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EU investment plan to boost digital technology

8 December, 2014 - 07:39

The European Commission's investment drive to boost the region's economy will include billions euros of spending on digital technology, EU Digital Economy Commissioner Günther Oettinger told a German magazine.

Climate innovator: We can turn CO2 into the soles on your shoes

8 December, 2014 - 07:28

Europe must focus on research and innovation in climate technology to remain competitive in the global village, says Bertrand Van Ee, who described an innovation project that can suck Co2 out of the air and use it to make rubber. 

TTIP and arbitration: Juncker’s birthday headache

8 December, 2014 - 07:20

SPECIAL REPORT: On Tuesday (9 December) an estimated 60 “Stop TTIP” activists will give Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker a giant 60th birthday card signed by one million opponents of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

But Juncker needs no card to remind him that TTIP – and in particular the issue of whether it should include an Investor State Dispute Settlement mechanism within it – poses his presidency with an early test of its authority.

EU raises the pressure on COP 20 conference

8 December, 2014 - 07:05

As the UN Climate Conference got under way in Lima last week, the EU set out its stall with an ambitious call for "quantifiable and comparable" national commitments on the reduction of CO2 emissions; a position refuted by some developing countries, who see the odds stacked against them. EurActiv France reports

EU may scrap plan to separate bank trading activities

5 December, 2014 - 17:07

The European Union may ditch plans to force banks to keep high-risk trading activities separate from their main businesses because of opposition from some member states.

The EU needs to stop playing hardball with Turkey

5 December, 2014 - 17:01

A more inclusive EU would symbolize a new era of global cooperation, validating Turkey’s record as a meaningful partner, writes Yusif Babanly.

Yusif Babanly is the co-founder of the U.S. Azeris Network (USAN)

EU to modernise its air traffic infrastructure

5 December, 2014 - 16:44

The air transport industry is to receive €3 billion from the European Commission to merge and improve Europe’s air traffic infrastructure, the EU executive announced today (5 December).

A coalition of four airlines, 25 airport operators, and 11 air traffic controllers, otherwise called the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR), will use the EU funds to bring up to date EU airspace.

Government coal subsidies must be stopped

5 December, 2014 - 15:03

 If the EU and its member states are to achieve their climate targets, they need to make decisive efforts to completely eliminate the use of coal. A vital first step would be to immediately stop fossil fuel subsidies to the coal industry, writes Wendel Trio.

Government coal subsidies must be stopped

5 December, 2014 - 15:03

 If the EU and its member states are to achieve their climate targets, they need to make decisive efforts to completely eliminate the use of coal. A vital first step would be to immediately stop fossil fuel subsidies to the coal industry, writes Wendel Trio.

EU agreement opens door for new GMO cultivation in 2015

5 December, 2014 - 14:04

The Juncker Commission has brought four years of discussions on GMO crops to a close, extracting a compromise from the European Parliament and the Council. Member states that do not want GMOs cultivated inside their borders will retain the right to enforce a ban. EurActiv France reports

EU agrees to bring back GMOs in 2015

5 December, 2014 - 14:04

The Juncker Commission has brought four years of discussions on GMO crops to a close, extracting a compromise from the European Parliament and the Council. Member states that do not want GMOs cultivated inside their borders will retain the right to enforce a ban. EurActiv France reports

Juncker says South Stream pipeline can still be built

5 December, 2014 - 07:56

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has insisted the €32 billion South Stream natural gas pipeline can still go ahead, and accused Russia of holding EU-member Bulgaria for ransom when it said it had abandoned the project. 

Gobal emissions scheme talks renewed

5 December, 2014 - 07:52

Negotiations to agree on a global deal to reduce flight emissions are advancing as countries initially blocking the talks seem ready to cooperate, the European Commission said on Tuesday (2 December).

Speaking at an event on the future of aviation, an EU official called it “a positive sign” that the US and China, among others, are ready to work towards having a global climate system.

But Jos Dings from Transport and Environment, a climate campaigner that hosted the event, remained sceptical of the negotiations' outcome.

Bulgaria says it is suffering from EU sanctions on Russia

5 December, 2014 - 07:39

Bulgaria's economy is being badly hurt by European Union economic sanctions against Russia, its prime minister said on Thursday (4 December).

Don't axe gender and environment laws, NGOs tell Timmermans

5 December, 2014 - 07:36

EXCLUSIVE:  Twenty gender equality and  environmental organisations, including trade unions and consumer groups, have called on the European Commission to ignore a hit list of proposals that business lobbyists want ditched by the new executive.

Pending EU rules to guarantee gender balance on boards, extend maternity leave, reduce air pollution, and introduce a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) should be axed because they damage the competitiveness of European companies, BusinessEurope told Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans three weeks ago. 

Merkel rallies EU member states to drive Europe's Industry 4.0

5 December, 2014 - 07:32

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pushing EU member states to do more to digitise the European economy, saying governments cannot take care of the transition on their own and must agree on tax benefits to support IT firms as quickly as possible. EurActiv Germany reports.

National Front's Russian loans cause uproar in European Parliament

5 December, 2014 - 07:20

The French National Front has stirred controversy both in France and in the European Parliament for taking significant loans from a Russian bank. The affair reveals Marine Le Pen's willingness to cosy up to Russia, a country she sees as a model to be emulated. EurActiv France reports.

Regions warn Juncker plan could eat cohesion funds

5 December, 2014 - 07:12

SPECIAL REPORT: Political representatives of Europe’s regions warned yesterday (4 December) that Juncker’s €315 billion investment plan could divert money away from the EU’s existing cohesion funds.

At a plenary session held in the European Parliament, the Committee of the Regions (CoR) endorsed the Commission's decision to exempt public investments projects from deficit calculations under the Stability and Growth Pact.

France mourns former Commissioner Jacques Barrot

5 December, 2014 - 07:09

The French Parliament observed a minute's silence on Wednesday (3 December), following the death of the former minister and European Commission Vice-President. EurActiv France reports

Germany backs ‘ambitious’ draft UN development goals

5 December, 2014 - 07:07

The German government has determined its negotiating position on the new, global development goals, but NGOs claim the ambitious plans are unrealistic. EurActiv Germany reports.