[Ticker] France, Germany, and Poland near compromise on climate

EU Observer - 23 oktober, 2014 - 21:38
France, Germany, and Poland, as well as EU Council head Van Rompuy, have agreed the "broad outlines of a compromise" on EU climate targets, a senior EU source said. Poland is to commit to greenhouse cuts in return for concessions worth hundreds of millions of euros for its coal-based industries.

EU leaders mull climate u-turn if international talks fail

EU Observer - 23 oktober, 2014 - 20:41
The 2030 climate and energy targets which EU leaders are trying to agree at a Brussels summit on Thursday will not be set in stone.

Ebola’s Next Frontier

EU Active - 23 oktober, 2014 - 18:35

Urban density, congested slums and shantytowns with poor sanitation, drainage, and sewage, and weak health-care infrastructure in India – it is easy to imagine how the Ebola virus could spread rapidly. A single infected person who arrives from West Africa and is then untraceable could easily trigger an epidemic, write Hrishabh Sandilya and Dany Shoham.

[Ticker] EU loses €177 billion in unpaid VAT

EU Observer - 23 oktober, 2014 - 18:18
VAT revenues worth €177 billion were lost in the EU in 2012, according to report published Thursday by the European Commission. The EU executive's 'VAT Gap' paper found that 16 percent of the total expected VAT revenue from 26 EU countries was lost due to non-compliance or non-collection.

[Ticker] Schulz: climate deal 'essence' of EU summit

EU Observer - 23 oktober, 2014 - 18:05
An “ambitious climate policy” is the “essence” of Thursday's EU summit, European Parliament president Martin Schulz said in a press conference. “If we give up on these goals … it will never be possible to have a binding international agreement," he said, advocating "a leading role" for the EU.

[Ticker] EU pledges €24.4 million for Ebola research

EU Observer - 23 oktober, 2014 - 18:01
The European Commission on Thursday pledged €24.4 million to speed up research to develop vaccines and treatments against the Ebola virus."We're in a race against time on Ebola, and we must address both the emergency situation and at the same time have a longterm response," said commission president Barroso.

[Ticker] Climate change 'question of survival', says outgoing EU chief

EU Observer - 23 oktober, 2014 - 17:31
In his introductory remarks at the EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, European Council boss Herman van Rompuy described climate change as a "question of survival". EU leaders are debating targets on energy efficiency, renewable sources, and greenhouse gas emissions. The summit is Van Rompuy's last as Council president.

[Ticker] Greece to represent Cyprus at EU summit, while president recovers

EU Observer - 23 oktober, 2014 - 17:29
Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras will represent Cyprus at the EU summit in Brussels, after its president, Nicos Anastasiades, was briefly hospitalized for a prolonged nosebleed due to high blood pressure. Anastasiades is "in good health" and resting in his hotel, according to a statement by his spokesperson.

[Ticker] Police protest in Brussels with empty boxes

EU Observer - 23 oktober, 2014 - 16:33
Up to 500 Belgian police officers protested in Brussels Thursday afternoon, Belgian media reported. The protesters, who want a lower pension age, handed out empty boxes to colleagues securing the EU council summit. They said the boxes “symbolise" what has been offered by the minister of home affairs.

[Ticker] MEPs back subsidies for tobacco crops

EU Observer - 23 oktober, 2014 - 16:31
The European Parliament on Wednesday rejected an amendment in the EU 2015 budget to stop subsidies for tobacco crops. The text said "no payments should be made towards tobacco aid, as EU funding should not be used for purposes that are harmful to health." Three hundred eight-six euro-deputies disagreed.

Yatsenyuk: Russia may disrupt Ukraine’s Sunday election

EU Active - 23 oktober, 2014 - 14:44

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk warned today (23 October) of possible attempts by Russia to disrupt Sunday's parliamentary election in Ukraine, and ordered a full security mobilisation to prevent "terrorist acts" being carried out.

"It is clear that attempts to destabilise the situation will continue and be provoked by the Russian side. They did not succeed during the presidential election [in May] ... but their plans have remained," he told a meeting of top security chiefs and election monitors.

Barroso clashes with Italy over published budget warning

EU Observer - 23 oktober, 2014 - 14:32
European Commission president Barroso has hit out at Italy for publishing a letter the commission sent asking Rome to justify its budget for 2015.

Sweden's Ambassador to Poland: 'On climate, I hope our children won’t blame us for inaction'

EU Active - 23 oktober, 2014 - 13:08

There is still hope for meaningful decisions to be made at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, Swedish Ambassador Staffan Herrström told EurActiv Poland in an exclusive interview.

EurActiv Poland’s Karolina Zbytniewska and Krzysztof Kokoszczyński asked the diplomat about the recent Swedish elections, energy, environment, gender policies, as well as the Ukrainian crisis.

Poll shows UK support for EU at 20-year high

EU Observer - 23 oktober, 2014 - 12:38
The rise of the UK Independence party has coincided with increased support for Britain remaining part of the EU, according to a survey published on Wednesday.

[Ticker] Italy asked to justify national budget plans

EU Observer - 23 oktober, 2014 - 12:10
Italy has been warned to explain its budget plans in a letter from economic affairs commissioner Jyrki Katainen. The letter asks finance minister Pier Padoan to explain by Friday why Italy intends to breach the EU's deficit rules and if it intends to comply with the rules in 2016.

Member states claim veto over 2030 climate and energy laws

EU Active - 23 oktober, 2014 - 12:06

European Union climate and energy laws will be subject to an effective member state veto after tonight’s summit of EU leaders in Brussels.

Any European Commission legislation following agreement on the EU's 2030 climate and energy framework will only be passed by a unanimous vote of all 28 member states, sources have revealed.

INFOGRAPHIC: Green Climate Fund - where is the money?

EU Active - 23 oktober, 2014 - 10:40

The Green Climate Fund, which is the UN’s main instrument to transfer money to developing countries, in order to assist them in countering climate change, was launched in 2009 with the aim of raising climate finance by $100 billion a year by 2020. Only a fraction of this sum has been pledged so far.

Live: EU summit on climate and energy, Ebola

EU Active - 23 oktober, 2014 - 10:32

EU leaders are in Brussels on 23-24 October for European Council talks focusing on the bloc's 2030 energy and climate policy. Ebola is also on the official agenda. Follow the developments live on EurActiv.

A woman should be appointed as EU Ebola envoy

EU Active - 23 oktober, 2014 - 09:56

EU leaders are expected to appoint a coordinator on Ebola during the Council summit on 23-24 October, and this special envoy should be a woman, writes Mirjam van Reisen.

Mirjam van Reisen is a professor of International Social Responsibility at Tilburg University in the Netherlands.

An American in Strasbourg: US ambassador woos MEPs on trade pact

EU Observer - 23 oktober, 2014 - 09:24
The new US ambassador is to come to the EU parliament more often, amid efforts to include investor protection in the EU-US trade deal.

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