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[Ticker] Moldova's PM loses no confidence vote

EU Observer - 29 October, 2015 - 15:11
The Moldovan parliament Thursday voted a no confidence motion against PM Valieriu Strelet. Strelet, who lost after a member of his pro-European coalition joined the socialist-communist opposition, said he would not resign. He is under pression since former PM Vlad Filat was arrested two weeks ago over a corruption case.

[Ticker] Dutch referendum on EU-Ukraine treaty in April 2016

EU Observer - 29 October, 2015 - 15:08
A Dutch government committee announced on Thursday that the citizen-enforced referendum on the EU-Ukraine association agreement will take place on Wednesday, 6 April 2016. The Dutch will be asked: 'Are you in favour or against the law that approves the Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine?'

[Ticker] 86 refugees relocated so far in EU

EU Observer - 29 October, 2015 - 15:07
86 asylum seekers have been relocated from Italy to other EU countries since the mechanism started to be implemented on 9 October, a European Commission spokeswoman told press on Friday. Under plans agreed by member states, 160,000 people have to be relocated.

Why freeing Badawi matters for EU-Saudi relations

EU Active - 29 October, 2015 - 15:04

Free Raif Badawi and all prisoners of conscience, because such a precedent would create more opportunities for human rights reforms in Saudi Arabia, writes Alyn Smith.

New circular economy package takes shape

EU Active - 29 October, 2015 - 13:16

EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission’s new circular economy package will include fresh legislation on waste, fertilisers, and water reuse, “strong commitments” on Eco-design, strategies for handling plastics and chemicals, and “major” funding for innovation, EurActiv has learnt.

When it comes to jobs, cities ensure no one is left behind

EU Active - 29 October, 2015 - 12:41

Thomas Fabian is Deputy Mayor of Leipzig and chair of the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum.

The impact of exclusion from the labour market is far-reaching. Not only economic, it has serious social consequences, like poverty, homelessness and health implications.

Commission vague about fiscal leeway for refugees

EU Active - 29 October, 2015 - 12:24

Member states face billions of euros in expenses for assisting refugees arriving in Europe. While the European Commission is ready to take this into account, the criteria remain unclear.

Austria shelves border fence

EU Active - 29 October, 2015 - 11:27

The last 24 hours have seen Vienna change its mind on how best to deal with the refugee influx.

Nordic people support free trade across the Atlantic

EU Active - 29 October, 2015 - 11:10

Karsten Dybvad, Jyri Häkämies, Carola Lemne, Kristin Skogen Lund and Thorsteinn Víglundsson are the respective Director Generals of the Confederation of Danish Industry, the Confederation of Finnish Industries, the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise

You probably have herpes, says the WHO

EU Active - 29 October, 2015 - 11:08

Two-thirds of the world's population under 50 have the highly infectious herpes virus that causes cold sores around the mouth, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday (28 October), in its first estimate of global prevalence of the disease.

[Ticker] China to buy 130 Airbus planes

EU Observer - 29 October, 2015 - 09:37
China and Germany signed a $15.5 billion deal on Thursday for the sale of 130 Airbus planes - thirty A330s and one hundred A320s - to China. The deal was announced after a meeting between Chinese prime minister Li Keqiang and German chancellor Angela Merkel in Beijing.

[Ticker] Putin meets with Sarkozy, Gabriel

EU Observer - 29 October, 2015 - 09:31
Russian president Vladimir Putin is meeting former French president Nicholas Sarkozy Thursday to discuss the war in Syria. The meeting follows after Putin received German vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel on Wednesday, at a meeting where the head of Gazprom was also present.

EU states let cars exceed pollution limits

EU Observer - 29 October, 2015 - 09:29
While the EU limit is 80 mg/km of nitrogen oxide, cars will be allowed to emit 168 mg/km. "A shockingly cynical move," said ClientEarth.

Turkey raises price on EU refugee deal

EU Observer - 29 October, 2015 - 09:25
Turkey seeking €3 billion a year in EU aid and visa-free travel, as institutions court Ankara on refugees, including by delay of critical report, now leaked, until after elections.

[Ticker] Three migrants drown, 242 rescued by Greek coastguard

EU Observer - 29 October, 2015 - 09:24
A man and two boys drowned off the coast of Greece when their wooden boat sank on Wednesday. The Greek coastguard rescued 242 people, but told international news media others could still be missing. Half a million migrants and refugees have reached Greece' islands this year.

Austria says won't close border, still plans small fence

EU Observer - 29 October, 2015 - 09:10
Chancellor Fayman said he does not plan to erect a fence all along Austria's border with Slovenia, but that his government is planning a reinforcement of the most-stressed border-crossing point.

Bavarian allies heap pressure on Merkel over refugees

EU Active - 29 October, 2015 - 07:56

The Christian Social Union (CSU), sister party to Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), have been outspoken in their criticism of her "open doors" policy towards asylum seekers, in part because their home state of Bavaria is the entry point for virtually all of the migrants arriving in Germa

Cameron admits Norway no model for Britain in Europe

EU Active - 29 October, 2015 - 07:54

Speaking in parliament ahead of a trip to Iceland where he is expected to make the same point, Cameron said he would "guide very strongly against" seeing Britain's European future being akin to that of Norway, a successful economy that exists closely with but outside the bloc.

EU lawmakers reject national bans on GM food, feed imports

EU Active - 29 October, 2015 - 07:24

Parliament voted 557 to 75 against a law that took the European Commission years to negotiate, amid deep suspicions about the possible health and safety implications of GMO products.

UN official: Remittances should be less expensive

EU Active - 29 October, 2015 - 07:06

Transferring remittances can be very expensive, for both the sender and for the recipient. The United Nations Capital Development Fund is working to address this issue, Judith Karl, Executive Secretary of UNCDF, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.

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