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More powers for Brussels could narrow EU's health gap, says Borg

4 Septembre, 2014 - 17:35

Giving more powers to Brussels could narrow the gap in the quality of health provision between EU countries, outgoing Commissioner Tonio Borg has said in a farewell speech.

"Today, we can say that in health matters, the European Union is not a union. Why not? We have health inequalities not only between member states but also within the regions of the member states,” he said.

Berlin launches new High-Tech Strategy (HTS)

4 Septembre, 2014 - 16:27

The German government unveiled its High-Tech Strategy on Wednesday (3 September), intended to boost integration between the research and economic sectors. EurActiv Germany reports.

Treatments improved through personalised medicine

4 Septembre, 2014 - 14:32

The EU is investing in the development of personalised medicine, which allows doctors to offer preventative treatments for cancer and heart disease.

The EU is in a spin, officials get caught in revolving doors

4 Septembre, 2014 - 14:19

It's revolving door season in Brussels as ex-MEPs, departing commissioners and former officials decide on their future career moves. But the rules preventing conflicts of interest and abuses of power are found wanting states Vicky Cann.

Vicky Cann is a campaigner for Corporate Europe Observatory, a Brussels-based non-governmental organisation. CEO runs the RevolvingDoorWatch project. 

Africa's hidden hunger

4 Septembre, 2014 - 13:32

Though great efforts have been made to tackle hunger in Africa over the past decades, chronic manutrition or 'hidden hunger' are not always visible, writes Ramadhani Abdallah Noor.

Ramadhani Abdallah Noor, a Tanzanian doctor and research associate at the Harvard School of Public Health, is a New Voices Fellow at the Aspen Institute.    

Sinti and Roma inspire 'hostility' in German population, study reveals

4 Septembre, 2014 - 11:07

A recent study shows that one in three Germans rejects Sinti and Roma as neighbours, revealing “deeply rooted stereotypes". EurActiv Germany reports.

Ukraine, EU to ratify Association Agreement simultaneously

4 Septembre, 2014 - 11:00

The European Parliament and Ukraine will ratify the country’s Association Agreement (AA) simultaneously, during the 15-18 September session, EurActiv has learned. The signing of the AA led to the conflict currently under way between Ukraine and Russia.

Lack of women no longer a problem for new Commission

4 Septembre, 2014 - 07:59

Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker is now almost certain to get support from the European Parliament because he has secured nine women on his team - the same number than in the current Barroso Commission. Three of them will be his deputies.

A leaked organigram obtained by EurActiv and dated 2 September shows the Juncker team should meet gender balance requests coming from the European Parliament.

> See full organigram here

France suspends Mistral delivery to Russia

4 Septembre, 2014 - 07:55

France will not deliver the first of two helicopter carriers to Russia for now because of Moscow's actions in eastern Ukraine, the French president's office said yesterday (3 September).

France, due to join NATO partners at a summit in Britain from today (4 September), has faced fierce pressure from Washington and other allies to halt the sale of the Mistral-class warships, the first of which had been due for delivery in October.

UN High Commissioner praises Germany’s refugee policy

4 Septembre, 2014 - 07:53

Many European countries could learn from Germany’s refugee policy, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres praised in a recent interview, but German municipalities are up in arms over the influx of refugees entering the country. EurActiv Germany reports.

EXCLUSIVE: The Juncker team revealed

4 Septembre, 2014 - 07:43

Although president-elect Jean-Claude Juncker is still interviewing candidates for Commissioners, EurActiv has seen a draft organigram prepared by his services and dated 2 September, in which every single commissioner is assigned a portfolio.

The document is clearly not a final version and subject to change.

Juncker is currently wrapping up a series of face-to face interviews with the 27 Commissioners-designate and is expected to announce his line up early next week.

But the document speaks for itself and is full of surprises:

Britain handed climate and energy portfolio in draft Juncker Commission line-up

4 Septembre, 2014 - 07:19

The UK could miss out on its desired economics portfolio in Jean-Claude’s Juncker’s new European Commission, instead being handed responsibility for the EU’s energy and climate change policies.

Juncker will rebuff Prime Minster David Cameron, who has lobbied hard for Jonathan Hill to be given an economics job, according to a draft European Commission line up, seen by EurActiv. 

EU fines SIM card chip cartel €138 million

4 Septembre, 2014 - 07:16

European Union antitrust regulators fined Philips, Samsung Electronics and Infineon Technologies a total of €138 million on Wednesday (3 September) for fixing prices of chips used in mobile SIM cards.

The European Commission, which raided the companies in October 2008, said the cartel took place between 2003 and 2005, with the companies also colluding on customers, production capacity and future market conduct.

EU considers throwing ‘cordon sanitaire’ around ISIS

4 Septembre, 2014 - 07:13

SPECIAL REPORT: The EU is weighing a proposal to impose a ‘cordon sanitaire’ around a swathe of territory the size of the UK, that is controlled by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group. 

Four million civilians are thought to be living under ISIS rule, often in dire humanitarian conditions, exacerbated by ethnic, religious and gender-based persecution.

Such vulnerable communities are only reached by a small band of NGO intermediaries at present. 

Commission cautiously welcomes news of Ukraine ‘ceasefire’

3 Septembre, 2014 - 14:53

On Wednesday (3 September) the European Commission Wednesday welcomed news that a ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine has been agreed on between Kyiv and Moscow, but added that those needed to be verified, and that decisions on sanctions would be taken in view of those developments.

Kyiv announced that a ceasefire had been agreed on during a phone conversation between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his Russia counterpart Vladimir Putin. However, the official statements from the two capitals differ.

Belgium defies Juncker with Commissioner nomination

3 Septembre, 2014 - 14:11

Belgium will defy Jean-Claude Juncker tomorrow (4 September) by nominating outgoing Deputy Prime Minister Didier Reynders as its next Commissioner, despite the European Commission President-elect’s wishes for a female candidate.

Juncker will punish Belgium with the peripheral job of education, multiculturalism, multilingualism and youth, according to sources close to Reynders’ rival for the nomination Marianne Thyssen. The post, currently held by Cyprus, would be a major snub for a country putting forward its outgoing deputy prime minister and foreign minister.

Belgium defies Juncker with Commissioner nomination

3 Septembre, 2014 - 14:11

Belgium will defy Jean-Claude Juncker tomorrow (4 September) by nominating outgoing Deputy Prime Minister Didier Reynders as its next commissioner, despite the European Commission President-elect’s wishes for a female candidate.

Juncker will punish Belgium with the peripheral job of education, multiculturalism, multilingualism and youth, according to sources close to Reynders’ rival for the nomination Marianne Thyssen. The post, currently held by Cyprus, would be a major snub for a country putting forward its outgoing deputy prime minister and foreign minister.

Uber taxi app banned in Germany following court ruling

3 Septembre, 2014 - 13:32

Smartphone apps for taxi services provided by the American company Uber are now banned in Germany, following a district court ruling in Frankfurt that has traditional cab drivers celebrating. EurActiv Germany reports.

Uber taxi app banned in Germany following court ruling

3 Septembre, 2014 - 13:32

Smartphone apps for taxi services provided by the American company Uber are now banned in Germany, following a district court ruling in Frankfurt that has traditional cab drivers celebrating. EurActiv Germany reports.

Poland makes u-turn, sends female Commissioner nominee

3 Septembre, 2014 - 12:52

Poland has confirmed on Wednesday (3 September) Deputy Prime Minister Elżbieta Bieńkowska is the country's new commissioner nominee. Meanwhile, the Romanian government is likewise considering putting forward a second nominee.

Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has promised prestigious jobs for countries putting forward female commissioners, as he has struggled to appoint enough women to his team. If Romania also nominates a female commissioner, this would take the overall number to seven.