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EU, Singapore conclude investment protection talks

17 Octobre, 2014 - 14:56

The European Union has concluded talks on a free trade deal with Singapore by adding investor protection clauses, which critics like Germany say give multinationals too much power.

Roma NGOs win civil society prize

17 Octobre, 2014 - 14:45

SPECIAL REPORT: Three civil society organisations from Slovakia, Greece, and the Czech Republic won the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) civil society prize Thursday (16 October) for outstanding achievements in integrating Roma at the local level.

Successful approaches to energy efficiency in housing show the way

17 Octobre, 2014 - 13:16

Member States are expected to bring the 2030 Energy & Climate objectives closer to people’s housing needs, next week. Responsibility and innovation, resident empowerment and financial schemes are all parts of the strategic mix, writes Marc Calon.

Chinese investments soar in crisis-hit Europe

17 Octobre, 2014 - 12:56

Since 2010, China has steadily increased its investments in Europe, particularly in the countries worst affected by the crisis. In return, investors can benefit from attractive residency policies. EurActiv France reports

Thousands of African child migrants feared in thrall to Italian traffickers

17 Octobre, 2014 - 12:36

Thousands of migrant children are disappearing after arriving in mainland Europe, triggering concerns that they are falling prey to a new and thriving market for child trafficking and forced labour.

Member states' positions on 2030 climate and energy targets revealed

17 Octobre, 2014 - 12:12

EXCLUSIVE: European Union leaders will meet next week in Brussels to try and agree on targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase renewable energy and improve energy efficiency. Documents obtained by EurActiv have revealed the negotiating positions of member states ahead of these crunch talks. Check the data table below or click here for full screen.

 

Ukraine’s painful realities

17 Octobre, 2014 - 09:50

There is one thing that neither fans of Russia nor patriots of Ukraine in Odessa or Nikolayev can dispute: all totally agree that Russia attacked Ukraine, writes Ramūnas Bogdanas.

Ramūnas Bogdanas is a commentator at EN.DELFI.LT.

Odessa and Nikolayev, where I gave lectures, are part of the so-called zone of Novorossia (New Russia) which Russia dreams of uniting with the stolen Crimea and the zombified Transnistria further east, ripped away from Moldova. And it is a loop that would cut Ukraine off from the sea.

Juncker to request Parliament’s approval on 22 October

17 Octobre, 2014 - 08:55

The European Parliament has set the hearings of Slovenia’s commissioner-designate Violeta Bulc, and, Slovakia’s Maroš Šefčovič, for Monday (20 October), opening the way, if everything goes well, for a vote on the entire team of President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker, on 22 October.

The Parliament’s committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) will audition Bulc starting at 19.00 hours local time, in Strasbourg. The committees for Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) will hold their hearing with Šefčovič simultaneously.

Serbia gives Putin imperial welcome

17 Octobre, 2014 - 07:56

Serbia feted Russia's Vladimir Putin with troops, tanks and fighter jets yesterday (16 October) to mark seven decades since the Red Army liberated Belgrade, balancing its ambitions for  European integration with enduring reverence for a big-power ally deeply at odds with the West.

The display of military power, at a moment when the West says Russian troops are making war in Ukraine, laid bare the balancing act Serbia - a candidate for membership of the European Union - has been forced into by a crisis recalling the Cold War.

Embrace big data to educate Europe

17 Octobre, 2014 - 07:50

Big data offers the opportunity to transform the education sector in Europe, writes Olivier Dumon, but he calls on the EU Commission to embrace policies to enable this to happen.

Olivier Dumon is managing director for academic and government markets for science and technology at Elsevier, a part of the Reed Elsevier publishing company. 

How digital can unlock the trillions-euro opportunity

17 Octobre, 2014 - 07:47

The opportunities of re-launching Europe's digital sector are huge. The industry can play its part with fruitful and positive collaboration. But much can and should be done by promoting a new, modern wave of digital policies, writes Luigi Gambardella.

Luigi Gambardella is Chairman of the European Telecommunications Network Operators (ETNO).

Digital Commissioner: Kroes on coding

17 Octobre, 2014 - 07:43

SPECIAL REPORT: Coding is not just for the techies, according to Digital Commissioner Neelie Kroes. It will have an increasingly important role in citizens’ everyday lives and that’s just one reason to make sure this global "language" is taught to children at school.

Stalling growth in the eurozone spurs markets' anxiety

17 Octobre, 2014 - 07:42

After a two-year siesta, the eurozone is back in the financial markets' firing line due to stagnating growth, low inflation, budget problems in France and Italy and rising political risk in Greece, where the bloc's debt crisis began in 2009.

This is not euro crisis 2.0, at least not for now. The bond market is nervous but not seething with contagion as it was in 2010-12. This week's global market sell-off was provoked by weak US and Chinese data, adding to concerns about a global slowdown.

‘Stress test’ measures EU’s ability to survive without Russian gas

17 Octobre, 2014 - 07:37

Ahead of the 23-24 October EU summit, on Thursday (16 October), the Commission presented a first-ever analysis of the consequences of a disruption of Russian gas supplies, or even a complete halt of such imports to the Union, and neighbouring states. The result, which was not difficult to predict, is that some countries would be much more affected than others.

With the winter approaching and the Ukraine crisis still smouldering, the Commission said it wanted to have a clear picture of where the biggest shortfalls would arise and how they could be mitigated.

Médecins Sans Frontières chief: 'The fight against Ebola is like a war'

17 Octobre, 2014 - 07:26

The Ebola epidemic currently sweeping through West Africa continues its advance. In an interview with EurActiv France, Brice De Le Vingne says that only a vaccine can halt the progress of the epidemic.

German manufacturers bail on sustainable textile alliance

17 Octobre, 2014 - 07:14

With a special alliance for sustainable clothing and a new textile label, German Development Minister Gerd Müller hopes to help guarantee fair working conditions in developing countries. But the initiative has been abandoned by relevant corporations and is under attack from NGOs. EurActiv Germany reports.

Lack of transparency in European waste management

16 Octobre, 2014 - 16:41

A report carried out for the European Commission by BIO by Deloitte demonstrates the need to clearly define Extended Producer Responsibility, and fix measurable targets for waste management. EurActiv France reports.

Football violence reveals Serbia-Albania tensions

16 Octobre, 2014 - 15:16

A Euro 2016 football qualifier match between Serbia and Albania, held this week in Belgrade, ended violently, revealing underlying tensions between the two countries. EurActiv Serbia reports.

The match, held on 14 October, was abandoned in the 42nd minute, after a remote-controlled drone appeared above the field, carrying a banner with a map of greater Albania, causing a revolt in the stands.

Players got in a brawl and fans started breaking onto the pitch, forcing the referee to stop the game.

EU's Almunia says up to successor to decide on Android, forex investigations

16 Octobre, 2014 - 14:29

Joaquín Almunia, the EU's outgoing antitrust chief, will not open formal investigations into Google's mobile operating system Android, nor into banks suspected of rigging the foreign exchange market, but will leave the decisions to his successor.

The Competition Commissioner, who will step down at the end of October, on several occasions had suggested he might launch a case against Android, following several complaints about possible anti-competitive behaviour by Google.

Child marriage

16 Octobre, 2014 - 13:35

Although child marriage is prohibited by international law, over 700 million underage girls are married worldwide, particularly in Africa and Asia.