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Targeted spending and checks with performance-based budgeting

9 December, 2015 - 10:31

The EPP Group votes on a position paper in Prague this week on how to better spend and verify effectiveness with Performance-based Budgeting.

Energy utilities push carbon pricing, lobby against renewable targets at COP21

9 December, 2015 - 09:50

Critics say this is a strategy to delay the renewables revolution.

EU states urge action against ISIS trade in antiques

9 December, 2015 - 07:59

Germany, Italy and France called yesterday (8 December) for the European Union to crack down on the illegal trade in antiquities used to bankroll attacks by the Islamic State group.

New ‘clean’ COP21 deal due today as deadline looms

9 December, 2015 - 07:56

The latest draft of the international agreement to cap global warming will be published today (9 December) at 1300, Laurent Fabius, the president of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) said on Tuesday night (8 December).

Member states limit new flexibility clauses in EU fiscal pact

9 December, 2015 - 07:52

EXCLUSIVE / EU member states believe the European Commission is giving too much breathing space to struggling national economies when applying the Stability and Growth Pact, and decided to adopt a more restrictive view of EU fiscal rules, according to an official paper seen by EurActiv.

Donald Trump stirs global outrage with anti-Muslim comment

9 December, 2015 - 07:42

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump yesterday (8 December) defended his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States, comparing his plan to the World War Two detainment of Japanese-Americans in an attempt to dismiss growing outrage from around the world.

How to interpret Cameron’s ‘renegotiation’ strategy

9 December, 2015 - 07:26

Steven Blockmans is a senior research fellow at CEPS, the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels.

US passes bill to keep away ‘foreign fighters’

9 December, 2015 - 07:18

The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly yesterday (8 December) to tighten restrictions on travel to the United States by citizens of 38 nations who are allowed to enter the country without obtaining a visa.

Migration crisis morphs 'enlargement fatigue' into realpolitik

9 December, 2015 - 06:51

Peter Van Elsuwege is professor of European Union law at Ghent University.

Foreign Affairs committee insist on right to hear from deposed Thai PM

9 December, 2015 - 06:38

The European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs has insisted on its right to hear from the deposed Thai Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra.

COR President takes swipe at COP deal, hails global Covenant of Mayors

9 December, 2015 - 06:29

The President of the Committee of the Regions yesterday (8 December) took a swipe at leaders struggling to reach a deal to cap global warming at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, while hailing the efforts of mayors to save the planet.

Climate protection plans lack financial direction

9 December, 2015 - 06:22

State Secretary for Environment Jochen Flasbarth (SPD) has been in attendance at the COP21 summit, to take part in talks about development projects. Flasbarth will address the financial situation with Gabon's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet.

Pacific islands demand easier access to climate finance

9 December, 2015 - 06:16

"Just to make it clear, we are not asking for more money... just for access to it!"

French think tank celebrates climate sceptics

9 December, 2015 - 06:12

At its latest administrative council meeting, the AX (the alumni association of the École Polytechique, in Paris) authorised the creation of a think tank dedicated to climate change, baptised X-Climat.

Finland to test unconditional basic income for Finns in 2017

9 December, 2015 - 05:54

Finland is looking to experiment in 2017 with a basic monthly income for Finns, a universal and unconditional monthly payment seen as a way to reform the welfare system and cut spending, Finnish authorities said Tuesday.

Mixed reactions in Spain over 'Year of Development' impact

9 December, 2015 - 04:45

While many Spanish NGOs and the national Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) consider the European Year for Development (EYD2015) a positive initiative, other voices are critical. EurActiv Spain reports.

Spot power trade starts at new Polish-Lithuania link

9 December, 2015 - 04:15

Poland and Lithuania launched the first spot power transactions yesterday (8 December) at a new electricity cross-border link that will increase Poland's import capacity, Polish power grid operator PSE said.

Ten EU states agree aspects of Financial Transaction Tax

8 December, 2015 - 17:15

A financial-transaction tax (FTT) is intended to recover some of the public money used to support banks, to curb speculative trading and to unify the various levies already charged in several EU countries.

Refugee crisis highlights differences of French and Dutch integration models

8 December, 2015 - 16:02

With the refugee crisis, the French are testing the limits of assimilation as a model of integration, while the Netherlands is grappling with a growing distance between Dutch identity and 'Dutch tolerance’, writes Eline Chivot.

Future carbon market: The Far East

8 December, 2015 - 15:18

One of the big achievements of the COP21 so far has been to broaden the appeal of carbon markets beyond Europe’s borders, and deepen their acceptance as a mechanism for the management of CO2 emissions.