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NGOs in emergency response mode amid global conflicts

24 June, 2015 - 06:24

Wars in Syria, South Sudan and in the Central African Republic are posing new challenges to development NGOs, causing Germany’s Welthungerhilfe and resort to unconventional measures. EurActiv Germany reports.

Football financial fairplay rule referred to EU Court of Justice

24 June, 2015 - 06:22

A legal complaint against UEFA's break-even rule 'Financial Fair Play (FFP)' has been referred to the European Court of Justice (EJ), the lawyers who brought the case said on Tuesday (23 June).

Germany's digital security disparity 'remains striking'

24 June, 2015 - 06:12

Germany shows significant discrepancies among private users with regard to protection against cyber attacks, a recent study shows, with internet users growing increasingly uneasy despite an improved security situation. EurActiv Germany reports.

Socialists hope EFSI won’t turn into another ‘bad experience’

23 June, 2015 - 16:13

Socialist MEPs took pride in the expected adoption in plenary tomorrow (24 June) of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI).

They also admitted that previous attempts of their political group to push for less austerity, and more growth and employment had turned into bad experiences, and said they had learned their lessons.

The EFSI, better known as the €315-billion Juncker Plan (see background), Socialist legislators told the press today, is yet another achievement of their key priority to reorient EU economic policy towards growth and investment.

Commission warns Romania against VAT cuts

23 June, 2015 - 15:25

The European Commission warned today (23 June) Romania not to lower VAT from 24 to 19%, as the government has proposed. The Romanian parliament is expected to pass the bill tomorrow.

Asked about the proposed measure, Commission spokesperson Anika Breidthardt said that this new unilaterally proposed VAT rate raised “substantive questions” and could have “a negative effect on the sustainability of Romania’s fiscal situation”.

Top British bankers face 10-year bonus clawback

23 June, 2015 - 15:14

Top bankers in Britain could have their bonuses clawed back a decade after they were awarded under proposals from regulators on Tuesday (23 June) that would make industry pay curbs the toughest in the world.

Critics said the plans meant that British banks would have to pay a premium to attract top bankers from overseas, while lawyers questioned whether they could be enforced.

Greece bailout extension on the cards at Eurogroup

23 June, 2015 - 14:47

An extension of Greece’s current bailout package until the end of the year is at the centre of talks taking place in the Eurogroup, according to a senior EU diplomatic source who did not rule out the possibility of a third bailout plan for Athens.

Greece’s current bailout plan expires at the end of June “but because there has been some delays, we haven’t had time to prepare the next steps,” said the diplomat, who was briefing French journalists on condition of anonymity Tuesday (23 June).

Timmermans: Deadlocked maternity leave extension will be ditched

23 June, 2015 - 14:19

Deadlocked draft European Union laws to extend maternity leave to 18 weeks will be ditched, but only after the European Commission puts forward replacement rules with more chance of being backed by national governments.

Members of the European Parliament called on the Commission to ensure the new rules would be binding law, and not softer guidelines, communications or recommendations. EU officials said it was too early to say what form the new rules would take, but added that the bill would not be dropped until a new strategy was decided.

Let's defeat depression

23 June, 2015 - 12:33

People with depression are twice as likely to lose their jobs, and are at much higher risk of poverty, write 12 MEP Ambassadors Against Depression.

Re-imagining Europe’s industrial policy

23 June, 2015 - 11:38

A new European industrial policy that puts innovation at its heart will help us face up to the economic challenges of the future, argue Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and Gary McGann.

INFOGRAPHIC: What are the SDGs about?

23 June, 2015 - 11:04

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN members will use to frame their policies over the next 15 years. If approved at the UN summit in September, they will become globally applicable beginning in January 2016.

What are the SDGs about?

23 June, 2015 - 11:04

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a new, universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN member states will be expected to use to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years. If members agree to the draft set of 17 SDGs at the UN summit in New York in September, they will become applicable from January 2016 for all countries, developed and developing.

Current Market Outlook: The European aviation market is expected to grow

23 June, 2015 - 10:08

Boeing projects a demand for 38,050 new airplanes over the next 20 years, an increase of 3.5 percent from last year's forecast. Boeing released its annual Current Market Outlook (CMO) on June 11th, estimating the total value of those new airplanes at $5.6 trillion.

Irish trade minister: 'UK referendum is a worry for Ireland'

23 June, 2015 - 07:57

Sean Sherlock, Ireland's Minister of State for Trade Promotion and North South cooperation, discussed the risk of Brexit with La Tribune at the Paris Air Show. EurActiv France reports.

Leftist Syriza MPs to reject new EU deal

23 June, 2015 - 07:56

The new deal set to be agreed on between Athens and its creditors has triggered strong reactions within Syriza. Many MPs are opposed to it, and said they would reject it, jeopardising the Greek government's stability. EurActiv Greece reports.

Greece submitted a new, much-awaited plan to the country’s international creditors on Monday (22 June) which focused on VAT rates, early retirement measures and tax hikes. Meeting for an extraordinary summit yesterday night, eurozone leaders raised hope for a deal later this week.

Germany's minimum wage effect: Fewer workers receiving unemployment aid

23 June, 2015 - 07:29

Effective since the beginning of 2015, the minimum wage seems to be paying off, with statistics showing that fewer workers have been dependent on the Hartz IV unemployment benefit. EurActiv Germany reports.

Lancet study: Climate change can destroy 50 years of health and development

23 June, 2015 - 07:28

Climate change poses a threat so serious that it could reverse the last 50 years of progress in global health and development, a report published today (23 June) in The Lancet has warned.

But the potential health benefits of fighting climate change mean that tackling the problem presents one of the greatest opportunities to improve health this century, the 2015 Lancet Commission said.

Russia to extend ban on Western food imports until early 2016

23 June, 2015 - 07:26

Russia plans to extend a ban on Western food imports for six months starting in early August, and may add new products to the list, in retaliation for extended European sanctions against Moscow, officials said on Monday (22 June).

Mayor: 'I told Cameron to give me the money to turn Bristol into a lab!'

23 June, 2015 - 07:24

The mayor of Bristol convinced British Prime Minister David Cameron to let him turn his city into a “laboratory for change”, telling him, “Give me the money!” before securing millions in funding for the "Green Capital" of the European Union.

George Ferguson, the first directly elected mayor of Bristol, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview that EU environmental laws can protect national and regional governments from pressure over unpopular policy choices such as commuting restrictions.

Armenians protest electricity prices

23 June, 2015 - 07:15

Several thousand people protested in the Armenian capital Yerevan on Monday (22 June) against a recent decision to raise electricity prices. Media reported police violence and arrests.

About 5,000 demonstrators marched to the presidential headquarters, but were stopped by riot police and began a sit-in protest on the road, blocking traffic.

The protest, which was organised by young activists with no affiliation to political parties, was triggered by the state regulating commission's decision last week to increase the tariff on electricity by 17-22% from 1 August.