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EU countries to break promise on roaming surcharges

EU Observer - 4 maart, 2015 - 09:26
National governments are set to break a promise EU politicians have been making to citizens, by suggesting that roaming surcharges could continue beyond the end of 2015, and adding exceptions to the principle of network neutrality.






[Ticker] Renzi to meet Putin in Moscow

EU Observer - 4 maart, 2015 - 09:03
Italian PM Renzi is to meet Russian President Putin Thursday in Moscow to discuss Ukraine, Libya, the Middle East and the Syrian conflict, reports Ansa. Renzi last week called for international help over the situation in Libya, noting that Russia is a permanent member of the UN security council.






[Ticker] Finland to participate in Nato crisis exercises

EU Observer - 4 maart, 2015 - 09:02
Finland will participate in crisis management exercises with Nato and its partners, beginning Wednesday reports YLE. The week-long war games will be based on a fictitious scenario during which conflict breaks out between two distant states. Ukraine, as member of Nato's Partnership for Peace, will be among those taking part.






[Ticker] Around 12,000 Russian soldiers in Ukraine, says US commander

EU Observer - 4 maart, 2015 - 09:01
US Army Europe Commander Ben Hodges on Tuesday said the US military estimates around 12,000 Russian soldiers are supporting pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine, reports Reuters. He said a further 29,000 soldiers were stationed in the Crimea peninsula that Moscow annexed from Ukraine last year.






[Ticker] Hungary's nuclear deal with Russia to be 30-year secret

EU Observer - 4 maart, 2015 - 09:01
Details of Hungary's deal with Moscow for Russia's Rostom to expand the Paks power plant by two nuclear reactors will remain secret for 30 years, following a law approved by Hungarian parliament Tuesday, reports AP. The secrecy is for national security reasons, says Budapest.






[Ticker] Slovenia legalises same-sex marriage

EU Observer - 4 maart, 2015 - 08:58
Slovenia's parliament Tuesday voted to legalise same-sex marriages and grant such unions equal rights to those of heterosexual couples, reports AFP. The bill was approved by a vote of 51 to 28 in the 90-seat parliament. While the bill was being voted on, around 2000 people protested it before parliament.






Western leaders discuss Ukraine over video conference

EU Active - 4 maart, 2015 - 08:53

U.S. President Barack Obama and European leaders yesterday warned Russia that they were ready to step up sanctions if there were further violations of a ceasefire agreement in Ukraine, officials said.

The threats came in statements issued after a video conference that brought together Obama and the leaders of Britain, France, Germany and Italy, as well as the head of the European Council.

The virtual meeting took place amid continuing violence in Ukraine despite the two-week-old ceasefire accord reached in Minsk.

Mozambique: The case for SDGs to commit to gender equality

EU Active - 4 maart, 2015 - 08:34

Tackling extreme poverty should go hand in hand with tackling gender inequality. The EU should use the European Year of Development to be at the forefront of this task, argues Meryl Westlake. 

Carole Tongue: 'Funding for creative works is under threat in the digital age'

EU Active - 4 maart, 2015 - 08:27

The European Commission is working on proposals to reform EU copyright law, leading some to fear for the protection of authors' rights and the future funding of the creative industries. Carole Tongue explains EurActiv that a new association of European coalitions for cultural diversity will work to protect culture and copyrights in the EU.

Greece to pass anti-austerity bill

EU Active - 4 maart, 2015 - 08:24

Greece's government submitted a bill to offer free food and electricity to thousands of poverty-stricken Greeks as its first legislative act in parliament, in a symbolic move to address what it calls a "humanitarian crisis".

Athens, which got a four-month extension of a financial rescue from the eurozone last month, has sought to assure its lenders that such measures will not burden the budget while showing Greeks that it is sticking to pre-election pledges.

Italy approves €6bn plan to boost broadband networks

EU Active - 4 maart, 2015 - 08:18

The Italian government approved a plan on Tuesday (3 March) to bring its high-speed broadband network into line with European Union targets, but it held back from forcing operators to replace their copper wire networks with fibre optic cable.

Commission talks up 5G as member states wilt on telecoms

EU Active - 4 maart, 2015 - 08:13

SPECIAL REPORT: The European Commission is seeking a leadership role in developing new generation telecom networks using 5G technology. But its efforts were thwarted as EU national ministers met in Brussels Tuesday (3 March) to dilute telecoms reforms vital to the idea.

Delegates to the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona were presented yesterday with grand European plans for developing 5G networks.

Polish Deputy PM fears influx of ‘hundreds of thousands’ of Ukrainians

EU Active - 4 maart, 2015 - 08:03

Ukraine's economy is starting to disintegrate, creating a risk of hundreds of thousands of immigrants flowing into Poland, Polish Deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piechociński said. Ukraine expects the EU to lift the visa requirement at the Minsk Eastern Partnership summit on 21-22 May.

Piechociński, leader of the centre-right junior coalition partner PSL, told Reuters he thought Ukrainian elites had made disappointing progress in building a Western-style democracy.

Ebola-hit countries ask for ‘ownership’ of recovery effort

EU Active - 4 maart, 2015 - 07:54

The leaders of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea asked for EU support Tuesday (3 March) to set up a homegrown Marshall Plan to fight Ebola.

During a high level conference organised by the European Commission in Brussels, the three leaders requested massive international assistance but insisted on retaining the ownership of the recovery effort.

Thanks to global action, the Ebola epidemic now appears to be contained and the next target is to bring the number of new Ebola infections down to zero.

German government bolsters municipal investment power

EU Active - 4 maart, 2015 - 07:38

Germany’s governing coalition hopes to boost investment power among municipalities in the Federal Republic, planning to offer them an additional €5 billion over the next few years. EurActiv Germany reports.

David Miliband: The world needs the EU more than ever

EU Active - 4 maart, 2015 - 07:28

David Miliband, the UK Foreign Secretary between 2007 to 2010, told EurActiv that in his present capacity as President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), he was often told by colleagues that the EU should get its act together and play a bigger role in global affairs.

EurActiv spoke with Miliband yesterday (3 March) at the Ebola: from emergency to recovery conference.

EU efforts to promote sea transport bring little progress

EU Active - 4 maart, 2015 - 07:13

Almost 40% of goods traded within the European Union are transported by sea, a cleaner alternative to road transport. Despite efforts from Brussels to promote maritime transport, the sector's market share within the EU has not grown in the last 15 years. EurActiv France reports

Merkel freezes Germany's debate over new immigration law

EU Active - 4 maart, 2015 - 07:08

Germany’s Social Democratic Party is calling for an immigration law that would control the influx of workers from non-EU countries with the help of a point system, similar to that in Canada, but Chancellor Angela Merkel is cutting the debate short, saying the refugee issue is more urgent. EurActiv Germany reports.

National governments punch holes in EU data protection bill

EU Observer - 3 maart, 2015 - 21:06
National governments are unraveling a EU data protection bill for the benefit of big business, according to leaked documents published by pro-privacy campaigners.






[Ticker] Israel denounces US and EU brokered Iran deal

EU Observer - 3 maart, 2015 - 19:59
Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday said the US and EU brokered non-proliferation deal, currently in final talks in Switzerland, "paves the way" to a nuclear-armed Iran. He spoke to rapturous applause in Congress, but his intervention was dismissed as "pure rhetoric" by US officials.






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