[Opinion] Dutch voters could derail gay rights in Ukraine

EU Observer - 8 februari, 2016 - 16:05
If Dutch voters stop the EU-Ukraine treaty in a referendum in April, they will help to stall the reform process. What will happen to Ukraine’s LGBT community?

Ethiopia’s El Niño drought leaves 10m dependent on food aid

EU Active - 8 februari, 2016 - 14:23

With world leaders having departed drought-ridden Ethiopia following the African Union meeting at the end of January, the time for talking and roundtables is over.

Italy continues to drag feet on same-sex civil unions

EU Active - 8 februari, 2016 - 14:16

While the debate rages on about the proposed Cirinnà law on civil unions, Nils Muižnieks told Italian media outlet ANSA that it "will not create new rights, it will simply eliminate discrimination based on sexual orientation".

Greens accuse France of double standards on diesel emissions

EU Active - 8 februari, 2016 - 14:13

French Green MEPs have called on Ségolène Royal to challenge the EU’s new diesel emissions limits, but the ecology minister supported the lower standards when they were adopted in October.

Poland against reducing benefits to Poles who already live in UK

EU Active - 8 februari, 2016 - 13:54

While talks on a compromise to keep the UK in the EU continue, it has emerged that the Polish government will not support any solution reducing the privileges of Poles who already live and work in UK. EurActiv Poland reports.

Greek island mayor demands exemption from Athens’ refugee plan

EU Active - 8 februari, 2016 - 12:29

Kos' mayor, Giorgos Kiritsis, called upon Athens to remove the island from its plans to build so-called hotspots, citing rising tensions between the police and locals.

Sterling subdued by Brexit uncertainty and UK rate outlook

EU Active - 8 februari, 2016 - 12:22

Sterling traded below a recent one-month high against the dollar on Monday (8 February), as uncertainty about Britain's place in the European Union and diminishing rate hike prospects kept investors cautious.

Europe and the UK must avoid a ‘Neverendum’

EU Active - 8 februari, 2016 - 11:34

Tom Spencer was a Conservative MEP for fifteen years and was Assistant to the Director of the Britain in Europe campaign and took the minutes of the Referendum Steering Group.

Poland's new right-wing government shakes up public media

EU Active - 8 februari, 2016 - 11:17

Within a few short weeks, Poland's public media have become more combative, more eurosceptic and more favourably disposed to the authorities, amid a purge by the new right-wing government that has triggered broad outcry, experts say.

StandarDays: Your chance to discover European Standards

EU Active - 8 februari, 2016 - 11:00

StandarDays is a two day information session aimed at newcomers to European standardization, as well as those who would like to understand the CEN and CENELEC systems better. StandarDays is organized twice each year.

EU watchdog raises alarm on tobacco lobbying

EU Observer - 8 februari, 2016 - 10:16
The Juncker commission says it applies UN transparency rules on tobacco. But its watchdog, the EU ombudsman, says otherwise.

Commission snubs watchdog's demand for Big Tobacco transparency

EU Active - 8 februari, 2016 - 10:12

The European Commission has snubbed an EU watchdog’s demand for more transparency in the executive’s dealings with Big Tobacco, drawing further criticism from the European Ombudsman. 

[Agenda] UK, Turkey, and Greece on agenda This WEEK

EU Observer - 8 februari, 2016 - 09:28
Diplomats and EU offficials will be busy preparing next week's EU summit on British reform demands and migration.

Merkel to plead with Turkey on migrants

EU Observer - 8 februari, 2016 - 09:26
German leader is in Ankara to urge a limit on migrant numbers, as thousands of Syrians gather on Turkey's southern border after fleeing Russian bombs in Aleppo.

[Investigation] Israel got real-time leaks from EU security talks

EU Observer - 8 februari, 2016 - 09:21
Leaks to Israel during EU talks in the PSC, a security committee, in January upset diplomats. Some suspect Greece. But they're too polite to say it.

[Ticker] Commission to publish Privacy Shield deal later

EU Observer - 8 februari, 2016 - 09:19
The European Commission is "now finalising texts and will unveil the Privacy Shield" agreement on protection of personal data in the second half of February, justice commissioner Vera Jourova said Monday. The deal with the US to replace the Safe Harbour agreement was announced on 2 February.

[Ticker] Austria asks EU for €600m for refugee costs

EU Observer - 8 februari, 2016 - 09:07
Austria said it would ask for €600 million from the EU after accepting far more asylum seekers than it had forecast in its 2015 budget. Finance minister Hans Joerg Schelling sent a request to the European Commission to cover unplanned costs of housing and caring for asylum seekers.

[Ticker] Greek mayor in anti-migrant protest warning

EU Observer - 8 februari, 2016 - 09:07
Protests against a migrant registration centre on Greece's Kos island could turn deadly, local mayor Yiorgos Kyritsis has warned. Scuffles broke out on Friday when 100 protesters tried to enter the site. The EU has demanded Greece build the centre - a so-called hotspot - to deal with the influx.

[Ticker] NGO Statewatch is looking for a home for 7,000 documents

EU Observer - 8 februari, 2016 - 09:06
Civil liberties group Statewatch is searching for a home for more than 7,000 documents on EU justice and home affairs from 1976-2000, most of which remain officially unpublished. The group is looking for an individual, organisation or institution willing to pay for the collection and delivery of the documents.

[Ticker] German, French central bankers call for eurozone ministry

EU Observer - 8 februari, 2016 - 09:02
The eurozone needs to go ahead with closer integration, including a eurozone finance ministry, to deliver sustainable growth, the heads of the French and German central banks wrote in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, arguing that the European Central Bank was not in a position to create long-term growth.

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