Climate finance eclipsed by fossil fuel subsidies

EU Active - 29 januari, 2015 - 13:12

The successful conclusion of a global agreement at the Paris Climate Conference depends heavily on the mobilisation of finance for the fight against climate change. So far, international fundraising efforts have lacked intensity. EurActiv France reports

[Ticker] Greece delays approval of EU sanctions on Russia

EU Observer - 29 januari, 2015 - 12:14
The Greek EU ambassador was, at a meeting early on Thursday, unable to approve an EU statement authorising extra sanctions on Russia because, he said, he couldn't contact his foreign minister who was in a plane en route to Brussels for a ministerial meeting on Russia later the same day.

Europe must listen to its people

EU Active - 29 januari, 2015 - 11:32

Imposing reforms that are sometimes considered humiliating is the best way to jeopardise the construction of Europe, and plant the seeds of social devastation, populism and extremism, writes Elio Di Rupo. 

Elio Di Rupo is the leader of the Belgian Socialist Party and the former Prime Minister of Belgium.

[Ticker] Bank of England governor criticises eurozone austerity

EU Observer - 29 januari, 2015 - 10:17
The Bank of England governor Mark Carney has criticised the eurozone's "tight" fiscal policy and warned of its consequences. "Cross border risk sharing through the financial system has slid backwards. Europe’s leaders do not currently foresee fiscal union as part of monetary union. Such timidity has costs,” he said.

EU to Greece: No debt relief, stick to your promises

EU Observer - 29 januari, 2015 - 09:31
Top EU officials have warned the new government in Greece that it needs to stick to the bailout requirements and that there will be no debt relief.

[Analysis] Who's next on the EU's Russia blacklist?

EU Observer - 29 januari, 2015 - 09:31
The EU’s next round of Russia sanctions is to be limited to blacklisting more names, with diplomats and kremlinologists helping EUobserver to identify potential targets.

[Ticker] Greek minister says Russia dispute was about 'respect'

EU Observer - 29 januari, 2015 - 09:11
Greece's abjuration of an EU statement on Russia was not about "whether our new government agrees or not with fresh sanctions on Russia", but about "respect for our national sovereignty", Greece's finance minister Varoufakis wrote Thursday on his blog. He added he's "not qualified to speak on foreign affairs".

[Ticker] Bioenergy should be 'phased out' to feed planet

EU Observer - 29 januari, 2015 - 09:09
The current push for using land to grow crops that can generate bioenergy is making it harder to "sustainably feed the planet", a report from the World Resources Institute concludes. "Governments should phase out bioenergy which uses crops or which otherwise makes dedicated use of land".

[Ticker] EU must 'chase' jihadis online

EU Observer - 29 januari, 2015 - 09:08
EU countries should block jihadi propaganda online and hire PR experts to produce counter-propaganda, the EU's counter-terrorism co-ordinator, Gilles de Kerchove, said in a Dutch newspaper interview Thursday. On Wednesday, the European Commission called on the EU's parliament to swiftly adopt a passenger data sharing plan.

[Ticker] Anti-Islam protest cancelled as Pegida leaders quit

EU Observer - 29 januari, 2015 - 09:08
German anti-Islam group Pegida cancelled Monday's (2 February) weekly protest in Dresden for "organisational and legal reasons". On Wednesday, five of the group's leading members left. Spokesperson Kathrin Oertel left “due to the massive hostility, threats and career disadvantages”. Pegida's leader Lutz Bachmann quit after controversy over a Hitler photo.

[Opinion] EU deafeningly silent on Egypt abuses

EU Observer - 29 januari, 2015 - 08:59
European states and institutions must condemn what's happening in Egypt if the ideals of and sacrifices of Tahrir Square have any meaning.

Report dismisses 'Europhobe' idea of Britain’s EU isolation

EU Active - 29 januari, 2015 - 08:36

The UK is successfully pursuing its policy objectives in the EU, according to a new report dismissing the idea of Britain as isolated and lacking in allies.

For the second year in a row, the UK has more successes than failures when it comes to pushing its agenda at EU level.

Sofia relieved by EU monitoring report

EU Active - 29 januari, 2015 - 08:25

The European Commission published yesterday (28 January) its annual reports on Bulgaria and Romania, the two countries being monitored in an effort to help improve their deficient law-enforcement systems. Bulgaria expected a harsh report, but the Commission spared it criticism.

Ahead of publication, local media speculated that the report would be devastating, as it is common knowledge that the country has made no progress in reforming its judiciary and fighting corruption.

Climate negotiations reveal new alliances in the Global South

EU Active - 29 januari, 2015 - 08:12

The economic divides between developing countries are widening. In order to defend their interests at the climate negotiations, large emerging economies, small island states and the less advanced countries are forming alliances based on common concerns. EurActiv France reports.

German minister: Juncker’s investment package likely to ‘backfire’

EU Active - 29 januari, 2015 - 08:03

The projects Germany is pursuing within the framework of the European Commission's €315 billion Investment offensive include outdated ideas and dead ends, says Peter Friedrich, Baden-Wuerttemberg’s Minister for Europe. The list, he says, urgently needs a general reworking, otherwise regions and municipalities will lose out.

ILO: EU investment plan could create 2.1 million jobs

EU Active - 29 januari, 2015 - 07:56

The European Commission's €315 billion investment plan to spur growth could create more than 2.1 million net new jobs, lowering the bloc's jobless rate by 1% by 2018, said the International Labour Organization (ILO) based on a report">

Georgieva to push for 40% women in Commission’s top positions

EU Active - 29 januari, 2015 - 07:52

In a move to bring more gender balance to EU institutions, the European Commissioner in charge of budget and human resources, Kristalina Georgieva, promised to boost the number of women in top positions to 40% by the end of her mandate.

"I can assure you we will get there, you can trust me," she told EurActiv, adding that her task was to increase the number of women in higher positions from the current 27.5% to 40% by the end of the Juncker Commission's term.

France told to pay back €1.1 billion in EU farm subsidies

EU Active - 29 januari, 2015 - 07:39

The European Commission is withholding €1.1 billion of CAP repayments from France over the misspending of agricultural subsidies between 2008 and 2012. EurActiv France reports

Analyst: Russia focusing its propaganda on Kyiv

EU Active - 29 januari, 2015 - 07:36

A pro-Russian, anti-war rally was held in front of Kyiv city hall on Wednesday (28 January). Mayor Vitaly Klitschko faced the protestors and told them not to let themselves be manipulated by hostile propaganda. EurActiv reports from Kyiv.

The protest was held in the centre of Kyiv, close to the Maidan square, with some 500 people raising identical industrial-made banners appealing for “peace” and “justice”.

EU data czar seeks global voice amidst tension with US

EU Active - 29 januari, 2015 - 07:22

The EU will seek a global voice in the burgeoning data privacy debate, the new European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), Giovanni Buttarelli, said yesterday (28 January) against a backdrop of mounting tension on data issues between the EU and the US.

“Europe needs to be at the forefront in shaping a global, digital standard for privacy and data protection which centres on the rights of the individual,” Buttarelli said on data privacy day, staking out the direction he intends to take the office of EDPS (see background).

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