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Borg calls for exit screening of airline passengers to fight Ebola

16 October, 2014 - 13:14

The EU needs to both double its efforts to fight the deadly virus Ebola in West Africa, as well as introduce entry screening for airline passengers to enable identification of infected passengers, Health Commissioner Tonio Borg says.

Together with Italian Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin, today (16 October), Borg is hosting a high-level meeting in Brussels to discuss Ebola. The outbreak of the virus involves four countries - Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria, and is expected to last many months. But Europe has already witnessed its first deadly cases.

Piracy, the quiet killer of the EU’s cultural industries

16 October, 2014 - 12:14

The European creative economy shrank between 2008 and 2011 due to inadequate measures to combat piracy. EurActiv France reports

Cash check: Where does EU aid go?

16 October, 2014 - 11:18

Together, EU institutions and their member states are the biggest contributor to development cooperation worldwide. In 2012 alone, more than $37 billion was donated in aid – not counting loans made by the European Investment Bank.

War in Syria: Where do the refugees go?

16 October, 2014 - 10:48

The Syrian crisis has caused the exile of millions of citizens. But only 60,000 of them took refuge in the European Union.

 

What should there be in a SME TTIP chapter?

16 October, 2014 - 10:35

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has the potential to benefit small and medium enterprises (SMEs) considerably if it is tailored to their real needs, writes Arnaldo Abruzzini .  

Arnaldo Abruzzini has been the Secretary-General of Eurochambres since 1999.

Community energy deserves Europe-wide support

16 October, 2014 - 10:22

European citizens are increasingly taking control of their energy supply, introducing secure, renewable sources, through community initiatives, writes Susann Scherbarth. At a time of precarious energy security, community energy needs to be explicitly recognised as part of the EU 2030 framework, which will be discussed by EU leaders next week. 

How we eat at the global table

16 October, 2014 - 10:22

The Netherlands, France and Switzerland are the three countries enjoying the planet’s cheapest, healthiest and most plentiful diets according to a new Oxfam ‘Good Enough to Eat’ index, while three African countries have the worst.

 

Study: EU workers face stress-related health risks

16 October, 2014 - 10:18

One quarter of Europeans risk health problems due to stress at work, says the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work and Eurofound, in a joint report (13 October).

INFOGRAPHIC: A silent cull of the world's children

16 October, 2014 - 09:37

According to the World Health Organization, some 6.6 million children, under the age of 5, died in 2012, half of them from conditions that were preventable, or treated with access to simple, affordable interventions.

A silent cull of the world's children

16 October, 2014 - 09:37

According to the World Health Organization, some 6.6 million children, under the age of 5, died in 2012, half of them from conditions that were preventable, or treated with access to simple, affordable interventions.

 

US warns Europe on deflation, calls on Germany to act

16 October, 2014 - 08:59

The United States renewed a warning that Europe risks falling into a downward spiral of falling wages and prices on Wednesday (15 October), saying recent actions by the European Central Bank may not be enough to ward off deflation.

UK urged to drop opposition to binding energy efficiency target

16 October, 2014 - 07:48

EXCLUSIVE: The United Kingdom has been urged by British civic leaders and NGOs to drop its opposition to a binding energy efficiency target before next week’s summit of EU leaders in Brussels.

Making the target binding would encourage investors to back the UK’s green economy, and create jobs in the energy efficiency industry, the leaders of four major cities said in a letter published first by EurActiv.

Digital future: a tale of two Europes

16 October, 2014 - 07:42

SPECIAL REPORT: Wide variations in the predicted impact of the digital sector of the future European economy are challenging policymakers' preparation for a radically different jobs market.

Although most experts agree that the digital industries will play a pivotal role in the European economy, academics disagree about the extent and form this will take.

The debate divides broadly between so-called “minimalists” – those who believe little will change – and “maximalists”, who believe that everything will.

Pierre Moscovici performs risk balancing act in French parliament

16 October, 2014 - 07:38

The French parliament called future European Commissioner Pierre Moscovici to interview on Tuesday, 14 October. Mr. Moscovici was forced to play a delicate balancing act between his current role as a member of the French parliament and his future role as a European Commissioner, the day before France's controversial budget proposal was due for inspection by the European Commission. EurActiv France reports.

Germany plans first ever cut to green energy levy

16 October, 2014 - 07:33

Germany's renewable energy surcharge is set to decrease for the first time in 2015, raising the prospect of lower energy prices for households. But the move attracted criticism from the Green Party, which pushed for deeper cuts. EurActiv Germany reports.

Šefčovič shuffled to Energy Union, Bulc gets transport

15 October, 2014 - 18:07

European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker confirmed tonight (15 October) he wants Slovakia’s Maroš Šefčovič to be his Vice-President for Energy Union, replacing Slovenia’s Alenka Bratušek, who quit after being rejected by MEPs.

Šefčovič  was originally pencilled in as Juncker’s Transport Commissioner, a role that now goes to Violeta Bulc, Bratušek's replacement as Slovenia's candidate Commissioner. 

France challenges EU rules with 2015 budget

15 October, 2014 - 14:55

The European Union's budget rules faced their biggest test in over a decade on Wednesday, after France presented a draft 2015 budget breaking past commitments to rein its deficit back to within EU limits.

Spain's Rajoy says "chapter of dialogue" is opened with Catalonia

15 October, 2014 - 14:05

Spain's Prime Minister said on Wednesday ( 15 October) that a new "chapter of dialogue" was being opened with Catalonia, after the northeastern region dropped plans to hold a referendum on independence next month.

UK bankers breaking bonus cap, says EU watchdog

15 October, 2014 - 13:25

The bulk of a new type of allowance paid to bankers are in breach of the European Union's bonus cap and must be changed by the end of the year, the EU's banking watchdog said on Wednesday, raising the prospect that banks will have to bump up basic pay or risk losing top staff.

The sight of bankers pocketing hefty sums at a time when many people are hit by pay freezes and high unemployment across Europe prompted the EU to cap the bonuses of bankers earning more than €500,000 euros. The bonus cannot be more than basic pay, or twice that amount with shareholder approval.

Logistics sector sings ‘cut red tape’ tune in Parliament

15 October, 2014 - 09:34

The logistics sector will lag behind if the EU does not regulate smarter, warned the Alliance for European Logistics (AEL) at a conference with legislators in the European Parliament transport committee last week.

As the new Commissioner for Transport and Space takes office in a few weeks’ time, industry representatives and MEPs outlined challenges and recommendations for the new Commission mandate