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A boost for patient safety in the EU: What about the member states?

21 May, 2015 - 15:40

Lack of political will and action at European level are among the main culprits behind the 37,000 deaths caused by healthcare associated infections each year, writes Magdalena Kalata.

Access to EU energy market vital for UK, says National Grid CEO

21 May, 2015 - 15:20

A place in Europe's energy market is vital for Britain, the head of National Grid said on Thursday (21 May), joining an increasing chorus of business leaders speaking out on the impact of a European Union referendum.

The operator of gas pipelines and power cables, one of the top 20 UK companies by market capitalisation, is investing heavily in building new power lines to the continent and manages Britain's gas and power exchanges with its neighbours on a daily basis.

The EU and Turkey must overcome a decade-long impasse in negotiations

21 May, 2015 - 14:32

In light of the slow, almost non-existent, progress of in Turkey's EU accession talks, some political groups in the European Parliament have called for a reassessment of the relationship. It would be a terrible mistake, write Ernest Maragall and Laura Batalla.

Irish vote on same-sex marriage: Why it is (also) the business of business

21 May, 2015 - 14:24

Many companies have jumped on the bandwagon of supporting marriage equality, but only a select few of them are consistent, plausible, and authentic in their efforts, write Florian Wettstein and Dorothea Baur.

Migration to UK reaches highest level since 2005

21 May, 2015 - 13:31

Net migration to Britain reached 318,000 in 2014, its highest level since 2005, official data showed on Thursday, a political setback for Prime Minister David Cameron who has pledged to reduce the figure to less than 100,000 annually.

The data comes hours before Cameron unveils new laws to deter migrants from coming to Britain, and a day before he meets other European leaders to tentatively set out plans for a renegotiation of the country's ties with the EU.

Cameron: 'Better Regulation' is progress towards EU reforms

21 May, 2015 - 13:09

The European Union has listened to the United Kingdom before presenting its plans for "Better Regulation", writes David Cameron, which represents progress towards a leaner, less bureaucratic EU.

David Cameron is Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

We know that EU rules can all too often thwart firms’ best efforts to grow their business and to create new jobs. The UK has not been shy in pushing for the change that is long overdue and we have led the debate in Europe about reducing the burden on business.

Commission, chemicals lobby deny delaying tactics over hormone disruptors

21 May, 2015 - 12:19

The European Commission and the chemicals industry have rejected claims, revealed by leaked emails in a new NGO report, that they actively sought to slow down work on the definition of criteria for regulating hormone disrupting chemicals.

Airlines violating ETS law should be named

21 May, 2015 - 11:33

Aviation emissions standards are vital to protect the European environment, and must be enforced fairly across the EU, writes Andrew Murphy. 

Fast-moving tech markets undermine Europe’s Google investigation

21 May, 2015 - 11:01

The European Commission’s investigation of Google proves it is living in the past, argues Gary Shapiro.

The future of the Eastern Partnership: Strategic change or continued drifting

21 May, 2015 - 09:05

If the EU is unsuccessful in a region where it has significant interests, what can realistically be expected from it on a global level? asks Tamás Novák.

France wants EU's Capital Markets Union to back 'European champions'

21 May, 2015 - 07:56

European Union plans to make its capital markets more efficient at raising funds for the economy could also help deepen eurozone monetary integration and create a new breed of European industrial champions, France has said.

Bulgaria rejects Russian claim that it wants to dismember Macedonia

21 May, 2015 - 07:54

Bulgaria called the claim by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Bulgaria and Albania were trying to split Macedonia “highly irresponsible”, as part of a scenario that would prevent the small landlocked country from taking part in the Gazprom-favoured Turkish Stream project.

On Wednesday (20 April), Lavrov blamed the political crisis in Macedonia on ‘outside’ forces trying to exert influence on Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski over his refusal to back Western sanctions against Moscow.

Ukraine wants roadmap to EU accession at Riga summit

21 May, 2015 - 07:47

Ukraine's foreign minister said his country wants assurances at a summit with the European Union this week that it is a suitable candidate for EU membership, and that its citizens will gain visa-free travel to the bloc next year.

Officials from the EU and its member states meet six of the bloc's eastern neighbours, including Ukraine, in the Latvian capital Riga today and tomorrow (21-22 May), for what the country holding the rotating EU presidency has called “a survival summit” of the Eastern partnership.

Internet firms to face stiffer fines for breaking EU's 'right to be forgotten' rules

21 May, 2015 - 07:37

Firms such as Google and Microsoft will face stiffer fines if they violate Europe's "right to be forgotten" online rules, according to a draft text agreed by European Union ambassadors on Wednesday (20 May), diplomatic sources said.

Airbus says Brexit would pose 'huge' risks

21 May, 2015 - 07:27

European aerospace giant Airbus has weighed into a debate about Britain's future in Europe, warning of job losses and "huge" economic risks if the country votes to leave the European Union in a referendum to be held by 2017.

MEPs angry at member states over immigration

21 May, 2015 - 07:18

EU lawmakers on Wednesday accused some member states of passing the buck by rejecting a Brussels plan for binding quotas for refugees making the dangerous Mediterranean crossing.

Members of the main groups in the European Parliament voiced support for the plan that European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled last week to make the rest of the 28-nation EU share the burden of frontline states such as Italy, Greece and Malta.

Leading MEP makes fun of Farage

21 May, 2015 - 07:03

A top European lawmaker on Wednesday poked fun at Britain's chief eurosceptic Nigel Farage for losing his bid for a parliamentary seat in his home country but keeping his in Strasbourg.

"I'd like to welcome back Mr. Farage... the big loser in the UK elections," Manfred Weber, the leader of the Conservative European People's Party, told the European Parliament in the French city.

Farage grinned from his seat as he watched Weber, a German who heads the biggest political group in the EU parliament.

Syriza MP: 5 June is Greece’s ‘moment of truth’

21 May, 2015 - 06:52

Greece cannot make an upcoming payment to the International Monetary Fund on 5 June, unless foreign lenders disburse more aid, a senior ruling party lawmaker said on Wednesday, the latest warning from Athens it is on the verge of default.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's leftist government says it hopes to reach a cash-for-reforms deal in days, although European Union and IMF lenders are more pessimistic and say talks are moving too slowly for that.

Europe needs to innovate by design

21 May, 2015 - 06:41

Europe is flagging in its innovation according to EU statistics that show the US and Asia leading the way. Design is one way that the bloc can help to nudge itself ahead again, according to Annabella Coldrick.

Annabella Coldrick is director of policy and research at the Design Council and the coordinator of Design for Europe an EU-funded programme which aims to help people use design to accelerate innovation across Europe.

Parliament votes for tougher conflict minerals regulation

21 May, 2015 - 06:34

The European Parliament unexpectedly voted on Wednesday (20 April) in favour of a mandatory monitoring system for minerals originating from conflict zones. But negotiations with the Council and Commission will be tough. EurActiv France reports