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24/05/2016

Everything you need to know about the World Humanitarian Summit


Romanian groups push for same-sex marriage ban

Romanian campaigners said Monday (23 May) they had collected three million signatures on a petition to block same-sex unions in the EU member state.
Digital 24-05-2016

Commission to publish guidelines on sharing economy next week

The European Commission's highly anticipated views on the sharing economy are expected to pave the way towards a solution to outstanding complaints put forward against the likes of Uber and Airbnb in a number of EU countries.
Europe's East 24-05-2016

France grants visa to blacklisted Russian minister

France granted Russian Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev an entry visa, the ministry said yesterday (23 May), even though he is on a European Union list of Russians banned from entering the bloc after Moscow annexed Ukraine's Crimea peninsula.

What would Brexit mean for the environment?

With only a month to go before the UK referendum, a narrow range of issues has dominated the debate, leaving many others, including working conditions, international development and the environment firmly in the shadows, write Viviane Gravey and Andrew Jordan.
Euro & Finance 24-05-2016

A new property bubble in France?

France’s High Council for Financial Stability has warned that the commercial property market may be a bubble about to burst. EurActiv’s partner La Tribune reports.

EU to train Libyan coast guard to fight refugee smuggling

The European Union agreed yesterday (23 May) to broaden the mandate of its naval mission to combat refugee smuggling off Libya by agreeing to train the Libyan coast guard and navy.
Development Policy 24-05-2016

World leaders discuss tourism's potential to eradicate poverty

According to the World Tourism Organisation (WTO), tourists injected €1.1 trillion into the economies of their destinations last year. Their potential to help developing countries was discussed at a conference in China last week. EurActiv’s partner El País – Planeta Futuro reports.
Energy 24-05-2016

The EU needs bioenergy - but it must be sustainable

Over the past few months, tense debates on the sustainability of biomass used for energy production have arisen. Most stakeholders seem to agree on one point: we need an EU policy to ensure the sustainability of biomass, writes Harri Laurikka.


UK & Europe 23-05-2016

Live: Countdown to Brexit referendum

The United Kingdom will vote on its membership of the European Union on 23 June. As we move within a month of the all-important date, follow EurActiv's live feed for all the latest developments.
UK & Europe 23-05-2016

UK Commissioner wades into Brexit debate

UK Commissioner Jonathan Hill has warned that Britain’s ‘Brexit’ from the EU would put London’s status as the bloc’s pre-eminent financial hub at risk.
Elections 23-05-2016

Austrian far-right presidential candidate concedes defeat

The Austrian Freedom Party's (FPÖ) candidate in the presidential election, Norbert Hofer, has conceded defeat to his independent rival, Alexander van der Bellen.
Development Policy 23-05-2016

EU sets sights on West Africa's gun problem

A €5.6 million EU funded programme in West Africa is pushing for the voluntary surrender of small and light arms that are in the hands of civilians in exchange for incentives like social amenities and development activities for residents. EurActiv Germany reports.
Health & Consumers 23-05-2016

Commission may offer defining criteria on hormone disruptors by June

After a delay of more than two years, the criteria defining hormone disruptors could be presented at the meeting of the College of European Commissioners on 15 June, Le Monde reported on Friday (20 May). EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Development Policy 23-05-2016

World humanitarian summit starts amid hope, hype and fear of empty words

Hundreds of world leaders and politicians will descend on Istanbul on Monday in a nominal attempt to reform the global humanitarian system, despite criticism that their summit is a photo-opportunity that will achieve little.  
UK & Europe 23-05-2016

Poll: Majority of Greeks against a Brexit

A majority of Greeks want the UK to remain in the EU ahead of the 23rd June referendum, according to a new poll.
Development Policy 23-05-2016

Everything you need to know about the World Humanitarian Summit

Politicians will meet in Istanbul on 23-24 May to debate how to deal with global crises that have been exacerbated by war, climate change and natural disasters. EurActiv's media partner, The Guardian, looks at the main questions surrounding the summit's objectives and organisation.