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04/05/2016

Analyst: Germany has ideas for solving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict


Digital 04-05-2016

End of roaming charges could see mobile operators hike other tariffs

The planned end of roaming charges within the European Union is often presented as a victory for consumers, but it could actually push up prices. EurActiv’s partner La Tribune reports.
Development Policy 04-05-2016

EU among donor groups suspending aid to Mozambique over hidden debt

Donor nations and institutions including the EU that contribute to Mozambique's state budget have suspended their support over revelations of $1.4 billion in hidden debt, officials said Wednesday (4 May).

Commission approves extending border checks at internal Schengen borders

The European Commission approved today (4 May) extending by six months controls at several frontiers inside the free-travel Schengen area, saying checks were justified by deficiencies in Greece's management of the bloc's external border.
UK & Europe 04-05-2016

Live: Countdown to Brexit referendum

Britain will vote on its membership of the European Union on 23 June. Follow EurActiv's live feed for the latest developments.
Transport 04-05-2016

Courier giant ushers in ‘future of aviation’ with biofuels drive

The world's largest express transportation company, FedEx, is pioneering the use of sustainable aviation fuels through a new partnership which will see millions of gallons of biofuel produced from waste wood biomass. EurActiv’s partner edie.net reports.
Health & Consumers 04-05-2016

EU court upholds new tobacco laws on packaging, menthol cigarettes

The EU's top court on Wednesday (4 May) ruled that the bloc's new laws on plain tobacco packaging and ban on menthol cigarettes were legal, rejecting a challenge by tobacco giant Philip Morris and others.
Health & Consumers 04-05-2016

Rising medicine costs burden global health systems

France is leading calls for the G7 to act against the inflation of medicine prices. Treatment costs are rising in rich countries, but can be even higher in the developing world. EurActiv France reports.
Elections 04-05-2016

S&D: Pasok is 'completely isolated' in our group

EXCLUSIVE / Greece’s Pan-Hellenic Socialist Movement (Pasok) is “completely isolated” from the Socialists and Democrats (S&D), and its attitude about the government’s negotiations with its creditors is “embarrassing”, sources told EurActiv.com.


Development Policy 04-05-2016

Cracks appear in EU-ACP unity at Cotonou meeting in Dakar

Dissent was heard at the high-level meeting in Dakar last week of the EU and the 79-member states of the African, Caribbean and Pacific group.
Transport 04-05-2016

20 cities challenge relaxation of EU air pollution standards

Ordered to cut air pollution levels by Brussels, a group of EU cities are taking the Commission to court over its decision to relax car emissions standards, making their objectives even less attainable. EurActiv France reports.
Digital 04-05-2016

Web accessibility will now be the law of the land in Europe

On Tuesday (3 May), after a long night of negotiation, and after more than three years since its proposal, it was agreed that web accessibility will now be the law of the land in Europe. This is a victory not only for persons with disabilities, but all of us, writes Dita Charanzová.
Public Affairs 04-05-2016

Brussels' EU quarter to get facelift, amid traffic chaos

Brussels city authorities - acutely aware of the negative image of the city's European quarter - are planning to give the Schuman roundabout a facelift, complete with a new pedestrian zone.
Europe's East 04-05-2016

Report: Missile launcher that downed MH17 belongs to the Russian army

The missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine on 17 July 2014, killing all 298 people onboard, was fired by a missile launcher belonging to Russia's army,  a report revealed yesterday (3 May).

Hungary to hold EU refugee quota referendum by October

Hungary will hold a referendum in September or early October on whether to accept any future European Union quota system for resettling migrants, the prime minister's office said yesterday (3 May).
Euro & Finance 04-05-2016

Tusk urges Greek debt deal 'very soon'

Council President Donald Tusk urged the eurozone yesterday (3 May) to swiftly close talks on fresh reform measures for debt-hit Greece, saying it would help global economic stability.
Europe's East 04-05-2016

Analyst: Germany has ideas for solving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

After the 4-day war in Nagorno-Karabakh at the beginning of April, we may see changes at the negotiating table, as Berlin has indicated it would like to take a stronger role, Amanda Paul, Senior Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centre (EPC), told EurActiv.com in an exclusive interview.