Daul: 'Orbán is the 'enfant terrible' of the EPP family, but I like him'

EU Active - 3 juli, 2015 - 06:59

Joseph Daul, the president of the European People's Party (EPP), spoke to EurActiv France about Grexit, Brexit and the “enfant terrible” of the EPP, Viktor Orbán. 

Oxfam Germany director: 'TTIP would intensify inequality in developing countries'

EU Active - 3 juli, 2015 - 06:58

Developing countries will be among the biggest losers if the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is implemented, warns Marion Lieser, explaining what a socially and ecologically fair trade deal would look like.

Time for pollution pricing to work for the climate

EU Active - 3 juli, 2015 - 06:58

The reform of the Emissions Trading Scheme is an opportunity for the EU to restore its climate action leadership, argue six climate and development NGOs.

Wendel Trio is director of Climate Action Network Europe, Bernd Nilles is secretary general of CIDSE, Natalia Alonso is director of Oxfam International EU Office, Geneviève Pons-Deladrière is director of WWF's european policy office, Eva Filzmoser is director of Carbon Market Watch, and Sanjeev Kumar is founder of the Change Partnership.

No need for new rules to protect butterflies from GM pollen, EU report says

EU Active - 3 juli, 2015 - 06:51

European food safety officials found there was no need to widen buffer zones around genetically modified (GM) crops, even though research shows that pollen from GM maize can travel kilometres further than previously thought.

Emissions trades still at risk of fraud, EU auditors warn

EU Active - 3 juli, 2015 - 06:14

Gaps remain in the regulatory oversight of the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS), despite efforts to bolster its security after high-profile cases of fraud, the European Court of Auditors has warned.

The ETS was set up in January 2005 to help achieve the Kyoto Protocol objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 8% by 2012. It sets emissions limits for energy-intensive industries like steel, cement and electricity generation. Emission allowances can be given, bought at auction or traded, with each giving the right to emit one tonne of CO2. 

IMF: Greece needs debt write-off and €50bn

EU Observer - 2 juli, 2015 - 18:23
Greece needs 30 percent of its debt to be written off and a bailout package worth €51.9 billion over the next three years to stay afloat, the IMF has said.

Russia ‘deeply concerned’ over Ukraine’s decentralisation plan

EU Active - 2 juli, 2015 - 17:36

Russia expressed "deep concern" today (2 July) over Ukraine's plans to decentralise power as part of a peace deal with separatist rebels, underlining the gulf between Moscow and Kyiv as the conflict rumbles on despite a ceasefire.

Differing interpretations of a February peace agreement signed in Minsk, Belarus, to end the fighting in Ukraine's eastern regions, have left the conflict in limbo, with more than 6,500 people killed since it broke out in April last year.

Capturing the refugee experience

EU Active - 2 juli, 2015 - 17:11

SPECIAL REPORT / Regional literary awards are like any other cultural event. Books get recognized as much for how they capture the local, as they get hailed for being works of art.

Few would argue that the European Union Prize for Literature is an exception to this rule. The fact that it’s European ought to be a dead give away.

[Ticker] Greece needs extra €50bn, says IMF

EU Observer - 2 juli, 2015 - 17:05
Greece needs an extra €50 billion over the next three years and 30 percent of its debts written off to give its crisis-wrecked economy 'breathing space', the IMF has stated in a paper released Thursday. The Fund said it would not back a third Greek bailout without debt relief.

EU carbon credit system still 'at risk of VAT fraud'

EU Observer - 2 juli, 2015 - 16:59
A loophole that allowed criminals to commit a carousel fraud with carbon credits to the tune of €5 billion has not yet been closed.

Bulgarian lev makes inroads in Greece

EU Observer - 2 juli, 2015 - 16:29
Hotels and restaurants in northern Greece are accepting payments in Bulgarian levs, then converting them to euros in Bulgaria.

It's Europe, stupid!

EU Active - 2 juli, 2015 - 14:43

The real question facing us is not whether to say yes or no to Syriza, but how the EU continues its construction, write Ernest Maragall MEP and Jordi Angusto.

[Opinion] Europe commits suicide in Greece

EU Observer - 2 juli, 2015 - 14:39
With the current neoliberal austerity policies, other European countries will end up in the same misery and hopelessness as Greece.

When more doesn’t mean merrier: Why mobile mergers should cheer up consumers

EU Active - 2 juli, 2015 - 14:35

Telecoms mergers drive investment. The European Commission needs to be balanced in how it regulates them, writes Afke Schaart.

Afke Schaart is Vice President for Europe at mobile operators association GSMA.

We’ve come a long way since the days of brick-sized mobile phones with aerials. Today’s mobile users want to check what time the bus will turn up via an app, wish their cousin in Australia a happy birthday over video chat, and answer that urgent email from their boss on the go – all at the same time.

MEPs fuming over Commission's abandonment of Maternity Leave Directive

EU Active - 2 juli, 2015 - 14:26

MEPs are fuming over the European Commission's move yesterday (1 July) to abandon laws that would expand maternity leave to 18 weeks.

Earlier this year, Parliament had pushed to save the Maternity Leave Directive after seven years in deadlocked talks with the Commission and Council.

Portuguese MEP Inês Zuber (GUE/NGL), shadow rapporteur on the Directive, said, “The decision to withdraw this directive is scandalous and represents a huge backlash for women's rights and gender equality in the EU.”

Europe’s regions demand financing for climate action

EU Active - 2 juli, 2015 - 14:20

Three more European regions pledged to reduce their CO2 emissions by 80-95% by 2050 at the Summit Climate and Territories (WSCT) in Lyon on 1 July. EurActiv France reports

Europe is dragging its feet on CCS

EU Active - 2 juli, 2015 - 14:03

The European Union lacks a strategy to develop and implement carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, writes Samuela Bassi.

[Feature] Athens on edge as referendum looms

EU Observer - 2 juli, 2015 - 14:03
Three days before the referendum, closed banks, frequent demos, and streams of leaflets are a reminder that the future of Greece is at stake.

[Feature] Athens on edge as referendum looms

EU Observer - 2 juli, 2015 - 14:03
Three days before the referendum, closed banks, frequent demos, and streams of leaflets are a reminder the future of Greece is at stake.

Why we need a genuine circular economy in Europe

EU Active - 2 juli, 2015 - 13:50

One important aspect has so far been missing from the debate on the circular economy - and that's the role played by natural capital, writes Luc Bas.

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