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UN, EU take symbolic boat ride in the ‘sea of tears’

28 April, 2015 - 07:17

UN chief Ban Ki-moon said the Mediterranean had become "a sea of tears" as he joined Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini aboard a navy ship yesterday (27 April) to highlight the plight of migrants risking their lives to reach Europe.

The symbolic visit to Italy's San Giusto vessel off the coast of Sicily came just over a week after more than 750 people drowned in the Mediterranean's worst migrant shipwreck yet, amid a recent spike in the number of people attempting the perilous crossing from north Africa.

Sustainable development goals: Central, but unnoticed

28 April, 2015 - 07:09

The world’s sustainability goals for 2030 are currently being debated at the United Nations HQ in New York, a key negotiation that will largely decide where development aid will flow over the next 15 years. But in Germany, hardly anyone has paid attention. Der Tagesspiegel reports.

EU-Ukraine summit clouded by worsening violence

28 April, 2015 - 06:59

Top European Union officials met the Ukrainian leadership on Monday for talks on deepening trade links and efforts to bring peace to Ukraine, but worsening violence in the separatist-minded east clouded the summit.

As Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk, Kyiv's military reported intensifying attacks by pro-Russian rebels in the east and southeast.

One serviceman from Ukraine's army had been killed and three others wounded, a military spokesman said.

Judges limit Commission’s power to retract EU laws

28 April, 2015 - 06:48

EU judges have limited the European Commission’s right to withdraw legislation, raising doubts over its drive to cut red tape and its decision to axe the Circular Economy package of waste laws.

The European Court of Justice has set three conditions the executive must meet before it takes a pending bill off the table.

Jean-Marie Le Pen accused of hiding €2 million in Switzerland

28 April, 2015 - 06:36

The founder of the French National Front is accused of channelling funds to Switzerland through a trust held in the name of a European Parliament assistant. EurActiv France reports

German cities show excessive air pollution levels

28 April, 2015 - 06:30

In many cities, air pollution from fine dust particles and nitrogen dioxide exceeds the maximum threshold levels, according to a new report from the Environment Ministry. EurActiv Germany reports.

Vella told Timmermans not to axe Circular Economy package

28 April, 2015 - 06:10

EXCLUSIVE / Frans Timmermans, the Commission First Vice-President in charge of Better Regulation, ignored Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella's advice not to ditch the Circular Economy package of waste, recycling and incineration laws, it has emerged.

Commissioner Karmenu Vella wrote to Frans Timmermans on 13 November 2014, a month before the six bills on waste, packaging, landfill, end of life vehicles, batteries and accumulators, and waste electronic equipment were binned.

Shell lobbied to undermine EU renewables targets, documents reveal

27 April, 2015 - 17:02

Shell successfully lobbied to undermine European renewable energy targets ahead of a key agreement on emissions cuts reached in October last year, newly released documents reveal.

At the time of the deal European commission president, José Manuel Barroso, said: “This package is very good news for our fight against climate change.” Adding: “No player in the world is as ambitious as the EU.”

The fight against illegal fishing: The EU’s role in a global challenge

27 April, 2015 - 16:13

The EU not only has a great responsibility to demonstrate legal and sustainable seafood supply chains to its consumers. It must ensure that its access to abundant seafood does not rob more vulnerable communities, of their own, writes Eszter Hidas.

Eszter Hidas is EU Policy Officer for WWF Smart Fishing Initiative’s Illegal Fishing project

France acknowledges ‘mounting tensions’ in Nagorno-Karabakh

27 April, 2015 - 15:46

French President François Hollande has met with both the President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, and Ilham Aliyev, the President Azerbaijan, against the background of reports of renewed violence in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Hollande visited Armenia on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide on 24 April, and was in Azerbaijan on 25 April.

EFSI must deliver a sustained and sustainable economic recovery in Europe

27 April, 2015 - 15:10

The Juncker Plan is a golden opportunity to deliver investment and prosperity to the areas that need them most, argues Ingrid Holmes.

Brexit would hit UK economy hardest, German think tank warns

27 April, 2015 - 14:37

The impact of a UK exit of the European Union would hit Britain harder than Germany or the rest of Europe, warns the Bertelsmann Stiftung, saying 'Brexit" could shave 14% off the country's GDP.

With the British general election on a knife edge, and the chances of a referendum on EU membership a distinct possibility, German think tank Bertelsmann Stiftung issued a stark warning.

Commission to put financial services, insurance under spotlight

27 April, 2015 - 14:28

SPECIAL REPORT / The EU executive is set to launch a broad consultation on the state of the internal market for financial services to gauge how fragmented it is and what can be done to encourage more cross-border activity in the insurance sector.

Final preparations are still under way and the format of the consultation has not yet been agreed internally – although a so-called "green paper" is likely – an EU official told EurActiv.

Moderate politician wins Northern Cyprus election

27 April, 2015 - 12:53

A leftist moderate promising to press for a peace deal in ethnically-split Cyprus swept to victory in a Turkish Cypriot presidential election runoff yesterday (26 April).

Mustafa Akıncı, standing as an independent, won 60.3% of the votes. His rival was incumbent president Derviş Eroğlu, a conservative elected five years ago.

Akıncı, 67, has said he would work with fresh urgency to find a peace deal on Cyprus, split in a 1974 Turkish invasion that was triggered by a short-lived Greek-inspired coup aimed at union with Greece.

Anti-fraud law hits Spain's elites

27 April, 2015 - 11:27

Model 720, the anti-fraud law passed by the Spanish Government in 2012, has claimed its first high profile victim. Rodrigo Rato, the former director of the International Monetary Fund, as well as First Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of the Economy, is being investigated. EurActiv Spain reports.

Since the legislation was first put in place, millions of euros held by Spanish taxpayers in foreign bank acounts, have come to light.

US firms negligent in reporting 'conflict minerals', study claims

27 April, 2015 - 07:57

Many US companies are failing to comply with a law against financing armed movements active in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo through the purchase of "conflict minerals," according to a new study.

Latvian PM: If Russia attacks NATO, the treaty will be enforced

27 April, 2015 - 07:41

Ahead of the Eastern Partnership summit in May, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma of Latvia, which currently holds the Presidency of the EU, warned that if necessary, Article 5 of the NATO treaty will be enforced. We will not go back to the Soviet Union, she told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.

Laimdota Straujuma spoke to EurActiv's Editor-in-Chief, Daniela Vincenti.

‘Plan B’ mooted for Greece as Merkel, Tsipras agree to intensify dialogue

27 April, 2015 - 07:08

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed in a phone conversation on Sunday (26 April) to maintain contact during talks between Athens and its lenders to reach a debt deal, a Greek government official said.

"During their communication, they expressed their common will for a steady communication throughout the course of negotiations in order to have a mutually beneficial solution soon," said the official, who declined to be named.

EU and ASEAN to jumpstart trade agreement talks

27 April, 2015 - 07:00

Southeast Asia and the European Union (EU) agreed yesterday (26 April) to take steps toward resuming stalled talks on a free trade agreement between the two regions.

The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the EU had launched negotiations in 2007, but broke them off in 2009, amid disagreements largely centering on European concerns over ASEAN member Myanmar's human rights record.

EU announces €3m emergency aid for Nepal

27 April, 2015 - 06:57

The European Commission on Sunday (26 April) released three million euros in emergency aid for Nepal, where over 2,500 people died in a massive earthquake the previous day.

The aid is in addition to assistance offered by individual EU nations and the deployment of European Commission humanitarian aid and civil protection experts to the crisis area.