The Commission is close to finalising proposals for economic and trade sanctions regarding Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula occupied by Russia. A final decision by member states is expected soon, diplomats told EurActiv.
Green MEPs have rallied against appointments in the European Parliament administration involving its president, Martin Schulz, in the run-up to the EU elections, in which he is a candidate for the Commission presidency.
The European Parliament voted in favour of the second Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI2) on Tuesday (15 April), a multi-billion Euro research programme run jointly by the European Commission and the pharmaceutical industry.
Following the EU's decision, Monday (14 April) to expand the list of Russian officials targeted by an asset freeze and travel ban, the United States announced that it is considering supplying arms to Ukraine.
The EU’s motivation for a proposal to scrap greenhouse gas intensity targets in its flagship Fuel Quality Directive (FQD), which regulates emissions from transport fuels, has been shrouded in mystery since it was first mooted three months ago, but EurActiv has uncovered new information.
For the last plenary session of the European Parliament’s current legislature, all eyes are on the hotly debated issue of “posted workers”. A compromise reached in February with the 28 EU member states introduces legal clarity to the 1996 directive, which has led to abuses of social legislation, but not all MEPs are satisfied with the outcome.
The European Parliament is set to approve new EU laws aimed at setting up infrastructure for alternative fuels in the EU, a move aimed at boosting electric vehicles and reducing Europe’s dependence on imported oil, MEPs said ahead of the plenary vote, which takes place today (15 April). EurActiv reports from Strasbourg.
Many European politicians have mapped out social media strategies to win votes in the upcoming European election. But critics argue that politicians should not assume that they will be able reach the average citizen, warning that social media tends to favour populist politicians.
After Greece's successful return to the bond market last week, the time has come for European investment in the debt-ridden country, according to the Federation of German Industries. EurActiv Greece reports.
From Martin Luther King to Erich Fromm, the universal – or unconditional – basic income (UBI) has always had its supporters. The idea is not new. But the economic crisis has brought it back to the forefront “as a solution” to the most pressing issues facing the EU today.
A video showing MEPs dancing in the streets of Brussels, to the tune of Pharrell Williams' "Happy", was launched last month, in the hope of attracting young voters for the next European elections, in May.
Voter support for Britain's anti-European Union UK Independence Party (UKIP) is at a record high according to one opinion poll on Sunday (13 , reflecting growing approval of the party ahead of European elections next month.
Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen said that his country, which is not a member of any military pact, should consider NATO membership along with Sweden, “when the time is right”. He added that there was no acute security risk for Finland due to the Ukraine crisis.
A newly established pro-European party intends to change the political balance in Greece ahead of EU elections in May. The new party, Potami (The River), has not decided yet to which European political family it will be affiliated, triggering tensions on the center-left. EurActiv Greece reports.