Jorge Valero

Economic governance 22-11-2017

Commission calls for reforms to address wage stagnation

The European Commission told member states on Wednesday (22 November) to prioritize policies that support wage growth, in light of the economic pain still suffered by many Europeans.

Energy 22-11-2017

Commission told Hungary how to win approval for Russia-backed nuclear plant   

The European Commission assisted Hungary in finding the right loophole in EU public procurement rules to get the green-light for the construction of the Russian-backed Paks II nuclear power plant, according to internal documents seen by EURACTIV.com.

Economy & Jobs 20-11-2017

China to invest in UK despite Brexit turbulences

While the EU-UK talks to agree on an orderly divorce have stalled, Chinese investors are willing to pour more money in the exiting member state over the coming years despite the uncertainty around its future relationship with the bloc.

Politics 17-11-2017

The Brief: Puigdemont, the doomed architect

For some, ousted president Carles Puigdemont is the architect of a new independent Catalan Republic. For others, he is just a coward who led his citizens to chaos and ruin, and fled to Belgium. Today, he got his day in court.

Economy & Jobs 16-11-2017

European Fiscal Board calls for simple but tougher rules

The European Fiscal Board, the EU's finance watchdog, wants clearer rules and real sanctions to punish profligate member states and limit the European Commission’s discretion to interpret the Stability and Growth Pact.

Global Europe 14-11-2017

EU willing to increase resources to counter Russian interference

Following developments in Eastern Europe and Catalonia, EU foreign affairs ministers pledged more resources to fight against foreign interference in Europe, in particular coming from Russian actors.

Economy & Jobs 14-11-2017

Champion of ‘helicopter money’ questions universal basic income

As chair of Britain's Financial Services Authority, Adair Turner saw the collapse of the financial system from the very top. In the aftermath of the crisis, he became one of the main advocates of helicopter money - but today he doubts if universal basic income is the best way to address growing inequality.

Economy & Jobs 09-11-2017

European economy beats expectations as risks decline

The European economy is enjoying a period of positive momentum as growth spreads across all member states, public accounts are expected to look healthier and risks are balanced for the first time in a long while, the European Commission concluded on Thursday (9 November).

Politics 08-11-2017

The Brief, powered by Eni – Catalonia and Belgium: Ceci n’est pas une crise

Charles Michel could hardly imagine few weeks ago that he would have a hard time in the Belgian Parliament because of Catalonia. But the escalation of the crisis in Spain, and the escape of sacked Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and part of his cabinet to Brussels, turned the early winter into a dark nightmare for the Belgian prime minister.

Future EU 07-11-2017

Puigdemont case: Belgian judge to request clarifications on Spain’s accusations

The Belgian judge overseeing the extradition of sacked Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and four of his cabinet members intends to request clarifications from Spain over the charges laid against the fugitives, sources close to the case told EURACTIV.com.

Puigdemont’s defence plan faces uphill battle as situation worsens

Deposed Catalan President Carles Puigdemont's plan to avoid extradition to Spain citing a lack of guarantees for a fair trial in Madrid may prove hard to back up legally under European Arrest Warrant (EAW) rules.

Politics 31-10-2017

The Brief: The fall of Puigdemont, the start of normalisation

Carles Puigdemont and five members of the dismissed Catalan government appeared before reporters today in Brussels in a highly anticipated (and messy) press conference.

Future EU 31-10-2017

Catalan leader flees to Brussels and prepares for legal battle against Spain

Sacked Catalan president Parles Puigdemont met on Monday (30 October) with a lawyer in Brussels as the Spanish general prosecutor called for charges of rebellion and sedition over his role in Catalonia's unilateral declaration of independence.

Future EU 30-10-2017

Catalan crisis sparks controversy inside Belgian government

While hundreds of thousands of Catalans took to the streets on Sunday (29 October) in favour of unity with Spain, the Catalan crisis provoked infighting in the Belgian coalition government after the Flemish nationalists offered asylum to Catalan president Carles Puigdemont.

Economy & Jobs 26-10-2017

Commission launches probe into UK tax exemption for multinationals

The European Commission decided on Thursday (26 October) to open an in-depth investigation into the UK exemptions granted to multinationals to protect them from tax avoidance rules.

Economy & Jobs 26-10-2017

Johnson: ‘I was hired by Soros for ‘Black Wednesday”

It is now 25 years since George Soros and Robert Johnson speculated against the pound,  costing £3.3 billion in losses, and forcing the UK out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM) that paved the way for the euro currency.

Economic governance 25-10-2017

Economy, finance take centre stage in Commission’s final legislative push

Initiatives to strengthen the financial markets and deepen the economic and monetary union will play a major role in the European Commission’s work programme for 2018, the final one before the legislative machine slows down in the run-up to European elections in 2019.

Development Policy 24-10-2017

Oxfam chief: ‘We also feel the lack of trust among citizens’

Winnie Byanyima believes it is high time to come up with fresh thinking in the world of politics and economy. But first, deeper self-criticism is needed across the board because all fields, including the NGO sector, are affected by a lack of trust from citizens.

Future EU 23-10-2017

Catalonia, a viable independent state?

Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz tells EURACTIV.com that the region would be accepted in the EU and therefore become a viable independent economy if it applied, but the former chair of the UK's Financial Services Authority Adair Turner disagrees.

Economy & Jobs 20-10-2017

Commission pushes for concluding Mercosur deal by end of year

Despite France’s concerns about an EU-Mercosur deal, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker insisted on Friday (20 October) on reaching an agreement by the end of this year because it is “the most important” trade deal for Europe.

Future EU 20-10-2017

Farage: Leaders support Madrid because Catalan separatists dislike EU

Nigel Farage is one of the very few voices who spoke in favour of the Catalan pro-independence movement. After the EU leaders’ strong backing for Mariano Rajoy at the European Council, Farage says the EU supported the idea of Scotish independence but is wary of Catalonia because "Catalonia's separatists don't like the EU".

Politics 20-10-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Brussels supports Rajoy as everyone wants sanity between Madrid and Barcelona

The escalating tension between Spain’s central government and its counterpart (Govern) in Catalonia has followed the expected script.

Future EU 18-10-2017

Independent observers: No proper referendum took place in Catalonia

Catalonia's independence vote held on 1 October failed to meet the international standards to be considered as a referendum, the head of the international observation mission told EURACTIV.com on Wednesday (18 October).

Digital 13-10-2017

Zurich boss: ‘We need to look at protection, savings and retirement together’

Amid growing social inequalities and the digital transformation of the economy, Zurich’s Gary Shaughnessy believes public officials, employers and insurers should all cooperate to provide protection to the most vulnerable groups.