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Poll: British support for EU membership hits 23-year high

EU Active - 23 October, 2014 - 09:18

Support among Britons for staying in the European Union is at its highest in 23 years, according to a poll on Wednesday (October 22), even though the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) is gaining in popularity.

EU climate package cannot be held hostage by shortsighted solutions

EU Active - 23 October, 2014 - 09:06

It is not possible for Western European countries to consider Central and Eastern Europeans on the same level of development, like it is not possible for them to reconsider common minimum targets on reduction of emissions, energy efficiency and the energy mix share of renewables, writes Floris Faber.

Floris Faber is General Secretary of APRODEV (European coalition of faith-based development NGOs).

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Open Europe - 23 October, 2014 - 09:01
New Open Europe Briefing: EU rules set to increase SMEs??? energy bills by 23% in 2020 ??? urgent change is needed

Press Releases

Open Europe - 23 October, 2014 - 09:01
New Open Europe Briefing: EU rules set to increase SMEs??? energy bills by 23% in 2020 ??? urgent change is needed

Spain confident of being declared 'Ebola-free'

EU Active - 23 October, 2014 - 08:47

Teresa Romero, who became the first person to contract Ebola outside West Africa, is cured from the disease, after a 16-day battle for survival in Madrid's Carlos III hospital. Spain is now confident of being declared Ebola-free by December. But the crisis has also had political side-effects. EurActiv Spain reports.

The Socialist Party (PSOE), accused Ana Mato, the Spanish health minister, of “inappropriate” management of the crisis and fiercely criticized her over what critics described as a lack of clear and accurate information on the health crisis.

Quarter of a million Ukrainians came to EU last year

EU Observer - 23 October, 2014 - 08:34
Ukrainians obtained more EU first residence permits last year than any other nationality, according to the EU’s statistical office, Eurostat.

EU leaders gear up for heated climate summit

EU Observer - 23 October, 2014 - 08:29
EU leaders are meeting in Brussels for what are expected to be tough negotiations on climate targets. The economy and Ebola will also be discussed.

Irish senators build EU momentum on Palestine recognition

EU Observer - 23 October, 2014 - 08:28
Irish senators have urged the government to recognise Palestine, as the EU prepares to set out new red lines on Israel relations.

[Opinion] EU states should follow Sweden on Palestine

EU Observer - 23 October, 2014 - 08:24
Israel's ex-ambassador to South Africa tells EUobserver his country is on "the slippery slope of apartheid" by destroying prospects for a Palestinian state.

[Ticker] 2015 EU budget up for tough negotiations

EU Observer - 23 October, 2014 - 08:01
Disagreement between the EU institutions over next year's budget has triggered a three-week conciliation period to start on 28 October. The aim is to find agreement based on the Commission's 2015 budget proposal of €142.1bn (5% more than in 2014), with the Council wanting €140bn and the European Parliament €146.42bn.

[Ticker] Nine migrants injured in rush on Spanish border fence

EU Observer - 23 October, 2014 - 08:00
Nine African migrants were Wednesday treated for injuries after a rush on border fences separating Spain's North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco. Around 20 managed to get across. Spanish authorities estimated total 2,000 migrants have made it across the border fences in roughly 60 attempts this year.

[Ticker] Hungary to press charges against Norway-funded NGO

EU Observer - 23 October, 2014 - 08:00
Hungary's government said Wednesday it had found "irregularities" in 61 of 63 Norway funded NGO projects and will press charges against the Budapest-based Okotars Alapitvany in charge of distributing Norwegian grants. The foundation, which promotes environmental awareness among civil society, denied the accusations.

EU in last-ditch talks with Italy and France on 2015 budget changes

EU Active - 23 October, 2014 - 07:58

The European Commission is discussing changes with Italy and France to their 2015 draft budgets to avoid having to send back the plans that break European Union rules, EU officials said on Wednesday (22 October).

Juncker vote reveals Socialist divisions in Parliament

EU Active - 23 October, 2014 - 07:56

A dissident group of 32 MEPs amongst the Socialists & Democrats group in the European Parliament didn’t support Jean-Claude Juncker's new Commission, according to data by Votewatch Europe.

NATO, Swedish fighters scrambled to intercept Russian plane

EU Active - 23 October, 2014 - 07:43

NATO and Swedish fighter jets were scrambled to intercept a Russian intelligence-gathering plane that briefly entered Estonian airspace on Tuesday, the alliance said on Wednesday (22 October).

Song lauding UKIP withdrawn after race row

EU Active - 23 October, 2014 - 07:36

The performer of a song promoting the anti-EU UK Independence Party before next year's election in Britain said on Wednesday (22 October) he was withdrawing the track from sale after being accused of racism.

Additional €20bn per year needed for French energy transition

EU Active - 23 October, 2014 - 07:15

The public sector will play an important but secondary role in financing the French energy transition, according to a new study by CDC Climat. The state-funded think tank believes an additional investment of 20 billion euro per year is needed to complete the energy transition. EurActiv France reports

Climate change rivals Ebola at World Health Summit

EU Active - 23 October, 2014 - 07:00

Climate change is expected to cause 250,000 additional deaths per year between 2030 and 2050, affecting the poorest countries with weak health care systems - a global challenge that rivaled Ebola as one of the top issues at the World Health Summit in Berlin this week. EurActiv Germany reports.

Electricity linkage target dropped ahead of EU summit

EU Active - 23 October, 2014 - 06:55

EXCLUSIVE: EU leaders will not agree on 2030 targets for exchanging energy through electricity interconnectors, because of a long-running row between Spain, Portugal and France, according to documents obtained by EurActiv.

An obligation for member states to make 15% of their national generation capacity available to other EU nations was ditched from draft summit conclusions, which heads of state and government hope to finalise at a summit opening in Brussels today (23 October).

[Ticker] Russian plane violates Estonia airspace

EU Observer - 23 October, 2014 - 06:44
Estonia has summoned the Russian ambassador after a Russian intelligence-gathering plane entered 600 metres into its airspace for less than one minute on Wednesday. Nato "air-policing" jets from Denmark and Portugal intercepted the plane, which took off from Kaliningrad. Swedish jets were also involved in escorting it away.

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