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Lawyers shortlisted for EU data chief post

EU Observer - 20 oktober, 2014 - 16:56
Two French corporate lawyers working for American firms and a high-ranking EU official are vying to replace Peter Hustinx as the next European data protection supervisor.


[Ticker] Cameron says Barroso not his 'boss'

EU Observer - 20 oktober, 2014 - 16:34
UK PM Cameron Monday responded to criticism by the EU's Barroso on British plans to curb EU immigration saying: "I'm very clear about who the boss is, about who I answer to and it's the British people. They want this issue fixed ... and I will fix it."


[Ticker] Far-right Polish MEP to save Farage group in EP

EU Observer - 20 oktober, 2014 - 16:14
Poland's Rzeczpospolita and Gazeta Wyborcza report that far-right Polish MEP Robert Iwaszkiewicz has joined the Ukip-led, eurosceptic EFDD group in the EP. The move will save the EFDD from disintegration after the departure of a Latvian MEP left it short of the minimum seven EU states needed for a quorum.


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

EU Active - 20 oktober, 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

EU Active - 20 oktober, 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.

[Ticker] Germany floats idea of EU mission to Ebola zone

EU Observer - 20 oktober, 2014 - 11:13
German FM Steinmeier has said the EU should consider a "civilian mission" to help Ebola-struck states in Africa as well as a "European platform" to help smaller EU states prevent potential spread in Europe. Polish FM Schetyna also said in Luxembourg Monday Poland supports Germany's ideas of an EU mission.


What is ODA spent on in Africa?

EU Active - 20 oktober, 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?

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Open Europe - 20 oktober, 2014 - 11:00
Irony alert as Poles ride to UKIP's rescue in a classic Brussels stitch-up

[Ticker] EU not ready to relax Russia sanctions

EU Observer - 20 oktober, 2014 - 10:47
The FMs of Denmark and Lithuania said Monday in Luxembourg the EU is not ready to relax sanctions on Russia. Denmark's Lidegaard said "I don't think we should decrease pressure just now". Lithuania's Linkevicius noted: "There's no breakthrough, no improvement in the situation ... no possibility to lift any sanctions".


[Ticker] Poland threatens veto on EU climate targets

EU Observer - 20 oktober, 2014 - 10:47
Polish FM Schetyna, at his first-ever EU foreign ministers' meeting, in Luxembourg Monday said Warsaw is ready to veto EU climate change proposals at Thursday's summit. "If we speak of the possibility of a veto - Yes. But this is a last resort and I hope it won't be used".


[Ticker] EU's Ashton to keep Iran nuclear talks role

EU Observer - 20 oktober, 2014 - 10:24
Outgoing EU foreign relations chief Ashton Monday in Luxembourg told press she'll stay on as chairman of world powers' Iran nuclear talks: "I've been asked to stay on till it's done". The Luxembourg FMs' meeting is her last before handing over the EU post to Italy's Mogherini on 1 November.


[Opinion] Ukraine needs reform to survive

EU Observer - 20 oktober, 2014 - 09:58
The focus in Ukraine is shifting back from war or peace to the country’s internal malaise - the time has come for real reforms.

Ukraine needs reform to survive

EU Observer - 20 oktober, 2014 - 09:58
The focus in Ukraine is shifting back from war or peace to the country’s internal malaise - the time has come for real reforms.


Belgium's main airport starts Ebola screening

EU Observer - 20 oktober, 2014 - 08:29
Belgium's main airport, which gets four direct flights a week from the Ebola zone in west Africa, began screening arrivals in the small hours of Monday.


What are the EU climate talks about?

EU Observer - 20 oktober, 2014 - 08:28
With climate targets only set at the EU level, the key question is how member states will be persuaded to do their share.


Barroso draws EU red lines in UK speech

EU Observer - 20 oktober, 2014 - 08:28
Britain risks “alienating” friends in Europe by loose talk of migration caps, the outgoing EU commission chief is to warn.


EU counts tens of thousands of human trafficking victims

EU Observer - 20 oktober, 2014 - 08:27
The EU has registered 30,146 victims of human trafficking from 2010 to 2012, including 1,000 children sold for sex.


[Ticker] Ukraine and Russia agree winter gas supplies

EU Observer - 20 oktober, 2014 - 07:59
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has confirmed that a gas-supply deal was secured at a meeting on Friday in Milan with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russia is demanding pre-payment for the gas while accepting a discount of $100 per one thousand cubic metres.


[Ticker] Swedish military searching for Russian submarine

EU Observer - 20 oktober, 2014 - 07:58
Sweden’s military has spent the weekend searching in the waters off Stockholm amid three reports of undersea activity suspected of being linked to Russia. The Russian defence ministry denied reports that one of its submarines got into trouble in the area. The search continues Monday.


Paris, Berlin secretly discuss French budget deal

EU Active - 20 oktober, 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.

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