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Can a closed loop cradle-to-cradle economy really work?

21 Avril, 2015 - 13:19

As the EU waits for the latest draft of the circular economy legislation what does the term mean, and hoe might it affect the IT sector? Richard Rawcliffe explains.

Richard Rawcliffe is executive director and general manager at Dell UK.

EIB: From bad banking to good banking

21 Avril, 2015 - 08:55

Like many other public banks, the European Investment Bank (EIB) leverages its own means by acting as a catalyst for private investment through various financial mechanisms. Too often, though, attempts to attract private capital result in unpredictable risks and higher-than projected costs for the public coffer, write Xavier Sol and Fabio De Masi.

Greece orders raid on state funds in scramble to pay bills

21 Avril, 2015 - 07:49

Greece ordered state entities from municipalities to park idle cash at the central bank in a scramble on Monday to pay the country's bills.

With IMF loan repayments due next month, Greece has been tapping into public cash reserves in temporary transactions.

The latest demand shows how extreme the financial constraints on Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras have become as he tries to convince foreign creditors to extend new financial aid.

EU to charge Gazprom with market abuse

21 Avril, 2015 - 07:39

The European Union will launch a legal attack on Russian gas giant Gazprom this week, ramping up tensions with Moscow, when antitrust agents will accuse it of overcharging buyers in eastern Europe, EU sources told Reuters yesterday (20 April).

The state-controlled company, a vital supplier of energy to Europe despite frequent political disputes, could receive a full charge sheet from European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager on Wednesday, one source said.

EU to double size of Mediterranean rescue operations

21 Avril, 2015 - 07:32

As the first of up to 900 bodies from the deadliest known shipwreck of migrants trying to reach Europe were brought ashore, the European Union yesterday (20 April) proposed doubling the size of its Mediterranean search and rescue operations.

Three other rescue operations were underway on Monday to save hundreds more migrants on overloaded vessels making the journey from the north coast of Africa to Europe.

Parliament’s opposition to TTIP arbitration on the rise

21 Avril, 2015 - 07:21

Half of the European Parliament's committees have rejected the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership's (TTIP) investor-state dispute settlement mechanism (ISDS), casting doubt over the trade deal's prospects of to passing through Parliament. EurActiv France reports

Berlin to finally call 1915 slaughter of Armenians 'genocide'

21 Avril, 2015 - 07:21

Berlin has long resisted using the term “genocide” to describe the massacre of 1 million Armenians in 1915 but now the Chancellor and her coalition government have given in to pressure from Bundestag MPs in their own ranks. EurActiv Germany reports.

SNP manifesto: Pro-EU and no new independence vote

21 Avril, 2015 - 07:19

The Scottish National Party has unveiled their campaign manifesto, promising an alternative to austerity and reaffirming their commitment to EU membership.

Speaking at a rock climbing centre in Edinburgh yesterday (20 April), SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said her party would make “Scotland stronger at Westminster”.

Socialists trade away Juncker Plan energy efficiency fund

21 Avril, 2015 - 07:08

There will be no €5 billion energy efficiency fund in the Junker Investment Plan, after the Socialists & Democrats struck a deal with the European People’s Party, the largest group in the European Parliament.

MEPs in the Industry, Trade and Energy (ITRE) Committee had, by a single vote, passed an amendment earmarking just under a quarter of the €21 billion risk guarantees forseen in the plan, which aims to unlock €315 billion of investment.

Secretive 'trialogue' talks to agree EU law face investigation

21 Avril, 2015 - 07:00

EXCLUSIVE / Three-way talks between the major European institutions to broker deals on EU law face being investigated over their lack of transparency by the bloc’s maladministration watchdog.

The European Ombudsman revealed in an exclusive interview with EurActiv that so-called "trialogue" talks between the European Parliament, Council of Ministers and European Commission could be probed by her office.

Emily O’Reilly said there were concerns over the opacity of the decision-making process when deal on proposed EU legislation are hammered out.

Consumers lukewarm on cross-border finance, insurance

21 Avril, 2015 - 06:46

SPECIAL REPORT / A key problem facing policymakers and industry analysts looking to the provision of cross-border services in finance is the level of consumer demand.

After all, what is the point of ensuring that a service is available where it is not even wanted?

In this respect the insurance sector offers a mixed picture.

In 2014 the European Consumer Centre in Germany carried out a study on the cross-border insurance market, covering France, Germany, Austria and UK.

We need global MPs committed to well-spent development aid

21 Avril, 2015 - 06:30

In its election manifesto launched last week, the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) pledged to slash the UK’s development aid budget. We don’t need parliamentarians with this myopic mindset, writes Baroness Jenny Tonge.

Baroness Jenny Tonge is President of the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development and a politician from the Liberal Democrats party.

Ombudsman: EU must interrogate US over TTIP transparency

21 Avril, 2015 - 06:27

The United States’ resistance to greater transparency in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks, poses a problem to a European Commission that must answer demands for more openness from civil society if it is to seal the trade deal, the European Ombudsman has told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.

Emily O’Reilly is the European Ombudsman. The Ombudsman investigates maladministration in the European institutions. She spoke to deputy news editor James Crisp before the latest round of talks, which started yesterday (20 April) in New York.

EU literature prize winners: Winning is an honour, but surreal

21 Avril, 2015 - 06:20

SPECIAL REPORT / In a "very tough market" for books, winning a prize can make a huge difference and open the door for international recognition, say this year's winners of the EU's Prize for Literature.

Tusk calls extraordinary summit over migrant boat disasters

20 Avril, 2015 - 16:22

Council President Donald Tusk today (20 April) called an extraordinary EU summit on the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean, to be held on Thursday (23 April), after a fishing boat capsized overnight off the Libyan coast, killing as many as 700 migrants.

As EurActiv reported, Tusk consulted with EU leaders over the emergency summit, as EU ministers of foreign affairs and of justice and home affairs gathered today in Luxembourg to discuss the crisis.

Post-2015 development agenda inspires 291 Parliament amendments

20 Avril, 2015 - 16:14

A six-page draft resolution on financing for the EU's post-2015 development aid agenda has attracted 291 amendments from MEPs, a total of 135 pages, despite its light legal character.

Most of the amendments are aimed at reinforcing the draft document and making it more stringent for the EU's member states, ahead of a plenary vote scheduled in May.

Can Juncker’s investment plan live up to the promise it offers young people?

20 Avril, 2015 - 14:49

The Juncker Investment Plan offers a huge economic opportunity for the EU. If MEPs put their political differences aside and make the right decisions, it could help lift millions of young Europeans out of unemployment, writes Allan Päll.

Freedom of choice over GMO cultivation is a step forward

20 Avril, 2015 - 14:21

The European Parliament made history on 15 January this year, when it adopted the so-called opt-out proposal for genetically modified organisms (GMO). The decision to grant national governments this freedom and legal certainty was vital in a time of such euroscepticism, writes Elisabeth Köstinger. 

EU needs to increase 'taxparency'

20 Avril, 2015 - 14:15

New measures are urgently needed to counter tax evasion, which costs Europe billions of euros each year, argues Jeppe Kofod. 

A new political impetus for the fight against malaria

20 Avril, 2015 - 14:13

Past successes should not hide what remains to be done towards complete eradication of malaria, write Maurice Ponga and Cristian Dan Preda.

MEP Maurice Ponga is Vice-President of the European Parliament’s Committee on Development.

MEP Cristian Dan Preda is Vice-President of the European Parliament’s Committee on Development.