (24 April), but sparked a row after suggesting that the prime minister was partly responsible for the Mediterranean migrant crisis.

In a foreign policy address ahead of the 7 May vote, the Labour party leader said Conservative Cameron had "stepped away from the world" and was risking the national interest by promising a referendum on Britain's European Union membership.

ICT is for women, too

24 April, 2015 - 13:58

Acknowledging the gender issue sporadically in a male-dominated ICT sector is no longer enough if businesses are serious about bridging the gender gap, writes Afke Schaart.

Afke Schaart, Vice President of Europe at GSMA, represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide.

Greenland: Towards internal market inclusion?

24 April, 2015 - 13:52

After the signing of a new joint declaration further deepening ties between the EU and the self-governed Arctic territory, the inclusion of Greenland in the internal market should be the goal to achieve, write André Gattolin and Damien Degeorges.