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Italy: South Stream pipeline is no longer a priority

19 Novembre, 2014 - 14:07

Italian Industry Minister Federica Guidi said on Wednesday (19 November) that the South Stream gas pipeline project, which was put in doubt after Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula, is no longer a priority.

World Toilet Day: EU should make sanitation a development priority

19 Novembre, 2014 - 13:50

Today marks UN World Toilet Day. In Europe we might question the need for a special commemorative day for something that for us is so trivial and commonplace. But for many people around the world, this is no joke., writes MEP Catherine Bearder.

Catherine Bearder (ALDE, UK) is a member of the European Parliament's bureau, a member of the Parliament's Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and a substitute member of the Development Committee.        

Kyiv refuses talks with Russian-backed separatists

19 Novembre, 2014 - 12:51

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday (19 November) that Ukraine's leaders must talk directly to separatists, and should not treat Moscow as a party to the conflict. But Ukraine's prime minister ruled out direct negotiations to end six months of conflict in the east of the country.

Ebola and beyond

19 Novembre, 2014 - 11:49

It is time for developed countries to recognise that the best way to protect their citizens from Ebola is to help stop the spread of the virus in West Africa, says Lawrence O. Gostin.

Lawrence O. Gostin is professor of Global Health Law and faculty director at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and director of the WHO Collaborating Center on Public Health Law at Georgetown University.

Ukrainian Archbishop: Russia is building a new Berlin wall

19 Novembre, 2014 - 11:32

Now that we've marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, we realise that the problem was not solved at that time. The Kremlin is trying to build another Berlin wall, which according to their design will extend across Ukraine, Archbishop Yevstraty told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.

Yevstraty, Archbishop of Chernihiv is Representative of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kyiv Patriarchate to the European institutions.

He spoke to EurActiv’s Senior Editor Georgi Gotev.

 

Green Budget Europe founded in Brussels on 4 November 2014

19 Novembre, 2014 - 11:05

The “splendours of nature” are destroyed, according to John Maynard Keynes, because they are not accorded economic value. “We are capable of shutting off the sun and the stars because they do not pay a dividend”, Keynes wrote in 1933, an era when the understanding of our true impact was still in its infancy.

James Nix is Director Designate of Green Budget Europe.

Hill wants telecoms lessons applied to retail financial services

19 Novembre, 2014 - 09:02

The European Union should open up retail financial services to more competition to bring lower prices for consumers who will also then see how EU membership can produce tangible benefits, the bloc's new financial chief said on Tuesday (18 November).

Incoming Romanian president plans to topple cabinet in 2015

19 Novembre, 2014 - 08:19

Romania's incoming president Klaus Iohannis said yesterday (18 November) his party might try to topple Prime Minister Victor Ponta's government next year, an early sign of the instability that might follow his surprise victory.

A national vote is not due until 2016, but Iohannis, speaking in his capacity as leader of the centre-right opposition National Liberal Party, said his party might look to forge new alliances to unseat Ponta as early as next year.

New global development plan risks failure if it ignores young people

19 Novembre, 2014 - 07:57

In 2015 – the European Year for Development – it is our responsibility as European politicians to make sure that the European Union and all EU member states ensure that gender equality, the rights of young people - especially girls - are central to discussions that will craft the new global agenda, write Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP (EPP, Finland) and Marie Arena MEP (S&D, Belgium).

Sirpa Pietikäinen and Marie Arena are Members of the European Parliament.

 

EU to water down net neutrality rules

19 Novembre, 2014 - 07:56

European Union governments are considering less stringent rules on how internet service providers manage traffic on their networks, according to a draft seen by Reuters, a move that could be welcomed by Europe's large telecoms operators.

These so-called net neutrality rules are part of the European Commission's proposed overhaul of Europe's telecoms industry to help it to compete against rivals the United States and Asia.

Steinmeier pessimistic after talks on Ukraine in Kyiv, Moscow

19 Novembre, 2014 - 07:55

German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, saw "no reason for optimism" after talks yesterday (18 November) in Moscow and Kyiv on the Ukraine conflict that has claimed more than 4,000 lives and caused a deep rift between Russia and the West.

Violence is rising again despite more than two months of ceasefire. Kyiv and the West say Russia is sending soldiers and weapons to help pro-Russian rebels, a charge the Kremlin denies.

Juncker faces censure motion over Luxembourg tax deals

19 Novembre, 2014 - 07:54

The European Commission faces a censure motion in the European Parliament next week after right-wing, and far-right Eurosceptic lawmakers united to condemn the role its president, Jean-Claude Juncker, played in Luxembourg tax evasion schemes.

Michael Cramer: 'Transport sector is nullifying Europe's climate efforts'

19 Novembre, 2014 - 07:51

Unfair competition between transport sectors is one of the biggest obstacles in reducing polluting emissions in Europe, says Michael Cramer MEP. Communities should also change their mobility patterns in order to safeguard the environment.

Michael Cramer, a Green/EFA MEP from Germany, is the chair of the Transport and Tourism Committee in the European Parliament. He spoke to EurActiv's Ecaterina Casinge.

US climate negotiator: We'll only know how Russia will behave when we walk into the room

19 Novembre, 2014 - 07:44

The joint announcement of US and Chinese post-2020 climate targets last week has put valuable momentum behind UN talks to secure a legally binding global target for CO2 emissions, says Todd Stern. But there is no guarantee that Russia will not use the negotiations for political leverage in the Ukraine conflict, he warns.

INFOGRAPHIC: 19 November, World Toilet Day

19 Novembre, 2014 - 07:37

In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly designated 19 November as World Toilet Day. In the Western world, people take the toilet for granted, and don’t realise to what extent the lack of such facilities hampers the lives of millions of people.  

Cashless payment hopes pinned on developing nations

19 Novembre, 2014 - 07:28

SPECIAL REPORT: Business and civil interests representing the mobile payments markets are developing global principles, standards and codes of conduct for digital finance, as cashless payments move to the fore in the developing world, following a meeting this summer in Perth, Australia.

Majority of French feel ill-informed about development aid

19 Novembre, 2014 - 07:19

According to a study published by the French Development Agency (AFD), 88% of French citizens feel ill-informed about public development aid. Though most of those questioned supported development policy, opposition is growing. EurActiv France reports

Germany’s Development Minister tables 8-point plan for a better world

19 Novembre, 2014 - 07:15

Ahead of 2015 and several international summits, Germany’s Federal Development Ministry has released an ambitious strategy paper, guiding the international community's plan to lay down new global development targets next year. EurActiv Germany reports.

Euro depreciation bolsters EU economies against deflation

19 Novembre, 2014 - 07:08

The continued depreciation of the single currency should help the eurozone economies grow in 2015. Spain would be the biggest winner, according to the French Economic Observatory. EurActiv France reports

German government upholds fracking ban

19 Novembre, 2014 - 07:04

Drilling for shale gas remains under an unlimited ban, said German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks, dismissing media reports of government intentions to soften the fracking ban. But she did not rule out certain "rare" exceptions. EurActiv Germany reports.