French politicians, already notorious for holding multiple political positions at home, will be able to continue doing so in the European Parliament until 2019. EurActiv France reports.
Despite planned cuts of 50 billion euros over three years, France will face a deficit of 95 billion euros in 2015. EurActiv France reports.
More than 300,000 people have signed a petition to stop Miguel Arias Cañete’s appointment as Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy ahead of a European Parliament confirmation hearing today (1 October).
Cañete, a Spanish conservative criticised for his links to the oil industry, will face MEPs in the European Parliament at 18.00 pm Brussels time.
The next five years will not see any new enlargement by the EU, Jean-Claude Juncker stated in his guidelines for the next European Commission. However, during his Parliament hearing on Tuesday (30 September), Enlargement Commissioner-designate Johannes Hahn said there will be no "twiddling of thumbs" either. EurActiv Germany reports.
A new Swedish government could introduce quotas to bring more women onto company boards if businesses don't act themselves during the next two years, a spokesman for the Green Party said on Wednesday (1 October).
The Green Party looks set to be the junior coalition partner in the incoming government headed by the Social Democrats, who became the biggest party in a general election on 14 September.
Women are expected to fill a number of key cabinet posts in the new government, which will be announced on Friday, including that of finance minister and foreign minister.
The European Commission has pledged an additional €165 million in aid for farmers affected by Russian sanctions, after being subjected to withering criticism from food producers across the bloc over its first aid plan.
"Because of the embargo, we could risk bankruptcy," 25-year-old apple farmer Stefano Francia said in an interview with the Thomson Reuters Foundation before Monday night's Commission announcement (30 September)
The best way to combat illegal migration is to set up a regular immigration framework and not a “Fortress Europe”, according to Dimitris Avramopoulos, the Greek commissioner-designate for migration and home affairs. EurActiv Greece reports.
The former Greek defence minister appeared before the Parliament's Civil Liberties and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) on Tuesday (30 September).
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's success in staring down opposition from within his party over labour reform has delivered a symbolic political success but its impact on hiring and firing rules appears limited.
The top brass in prime minister's centre-left Democratic Party (PD) backed his proposals to change job protection rules by 130 votes to 20 late Monday, despite angry opposition from party heavyweights Massimo D'Alema and Pierluigi Bersani.
Tobacco giant Philip Morris was the company that spent the most money on lobbying the EU last year, according to data compiled by civil society organisations.
Philip Morris spent about €5.25 million and petrol firm ExxonMobil up to €5 million, according to LobbyFacts, a joint project by Friends of the Earth Europe, the Corporate Europe Observatory and LobbyControl.
Cypriot Commissioner-designate Christostos Stylianides, assigned the portfolio of Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management by President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker, made an excellent impression at his hearing yesterday (30 September) thanks to his commitment, and remarkable resemblance to movie star Omar Sharif.
Stylianides is a dental surgeon by training, but also studied political science, international relations and EU affairs. He was a government spokesperson, an MP in his native Cyprus and ,since May, an MEP in the centre-right EPP group.