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Development Policy 26-07-2017

Macron announces U-turn on development budget

After announcing budget cuts at the beginning of July, President Emmanuel Macron has reaffirmed his commitment to increase France’s official development assistance budget to 0.55% of gross national income (GNI) by 2022. EURACTIV France reports.

Development Policy 20-07-2017

Member states fail to back Emergency Trust Fund for Africa

The Emergency Trust Fund for Africa has stalled. The situation is frustrating the European Parliament and Commission, which have demanded that EU member states respect their commitments. EURACTIV France reports.

CETA 19-07-2017

Looming CETA application undermines Macron’s campaign promise

The provisional entry into force of the EU’s free trade agreement with Canada on 21 September leaves little time for the evaluation committee established by France’s new president to deliver its verdict on the deal. EURACTIV France reports.

Development Policy 11-07-2017

French backtracking on FTT undermines development commitments

France’s development aid objectives appear to be compromised by a reduction in the base of the Financial Transaction Tax (FTT), which funds more than 20% of the country’s international solidarity effort. EURACTIV France reports.

Future EU 07-07-2017

Rodrigues: ‘This European Parliament can’t be led by a right-wing majority’

The European Parliament on Wednesday (5 July) failed to agree a common position on the Commission Work Programme for 2018. In an interview with EURACTIV.com, Maria João Rodrigues welcomed this as a sign that the conservative domination of the legislature is coming to an end.

Future EU 06-07-2017

France continues to block debate on Strasbourg seat

The movement to establish a single European Parliament seat in Brussels has the wind in its sails. But France is resolutely blocking any serious debate on the closure of the institution’s Strasbourg premises. EURACTIV France reports.

Circular economy 05-07-2017

Parliament calls for legislation against Europe’s throwaway society

MEPs agreed on Tuesday (4 July) that manufacturers of electronic appliances should be encouraged to boost the useful life-span of their products by offering affordable spare parts and repair services. EURACTIV France reports.

Economy & Jobs 04-07-2017

MEPs pass new rules to tackle multinationals’ tax avoidance

The European Parliament on Tuesday (4 July) voted to oblige multinationals to publish details of their activities on a country-by-country basis, even outside the EU. The measure is designed to help the poorest countries fight tax evasion. EURACTIV France reports.

Economy & Jobs 04-07-2017

Leaders gear up for global steel trade war ahead of G20

Donald Trump could block steel imports for reasons of national security. Europe, already in conflict with China over dumping in the sector, will attempt to mobilise opposition to this move. EURACTIV France reports.

Future EU 03-07-2017

French MEPs prepare to fight over Strasbourg seat

Many MEPs hope to replace the European Parliament’s Strasbourg seat with the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which will leave London once the UK pulls out of the EU. But French politicians will not let go of Strasbourg without a fight. EURACTIV France reports.

Development Policy 23-06-2017

EU fails to convince ACP countries to sanction Burundi

Despite two years of political crisis and a downward spiral of human rights and rule of law abuses in Burundi, Europe has failed to mobilise a wave of condemnation from other developing countries. EURACTIV France reports.

Economy & Jobs 14-06-2017

European Parliament on the fence over tax transparency for multinationals

After a vote on Monday (12 June) by MEPs, European multinationals will be obliged publish details of their activities in every country where they operate. But a number of exemptions could weaken the tax transparency system. EURACTIV France reports.

Politics 09-06-2017

France joins Commission in backing European Defence Union

France and the European Commission have thrown their weight behind a proposed European Defence Union, saying it was needed more than ever because Europe was no longer "a safe continent". EURACTIV France reports.

Development Policy 02-06-2017

European Parliament validates Consensus on Development

EU lawmakers yesterday (1 June) waved through the new Consensus on Development. But many criticisms, including on migration controls that feature in the text, have gone unanswered. EURACTIV France reports.

Economy & Jobs 01-06-2017

Juncker promises EU law to protect whistleblowers

At his hearing with MEPs investigating the Panama Papers scandal on Tuesday (30 May), the European Commission president promised to present a bill to improve and harmonise the protection of whistleblowers across the EU, a subject on which the block is divided. EURACTIV France reports.

Development Policy 30-05-2017

Development expert: ‘Haiti would be better off without international aid’

Haiti is one of many poor countries where international aid has failed to fulfil its objectives. Despite billions of dollars being pumped in, little has changed since the disastrous earthquake of 2010, Joel Boutroue told EURACTIV France.

CETA 26-05-2017

Canada ratification upsets Macron’s promises on CETA

Canada’s ratification of CETA on 17 May opens the door to a provisional application of the free trade agreement in the coming weeks. But it places Emmanuel Macron’s promise to establish an expert committee to evaluate the impact of the deal on shaky ground. EURACTIV France reports.

Development Policy 24-05-2017

‘Private sector development helps stabilise vulnerable countries’

Private sector development is crucial to stabilising the most vulnerable countries. But ensuring businesses respect social and environmental standards is a real challenge, Anne-Sophie Rakoutz told EURACTIV France.

Agenda for Change 22-05-2017

Vulnerable countries sound alarm on climate finance

The countries most exposed to the effects of climate change are still waiting for the finances they were promised in Paris in 2015. EURACTIV France reports.

Politics 18-05-2017

Europe leapfrogs foreign affairs in new French government

France’s new Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has set the tone of his leadership by reshuffling the country’s foreign ministry, much to the ire of the Eurosceptics. EURACTIV France reports.

17-05-2017

The Brief: The decline and fall of Manuel Valls

The political career of former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls continued its murky descent into obscurity this week.

Elections 16-05-2017

Cédric Villani: ‘Germany is aware of how much it owes Macron’

Emmanuel Macron’s election victory has allayed German fears of Frexit. This should help to oil the wheels of cooperation between the EU’s power couple, Cédric Villani said in an interview with EURACTIV France.

Politics 12-05-2017

Political innovation prize aims to restore public trust in politics

After an election marked by the collapse of France’s traditional political parties, the organisers of the award for political innovation hope their initiative will restore the public’s faith in politics. EURACTIV France reports.

Economy & Jobs 11-05-2017

‘Stop TTIP’ petition is legitimate, top EU court rules

Rejected by Brussels for its lack of a legal basis, the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) calling for an end to the EU’s free trade negotiations with the US and Canada was yesterday (10 May) vindicated by the Court of Justice of the EU. EURACTIV France reports.