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Commission looks to trade policy to protect key tech industries

EU Active - 25 November, 2014 - 07:13

SPECIAL REPORT: The new EU executive will continue to focus industrial policy on so-called key enabling technologies, but is seeking to protect European industry from unfair foreign competition.

Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) cover six areas underpinning a range of products in strategic export markets, including the security, health and energy sectors. They include nanotechnology, micro-nanoelectronics, phototonics, advanced materials, industrial biotechnology and advanced manufacturing.

Germany denies plans to close old coal plants in sprint to 2020 targets

EU Active - 25 November, 2014 - 07:03

According to a paper from the German Economic Affairs Ministry, the government plans to impose carbon dioxide reductions on energy providers. But Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel denies the plan would forcefully shut down outdated coal-fired power plants. EurActiv Germany reports.

Juncker debate prompts scrap between pro- and anti-EU MEPs

EU Observer - 25 November, 2014 - 06:55
Juncker questioned the motive of the motion of censure, but some say "the shadow of the scandal" will follow the commission president.

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Open Europe - 25 November, 2014 - 01:00
Open Europe report on reforming EU free movement: Make it fair to keep it free

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Open Europe - 25 November, 2014 - 01:00
Open Europe???s Mats Persson: Tax credits are a form of social policy which were never intended to be covered by free movement rules

[Opinion] EU watershed on criminal law poses questions for UK

EU Observer - 24 November, 2014 - 20:10
The 1 December shake-up in EU law on criminal and justice issues poses questions for the UK and the future of the European Arrest Warrant.

Danish parliament to vote on Palestine recognition

EU Observer - 24 November, 2014 - 20:03
Danish MPs are to vote on a resolution instructing the government to recognise Palestine, but Denmark's foreign minister says the time is not right.

[Ticker] Mogherini unsure on Ashton's future role

EU Observer - 24 November, 2014 - 19:42
EU foreign affairs chief Mogherini has said she will decide "in the coming days" if her predecessor, Ashton, is to keep chairing Iran nuclear talks. Mogherini took over Ashton's job on 1 November. Ashton was to keep her Iran role until Monday, but the nuclear talks were extended until end-June.

[Ticker] Turkish president riles EU with comment on women

EU Observer - 24 November, 2014 - 19:39
Turkish president Erdogan has offended EU feeling by saying, at an Istanbul seminar: "You can’t make women equal to men ... our religion upheld a status for women: motherhood". Former EU commissioner Androulla Vassiliou said it shows Erdogan is not pro-European. MEP Marietje Schaake called it a "lightbulb moment".

[Ticker] EPP backs passanger data pact with Canada

EU Observer - 24 November, 2014 - 18:39
The European Parliament's centre-right EPP group backs a possible future agreement with Canada on sharing air passenger data details known as PNR. The assembly is set to vote on Tuesday on whether the European Court of Justice should issue an opinion on the proposed agreement, given its data privacy implications.

[Ticker] World powers and Iran extend nuclear deadline

EU Observer - 24 November, 2014 - 16:30
France, Germany, and the UK plus China, Russia, and the US Monday agreed to extend the deadline for a comprehensive deal on Iran's nuclear programme from 24 November until end-June 2015. UK FM Hammond told the BBC "enough progress has been made" to "give the prospect" of reaching an accord.

French, British banks press EU to revise bank reform plans

EU Active - 24 November, 2014 - 16:23

French and British banks are urging the European Commission to reconsider plans to isolate high-risk trading activities at big banks, warning the move could discourage lending to struggling economies.

EU lawmakers to vote on Google break-up motion on Thursday

EU Active - 24 November, 2014 - 16:02

EU lawmakers will likely vote on Thursday (27 November) on a motion proposing the breaking up of Google and other Internet technology companies, increasing political pressure on the bloc's antitrust regulators to take a stronger line on the search giant.

[Ticker] Finnish president: Joining Nato would harm Russia relations

EU Observer - 24 November, 2014 - 15:34
"If Finland joins Nato, that would undoubtedly harm our relations [with Russia]", Finland's president Sauli Niinistoe said in a Washington Post interview. “You have to keep in mind that 1,300 kilometres is a long, long border, and you just don’t keep it closed. On the contrary, it’s a living border".

[Ticker] Ukraine to hold referendum on EU and Nato membership

EU Observer - 24 November, 2014 - 15:34
“We've worked out an intense plan for the next six years, so the country meets the criteria to join the EU and join Nato ... then the Ukrainian people will decide on joining or not joining, in a referendum", Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko said in Kiev on Monday, Bloomberg reports.

Eurofound: The economic crisis has prevented new groups from getting healthcare

EU Active - 24 November, 2014 - 15:32

The crisis has resulted in the emergence of new vulnerable groups, who no longer have access to healthcare, according to a new report.

In the wake of the economic and financial crisis, many governments in the EU cut spending on healthcare services.

The crisis has been a major factor influencing changes to the complex healthcare systems, creating significant differences between member states. But even in countries that chose to make few cuts to the health services, it has still been possible to identify impacts of the crisis on access to healthcare.

Scribbling in the margins – biodiesel’s efforts to make itself look good

EU Active - 24 November, 2014 - 15:14

The European biodiesel industry has claimed that the carbon savings of biofuels have been underestimated by the European Commission. But the reasoning behind the assertion is flawed, writes Nusa Urbancic. 

France champions bioethanol industry in Europe

EU Active - 24 November, 2014 - 15:11

The French bioethanol industry is leading the campaign to raise the proportion of biofuel in Europe’s transport fuel mix to 15%, while the European Commission continues to hold the sector on a short leash. EurActiv France reports

Land grabbing, still a huge problem in Eastern Europe

EU Active - 24 November, 2014 - 14:50

The EU is currently witnessing a massive land grab, which has a direct impact on 25 million of its citizens, changing the way lands are being managed and how food is being produced, writes Attila Szocs.

Attila Szocs is Romania correspondent for Arc2020, a platform for civil society and non-governmental organisations interested in good food, farming and rural policies for Europe. He is also campaign coordinator on land grabbing with EcoRuralis in Romania.

Lithuania has become the EU’s good pupil in energy policy, but…

EU Active - 24 November, 2014 - 14:35

With the launch of the 'Independence’ energy project, Lithuania’s long-and-hard-fought striving for energy diversity and security has definitely seen a big boost, writes Linas Jegelevičius.

Linas Jegelevičius writes for EN.DELFI.LT, the main English language news portal in Lithuania.

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