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Verhofstadt throws his weight behind Bulc

14 Octobre, 2014 - 10:42

ALDE leader Guy Verhofstadt thew his weight behind the candidacy of Violeta Bulc on Monday (13 October). A minister in Slovenia's current government, Bulc would replace Alenka Bratušek as her country’s next EU Commissioner, on the Juncker team.

Verhofstadt met with Bulc yesterday, in Brussels. Neil Corlett, spokesperson for Verhofstadt, told EurActiv that both had been keen to get together.

Seizing the opportunity of a new agricultural economy

14 Octobre, 2014 - 09:08

Europe should be pushing for the rapid expansion of its network of biorefineries, to produce European food, fuel and feed, as well as a range of other high-value products that replace fossil fuels, writes Robert Wright.

Berlin and Paris set up group to avert policy clash

14 Octobre, 2014 - 07:56

The German and French economy ministers have asked experts in Berlin and Paris to come up with reform recommendations for both countries in an apparent attempt to avert a full-blown clash between the eurozone heavyweights over economic policy.

iSight: Ukraine crisis intensifies Russian cyber-espionage

14 Octobre, 2014 - 07:40

Russian hackers exploited a bug in Microsoft Windows and other software to spy on computers used by NATO, the European Union, Ukraine and companies in the energy and telecommunications sectors, according to cyber intelligence firm iSight Partners.

ISight said it did not know what data had been found by the hackers, though it suspected they were seeking information on the Ukraine crisis, as well as diplomatic, energy and telecom issues, based on the targets and the contents of phishing emails used to infect computers with tainted files.

France tests EU resolve amid growing recession concerns

14 Octobre, 2014 - 07:38

France faced intensifying pressure from eurozone peers on Monday (13 October) to tighten spending next year, in a debate complicated by Germany's poor economic results, and the spectre of recession in the eurozone.

West frowns at Belgrade’s planned Putin parade

14 Octobre, 2014 - 07:35

20 October, Liberation Day in Serbia, marks the anniversary of the retreat of the Nazi troops from Belgrade in 1944, leaving the capital to the Red Army and Yugoslav Partisan guerrillas. But the Liberation Day parade of 2014 will be of a different kind.

On 16 October, guns, tanks and planes will be back in the city, now the capital of Serbia, for a Liberation Day parade held four days early to accommodate the guest of honour - Russian President Vladimir Putin, en route to a summit in Milan.

EU to discuss ‘innovative’ military coordination against Ebola

14 Octobre, 2014 - 07:28

On 16 October, European Union diplomats will discuss a plan to give the EU a coordinating role for European military missions countering the spread of Ebola in West Africa.

EU officials and diplomats said the plan, proposed by outgoing foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, lists several options to step up and coordinate efforts by the bloc's 28 countries. It could include cooperation among military personnel deployed by member states for rescue missions and for building field hospitals.

Catalonia to seek alternative to referendum

14 Octobre, 2014 - 07:24

The leader of Spain's Catalonia region will call off a referendum on independence from Spain planned for 9 November, and look for alternative ways to consult Catalans, a key regional political party said yesterday (13 October).

Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya, a pro-independence party that backs the regional government of Artur Mas, said the Catalan leader had told it and other political forces  yesterday that he would not organise the referendum as planned.

Mas will instead offer to hold a "consultation of citizens," an ERC spokesman told Reuters.

Barroso takes stock after 10 years at the Commission

14 Octobre, 2014 - 07:19

Even after two mandates characterised by successive crises, the current President of the European Commission, due to leave his post in November this year, admits he has lost some illusions about the European Union, but not his enthusiasm. EurActiv France reports.

Report: 2 billion worldwide suffer from 'hidden' hunger

14 Octobre, 2014 - 07:15

805 million people still suffer from hunger worldwide, while more than twice that number – 2 billion people – are affected by so-called "hidden hunger", says German NGO Welthungerhilfe in its latest study. EurActiv Germany reports.

Five-years-olds learn coding in schools to prepare for future labour market

14 Octobre, 2014 - 07:12

SPECIAL REPORT: Learning basic computer programming is becoming mandatory curriculum in primary schools in some member states, as governments try to prepare already digital native pupils the skills they need for the labour markets of the future.

Some German states have introduced coding for high school students while Denmark is considering doing the same. Meanwhile, some schools in Estonia are teaching programming to pupils as young as six.

Report: In EU, renewable energy is the first recipient of state aid

13 Octobre, 2014 - 16:01

The European Commission published a study on Monday (13 October) providing the first full dataset on energy costs and subsidies for the 28 member countries across the different power generation technologies, revealing that the largest share of public intervention in the energy sector has been in favour of solar and on-shore wind energy.

The results show that in 2012, the total value of public intervention in energy in the member countries has been between €120-140 billion.

A €300 billion growth package: don’t just spend it, spend it wisely

13 Octobre, 2014 - 15:44

EU ministers are gathering in Luxembourg this week to discuss a €300 billion growth package. €300 billion is a dazzling amount but throwing money at a problem is not enough to solve it, experiences from previous EU stimuli packages show us. The ambition this time around should be to do spend the money more effectively, writes Xavier Sol.

French and Austrian MEPs earn the most from external activities

13 Octobre, 2014 - 14:52

Transparency International has published statistics on declarations of financial interests made by the 751 Members of the European Parliament. The Parliament's centre and right wing are the highest earners. EurActiv France reports

Latin American lessons for Europe’s Sharing Economy

13 Octobre, 2014 - 11:03

Europe has been recently experiencing a new wave of economic disruption driven by the Internet: the so-called Sharing Economy. Companies like Uber, a service that connects drivers and passengers for short-rides, and Airbnb, a short-term apartment and room rental service, want to change how we take taxis and how we do tourism around the Old Continent.

Agustín Rossi is a non-resident fellow with the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) and a PhD candidate at the European University Institute (EUI).

CoR President: Belgium’s decentralised governance is a model for the EU

13 Octobre, 2014 - 10:06

Belgium’s decentralized system favours greater autonomy for regions and results in an effective governance, improving service delivery to citizens and enhancing democratic stability, according to the President of the Committee of the Regions, Michel Lebrun.

Michel Lebrun is President of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) as well as a local councillor in Viroinval (Belgium).

He spoke to EurActiv Greece’s Sarantis Michalopoulos in Brussels, during the European Week of Regions and Cities.

Divided Bosnia elects nationalists

13 Octobre, 2014 - 09:53

Nationalists with little shared vision of Bosnia and Herzegovina's future were in the lead in an election for the three-person presidency yesterday (12 October), likely portending more dysfunction in a country still haunted by the divisions of a 1992-95 war.

Based on a partial vote-count, authorities said Bakir Izetbegović, Dragan Čović and Željka Cvijanović were out in front in the race for the tri-partite state presidency, as the Bosniak, Croat and Serb representatives respectively.

Eurozone seeks to soften German opposition to stimulus spending

13 Octobre, 2014 - 07:58

France and Italy will keep pressure on Germany this week to use government money to revive the eurozone's stagnating economy but in a sign of inertia, a promised list of projects to create growth will not be ready until December.

Poll: support for UKIP hits record high

13 Octobre, 2014 - 07:52

Support for the anti-EU UK Independence Party hit a record high of 25%, an opinion poll showed yesterday (12 October), days after it won its first elected seat in Britain's parliament at the expense of Prime Minister David Cameron's party.

The survey suggested that UKIP, which favours a British exit from the European Union and tighter immigration controls, could pick up more seats than previously thought in a national election next year.

Anti-TTIP demonstrations seize European capitals

13 Octobre, 2014 - 07:49

Some 400 activist groups marched all over Europe on Saturday (11 October) in protest against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), as the EU-US trade deal crystallises opposition to a wide variety of issues – from shale gas to corporate finance.