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Šefčovič: 'We should explore common purchasing of gas'

18 Novembre, 2014 - 07:56

As the world's biggest energy consumer, the European Union should explore ways to buy gas as a group, the European Commission's new Energy Union boss said on Monday (17 November).

Finland and Estonia to build LNG terminals

18 Novembre, 2014 - 07:53

Finland and Estonia Monday (17 November) reached an agreement to build two liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, connected by a pipeline across the Gulf of Finland by 2019.

A large regional terminal would be built in Finland while Estonia would get a smaller gas distribution terminal, the Finnish government said in a statement.

The plan, which aims to cut the countries' dependence on Russian gas, was put on hold a month ago due to failure to agree on how the countries' gas companies can share EU financial assistance.

Why antibiotic resistance must be tackled at the farm, too

18 Novembre, 2014 - 07:51

25,000 Europeans die each year from antibiotic resistance. Many more suffer from its consequences. On European Antibiotic Awareness Day, the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) is calling on consumers to go easy on antibiotics when struck by sickness, writes Monique Goyens.

Monique Goyens is Director General of The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC).

Ebola is making the headlines these days. But antibiotic resistance deserves as much media attention, if not more.

Last-line drug resistance poses 'alarming' European health threat

18 Novembre, 2014 - 07:45

More and more infections in Europe are proving able to evade even the most powerful antibiotics, posing an alarming threat to patient safety in the region, health officials said on Monday (17 November).

Hungarians protest Orbán’s closeness to the Kremlin

18 Novembre, 2014 - 07:37

More than 10,000 Hungarians rallied in Budapest yesterday (17 November) to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, accusing him of employing corrupt public servants and cosying up to the Kremlin.

The numbers who turned up at parliament for the rally - billed by organisers as a "Day of Public Outrage" - were much smaller than the crowds which protested a planned tax on the Internet last month and forced Orbán to shelve the plan.

 

Biometric security moves to counter cyber fraud

18 Novembre, 2014 - 07:29

SPECIAL REPORT: If consumers put safety and security of their payments as a key priority when shopping, it is with good reason.

A huge data breach at US retailer Home Depot set off a series of fraudulent transactions through financial institutions in September this year, leading to the draining of several customer bank accounts.

Criminals used stolen card information to buy prepaid cards, electronics and even food.

Paul Jorion: 'Jean-Claude Juncker's moral authority has been damaged'

18 Novembre, 2014 - 07:23

In an Interview with EurActiv France, Paul Jorion calls for a U-turn in European policy and for the cancellation of eurozone debt.

Paul Jorion is a researcher in social sciences and a professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. 

Does the LuxLeaks scandal represent a risk for the Commission?

One-third of German internet users would pay for data protection, survey finds

18 Novembre, 2014 - 07:14

German internet users strongly oppose the sale and misuse of their personal data, according to a recent study, and are willing to pay €900 million for data protection. EurActiv Germany reports.

Report: Patients suffer from medicine shortages throughout EU

18 Novembre, 2014 - 07:04

A new report on medicines shortages experienced in European healthcare systems published on Monday (17 November) by the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) reveals that over 86% of hospital pharmacists are experiencing difficulties in sourcing medicines in the EU.

The EAHP surveyed the experiences of over 600 hospital pharmacists in 36 European countries. Its report presents a gloomy picture of how medicines shortages are affecting the treatment of patients across the continent.

Incoming Romanian president pushes crackdown on corruption

17 Novembre, 2014 - 17:01

Romania's president-elect Klaus Iohannis urged parliament on Monday (17 November) to scrap a corruption amnesty bill, moving swiftly to make good on a campaign promise and allay EU fears over graft in the country.

Iohannis will be sworn in as president in December after he inflicted a surprise defeat on Prime Minister Victor Ponta in polls on Sunday (16 November), a result that will maintain a potentially destabilising split between the country's executive powers.

Czechs mark Velvet Revolution anniversary with red cards and candles

17 Novembre, 2014 - 16:01

Czechs marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of communism in Prague on Monday by again marching in protest, this time waving red cards, rather than jangling their keys to serve notice to unpopular rulers.

French National Front plagued by anti-Semitism

17 Novembre, 2014 - 14:35

A recent study published by the Foundation for Political Innovation has dealt a blow to the legitimacy of France's National Front, establishing a strong relationship between the NF and anti-Semitism in France. EurActiv France reports

Portugese interior minister resigns over ‘golden visas’ scandal

17 Novembre, 2014 - 11:25

Portugal's interior minister resigned yesterday (16 November) over an investigation into alleged corruption linked to the issuing of so-called "golden visas" to wealthy foreigners, but denied wrongdoing and said the move was to save damage to the government.

The police have arrested several high-ranking officials, including the head of the country's immigration and border service, under the investigation. Searches were carried out last week at several locations, including the interior ministry.

Russia orders out Polish and German diplomats in tit-for-tat expulsions

17 Novembre, 2014 - 10:38

Russia said on Monday (November 17) that several of its diplomats had been expelled from Poland, and that a number of Polish diplomats had left Russia, after Moscow retaliated against Warsaw. On Saturday, Germany reported that one of its diplomats had ordered to leave the Russian capital, following a German decision to expel a Russian diplomat working in Bonn.

Regulatory advocacy in the EU: 5 years of 'new' comitology

17 Novembre, 2014 - 08:11

Established by the Treaty of Lisbon in 2009, the ‘new’ system of adopting implementing and delegated acts is playing an increasingly important role in the EU decision-making process and, as a result, has made a dramatic change in the EU’s regulatory dynamic, writes András Baneth.

Merkel urges Europeans to speed up TTIP talks with US

17 Novembre, 2014 - 08:08

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged European nations on Sunday (16 November) to speed up their negotiations with the United States over a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement between the US and EU.

G20 makes progress on climate change

17 Novembre, 2014 - 08:00

Leaders from the G20 group of nations agreed Sunday (16 November) to boost flagging global growth, tackle climate change and crack down on tax avoidance. But ties between the West and Russia plummeted to a new low over the crisis in Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin left the G20 summit in Brisbane early as US President Barack Obama accused Russia of invading Ukraine, and Britain warned of a "frozen conflict" in Europe.

Several Western nations warned Russia of further sanctions if it did not withdraw from Ukraine.

Mobile phones call up a cashless future

17 Novembre, 2014 - 07:58

SPECIAL REPORT: A boom in payment-enabled smartphone manufacture and the entry of key phone and finance players into the mobile wallets market has made 2014 a watershed year, as the tide turns against the future use of cash.

Consumers in the US are primed for mobile wallet adoption according to a paper written last month by Javelin Strategy & Research, an America analyst specialising in technology and financial services.

Iohannis wins Romanian presidential election, pressure builds on Ponta to resign

17 Novembre, 2014 - 07:56

In an atmosphere of protests over the voting procedure abroad, a powerful anti-Ponta movement within the electorate helped Klaus Iohannis win the Romanian presidential election held yesterday (16 November). EurActiv Romania reports.

Although the first round of the election was comfortably secured by the current Prime Minister, Victor Ponta, problems with foreign voting procedures fuelled massive protests against the Social Democrats' candidate and the highest election turnout since the 90s, with 11 million people casting their ballots.

Philanthropist couple who saved 3,000 migrants at sea appeal for funds

17 Novembre, 2014 - 07:46

A philanthropist couple who saved 3,000 lives at sea after investing in a ship to rescue migrants from rickety boats in the Mediterranean are appealing for funds to relaunch their mission next year.