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Internet firms push to be left out of EU cybersecurity law

10 Décembre, 2014 - 07:55

Cisco and Google are seeking to be excluded from a new EU cybersecurity law that would force them to adopt tough security measures and report serious security breaches to national authorities.

The so-called Network and Information Security directive is due to be finalised in talks between the European Parliament, the European Commission and member states over the coming weeks.

EU lawmakers want the law to cover only sectors that they consider critical, such as energy, transport and finance.

Malala to world leaders: 'Do better' in 2015

10 Décembre, 2014 - 07:44

2015 must be the year the world wakes up and delivers a safer, more just future for children and young people, writes Malala Yousafzai in a letter to world leaders.

Juncker admits he is 'weaker' after fresh batch of Luxleaks revelations

10 Décembre, 2014 - 07:42

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker admitted that he has been weakened by the revelations of controversial corporate tax avoidance schemes during his long tenure as prime minister of Luxembourg, his confirmation coinciding with a new batch of publications exposing the schemes.

Tax deals that entertainment firm Walt Disney, commodities group Koch Industries, and others agreed to with the Luxembourg authorities were revealed yesterday (9 December) by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

European Winter Package must be respected, Šefčovič tells Russia

10 Décembre, 2014 - 07:34

Russia still needs to resume gas supplies to the EU via Ukraine, despite abandoning the South Stream gas pipeline and a new initiative of setting up a pipeline to Turkey, the EU's Energy Union chief said on Tuesday (9 November).

INFOGRAPHIC: Europe has the highest prevalence of high cholesterol in the world

10 Décembre, 2014 - 07:23

133 million suffer from so-caled "bad cholesterol" in the In the EU's five biggest countries - Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK -, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Overall, Europe is the continent with the highest prevalence of the chronic disease, latest statistics show.

Anti-Islam protests ‘paint a twisted picture’ of German sentiment

10 Décembre, 2014 - 07:21

The “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West” (Pegida) is winning over more and more supporters, causing Germany’s Justice Minister Heiko Maas to call on all parties to openly denounce the right-wing, populist alliance. EurActiv Germany reports.

Personal data protection is a 'fundamental right' in Europe

10 Décembre, 2014 - 07:13

Europe's data protection authorities have laid down their guiding principles for the use of European citizens' personal data, in a joint statement that describes data protection as a fundamental right. EurActiv France reports

Germany hopes to ‘beat China with CETA’ in race for raw materials

10 Décembre, 2014 - 07:07

On many issues, the free trade agreement between the EU and Canada is caught in the crossfire. But if the agreement fails, Europe is likely to lose the race for economically essential raw materials, analysts in Germany and Canada predict. EurActiv Germany reports.

TTIP elephants hiding behind ISDS

10 Décembre, 2014 - 07:01

SPECIAL REPORT: The controversy surrounding the inclusion of the Investor-State Dispute Settlement clause in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is seen by some as a smokescreen for ideological opposition to the treaty, and is perceived as a way to divert attention from other likely hotspots in the negotiations.

Amid tensions, Russia resumes gas deliveries to Ukraine

10 Décembre, 2014 - 05:56

Ukraine's military accused separatists of violating an agreed "Day of Silence" in the country's embattled east yesterday (9 December), an initiative that was seen as an attempt to forge a durable ceasefire paving the way to a new round of peace talks.

In a step towards normalisation, Russia resumed shipments of natural gas to Ukraine yesterday after a six-month shut-off caused by a dispute over price and debt that ran parallel to the war waged by pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine.

Barriers to infrastructure investment blocking Energy Union

9 Décembre, 2014 - 17:40

Energy Union, the flagship initiative to wean the EU off its dependence on Russian gas, faces regulatory, financial and political obstacles that can delay or prevent funding for vital infrastructure, the EU Task Force on Investment has warned.

The Force is jointly led by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) and includes representatives of all EU member states. It was set up at the request of national finance ministers, who were given the Force’s report at their meeting in Brussels today (9 December).

Abortion: Choice is a human right

9 Décembre, 2014 - 15:37

In many developing countries today women and girls have their human rights violated by their own government, resulting in mental torment, horrific injury or even death, write MEP Heidi Hautala, Greens, Finland and MEP Sophie in 't Veld, ALDE, Netherlands.

Today 10 December is International Human Rights Day, which marks the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

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Greece prepares for snap elections

9 Décembre, 2014 - 14:58

In a sudden move and under pressure from international lenders, Greek PM Antonis Samaras decided yesterday to hold elections on 17 December, with a new wave of political instability expected to hit the country. EurActiv Greece reports.

Normally the presidential election should be held in March, but the coalition government of centre-right New Democracy and centre-left Pan-Hellenic Socialist Movement (Pasok) decided to accelerate the procedure for political reasons.

Russia's Lavrov says easing of east Ukraine tensions "long way off"

9 Décembre, 2014 - 14:12

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday (9 December) that an easing of tensions in eastern Ukraine was still a long way off, despite an announcement by Kiev that it had suspended combat operations against pro-Russian rebels.

Lavrov said negotiations meant to accompany the unilateral truce, dubbed the "Day of Silence" in Ukraine, would take place in 'the coming days', though no day has been set for the talks.

FTT negotiations fall short of 2015 target

9 Décembre, 2014 - 14:02

Diplomats from 11 EU member states had hoped to come to an agreement on the future European tax on financial transactions by today, 9 December. But talks failed due to disagreements over how the tax should be collected. EurActiv France reports

No compromise with Iran on human rights

9 Décembre, 2014 - 13:29

On International Human Rights Day, 10 December, write Friends of a Free Iran, it is worth turning our attention to one of the worst human rights offenders in the world.

Euro MPs Gérard DEPREZ (ALDE - Belgium), Tunne KELAM (EPP - Estonia), Ryszard CZARNECKI EP Vice-President (ECR – Poland), Eduard KUKAN (EPP - Slovakia), José BOVÉ (Greens - France) Julie WARD (S&D - UK) and Rina Ronja KARI (GUE/NGL - Denmark) are Members of the Friends of a Free Iran in the European Parliament

Greek PM names former EU commissioner as presidential nominee

9 Décembre, 2014 - 11:18

Former European Union environment commissioner Stavros Dimas has been chosen as the Greek government's candidate for president, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras announced on Tuesday (9 November).

In surprise move, the government on Monday (8 November) moved forward the start of the presidential vote by two months to next week, risking early elections if he fails to secure a majority in parliament to back Dimas's candidature.

EU negotiators strike deal on 2015 budget

9 Décembre, 2014 - 10:46

European Union lawmakers and the EU’s 28 member states have reached a preliminary deal on next year's budget, on condition that the bloc’s executive Commission finds a way to pay off unpaid bills totalling more than €20 billion.

"Parliament's negotiators agreed to the 2015 budget on condition that the Commission presents a plan to reduce the amount of the unpaid bills to a sustainable level by 2016," the legislature said in a statement.

Heatwaves likely 'every other year' by 2030s, says Met Office study

9 Décembre, 2014 - 08:30

Torrid European summers like the one in 2003 which claimed an estimated 70,000 lives are set to become a regular occurrence within two decades and the “new normal” by the end of the century, according to a new Met Office study.

The climate modelling, which was published in Nature Climate Change on Monday, foresees a dramatic rise in the chance of severely hot weather patterns in central Europe and the Mediterranean, if greenhouse gas emissions continue along their current path.

ISDS clause: a gateway to future trade deals

9 Décembre, 2014 - 07:56

SPECIAL REPORT: Trade officials negotiating the ISDS arbitration clause within the EU-US trade agreement have half an eye on their next deals, since the wording is likely to shape other key trade treaties on the table.

Asia and the lucrative Chinese markets are at the top of policymakers’ minds as Brussels and Washington engage in talks over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which started in July 2013.