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Diplomats: Tusk to also become Euro Summit President

10 min 27 sec ago

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, who is widely expected to be chosen by EU leaders at their summit tomorrow (30 August) to succeed Herman Van Rompuy as Council President, will also become Euro Summit President, diplomats said.

What is Africa's ODA spent on?

1 hour 50 min ago

Around 40% of the European Commission's Overseas Development Aid (ODA) goes to Africa every year. The continent has received more than a quarter of the €2.7 billion increase in the aid budget since 2005 and, in 2009, aid for trade to the African, Caribbean and Pacific States increased to €3.6 billion. But where does the money end up?

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New study reveals financial burden of cardiovascular disease

2 hours 3 min ago

New research looking at the costs of cardiovascular disease in six EU member states (France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom) concludes that the financial burden will rise to €122.6 billion by 2020, up from €102.1 billion in 2014.

The research launched Thursday (28 August) by the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) added that mortality from cardiovascular disease will also rise to 1,22 million in 2020, from 1,12 million today, and 93,584 will be among the working age population.

Polish official: Tusk is seriously considering top EU post

5 hours 10 min ago

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk is seriously considering a proposal that he take the post of president of the European Council, a Warsaw government spokeswoman said yesterday (28 August), linking his decision to the crisis in neighbouring Ukraine.

Earlier several sources familiar with the selection process said Tusk, a centre-right pro-European, is clear favourite for the top job when European Union leaders meet for a special summit on Saturday.

Russia advances in Ukraine, EU summit readies new sanctions

5 hours 22 min ago

Prompted by the news that Russian forces have entered Ukraine, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the EU will discuss further sanctions against Russia at the extraordinary summit Saturday (30 August). The perceived 'invasion' boosted the chances that Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, the strongest supporter of pro-EU forces in Ukraine, would succeed Herman Van Rompuy as Council President.

Berlin opposes Moscovici for Commission economic affairs post

5 hours 31 min ago

German media reports that Berlin will strongly oppose a French Socialist taking over the Economic and Monetary Affairs portfolio in Jean-Claude Juncker’s new European Commission. EurActiv Germany reports.

Dairy sector to receive emergency EU funding following Russian trade ban

5 hours 35 min ago

The European Union will use agricultural funds to help EU producers store butter, Skimmed Milk Powder (SMP) and cheese, to help diminish the impact of the Russian ban on EU food imports, the Commission announced on Thursday (28 August).

Oettinger interested in Trade Commissioner post

5 hours 47 min ago

Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger has said he is open to taking over the trade portfolio, a move that would put the German politician front and centre in negotiations over the controversial EU-US trade agreement, TTIP. EurActiv Germany reports.

Gazprom monopoly broken in Moldova

28 August, 2014 - 16:34

The Republic of Moldova has broken Moscow-backed Gazprom’s gas monopoly after completing the first phase of a new pipeline connecting it to the EU energy market.

The part EU-funded Ungheni-lasi pipeline between the east of Romania and west of Moldova  provides the first alternative to Gazprom gas in the former Soviet state.  

Gas in Romania, an EU member state, is 40% cheaper than in Moldova, which will receive about 50 million cubic metres of gas a year at unregulated tariffs.

Poroshenko says Russia invaded Ukraine

28 August, 2014 - 15:21

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said today (28 August) that Russian forces had entered his country, and the conflict was worsening, after separatists swept into a key town in the east. EU leaders are meeting for an extraordinary summit in Brussels on Saturday, but it is unclear if Ukraine will be discussed.

Poroshenko said he was cancelling a visit to Turkey and conferring with defence chiefs because of the "rapidly deteriorating situation" in the Donetsk region, "as Russian troops have actually been brought into Ukraine".

IEA slashes renewable energy forecast

28 August, 2014 - 13:58

Policy uncertainty and grid integration risks are driving a slowdown in global renewable energy deployment, especially in OECD economies, according to a new International Energy Agency (IEA) report published today (28 August).

Clean energy capacity investment will still rise to $1.61 trillion by 2020. But in its first global investment outlook, the agency predicted a $20 billion drop in yearly new clean energy funding by the decade’s end to $230 billion.   

German government introduces new measures tackling 'poverty migration'

28 August, 2014 - 13:39

The German government tabled a final report on Wednesday (27 August) addressing "legal issues and challenges” related to social benefits claims by EU immigrants, with Bavarian conservatives welcoming the “correct approach” and Social Democrats shaking their heads at the new measure. EurActiv Germany reports.

Sources: Polish Prime Minister Tusk now favorite for EU top job

28 August, 2014 - 13:36

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has emerged as clear favorite for the key post of president of the European Council when EU leaders meet for a special summit on Saturday, several sources familiar with the selection process told the news agency Reuters.

UKIP gains Westminster MP after Tory defection

28 August, 2014 - 13:30

The UK Independence Party has a seat in Westminster today (28 August) after a politician defected from the Conservative party, blaming David Cameron's stance on Europe for his decision to quit the Tories.

Douglas Carswell, the member of Parliament for Clacton, announced he was joining Nigel Farage’s Eurosceptic party at a surprise press conference in London. ''The Conservatives aren’t serious about delivering an EU referendum,'' he said.

Kyiv asks EU summit to discuss Ukraine

28 August, 2014 - 13:08

EXCLUSIVE / Ukraine is asking EU leaders to hold an extraordinary session on Ukraine during their summit on 30 August, due to the fact that Russia has, according to Kyiv, started an outright military invasion of the country. Kostiantyn Yelisieiev, the Ukrainian Ambassador to the EU, has sent EurActiv the following statement:

Ukraine, beware of the West

28 August, 2014 - 11:30

When the Baltic Soviet republics were fighting for their right to independence from the Soviet Union some 25 years ago, there were plenty of high-level Western “well-wishers” ready to offer advice. In most cases their recommendations could be summarized as follows: we understand your aspirations, but please don’t cause too much trouble for Gorbachev and his ongoing reforms.

Business leaders urge Scots to vote 'no' in independence referendum

28 August, 2014 - 09:31

More than 130 business leaders on Wednesday (27 August) spoke out against Scottish independence, saying the economic risks of secession days after the campaign to end the union was boosted by a strong performance in a TV debate.

The heads of the commodities company BHP Billiton, temporary power provider Aggreko and HSBC bank joined forces with the bosses of smaller firms within Scotland's whisky and fishing industries to sign a letter calling for the UK to stay together.

Child protection: from façade engagement to genuine care

28 August, 2014 - 09:27

For those who have worked to improve the lives of vulnerable children, particularly those locked away in institutions, the challenge is to move from façade engagement to genuine care, writes Georgette Mulheir.

Georgette Mulheir is Chief Executive Officer at Lumos, J.K. Rowling’s international children’s charity.

Commission tells France to urgently speed up reforms

28 August, 2014 - 09:18

The European Commission on Wednesday (27 August) said France's new government must urgently speed up its reform plan, aimed at helping the economy by cutting business taxes at the same time as trimming public spending to bring the deficit to within EU limits.

The call shows that the EU is keeping up the pressure on President François Hollande after a government crisis earlier this week provoked by three ministers who challenged his increasingly pro-business line and rejected budgetary rigour.

Sources: Romania has other candidates if Cioloș doesn’t get agriculture

28 August, 2014 - 09:07

The formation of the new European Commission confronts Romania with unprecedented challenges, as the country seeks to retain its agriculture portfolio for a second term. EurActiv Romania reports.

Even though at home, the centre-right Romanian President Traian Băsescu and the Socialist Prime Minister Victor Ponta  are constantly in conflict, they both agree that Dacian Cioloș, the present EU Commissioner for Agriculture, should run for a second term, hopefully with the same portfolio.