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Juncker fine-tunes new Commission ahead of vote

22 October, 2014 - 10:27

Jean-Claude Juncker has responded to pressure from the European Parliament with some final modifications to Commission portfolios, ahead of today's vote in Strasbourg. EurActiv France reports

France's German investors remain positive

22 October, 2014 - 09:33

The 2203 German businesses operating in France are doing well. Despite reporting a downturn in France's economic situation, German investors remain optimistic about the future. EurActiv France reports

Largest banks to pay most in resolution plan

22 October, 2014 - 08:47

The European Commission Tuesday (21 October) issued rules for calculating the contributions of banks to national resolution funds and a proposal for banks contributing to the banking union’s Single Resolution Fund that would see largest banks hardest hit.

The proposal, which must now be agreed with the Parliament, foresees banks paying contributions in proportion to their size and risk profile, sparing smaller lending banks from large contributions.  

Liberals demand last-minute concessions in return for Juncker vote

22 October, 2014 - 07:54

The liberals in the European Parliament have called for a last-minute reshuffle while the Greens decided to vote against the new European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker. EurActiv France reports

Senior Romanian politician resigns in corruption scandal

22 October, 2014 - 07:52

A senior member of Romania's ruling Social Democrats resigned from parliament yesterday (21 October), the speaker of the assembly said, a day after prosecutors said they were investigating him for alleged corruption.

Viorel Hrebenciuc, the 61-year-old vice-president of parliament's lower house, is suspected along with another lawmaker, Dan Șova, of collaborating to produce a bill on pardons in criminal cases that could have benefited him.

Ben Goldacre: Pharma industry has destroyed its own reputation

22 October, 2014 - 07:49

EXCLUSIVE: The great tragedy for the pharmaceutical industry is that it keeps denying that it lobbies against transparency in clinical trials, says Ben Goldacre.

Ben Goldacre is a British physician, academic and author of the best-selling books Bad Science and Bad Pharma. He is also a leading figure of the AllTrials campaign to register and publish all clinical trials data, past and present.

German industry issues stark warning ahead of EU climate summit

22 October, 2014 - 07:40

As EU heads of state prepare to thrash out an agreement on the bloc's 2030 energy and climate change goals at a summit opening in Brussels tomorrow (23 October), energy-intensive industries in Germany have reiterated warnings that a European "solo effort" would come with billions in losses. EurActiv Germany reports.

More than 76% of Poles oppose the euro

22 October, 2014 - 07:35

More than 76% of Poles oppose joining the euro, a poll showed yesterday (21 October), suggesting there is little prospect that central and eastern Europe's largest economy will join the common currency soon.

President Bronisław Komorowski, a proponent of euro zone membership, said on Monday that Poland should decide on its path towards euro accession following national elections in 2015.

Market research company GfK said 38% of Poles it surveyed between 2 and 5 October were "decisively" against adopting the euro, with another 38% leaning against membership.

Merkel calls for 'industry 4.0' at German IT Summit

22 October, 2014 - 07:32

Europe is supposed to become a global leader in the digital world, while Germany hopes for an Industry 4.0 at the national IT Summit, putting net neutrality to the test with a “special service”. EurActiv Germany reports.

Ukraine’s winter gas package almost settled, but cash still an issue

22 October, 2014 - 07:26

Russia and Ukraine failed to reach an accord on gas supplies for the coming winter in EU-brokered talks yesterday (21 October) but agreed to meet again in Brussels in a week, in the hope of ironing out problems over Kyiv's ability to pay.

After a day of talks widely expected to be the final word, European Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger told a news conference the three parties agreed on the price Ukraine would pay Russia's Gazprom - $385 per thousand cubic metres - as long as it paid in advance for the deliveries.

Congolese gynaecologist wins Sakharov Prize

22 October, 2014 - 07:20

Dr. Denis Mukwege is the laureate of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2014, following the decision yesterday (21 October) by European Parliament President Martin Schulz and the political group leaders. Mukwege is a gynaecologist specialised in the treatment of rape victims and founder of the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, in the Democratic Republic Congo.

Surprisingly, the Ukrainian EuroMaidan movement, which led to the overthrow of the regime of Viktor Yanukovich, didn’t win the prize.

Commission steps up efforts to fight Ebola, after slow response

21 October, 2014 - 16:40

Health Commissioner Tonio Borg on Monday (20 October) told MEPs that a network of high-security laboratories have been established to ensure that EU member states will have the necessary facilities to diagnose the infected persons infected with Ebola.

German MEP: Kenya must 'restore trust' amid terror attacks

21 October, 2014 - 15:42

Kenya is considered a democratic and economic role model in Africa, but terror attacks and a corrupt state are tarnishing the country’s image, says Michael Gahler, outlining Kenya’s future prospects and enormous economic potential. EurActiv Germany reports.

Šefčovič tells MEPs he has a vision for EU’s Energy Union

21 October, 2014 - 14:19

Maroš Šefčovič, the Slovak Commissioner-designate for the EU’s Energy Union, successfully defended his credentials for the post yesterday (20 October) in front of two parliamentary committees. EurActiv Slovakia reports.

In the new Juncker Commission, Šefčovič will coordinate the work of several Commissioners - for energy, climate action and transport - and most importantly, will be in charge of giving substance to the project of creating an Energy Union among the 28-member bloc.

Building renovation: the key for energy security, growth and jobs

21 October, 2014 - 13:21

On 23 October, EU heads of state and government will be facing a key moment in their duty to bring economic progress and social well-being to EU citizens when they attend the European Council to decide on the EU’s 2030 climate and energy framework, write Pascal Eveillard and Jan te Bos.

Parliament coalition restless ahead of Juncker Commission vote

21 October, 2014 - 11:15

Serious questions are being raised within the European Parliament's grand coalition ahead of the vote on the Juncker Commission on Wednesday 22 October. Socialist MEPs are calling for stronger guarantees on issues like the €300 billion investment plan. EurActiv France reports.

Jobs summit skirts the issue of youth unemployment

21 October, 2014 - 10:07

The recent jobs summit in Milan could have taken steps beyond those that have been known about for some time, such as the youth guarantee, but unfortunately the opportunity was missed. Nothing new came out of the summit, writes Allan Päll. 

Allan Päll is secretary general at the European Youth Forum.

Mogherini should appoint special envoy to the Middle East

21 October, 2014 - 09:17

Federica Mogherini, the new EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, should appoint a new EU special envoy to the Middle East to engage and have an impact on the peace process in the region, writes Dr Nimrod Goren.

Dr Nimrod Goren is Chairman of Mitvim – The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies, and a lecturer for Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

Prakash Mathema: Poorest countries have the most to lose at UN climate talks

21 October, 2014 - 08:57

Nepal's Prakash Mathema is leading the UN climate change negotiations for the group of Least Developed Countries Group (LDC). According to him, an ambitious outcome at the 2015 Paris UN summit can only be reached if vulnerability to climate change impacts of poorest countries are taken into consideration. 

Washington introduces Russia-style sanctions against Hungarian officials

21 October, 2014 - 07:57

The United States said yesterday (20 October) six Hungarians had been banned from entering the US, as a warning to Budapest to reverse policies that threatened to undermine democratic values.

An American diplomat in Budapest said yesterday the individuals were public servants or people with government connections. Last week's ban came after a long series of warnings from Washington, the embassy said.

A 2004 Presidential proclamation allows the US government to ban foreign nationals whose corrupt conduct hurts US interests, without providing proof of the charges.