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07/12/2016

Concerns grow over the security of EU personnel at Greek hotspots

Items by Georgi Gotev


Enlargement 07-12-2016

Füle: If the EU disengages from the Balkans, others will engage ‘immediately’

Former Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle told an audience today (7 December) that if the EU distances itself from the Western Balkans, other geopolitical players will immediately seize the opportunity to assert their influence over the region.
Global Europe 07-12-2016

Commission questioned on possibility of Mogherini becoming Italian PM

Commission chief spokesperson Margaritis Schinas took a question yesterday (6 December) on the consequences of the possible appointment of Mogherini as Prime Minister of Italy, following the resignation of Matteo Renzi.
Europe's East 07-12-2016

Court of Auditors unable to say how EU money was spent in Ukraine

The EU has disbursed billions of euros to Ukraine, largely for budget support, but the European Court of Auditors (ECA) admitted yesterday (6 December) it was unable to say how the money was spent.
Euro & Finance 06-12-2016

Greens pre-empt Monti group report with alternative paper

The Green/EFA group stole the show ahead of the announcement of the results of the work of the “Monti group” on own resources for the future EU budget, by tabling an alternative report focusing on “green own resources”.
Trade & Society 06-12-2016

Wallonia proposes new rules for negotiating international trade deals

The Belgian region of Wallonia, which gained worldwide notoriety by keeping the CETA agreement and an EU-Canada summit hostage for several days, unveiled the Namur Declaration on Monday (5 December), proposing a new way to negotiate international trade treaties.
Energy 06-12-2016

Ukraine ready to join trilateral gas talks in Brussels

Ukraine is ready to join trilateral talks to discuss gas issues with Russia on 9 December in Brussels, the country’s state energy company Naftogaz said on its Twitter account yesterday (5 December).
Energy 05-12-2016

Five offers made for use of Greece-Bulgaria gas interconnector

Five binding offers have been submitted for the use of the natural gas pipeline between Bulgaria and Greece, the joint venture building the link said in a statement.
Future EU 02-12-2016

December EU summit to last one day only, May not invited for dinner

The regular end-of-year summit of EU leaders will last only one day and will end with a dinner where Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is not invited, the indicative programme of the meeting showed yesterday (1 December).
Energy 01-12-2016

Privatisation of Greek gas grid operator DESFA fails

Greece said yesterday (30 November) that talks to sell a 66% stake in gas grid operator DESFA to Azerbaijan's state-owned oil company, SOCAR, were not successful.

Belgian beer culture added to UNESCO’s heritage list

Beer culture in Belgium was inscribed yesterday (30 November) on UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Rights groups expose flaws in EU counterterrorism directive

The European institutions reached an agreement yesterday (30 November) on a directive that is aimed at better equipping the EU with instruments to counter terrorism. But civil rights groups warned that it risks undermining fundamental freedoms.
UK & Europe 25-11-2016

Barnier steps up Brexit talk preparations

Michel Barnier, the European Commission’s Brexit negotiator has visited most of the EU capitals to test the waters ahead of negotiations. EU27 officials will hold a meeting next week to discuss details of the forthcoming negotiation.
Global Europe 25-11-2016

MEPs draw map of pro- and anti-Russian countries in the EU

A European Parliament vote on a resolution seen as extremely critical of Russia has allowed the painting of a very precise picture of which countries have the most pro- and anti- Russian MEPs. The Vote Watch website allows us to see exactly how each MEP voted and who the “rebels” are.
Global Europe 25-11-2016

Fillon calls Hollande’s hardline policy on Russia ‘absurd’

In a televised debate last night (24 November) French conservative frontrunner François Fillon said Russia must be anchored to Europe, or else Moscow would couple with China, to the detriment of the continent.
Global Europe 24-11-2016

Poroshenko: EU under very severe attack from Russia

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said today (24 November) that the EU was under very severe attack from nationalists and populists, but also from Russia.
EU Priorities 2020 24-11-2016

Schulz’s departure 'gives chance for EU reset’

The decision of European Parliament President Martin Schulz to return to domestic politics, where he is expected to run for chancellor in Germany's October 2017 election, raises questions about the political future of his Commission counterpart, Jean-Claude Juncker.
Public Affairs 24-11-2016

Fico overreacts to allegations of Slovak presidency accounting tweaks

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico has ended his country's EU Presidency on a sour note by calling journalists who reported allegations of accounting tweaks by his government as “dirty, anti-Slovak prostitutes."
Future EU 23-11-2016

Maltese Presidency unveils photos of Europa building

EurActiv.com is happy to unveil the Europa building, expected to be opened during the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU, starting 1 January 2017. Photographs of the Brussels location for future EU summits were kindly provided by the presidency.
Global Europe 23-11-2016

Maltese Presidency unveils logo, priorities

Malta, which will take over the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU on 1 January 2017, has unveiled its logo and priorities, its overarching objective being to restore trust in the Union.
Enlargement 23-11-2016

MEPs urge freezing Turkey membership talks

A vast majority of the political groups in the European Parliament yesterday (22 November) said the Commission should temporarily freeze the accession talks with Turkey because of its post-coup purges - while the Commission warned that cutting ties would be a lose-lose solution.
Global Europe 22-11-2016

Trump’s Russia policy looms large over EU-Ukraine summit

The EU-Ukraine 18th summit to be held on Thursday (24 November) is expected to discuss the consequences of an expected distancing of Washington from Kyiv, and the need for Brussels to do more in assisting the pro-Western government of President Petro Poroshenko.
Global Europe 21-11-2016

New Russian missiles in Kaliningrad ‘are answer to US shield’

Moscow will deploy S-400 surface-to-air missiles and nuclear-capable Iskander systems in the exclave of Kaliningrad in retaliation for NATO deployments, a senior pro-Kremlin lawmaker was quoted as saying today (20 November).
Enlargement 21-11-2016

Turkey blocks MEPs from visiting imprisoned Kurdish leader

Turkish authorities on Monday (21 November) blocked a delegation of national and European Parliament lawmakers from visiting the leader of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party, who has been held in jail for almost three weeks.

Concerns grow over the security of EU personnel at Greek hotspots

Belgium has repatriated its  hotspots personnel in the Greek islands, out of security concerns. The European Commission said that the security at hotspots is the responsibility of the Greek government.