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Ending extreme poverty: A majority in the EP is a majority in Europe

EU Active - 22 oktober, 2014 - 14:47

A combination of persistence and an affinity with development issues has allowed ONE’s young campaigners to, against all odds, achieve their objective of persuading half the members of the European Parliament to sign a petition to end extreme poverty in the world by 2030, writes Karen Ercoli,

Karen Ercoli is Italian Youth Ambassador for The ONE campaign

What is the future for shale gas in Lithuania?

EU Active - 22 oktober, 2014 - 14:42

One year ago, Lithuania’s Prime Minister made no effort to encourage Chevron to stay and explore the possibility to develop shale gas in the country. Today the country may regret it, writes Ramūnas Bogdanas.

Ramūnas Bogdanas is a columnist in Lithuania’s EN.DLEFI.LT

#TeamJunckerEU: First 100 Days

EU Active - 22 oktober, 2014 - 14:31

On Wednesday (22 October), Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker received the go-ahead from the European Parliament to lead the EU executive for the next five years, starting 1 November. The first 100 days will be crucial in showing European citizens and parliaments that the former Prime Minister of Luxembourg is preparing to deliver on his promise: a new start for Europe. EurActiv will keep a close eye on #TeamJuncker. Follow all developments here.

[Video] Barroso says goodbye to MEPs

EU Observer - 22 oktober, 2014 - 13:24
After 10 years as European Commission president, his most "emotional" moment was collecting the EU's Nobel Peace Prize, Jose Manuel Barroso told MEPs in Strasbourg on Tuesday (21 October) in his last speech in the European Parliament.


The Juncker Commission: What party balances?

EU Active - 22 oktober, 2014 - 13:07

The inauguration of the Juncker Commission brings to a close a nomination process in which Commissioners' party ties played an important role. It is nevertheless balanced, on fairly stable partisan grounds, in comparison with the Barroso Commission, and is likely to move towards political choices oscillating between continuity and a break with the past, argues Yves Bertoncini.

EU parliament approves Juncker commission

EU Observer - 22 oktober, 2014 - 12:57
MEPs have approved Juncker's new EU commission, with a slightly smaller majority than in 2010, and following a number of concessions on portfolios.


Juncker wins support for 'last-chance' Commission

EU Active - 22 oktober, 2014 - 12:46

President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker secured confirmation for his new Commission from MEPs today (22 October), winning over a grand coalition of Socialists and centre-right MEPs, using a combination of charm and a few last-minute tweaks to policy.

[Ticker] EP approves Juncker commission

EU Observer - 22 oktober, 2014 - 11:37
The European Parliament has approved the new EU commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker with 423 in favour, 209 against and 67 abstentions. Back in 2010, MEPs approved the second Barroso commission with 488 votes to 137 and 72 abstentions. The number of MEPs has since changed from 736 to 751.


[Ticker] Pharma and medical devices unit goes back to health

EU Observer - 22 oktober, 2014 - 11:30
EU commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said he listened to criticism from MEPs and medical figures after he announced that pharmaceuticals and medical devices were to be moved to the industry commissioner in his new team. Juncker decided to reverse that decision and allow the health commissioner to be in charge.


[Ticker] Hahn portfolio still called 'enlargement negotiations'

EU Observer - 22 oktober, 2014 - 11:30
Incoming EU commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said he has given a lot of thought but decided to keep the "enlargement negotiations" portfolio named as such, because he doesn't want to "delude people into thinking they could become members in the next 5 years." Johannes Hahn is the commissioner in charge.


[Ticker] Navracsics to get sport instead of citizenship

EU Observer - 22 oktober, 2014 - 11:29
Incoming Hungarian commissioner Tibor Navracsics will remain in charge of culture and education, but will get sport instead of citizenship, said commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker. MEPs said he should get a different portfolio because he was part of the Orban government in Budapest cracking down on media freedom and NGOs.


[Ticker] Juncker tasks Timmermans on special courts in EU-US trade deal

EU Observer - 22 oktober, 2014 - 11:27
Incoming EU commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker told MEPs he is tasking his 'first vice-president', Frans Timmermans to "advise" him on so-called investor-state dispute settlement arrangements in the EU-US free trade deal under negotiation. ISDS clauses are common in free trade deals, but they are seen as 'special courts' favouring businesses.


Juncker fine-tunes new Commission ahead of vote

EU Active - 22 oktober, 2014 - 10:27

Jean-Claude Juncker has responded to pressure from the European Parliament with some final modifications to Commission portfolios, ahead of today's vote in Strasbourg. EurActiv France reports

[Ticker] Frontex under fundamental rights probe

EU Observer - 22 oktober, 2014 - 10:23
EU ombudsman Emily O'Reilly on Wednesday announced her office has opened an investigation into how the EU's border agency, Frontex, applies fundamental rights when migrants are forced to return to their home countries. "I want to find out how Frontex is equipped to deal with potential violations," said O'Reilly.


France's German investors remain positive

EU Active - 22 oktober, 2014 - 09:33

The 2203 German businesses operating in France are doing well. Despite reporting a downturn in France's economic situation, German investors remain optimistic about the future. EurActiv France reports

Largest banks to pay most in resolution plan

EU Active - 22 oktober, 2014 - 08:47

The European Commission Tuesday (21 October) issued rules for calculating the contributions of banks to national resolution funds and a proposal for banks contributing to the banking union’s Single Resolution Fund that would see largest banks hardest hit.

The proposal, which must now be agreed with the Parliament, foresees banks paying contributions in proportion to their size and risk profile, sparing smaller lending banks from large contributions.  

Former Polish FM causes scandal on Russia interview

EU Observer - 22 oktober, 2014 - 08:30
He came close to being the EU’s new foreign policy chief, but Sikorski’s political future is in doubt over his handling of a press interview.


Bank rescue fund to rely on big lenders

EU Observer - 22 oktober, 2014 - 08:29
Europe's biggest banks will foot almost all of the bill for a new EU rescue fund for stricken lenders, according to a plan published on Tuesday.


[Ticker] Poll: Majority of Poles opposed to euro

EU Observer - 22 oktober, 2014 - 08:16
Three in four Poles (76%) are against joining the euro, according to a GfK poll published on Tuesday. Poland is obliged under the EU treaties to adopt the euro and will decide the concrete steps towards joining after national elections in 2015, president Bronislaw Komorowski said on Monday.


Liberals demand last-minute concessions in return for Juncker vote

EU Active - 22 oktober, 2014 - 07:54

The liberals in the European Parliament have called for a last-minute reshuffle while the Greens decided to vote against the new European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker. EurActiv France reports

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