Zoran Radosavljevic

Politics 17-11-2017

Trans-Europe Express: The circle is closing on the EU’s unruly members

MEPs went all political this week, with debates in Strasbourg zooming in on the rule of law and tax evasion. We've heard indignation, anger, condemnation and calls for action but only time will tell how much of this will translate into tangible results.

Bulgaria, Romania have made progress but still more needed – EU report

Bulgaria and Romania have made some progress in implementing judicial reforms and the fight against corruption but "there is still more work to be done," the Commission said in its regular report on the two countries that remain blocked from joining the borderless Schengen area despite becoming EU members in 2007.

Freedom of thought 14-11-2017

European Parliament awards Lux Prize to Scandinavian film about racism

A Scandinavian co-production entitled Sámi Blood, exposing racism faced by northern Europe's indigenous inhabitants in the 1930s, won this year's Lux Prize awarded by the European Parliament for promoting European cinema.

Politics 13-11-2017

Slovenia’s president Pahor wins second term in runoff vote

Slovenia’s President Borut Pahor won another four-year mandate on Sunday (12 November) despite a strong showing by a relatively unknown challenger in the presidential runoff vote.

Defence policy 13-11-2017

EU takes step towards closer defence cooperation

The EU took a major step towards building closer defence ties on Monday (13 November), with 23 member states signing a landmark agreement, promoted by France and Germany, to fund and boost cooperation following Britain’s decision to leave the bloc.

Politics 10-11-2017

EU moves to ensure smooth military transport across the bloc

The European Commission adopted on Friday (10 November) a roadmap aimed at removing barriers for the smooth transport of military troops and gear inside the bloc, as part of efforts to create the European defence union.

Climate change 10-11-2017

Civic groups want international carbon tax on overseas polluters

EXCLUSIVE: EU companies investing in oil and gas extraction overseas can reap hefty profits but also threaten global carbon targets. In reaction, a number of civic groups have jointly proposed a carbon tax on products and income derived from overseas extraction.

Brexit 09-11-2017

Brexit talks resume, slow progress set to cause delays in roadmap

Britain and the EU opened another round of slow-moving divorce talks on Thursday (9 November) amid growing signs that a decision to start discussions on post-Brexit trade and customs ties, which London wants to tackle as soon as possible, could be postponed until next year.

Electric cars 08-11-2017

EU unveils proposal to clean up transport, boost electric vehicles

The European Commission proposed on Wednesday (8 November) a legislative package aimed at reducing CO2 emissions in road transport and encouraging the uptake of electric cars, in an attempt to help Europe's car industry remain competitive in the face of growing pressure from the US and China.

Electric cars 07-11-2017

Commission’s new clean transport rules may lack ambition

The European Commission will unveil a package of legislation regulating environmental aspects of transport on Wednesday (8 November), amid concerns from NGOs and some MEPs that it may lack ambition in setting targets for the car industry.

Economy & Jobs 30-10-2017

PM says Croatia wants to adopt euro within 7-8 years

The European Union's latest member Croatia aims to adopt the euro within the next seven to eight years, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Monday (30 October).

Future EU 27-10-2017

Catalan parliament defies Madrid, declares independence

Catalonia's parliament declared independence from Spain in a historic vote on Friday (27 October), setting the scene for a showdown with Madrid, which has announced it would strip the breakaway region of its autonomy.

Transport 24-10-2017

EU auditors to examine passenger rights

The European Court of Auditors said on Tuesday (24 October) it would look into how passenger rights are implemented in the EU to examine whether EU regulation has provided effective protection of those rights, in light of discovered grey areas and legal gaps.

Politics 23-10-2017

The Brief: What’s the EU leverage in Czech Republic, Austria, Spain?

Only a day after the EU27 leaders agreed on the 'Leaders agenda', a roadmap for two years packed with high-level meetings, new creases are appearing on the EU's fabric.

Elections 23-10-2017

Slovenia president in run-off against comedian for second term

Slovenia's President Borut Pahor won by far the most votes in a presidential election on Sunday (22 October) but failed to secure an outright victory and will face a runoff on 12 November against a former comedian turned mayor.

Transport 20-10-2017

Commission sends blitz inspection to BMW to look into cartel concerns

The European Commission sent its officials to the premises of BMW this week for an unannounced inspection, amid concerns of a possible violation of EU antitrust rules by "several German car manufacturers".

Future EU 19-10-2017

Spain moves to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy

Spain will move to suspend Catalonia's autonomy, the government said on Thursday (18 October), after Catalan President Carles Puigdemont refused to drop the region's drive to break away from Madrid following the 1 October independence vote.

Future of mobility 19-10-2017

Digital transport has huge potential but needs clear framework, standards

Digitalisation of transport is going to transform Europe's industry, but the political framework needs to put in place common standards and regulate the free flow of data, as well as its management and privacy, industry and EU officials said this week.

Future of mobility 18-10-2017

MEP: EU needs common standards for digital transport, data management

Europe will have to work hard against competitors in China and the US to be a global leader in digital solutions for transport, an MEP involved in the issue told EURACTIV.com in an interview. Legislation must ensure common standards across the EU for transport to flow freely, she stressed.

Elections 16-10-2017

Catalan leader seeks dialogue with Madrid, stalls on independence bid

The leader of Spain's breakaway Catalonia region has asked to meet the Spanish prime minister, aiming to restore dialogue and avoid further escalation, but has not provided a clear answer on whether he would press ahead with independence.

Economy & Jobs 13-10-2017

City leader: Europe must simplify rules to help cities become more resilient

Europe is moving in the right direction in helping its cities become more resilient and sustainable, but the EU must streamline its myriad regulations and requirements to move the process along, the leader of an international NGO pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation told EURACTIV.com. Michael Berkowitz, the president of 100 Resilient Cities, also said …

Politics 12-10-2017

Germany urged to rethink, revamp its military spending-report

The changing political landscape should force Germany to step out of the shadow of its past and take a much more active role in Europe's defence and security, according to a new report published on Thursday (12 October).

09-10-2017

The Brief, powered by Eurogas – Can Theresa May’s misfortunes become a blessing in disguise?

For a short while last week, the problems in Catalonia made Brexit look like a manageable, orderly affair.

Air Pollution 09-10-2017

EU Commission taken to court over new emissions tests for vehicles

Environmental group ClientEarth has taken legal action against the European Commission's new rules for car emissions tests, which will allow manufacturers to keep their emissions control systems secret and, according to the group, could cause another Dieselgate-type scandal.