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Chizhov: Russia stands ready to cooperate with the new Commission

21 Octobre, 2014 - 07:31

Russia is fully prepared to reinvigorate its relations with the new European Commission, led by Jean-Claude Juncker, Russian Ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov told EurActiv in an exclusive interview. “I would suggest that we should not concentrate on slogans, or debate whether our relationship is strategic or not, but rather look into the substance”, the diplomat said. 

Vladimir Chizhov is a career diplomat. Before being appointed ambassador to the EU in 2005 he was Russia's deputy minister of foreign affairs. He spoke to EurActiv’s senior editor, Georgi Gotev.

Moscow: Ukraine expects the West to pay its $3.1 billion gas bill

21 Octobre, 2014 - 07:10

Russian ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov said yesterday (20 October) that Ukraine is counting on “international support” to pay off its $3.1 billion dollar (€2.43 billion) debt to Gazprom by the end of the month.

MEP from party led by racist could save Farage's EFDD

20 Octobre, 2014 - 17:38

UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group in the European Parliament is expected to reform after a Polish MEP from a party led by a racist joined the Eurosceptic faction.

Robert Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz is a member of the Polish Congress of the New Right, which is led by Janusz Korwin-Mikke. Korwin-Mikke was fined €3,040 in September for making racist remarks in the European Parliament.

Study: EU can cut gas imports and carbon emissions by half

20 Octobre, 2014 - 13:31

The European Union can slash natural gas imports from countries such as Russia by half and cut carbon dioxide emissions by 49% if it ramps up energy and efficiency improvements, a new report has argued.

Cost-effective measures in energy supply, industry and buildings would be good for the climate and boost energy security, the study by independent consultants Ecofys said.

The 49% cut to carbon, compared to 1990 levels, goes “far beyond” projections in the EU’s 2030 Climate and Energy Framework, the report said.

EU states increase lifeline to developing world

20 Octobre, 2014 - 11:25

The aid index released annually by the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) has become a reference for trends of official development finance, and ways to make it work to its fullest.

What is ODA spent on in Africa?

20 Octobre, 2014 - 11:04

Around 40% of the European Commission's Overseas Development Aid (ODA) goes to Africa every year. The continent has received more than a quarter of the €2.7 billion increase in the aid budget since 2005 and, in 2009, aid for trade to the African, Caribbean and Pacific States increased to €3.6 billion. But where does the money end up?

Paris, Berlin secretly discuss French budget deal

20 Octobre, 2014 - 07:57

Germany and France are secretly discussing a deal to enable the European Commission to approve Paris's draft 2015 budget even though it breaks past deficit-cutting commitments, German weekly Der Spiegel said yesterday (19 October).

The two governments are working on a written agreement under which France will provide the Commission with a detailed roadmap for deficit reduction and structural reform, the weekly reported, without naming its source.

Germany blames pro-Russian separatists for Malaysia airliner’s downing

20 Octobre, 2014 - 07:53

Germany's BND, the first European foreign intelligence agency to say so, has concluded that pro-Russian rebels are to blame for the downing of Malaysia Airline MH17 in Ukraine in July, Der Spiegel weekly reported yesterday (19 October).

The crash over pro-Russian rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine on July 17 killed all 298 passengers and crew and led to a further deterioration of ties between the West and Moscow, who are in dispute over Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis.

Credibility meets compromise in Europe's bank stress test

20 Octobre, 2014 - 07:51

When Europe announced its latest health check of top banks early last year it promised a "comprehensive assessment" of how well prepared they were to withstand another financial crisis.

In practice, a spirit of comprehensive compromise has been just as important.

A series of Reuters interviews with officials, bankers and others involved in the European Central Bank's financial inspection of the eurozone's biggest banks shows that in the seven months since it began, the ECB has had to shoot down countless pleas from banks and national supervisors for special treatment.

Sweden suspects Russian submarine got stranded in its waters

20 Octobre, 2014 - 07:41

Sweden yesterday (19 October) released a grainy photo of a mysterious vessel in waters around Stockholm, as its military hunted for a foreign submarine in the country's biggest such mobilisation since the Cold War.

The search in the Baltic Sea less than 50 km from the Swedish capital began on Friday. It reawakened memories of the final years of the Cold War when Sweden repeatedly hunted suspected Soviet submarines along its coast.

Europe’s unity is the best response to future challenges

20 Octobre, 2014 - 07:22

Despite all of the challenges Europe faced in the last ten years, the continent remains united and open, and is now stronger and better able to face globalisation, writes José Manuel Barroso.

José Manuel Barroso is the outgoing European Commission president.

Over the past ten years, the European Union has endured a series of unprecedented crises, the likes of which we are unlikely to see again. But other, no less daunting challenges lie ahead, and we would do well to remember the lessons learned along the way.

EP Budgets Committee Chair: 'EU debt goes against treaties'

20 Octobre, 2014 - 07:22

As member states present their 2015 budgets to the European Commission for examination, serious questions are being raised over the alarming state of the EU budget. President of the European Parliamentary Committee on Budgets Jean Arthuis says the Union's debts will reach €30 billion by the end of 2014.

Barroso: UK cannot get by without a little help from its friends

20 Octobre, 2014 - 07:14

European Commission President José  Manuel Barroso will today (20 October) issue a plea to Britain not to isolate itself from Europe by picking fights over immigration, adding that EU membership boosts British international clout.

Britain's future in the 28-country trading bloc has been thrown into question by Prime Minister David Cameron, who has adopted an increasingly defiant stance on immigration to tackle the threat of the anti-EU UK Independence Party. UKIP's rising popularity threatens his bid for re-election in 2015.

Poroshenko says 'basic parameters' of Russia gas deal agreed

17 Octobre, 2014 - 15:18

Russia and Ukraine have agreed on the outlines of a contract to resolve their dispute over gas supplies, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Friday after a meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leaders of France and Germany.

EU, Singapore conclude investment protection talks

17 Octobre, 2014 - 14:56

The European Union has concluded talks on a free trade deal with Singapore by adding investor protection clauses, which critics like Germany say give multinationals too much power.

Roma NGOs win civil society prize

17 Octobre, 2014 - 14:45

SPECIAL REPORT: Three civil society organisations from Slovakia, Greece, and the Czech Republic won the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) civil society prize Thursday (16 October) for outstanding achievements in integrating Roma at the local level.

Successful approaches to energy efficiency in housing show the way

17 Octobre, 2014 - 13:16

Member States are expected to bring the 2030 Energy & Climate objectives closer to people’s housing needs, next week. Responsibility and innovation, resident empowerment and financial schemes are all parts of the strategic mix, writes Marc Calon.

Chinese investments soar in crisis-hit Europe

17 Octobre, 2014 - 12:56

Since 2010, China has steadily increased its investments in Europe, particularly in the countries worst affected by the crisis. In return, investors can benefit from attractive residency policies. EurActiv France reports

Thousands of African child migrants feared in thrall to Italian traffickers

17 Octobre, 2014 - 12:36

Thousands of migrant children are disappearing after arriving in mainland Europe, triggering concerns that they are falling prey to a new and thriving market for child trafficking and forced labour.

Member states' positions on 2030 climate and energy targets revealed

17 Octobre, 2014 - 12:12

EXCLUSIVE: European Union leaders will meet next week in Brussels to try and agree on targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase renewable energy and improve energy efficiency. Documents obtained by EurActiv have revealed the negotiating positions of member states ahead of these crunch talks. Check the data table below or click here for full screen.