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Greenpeace, German utilities launch suit against UK nuclear plant

2 Juillet, 2015 - 12:04

Greenpeace and nine German and Austrian utilities selling renewable energy said on Thursday (2 July) they are launching legal action against state aid for a new British nuclear power plant, which was approved by the European Commission.

Greenpeace and the others in the group said at a news briefing that the lawsuit would be filed with the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg in the coming days, over the Hinkley Point C project in southwest England.

America’s challenge to European truck supremacy

2 Juillet, 2015 - 08:05

American trucks have always lagged behind in terms of efficiency, but new US regulations will soon cause the tables to turn, argues William Todts. 

Europe’s biofuels debate needs to focus on implementation

2 Juillet, 2015 - 08:02

As the debate kicks off on transport within Europe’s 2030 climate and energy framework, policymakers and industry must not lose sight of the challenges, says Robert Wright.

Poroshenko proposes constitutional changes for Donetsk, Lugansk

2 Juillet, 2015 - 07:57

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko yesterday (1 July) proposed constitutional changes designed to give sweeping new powers to the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk, but critically fails to address demands of pro-Russian fighters in the separatist east.

The Minsk agreement requires Ukraine to give decentralisation to the rebel-held regions of Donetsk and Lugansk, in Eastern Ukraine (see background). Point 11 of the Minsk agreement reads:

Germany to shut down coal-fired plants, extend power grid

2 Juillet, 2015 - 07:53

The German government will announce on Thursday (2 July) a decision to order the shutdown of several coal-fired plants in order to reach its ambitious climate goals by 2020, according to government sources.

Belgium adopts law against 'vulture funds'

2 Juillet, 2015 - 07:52

Belgium has passed a law to cap how much so-called "vulture funds" can recoup from government debt bought at rock-bottom prices from countries teetering on the brink of default.

Hollande and Merkel clash over Greece, Juncker shuts up

2 Juillet, 2015 - 07:50

France wants the eurozone to push for a deal with Greece before Sunday's referendum, President François Hollande said yesterday (1 July), in comments that differed sharply from those of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The Greek drama is degenerating into a vaudeville in which different actors are performing for their own domestic audiences.

"(A deal) must be found before the referendum. It wouldn't (make) much sense afterwards," Hollande said, referring to the poll Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has called on Sunday (5 July).

France, China agree to fight carbon emissions

2 Juillet, 2015 - 07:13

Diplomats in Paris were beaming when the world’s most populous country announced plans to start cutting its net CO2 emissions "around 2030". But environmentalists were less optimistic, saying the commitment is much too vague. EurActiv France reports

Climate change: An opportunity for EU-China cooperation

2 Juillet, 2015 - 07:05

It's time to shift from the well-known statement that climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing humankind to a new affirmation, argues Teresa Ribera.

German states draft bill for nationwide GMO ban

2 Juillet, 2015 - 06:54

Five state governments in Germany are putting pressure on Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt, introducing a bill for a nationwide ban on GMOs instead of his “patchwork” proposal. EurActiv Germany reports.

Uber lobbyists take on EU critics

2 Juillet, 2015 - 06:37

Uber's director of public policy for Europe, Simon Hampton, suggested on Wednesday (1 July) that he sees a chance at winning over governments pursuing legal action against the company.

“If you're in a city Uber hasn't come to yet, then creating a group of people to say they want Uber and to put pressure on local politicians - that's hard," Hampton said at a panel discussion in the European Parliament.

France may block EU-Canada trade deal over ISDS

2 Juillet, 2015 - 06:18

Opposition to investor protection measures in the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, signed by Canada and the European Union in 2013, have put the deal’s future in doubt. EurActiv France reports

German leaders admonish Greece ahead of referendum

2 Juillet, 2015 - 06:11

Chancellor Merkel emphasised that despite the situation in Greece, Europe is stable and intends to “calmly” await the Greek referendum, while Finance Minister Schäuble accused Athens of “flip-flopping without purpose or understanding”. EurActiv Germany reports.

Parliament’s TTIP vote cleared by S&D, with a new ISDS

1 Juillet, 2015 - 16:11

The S&D group in the European Parliament voted today (1 July) on a controversial amendment which keeps investor protection in the EU-US trade agreement (TTIP), paving the way for a vote in plenary, possibly next week in Strasbourg, EurActiv has learned.

S&D MEPs agreed to replace the controversial Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanism with a new system.

Sources told EurActiv that the compromise was pushed through by Martin Schulz, the German Socialist President of the Parliament.

Russia judiciary questions legality of Baltic countries’ independence

1 Juillet, 2015 - 15:40

A move in Russia to review the legality of a 1991 decision formally granting Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia independence from the USSR has alarmed the Baltic states and stoked tensions with Moscow.

The Baltic states declared independence in 1990 and 1991, and activists in Lithuania and Latvia were killed in attempts by Soviet forces to quell rebellions. The events have been a matter of particular sensitivity in the three countries since Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine, another former Soviet republic.

The Great Recession novel: Antonio Machado’s Average Happiness Index

1 Juillet, 2015 - 15:22

SPECIAL REPORT / Economic crises might not be ideal for funding newspapers, but they’ve always inspired great fiction.

A+ energy efficiency labels will be ditched

1 Juillet, 2015 - 13:52

The European Commission will revamp its energy labelling system for refrigerators and televisions, ditch confusing grades that range from A+++ to G, and return to a clear A-G scale.

Documents obtained by EurActiv showed that the red to green colour scheme will be kept and that grades would be rescaled every decade.

The Commission plans to launch the revised Energy Labelling Directive on 15 July. As well as fridges and TVs, 10 other goods, mostly white goods such as dishwashers, are covered.

EU support for keeping Greece in eurozone elusive

1 Juillet, 2015 - 12:55

Greece will vote on its future in the eurozone on Sunday (5 July). If such a poll were to be conducted across the EU, it is far from certain that a majority would back further concessions to Athens as the price for keeping the Union intact. The EurActiv Network reports.

Eastern European countries in the euro area are saying, “Don't ask my people to help you again when my standard of living is lower than yours,” French finance minister Michel Sapin commented today (1 July).

Improving Greek democracy: The Swiss example

1 Juillet, 2015 - 11:05

Swiss democracy guarantees stability in public finances by seeking public approval for every significant piece of public finance legislation. Greece could learn from this, writes Guido Cozzi.

The 'uberisation' of the workplace is a new revolution

1 Juillet, 2015 - 09:59

Think Uber, Spotify, Netflix and Airbnb. New ‘Uber-like’ business models are now being embraced in the field of employment too. The changing nature of employment relationships will require a complete overhaul of welfare and social security systems, writes Denis Pennel.

Denis Pennel is managing director of EUROCIETT, the European Confederation of Private Employment Services.

Work and the workplace are witnessing a revolution. To be successful organisations must react quickly, reduce product lifecycles and focus on core business and delivery.