The successful conclusion of a global agreement at the Paris Climate Conference depends heavily on the mobilisation of finance for the fight against climate change. So far, international fundraising efforts have lacked intensity. EurActiv France reports.
Imposing reforms that are sometimes considered humiliating is the best way to jeopardise the construction of Europe, and plant the seeds of social devastation, populism and extremism, writes Elio Di Rupo.
Elio Di Rupo is the leader of the Belgian Socialist Party and the former Prime Minister of Belgium.
The UK is successfully pursuing its policy objectives in the EU, according to a new report dismissing the idea of Britain as isolated and lacking in allies.
For the second year in a row, the UK has more successes than failures when it comes to pushing its agenda at EU level.
The European Commission published yesterday (28 January) its annual reports on Bulgaria and Romania, the two countries being monitored in an effort to help improve their deficient law-enforcement systems. Bulgaria expected a harsh report, but the Commission spared it criticism.
Ahead of publication, local media speculated that the report would be devastating, as it is common knowledge that the country has made no progress in reforming its judiciary and fighting corruption.
The economic divides between developing countries are widening. In order to defend their interests at the climate negotiations, large emerging economies, small island states and the less advanced countries are forming alliances based on common concerns. EurActiv France reports.
The projects Germany is pursuing within the framework of the European Commission's €315 billion Investment offensive include outdated ideas and dead ends, says Peter Friedrich, Baden-Wuerttemberg’s Minister for Europe. The list, he says, urgently needs a general reworking, otherwise regions and municipalities will lose out.
The European Commission's €315 billion investment plan to spur growth could create more than 2.1 million net new jobs, lowering the bloc's jobless rate by 1% by 2018, said the International Labour Organization (ILO) based on a report">
In a move to bring more gender balance to EU institutions, the European Commissioner in charge of budget and human resources, Kristalina Georgieva, promised to boost the number of women in top positions to 40% by the end of her mandate.
"I can assure you we will get there, you can trust me," she told EurActiv, adding that her task was to increase the number of women in higher positions from the current 27.5% to 40% by the end of the Juncker Commission's term.
The European Commission is withholding €1.1 billion of CAP repayments from France over the misspending of agricultural subsidies between 2008 and 2012. EurActiv France reports.
A pro-Russian, anti-war rally was held in front of Kyiv city hall on Wednesday (28 January). Mayor Vitaly Klitschko faced the protestors and told them not to let themselves be manipulated by hostile propaganda. EurActiv reports from Kyiv.
The protest was held in the centre of Kyiv, close to the Maidan square, with some 500 people raising identical industrial-made banners appealing for “peace” and “justice”.
The EU will seek a global voice in the burgeoning data privacy debate, the new European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), Giovanni Buttarelli, said yesterday (28 January) against a backdrop of mounting tension on data issues between the EU and the US.
“Europe needs to be at the forefront in shaping a global, digital standard for privacy and data protection which centres on the rights of the individual,” Buttarelli said on data privacy day, staking out the direction he intends to take the office of EDPS (see background).