Polish PM Ewa Kopacz said today (24 October) after the EU summit adopted a common EU position, that her country had “won” and had received from the EU everything that it asked for.
"The news for Poles is good," Kopacz told the press. This was her first appearance at an EU summit since she replaced Donald Tusk as head of a new government, her predecessor being elected as President of the European Council, a post he will take up starting 1 December.
A European Union goal to cut greenhouse gases by 40% by 2030, agreed early on Friday (24 October), sets the pace for a global deal to tackle climate change, pitting heavy industry against green business.
A furious David Cameron today (24 October) vowed the United Kingdom would not pay the €2.1 billion bill it was handed by the European Union last night.
The British Prime Minister branded the demand for a top-up to the UK’s contribution to the EU budget “an appalling way to behave”, which “certainly didn’t help make a strong case for Britain to remain in the EU.”
Striking workers took to the streets in cities across Italy on Friday (24 October) to protest against cuts to public services and labour reforms proposed by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. The stoppages mainly affected the transport sector, with train and public bus travel disrupted after the USB union called a 24-hour strike.
As the eurozone struggles to restore its ailing economies, perhaps it is time for participant-states to look beyond their own backyards, writes Giorgi Meladze.
Giorgi Meladze is the director of the Ilia State University Center for Constitutional Studies and the executive director of the Liberty Institute, a libertarian think-tank in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Germany's potential for growth is far too low, and the country must invest more, Jyrki Katainen said on Friday. France is cutting its deficit less quickly than promised, raising the chances that the Commission will reject its 2015 budget.
To prevent the misuse of money, the European Commission should vet all national investment projects, writes Guntram B. Wolff. It would be an important step toward establishing the eurozone’s missing fiscal union.
French President François Hollande announced a major summit of Europe’s Socialists, to take place before this year's final European Council meeting on 18 December. EurActiv France reports.
With a lack of experience, a background in tourism and no clear distribution of roles with fellow commissioners, Maltese politician Karmenu Vella has much to prove as Europe's new Environment Commissioner, according to German activists. EurActiv Germany reports.
MEPs voted to extend the Council's proposed 2015 European budget by 2 billion euros, a position that may lead to tough negotiations. EurActiv France reports.
The European Commission may have changed its view over including investment arbitration in the EU-US trade agreement TTIP, a move that would be a wish-come-true for Economic Affairs Minister Sigmar Gabriel and others, who fear the measure could lead to companies influencing government policy. EurActiv Germany reports.
Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades was hospitalised ahead of the first day of the EU summit yesterday (23 October), and was replaced at the summit by Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. This is the first time that a leader from another country replaces a colleague at the EU summit table.
Anastasiades arrived in Brussels for the summit on 22 October. As Cypriot diplomats told EurActiv, the Cyprus President always comes to EU summits one day in advance, the main reason being the long flight. Cyprus is the EU country most distant from Brussels.
The United Kingdom received a surprise demand from the European Commission to contribute an extra €2.1 billion to the EU budget, owing to the good health of the British economy.
EU leaders Thursday night (23 October) committed by 2030 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40%, and increase energy efficiency and renewables by at least 27%.
French President François Hollande said the deal would send a clear message to big polluters such as China and the United States ahead of UN talks in Paris next year to agree global legally binding greenhouse gas emissions.
A special "flexibility clause" was added to the final text, making it possible for the European Council to return to the targets after the UN summit in December 2015.
EU leaders on Thursday evening (23 October) named Christos Stylianides, the future Commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management, as a special coordinator on Ebola.
During the summit meeting in Brussels, EU heads of state confirmed the appointment of Stylianides who will be in charge of coordinating the EU's humanitarian efforts in West Africa in the fight against the deadly virus.
Urban density, congested slums and shantytowns with poor sanitation, drainage, and sewage, and weak health-care infrastructure in India – it is easy to imagine how the Ebola virus could spread rapidly. A single infected person who arrives from West Africa and is then untraceable could easily trigger an epidemic, write Hrishabh Sandilya and Dany Shoham.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk warned today (23 October) of possible attempts by Russia to disrupt Sunday's parliamentary election in Ukraine, and ordered a full security mobilisation to prevent "terrorist acts" being carried out.
"It is clear that attempts to destabilise the situation will continue and be provoked by the Russian side. They did not succeed during the presidential election [in May] ... but their plans have remained," he told a meeting of top security chiefs and election monitors.
There is still hope for meaningful decisions to be made at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, Swedish Ambassador Staffan Herrström told EurActiv Poland in an exclusive interview.
EurActiv Poland’s Karolina Zbytniewska and Krzysztof Kokoszczyński asked the diplomat about the recent Swedish elections, energy, environment, gender policies, as well as the Ukrainian crisis.
European Union climate and energy laws will be subject to an effective member state veto after tonight’s summit of EU leaders in Brussels.
Any European Commission legislation following agreement on the EU's 2030 climate and energy framework will only be passed by a unanimous vote of all 28 member states, sources have revealed.
The Green Climate Fund, which is the UN’s main instrument to transfer money to developing countries, in order to assist them in countering climate change, was launched in 2009 with the aim of raising climate finance by $100 billion a year by 2020. Only a fraction of this sum has been pledged so far.