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EU launches first-ever development fund for CAR

17 July, 2014 - 07:57

The European Commission has announced a fund to link relief, rehabilitation and development in the Central African Republic, an initiative which will be financed by France, Germany, the Netherlands and private donors. EurActiv France reports.

The Central African Republic (CAR) will receive more financial aid from the European Commission and several EU member states.

French Socialists expose frailty of EU Parliament coalition

17 July, 2014 - 07:57

Only a minority of French MEPs voted in favour of Jean-Claude Juncker becoming President of the EU Commission. The EPP, S&D and ALDE coalition is already showing cracks. EurActiv France reports.

Juncker 'owes nothing' to Cameron over top EU jobs

17 July, 2014 - 07:56

British Prime Minister David Cameron will press Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President-elect, to assign a prestigious portfolio for Britain in the next EU executive when the pair meet over breakfast this morning (17 July). But Juncker "does not owe him anything," his spokeswoman warned, in a sign that tensions are still running high between the two men.

Berlin optimistic following Juncker victory

17 July, 2014 - 07:55

Jean-Claude Juncker’s appointment as President of the European Commission ends a month of haggling over the post. But Berlin is divided on the outcome, with Green Party politicians praising a win for democracy, while the Left claims the Parliament voted to “rescue the Spitzenkandidat experiment”. EurActiv Germany reports.

Eastern European states block EU top job nominations

17 July, 2014 - 02:51

The EU summit, which ended during the night of 16 to 17 July, failed to choose the next EU foreign affairs chief to replace Catherine Ashton, and the next European Council President, to succeed Herman Van Rompuy. Leaders agreed to meet again on 30 August.

EU leaders had come to the conclusion “since the afternoon” that there would be no decision on names.

Liberals risk coming out of EU summit empty-handed

16 July, 2014 - 18:31

The European Liberals, ALDE, will lose a considerable number of influential EU positions, as a deal handing out the top jobs takes further shape at Wednesday's EU summit (16 July).

Juncker and a Revival of the ‘European Social Model’?

16 July, 2014 - 16:24

Juncker’s plans to relax austerity and assess the social impact of structural reforms suggests that a revival of the ‘European social model’ is in the making. But what does that mean, asks Leticia Díez Sánchez.

Backroom talks on dangerous TTIP agreement must end

16 July, 2014 - 16:10

German MEP Helmut Scholz explains why the GUE/NGL group in the European Parliament is calling for an immediate end to negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

TTIP will not include financial services, says US ambassador

16 July, 2014 - 16:06

Brussels should stop pushing to include financial services in the trade and investment agreement under negotiations between the EU and the US, said Washington’s envoy Anthony L. Gardner in an exclusive interview with EurActiv.

“We keep on getting asked about this and we keep on giving the same answer. Somehow, that does not seem to be sufficient, as the Commission keeps on pushing for this issue when they know what the answer is,” rebutted Gardner.

Schulz says Parliament may reject Hill as UK Commissioner

16 July, 2014 - 15:28

The head of the European Parliament said today (16 July) that the "radically anti-European" views of Jonathan Hill, British premier David Cameron's nominee for the European Commission, might prevent him getting onto the EU's executive body.

"I cannot imagine Hill, whose views - in as far as he's got any - are radically anti-European, getting a majority in the European Parliament," said the legislative body's president, Martin Schulz, a Social Democrat from Germany.

Ukraine submits evidence of Russian covert action

16 July, 2014 - 15:05

EXCLUSIVE / EU leaders are set to adopt further sanctions against Russia at their summit tonight (16 July). Hours before the meeting, Ukraine submitted proof of Russia’s support for the separatists. EurActiv has seen part of this information, and is publishing relevant selections.

Kostiantyn Yelisieiev, the Ukrainian Ambassador to the EU, has provided the European Union with evidence of Russia’s support for separatists and called for tougher sanctions against Moscow, his office announced.

'Smart' technology makes energy utilities more vulnerable to hackers

16 July, 2014 - 14:01

Last November, Felix Lindner came very close to shutting down the power supply of Ettlingen, a town of almost 40,000 people in the south of Germany.

INFOGRAPHIC: Who's who in the new European Commission?

16 July, 2014 - 12:57

After his election as European Commission President on Tuesday (15 July), Jean-Claude Juncker can now start discussions with member states on how to allocate portfolios within his team. Below is an overview of all Commissioners already designated by their member state as well as presumed candidates.

US Ambassador: Beyond growth, TTIP must happen for geostrategic reasons

16 July, 2014 - 10:51

The United States and Europe must work constructively to finalise the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership not only to boost jobs and growth. "There are critical geostrategic reasons to get this deal done, and every day I am reminded of the global context of why we are negotiating TTIP," said US Ambassador to the EU, Anthony Gardner in an exclusive interview with EurActiv. 

Commission 'clusterisation' may follow EU budget headings

16 July, 2014 - 08:21

The future Commission could be designed along “clusters” reflecting the five headings of the EU budget. Accordingly, five Commission Vice Presidents will be responsible for these clusters, but the concept of “junior” and “senior” commissioners has been rejected, sources told EurActiv.

Socialists back Mogherini for EU foreign affairs chief

16 July, 2014 - 07:59

Socialist Prime Ministers are meeting today (16 July) to give their support for Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini to become the next EU foreign affairs chief, ahead of an EU summit where at least four Eastern European countries are expected to object to her candidacy.

European Socialists are backing Mogherini to become the next EU foreign affairs chief, the leader of the S&D group in the European Parliament Gianni Pittella said yesterday.

Small is beautiful: How a tiny device cuts aircraft noise

16 July, 2014 - 07:38

SPECIAL REPORT / The name - vortex generator - sounds more complex than the device itself. Yet the small component developed by German researchers provides a big solution to noise produced by one of the most widely flown passenger aircraft.

BRICS launch ‘New Development Bank’

16 July, 2014 - 07:29

Leaders of the BRICS emerging market nations launched a $100 billion (€73.5 billion) development bank and a currency reserve pool yesterday (15 July) in their first concrete step toward reshaping the Western-dominated international financial system.

The bank, aimed at funding infrastructure projects in developing nations, will be based in Shanghai, and India will preside over its operations for the first five years, followed by Brazil and then Russia, leaders of the five-country group announced at a summit.

Ukraine makes fresh charges against Russia as EU leaders meet

16 July, 2014 - 07:22

Ukraine has made fresh charges of Russian involvement in its conflict with separatist rebels, suggesting Moscow may have had a role in an air strike yesterday (15 July) that killed 11 people. The accusations come a day before EU leaders meet to discuss the crisis, where they might consider adopting fresh sanctions against Russia.

EU Summit Live: Foreign policy chief, top jobs on the table

16 July, 2014 - 07:15

A day after the EU Parliament elected Jean-Claude Juncker to head the European Commission, the 28 EU leaders gather in Brussels on Wednesday evening (16 July) to discuss who will become the next European Council President and EU's foreign affairs chief. Follow the developments live, below.