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Record-breaking survey: World should prioritise education and health

21 November, 2014 - 17:18

So far, more than 5 million people from all over the world have replied to a survey, called MyWorld2015, conducted both online and on paper, the preliminary results of which show that good education and better healthcare are considered to be the two main priorities to boost development.

According to data released by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) office in Madrid, “Good education” has received so far 3.3 million votes, “Better healthcare” almost 2.8 million votes, and in third place “Better job opportunities” received 2.6 million votes.

French Socialists call for Oettinger to resign

21 November, 2014 - 16:44

The German Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society has angered France, and the Socialist Party, by publically calling for the Commission to take a firm stance against the country's "recurrent" budget deficit problems. EurActiv France reports.

Gender equality and environment laws on business lobby hit list

21 November, 2014 - 16:29

EXCLUSIVE: EU legislation to ensure gender equality on company boards, to extend maternity leave, and to reduce air pollution and landfill should be killed off, a leading business lobby organisation has told the European Commission.

A BusinessEurope communication to Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, seen by EurActiv, contains a hit list of five pending bills, including the EU’s Circular Economy package, that it wants ditched by the executive.  

EU still not pressuring Serbia over Russia

21 November, 2014 - 15:13

Johannes Hahn made his first visit to Belgrade on Thursday (20 November). The new European Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations' trip was marked by support for the process of Serbia’s accession to the EU, and to the reforms on that road, while Hahn expressed understanding for the sensitive issue of Serbia’s alignment with the EU’s decisions on Russia.

€1 million EU aid package for redundant French abattoir workers

21 November, 2014 - 13:47

The European Parliament has adopted a motion to provide one million euros in EU aid to the ex-employees of Brittany's GAD Abattoirs. The crisis in the French pork industry and the misuse of foreign workers are blamed for the company's difficulties. EurActiv France reports.

France tests EU patience over prospect of budget deficit fines

21 November, 2014 - 12:20

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin has played down any risk that Paris might be fined for breaking EU budgetary rules, days before the European Commission rules on the government's failure to cut its budget deficit. EU officials, meanwhile, beg to differ.

Upcoming Latvian EU presidency slammed for anti-Russian bias

21 November, 2014 - 12:16

Russia protested today (21 November) statements by the Latvian ambassador to the EU for having made comments about Russian propaganda,  at a public event highlighting the priorities of the upcoming Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Ilze Juhansone, Latvian Permanent Representative to the EU, presented the priorities of the upcoming presidency of her country, which starts on 1 January 2015. The event was organised by the European Policy Centre, a Brussels think tank.

Heavy metal Brussels: The 2014 European Union Prize for Literature award ceremony

21 November, 2014 - 11:37

SPECIAL REPORT:Anal Cunt’ isn’t an everyday sort of band name. Even in underground metal circles, it still inspires a pause, despite the fact that the defunct American grindcore group got its start in 1988. That didn’t stop its display, on a large video screen, at the 2014 European Union Prize for Literature award ceremony, from being a big surprise.

UK concedes defeat in bid to block EU bank bonus limit

21 November, 2014 - 07:49

Britain suffered an embarrassing defeat in its attempt to block the European Union's new limits on bank bonuses on Thursday (20 November), withdrawing its legal challenge after an adviser to the bloc's top court made clear it was unlikely to succeed.

UKIP wins second seat in Westminster

21 November, 2014 - 07:44

Britain's anti-EU UKIP party won its second seat in parliament today (21 November), defeating Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives in a special election six months before what is shaping up to be a closely-fought national vote.

The victory for UKIP, the UK Independence Party, will unsettle businesses, investors and European partners who fear Britain could be slipping towards an exit from the European Union.

Scope and level of card caps remain in dispute

21 November, 2014 - 07:39

SPECIAL REPORT: EU lawmakers disagree over the level and scope at which card payments in Europe should be capped as the issue goes into trilogue in advance of its adoption anticipated early next year.

On 24 July 2013, the European Commission proposed a revised Payments Services Directive (PSD2) and submitted a proposal for regulation on interchange fees for card-based payment transactions.

Erik Solheim: 'If the UK can commit 0.7% of GDP to development, so can France'

21 November, 2014 - 07:29

The objective for developed countries to dedicate 0.7% of their GNI to development aid is becoming an increasingly important issue. The Chairman of the OECD Development Assistance Committee calls on countries such as France and Germany, but also on emerging countries like China, to increase their efforts. EurActiv France reports

Moscow warns Washington against sending arms to Ukraine

21 November, 2014 - 07:22

Russia warned the United States yesterday (20 November) against supplying arms to Ukrainian forces fighting pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, hours before US Vice-President Joe Biden was due to arrive in Kyiv.

Ukraine accused President Vladimir Putin of treating its territory like a "playing field", trying to unleash a full-scale war that would pose a broader threat to NATO countries.

Brussels to scrutinise French Sivens dam project

21 November, 2014 - 07:18

The Commission is launching an enquiry into the controversial dam at Sivens, in France’s Tarn department. A procedure for breach of European environmental law could be launched against France. EurActiv France reports

Climate finance levels drop, as Green Climate Fund coffers swell

21 November, 2014 - 07:13

Global investment in climate change reduction has fallen for the second year in a row, a drop of $28 billion from 2012, and far below estimates of what is needed, according to research published yesterday (20 November).

An additional $1.1 trillion in low-carbon investments is needed every year between 2011 and 2050, in the energy sector alone, to stop global temperatures rising above two degrees Celsius, according to the International Energy Agency.

AfD supporters lean towards xenophobia and fascism, research says

21 November, 2014 - 07:08

Germany’s middle-class is shifting rightwards, according to a study by the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation, finding Eurosceptic AfD’s followers in particular supporting right-wing extremist and chauvinist ways of thinking. EurActiv Germany reports.

Commission official: The EU is not going to change its food legislation because of TTIP

20 November, 2014 - 17:14

The EU is not going to change its food safety legislation under the negotiation for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which means that GMOs can be marketed in the EU only once they have been authorised, and beef from the USA would be marketable in Europe only if it is hormone free, Ignacio Garcia Bercero of the European Commission told EurActiv Czech Republic.

Vestager says will use 'Luxleaks' documents in EU tax probe

20 November, 2014 - 16:41

The European Commission will use the 'Luxleaks' documents uncovered by investigative journalists three weeks ago in its ongoing investigation of tax avoidance at the European level, Margrethe Vestager, the EU competition chief, said on Thursday (20 November).

The documents, known as the 'Luxleaks', showed that more than 300 companies, including PepsiCo Inc, AIG Inc and Deutsche Bank AG, secured secret deals from Luxembourg to slash their tax bills.

S&D Vice President: We need a new instrument to support investment

20 November, 2014 - 16:22

As the European Investment Bank has not been an effective tool in a previous attempt to create a massive investment package, this time, a new instrument needs to be created, MEP Maria João Rodgrigues told EutrActiv in an exclusive interview.

Maria João Rodgrigues is Vice Chair of the Socialists and Democrats group, a Member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and substitute member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.

She spoke to EurActiv’s Senior Editor Georgi Gotev.


EIB will administer Juncker investment plan through new fund

20 November, 2014 - 15:57

The European Commission is due to present its 300 billion euro investment plan next week. This plan is expected to rely heavily on the European Investment Bank (EIB), which could be put in charge of a new investment fund. EurActiv France reports