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Bieńkowska: We can make a tangible difference

14 November, 2014 - 12:14

Her remit is broad. "Europe has to be competitive by setting and keeping to its really high environmental standards," said Internal Market Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska. "We have to lead to the situation when industrialisation and environmentally friendly development aren’t contrary."

New Commission floats first 'kill list' of green EU laws

14 November, 2014 - 08:12

Outdated European Union rules on low energy appliances, such as dishwashers and refrigerators, are among a welter of green laws the new European Commission is proposing to review or scrap, according to an internal document seen by Reuters.

Juncker defines 10 priorities for EU, seeks inter-institutional support

14 November, 2014 - 08:08

EXCLUSIVE: In a letter to the President of the European Parliament and to the Italian Presidency obtained by EurActiv, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker proposes a better coordinated working program of EU institutions and fleshes out the 10 priorities he has identified for 2015.

Study: EU member states 'risk losing the battle against diabetes'

14 November, 2014 - 07:59

Though diabetes treatment and prevention have improved in recent years, EU member states are too slow when it comes to proper implementation and monitoring of policies. This means that Europe is losing the battle against the growing diabetes epidemic, according to a new study. 

EU set to leave decisions on new Russia sanctions to leaders

14 November, 2014 - 07:49

With European Union governments divided, a decision on whether to tighten economic sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine conflict is likely to be left to EU leaders, who next meet in mid-December, diplomats said on Thursday (13 November).

Cameron talks tough on British jihadists

14 November, 2014 - 07:46

British nationals who become foreign fighters abroad could be prevented from returning home under tough new laws to deal with jihadists fighting in conflicts like Iraq and Syria, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday.

A new counter-terrorism bill will also prevent airlines that do not comply with Britain's no-fly lists or security screening measures from landing on its territory, Cameron said in an address to Australia's parliament.

Scientists bury hopes of EU shale gas revolution

14 November, 2014 - 07:36

Although there are no scientific grounds to ban fracking, shale gas will do little to solve Europe’s energy supply security problems, according to a new report by the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC).

Best practices have “greatly reduced the environmental footprint of shale gas fracturing,” the EASAC said, claiming that risks can be appropriately managed.

Luxleaks should mean an end to corporate secrecy

14 November, 2014 - 07:27

The Luxleaks scandal has exposed the methods used by many multinationals to avoid or minimise their tax payments. The time is right for the EU to end corporate secrecy through a public register of beneficial owners of companies, writes Christian Hallum.

IEA warns against fossil fuel subsidies and the cost of nuclear power

14 November, 2014 - 07:21

In its 2015 World Energy Outlook, the International Energy Agency expressed its concern at fossil fuel subsidies, the dismantling of nuclear power stations and the 80% increase in demand for electricity by 2040. EurActiv France reports

Juncker still mulling scientific advice role after Glover's position axed

14 November, 2014 - 07:15

The function of Chief Scientific Adviser to the European Commission "has ceased to exist", Anne Glover confirmed yesterday (13 November) but that does not mean the position will not be re-established by the new Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, EurActiv understands.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has not yet decided whether to replace the role of former chief scientific adviser (CSA) Anne Glover when she leaves the EU executive next year.

“President Juncker believes in independent scientific advice," said Commission spokesman Mina Andreeva.

NGOs decry German development budget as ‘irresponsible’

14 November, 2014 - 07:09

Numerous German aid organisations are blaming the Merkel government for failing to keep its financial commitments on development policy, with some NGOs going so far as to call the budget a scandal in light of Germany’s top economic status. EurActiv Germany reports.

Ex-Tory MP entangled in EU plastic bag lobbying row

14 November, 2014 - 07:05

A former Tory MP who is now working for a leading plastic manufacturer is facing claims the business is exploiting its employees' links to the British Conservatives to block a ban on plastic bags at European Union level. 

Margrete Auken, a Danish MEP pushing for a ban on oxo-biodegradable plastic bags, has accused Symphony Environmental Technologies of using its links to the UK Conservative-led government to orchestrate an EU blocking minority against her bag ban in the EU Council of Ministers.

EU-Moldova deal approved by MEPs

13 November, 2014 - 18:30

The European Parliament gave the green light to the EU-Moldova Association Agreement today (13 November), the first economic and political cooperation pact with a visa-free regime between a former Soviet state and the EU since the start of the Ukraine crisis.

Moldova is the first former Soviet country to enjoy such an agreement. Georgia is in talks over a similar deal. Ukraine signed their equivalent in September but, on the request of Russia, it will not be implemented until the end of 2015.  

Negrescu: Do not cut funding from the “Horizon 2020” programme!

13 November, 2014 - 18:25

Research and development can open the EU to new ideas and technologies that can help us manage cheaper energy costs, cheaper industry costs, and a cleaner and safer environment for all the EU. If anything we have to increase funding in R&D, not cut it, says Victor Negrescu.

Victor Negrescu is a Romanian MEP, and member of the Budget Committee.

Europe's economy would benefit from a greater role of women and young people. How can these two groups help Europe move from survival mode to growth and jobs in Europe? What role can innovation play?

Rethink and Reset: Time to get rid of the Stability and Growth Pact?

13 November, 2014 - 18:08

The Stability and Growth pact never tied governments to the mast of fiscal consolidation. Nor did it encourage governments to lead on structural economic reforms, it is time to rethink and reset the numerical ceilings of the pact, writes Matthias Bauer.

Message to Germany: Do not waste Spain’s reform efforts

13 November, 2014 - 17:33

Austerity measures dictated by Berlin and the IMF, have saved several European economies, but have otherwise produced mixed results. Miguel Otero-Iglesias says that in order to remedy this situation, Germany must take an extra step, and reward countries like Spain, in exchange for accepting its disciplinary dictates.

Miguel Otero-Iglesias is senior analyst for the European Economy at Elcano Royal Institute in Madrid.

Romanian anti-corruption chief: Fraud often begins when tenders are written

13 November, 2014 - 15:24

Often those who write the technical specifications of tenders play a key role in the corruption schemes for public procurement, the Chief Prosecutor of the Anti-Corruption Directorate of Romania (DNA) Laura Codruța Kövesi told EurActiv Romania.

Blue growth and environmental challenges in the Baltic Sea

13 November, 2014 - 14:59

The EU's recent Baltic Sea agenda for sustainable Blue Growth aims at making growth and a healthy marine environment ”go hand in hand”, towards a future where both areas prosper. But if the merger of economic growth with environmental health is to be successful in the Baltic Sea region, policymakers at all levels must base their decisions and measures on the best available scientific knowledge about the marine environment, write Tina Elfwing and Christoph Humborg.   

A mandate for innovation in Europe

13 November, 2014 - 13:49

We are only just embarking, casting-off, on Europe's great journey towards a new era of disruptive innovation, writes Carlos Moedas.

Carlos Moedas is the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science

Report: Car emissions higher than predicted

13 November, 2014 - 13:44

Cars are not as fuel efficient and environmentally friendly as officially described by the carmakers, a Transport and Environment (T&E) report has found. The reality is different due to flaws in the testing system.