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Ebola’s Next Frontier

23 October, 2014 - 18:35

Urban density, congested slums and shantytowns with poor sanitation, drainage, and sewage, and weak health-care infrastructure in India – it is easy to imagine how the Ebola virus could spread rapidly. A single infected person who arrives from West Africa and is then untraceable could easily trigger an epidemic, write Hrishabh Sandilya and Dany Shoham.

Yatsenyuk: Russia may disrupt Ukraine’s Sunday election

23 October, 2014 - 14:44

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk warned today (23 October) of possible attempts by Russia to disrupt Sunday's parliamentary election in Ukraine, and ordered a full security mobilisation to prevent "terrorist acts" being carried out.

"It is clear that attempts to destabilise the situation will continue and be provoked by the Russian side. They did not succeed during the presidential election [in May] ... but their plans have remained," he told a meeting of top security chiefs and election monitors.

Sweden's Ambassador to Poland: 'On climate, I hope our children won’t blame us for inaction'

23 October, 2014 - 13:08

There is still hope for meaningful decisions to be made at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, Swedish Ambassador Staffan Herrström told EurActiv Poland in an exclusive interview.

EurActiv Poland’s Karolina Zbytniewska and Krzysztof Kokoszczyński asked the diplomat about the recent Swedish elections, energy, environment, gender policies, as well as the Ukrainian crisis.

Member states claim veto over 2030 climate and energy laws

23 October, 2014 - 12:06

European Union climate and energy laws will be subject to an effective member state veto after tonight’s summit of EU leaders in Brussels.

Any European Commission legislation following agreement on the EU's 2030 climate and energy framework will only be passed by a unanimous vote of all 28 member states, sources have revealed.

INFOGRAPHIC: Green Climate Fund - where is the money?

23 October, 2014 - 10:40

The Green Climate Fund, which is the UN’s main instrument to transfer money to developing countries, in order to assist them in countering climate change, was launched in 2009 with the aim of raising climate finance by $100 billion a year by 2020. Only a fraction of this sum has been pledged so far.

Live: EU summit on climate and energy, Ebola

23 October, 2014 - 10:32

EU leaders are in Brussels on 23-24 October for European Council talks focusing on the bloc's 2030 energy and climate policy. Ebola is also on the official agenda. Follow the developments live on EurActiv.

A woman should be appointed as EU Ebola envoy

23 October, 2014 - 09:56

EU leaders are expected to appoint a coordinator on Ebola during the Council summit on 23-24 October, and this special envoy should be a woman, writes Mirjam van Reisen.

Mirjam van Reisen is a professor of International Social Responsibility at Tilburg University in the Netherlands.

Poll: British support for EU membership hits 23-year high

23 October, 2014 - 09:18

Support among Britons for staying in the European Union is at its highest in 23 years, according to a poll on Wednesday (October 22), even though the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) is gaining in popularity.

EU climate package cannot be held hostage by shortsighted solutions

23 October, 2014 - 09:06

It is not possible for Western European countries to consider Central and Eastern Europeans on the same level of development, like it is not possible for them to reconsider common minimum targets on reduction of emissions, energy efficiency and the energy mix share of renewables, writes Floris Faber.

Floris Faber is General Secretary of APRODEV (European coalition of faith-based development NGOs).

Spain confident of being declared 'Ebola-free'

23 October, 2014 - 08:47

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.

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

23 October, 2014 - 07:58

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 divisions in Parliament

23 October, 2014 - 07:56

A dissident group of 32 MEPs amongst the Socialists & Democrats group in the European Parliament didn’t support Jean-Claude Juncker's new Commission, according to data by Votewatch Europe.

NATO, Swedish fighters scrambled to intercept Russian plane

23 October, 2014 - 07:43

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

23 October, 2014 - 07:36

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

23 October, 2014 - 07:15

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

23 October, 2014 - 07:00

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

23 October, 2014 - 06:55

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).

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

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.

Italian-Polish partnership to safeguard personal data in EU

22 October, 2014 - 15:29

Giovanni Buttarelli is to become the new European Data Protection Supervisor, with Wojciech Rafał Wiewiórowski as his second in command. This discreet institution will play an increasingly powerful role in European policy. EurActiv France reports

Poland's 'dirty' Eastern block shows some cracks

22 October, 2014 - 15:21

Horse trading intensifies as the eleventh hour approaches for the EU to decide on its 2030 climate and energy policy. And while Poland has led an Eastern coalition to resist ambitious targets for Europe, Ondrej Pasek writes that some may be only reluctantly following Warsaw.