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Audiovisual sector feels threatened by copyright reform

16 Décembre, 2014 - 07:11

Copyright reform is high on the European Commission's list of priorities for 2015, much to the indignation of the audiovisual sector, which is resisting the proposed changes. EurActiv France reports

Five reasons why the European Union must invest in thermal renovation of homes for households in energy poverty

15 Décembre, 2014 - 18:28

Energy poverty is a stark reminder of the inequality in Europe, writes FEANTSA and a series of other European associations.  Families in poor quality housing suffer because they cannot afford to heat their homes.

FEANTSA (European Network of National Organisations Working with Homeless People); Fondation Abbé Pierre pour le logement des défavorisés; HELIO International; Housing Europe (Fédération européenne des organismes de logement social); Réseau Action Climat; Association international des Locataires.

Campaigners warn against diluting the Anti-Money Laundering Directive

15 Décembre, 2014 - 17:02

As representatives of the EU institutions will meet tomorrow (16 December) to strike a deal on the EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive, a pressure group has warned that the stakes are high, as member states could be tempted to drop a mandatory public register of who controls anonymous trusts and companies.

Commission approves first rural development programmes in member states

15 Décembre, 2014 - 16:47

On Friday (12 December), the European Commission approved the first three out of 118 Rural Development Programmes, in Austria, Denmark and Poland.

The programmes aim to improve the competitiveness of the EU's farming sector, while at the same time protecting the countryside and climate, and strengthening the economic and social parts of rural communities until 2020.

French government think tank calls for EU social reform

15 Décembre, 2014 - 16:08

The French government think tank France Stratégie has called for social issues such as a common European unemployment insurance, investment and a standardised minimum wage to be tackled at the European level. EurActiv France reports

Europe’s coal renaissance ‘was only a dream’, says IEA

15 Décembre, 2014 - 15:22

Coal demand in Europe has continued to decline after a temporary spike caused by low prices, high gas costs, and the partial shutdown of German nuclear plants, according to research published today (15 December).

“The coal renaissance in Europe was only a dream,” the International Energy Agency said in its Medium-Term Coal Report 2014.

Demand dropped because of “moderate “economic growth, better energy efficiency, increasing renewable energy sources, and coal plant retirements, according to the report.

Withdrawal of the circular economy package: A missed opportunity for sustainable growth

15 Décembre, 2014 - 12:40

It will be a missed opportunity if the European Commission were to drop the Circular Economy package from its 2015 Work Programme, writes Erik Bouts.

Erik Bouts is President of the European Container Glass Federation (FEVE)

I hope MEPs will join me in voting to recognise Palestine

15 Décembre, 2014 - 11:55

A legally binding vote to unconditionally recognise Palestine is the very least the EU can do, writes Keith Taylor.

Keith Taylor is a Green MEP from South East England.

Moldova - a call for a new approach

15 Décembre, 2014 - 11:39

The EU should reevaluate its enlargement policy and appeal in its communication strategy to the whole society, not only to politicians, writes Renate Weber.

Renate Weber, is a Liberal member of the European Parliament from Romania. 

Renzi faces opposition from his own party over reforms

15 Décembre, 2014 - 07:57

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi called on his ruling party Sunday (15 December) to unite behind measures he has pledged to breathe life into the eurozone's third-biggest economy after years in or near recession.

Renzi has staked much of his political credibility on a swathe of reforms to tackle Italy's record-high unemployment, snail-paced justice system and unwieldy institutions, but faces opposition from within his own Democratic Party (PD).

EU puts hopes in Mogherini’s personal diplomacy

15 Décembre, 2014 - 07:51

Italy's Federica Mogherini pledged as European Union foreign policy chief that the EU would play a stronger role in tackling world crises. Her resolve is about to be tested as the bloc debates whether it is time to mend its relationship with Russia.

A year after Ukraine's former President Viktor Yanukovich backed out of an EU trade deal and lit the ongoing crisis, the EU's new top diplomat must steer senior officials to a decision as to whether to keep up strong pressure on Moscow or "re-engage."

Juncker tells Britain to ease up on migrants

15 Décembre, 2014 - 07:47

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned Britain not to discriminate against workers from fellow EU countries and said any moves to restrict the free movement of people could ultimately harm capital flows into London's financial centre.

His remarks during a panel discussion on Austrian television came after British Premier David Cameron laid out a blueprint for restricting EU migrants' access to welfare benefits but stopped short of proposing quotas if Britain felt too many people were settling in the country.

Greek central banker says systemic risks low but vigilance needed

15 Décembre, 2014 - 07:45

The European Central Bank's recent monetary policy actions have reduced risks in the eurozone's banking system but strong vigilance is still needed, Greek central bank governor Yannis Stournaras said on Sunday.

EU condemns Turkish raids on media

15 Décembre, 2014 - 07:31

Turkish police raids on media outlets are incompatible with media freedom and run counter to European values, the European Union said in an unusually strongly worded statement yesterday (15 December).

"The police raids and arrests of a number of journalists and media representatives in Turkey today are incompatible with the freedom of media, which is a core principle of democracy," EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn said in the joint statement.

Lima climate change talks reach global warming agreement

15 Décembre, 2014 - 07:14

International negotiators at the Lima climate change talks have agreed on a plan to fight global warming that would for the first time commit all countries to cutting their greenhouse gas emissions. 

EU funds help Poland build 'ghost' airports

15 Décembre, 2014 - 07:12

The European Union has given Poland more than 100 million euros to build at least three "ghost" airports in places where there are not enough passengers to keep them in business. 

Belgian press reveals British hacking of Belgacom

15 Décembre, 2014 - 07:08

The hacking of computers at Belgian telecom Belgacom, alleged to have been carried out by British intelligence agency GCHQ, was more far-reaching than previously thought and went undetected for more than two years, according to reports published on Saturday (13 December).

Global North-South divide shows signs of closing at Lima COP

12 Décembre, 2014 - 17:15

The first donations from developing countries to the Green Climate Fund mark the modest beginnings of change in the relationship between North and South in the fight against climate change. EurActiv France reports

Ponta failed where Erdoğan succeeded

12 Décembre, 2014 - 17:10

There are many similarities between the Romanian Prime Minister and the new Turkish President, write Demir Murat Seyrek and Sabina-Maria Ciofu.

Dr. Demir Murat Seyrek is an independent analyst on European affairs. Sabina-Maria Ciofu is policy advisor in the European Parliament. She writes in personal capacity.

Development NGOs warn EU ministers against their ‘fixation’ with the private sector

12 Décembre, 2014 - 16:57

EU development ministers met today (12 December) in Brussels and adopted a “perspective” to boost the role of the private sector in the field of development cooperation. But leading NGOs warned that placing the private sector at the centre of EU development policy “shows ministers have failed to acknowledge its limitations”.