Zoran Radosavljevic

How to make transport accessible and cheap? Learn from Rennes

The European Accessibility Act was endorsed in the European Parliament's plenary last Thursday (14 September), with considerable focus on accessibility requirements for public transport, aiming to make getting around easier for the elderly and people with disabilities.

Brexit 20-09-2017

Tusk to meet May next week to discuss Brexit

European Council President Donald Tusk will discuss Brexit with British Prime Minister Theresa May in London next Tuesday (26 September), only days after she is due to make a key speech on how she sees the UK's future ties with the EU.

18-09-2017

The Brief: Who’s playing who, or how basketball mirrors Balkan complexities

Sunday night's thrilling European Basketball Championship finish, dubbed 'The Balkan finals', could probably tell Brussels just as much about the complexities of the Balkans as any commissioned study or research.

MEPs approve Accessibility Act, ready for talks in Council

The European Parliament approved on Thursday 14 (September) the proposed European Accessibility Act, a major piece of legislation meant to make life easier for the elderly and people with disabilities, adding that it is ready for potentially tough member states negotiations.

13-09-2017

The Brief: What a difference a year makes

This time everything was fine. This time Parliament wasn't "ridiculous", unlike at the end of the Maltese presidency in June, when an angry Juncker lashed out at the almost empty hemicycle.

Aviation 13-09-2017

MEPs give international flights respite from EU carbon fees until 2021

The European Parliament approved on Wednesday (11 September) a plan to keep commercial flights in and out of Europe exempt from the EU's carbon emission controls until 2021, in a move likely to be welcomed by the aviation industry.

Enlargement 13-09-2017

Juncker waves ‘credible EU prospects’ at Balkans, but no fast membership

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker stayed true to form on the EU's enlargement prospects in his annual address on Wednesday (13 September), calling for a "credible enlargement perspective" for the Western Balkans while ruling out any fast track to membership.

Løkkegaard: Amended Accessibility Act should pass in Parliament

The European Accessibility Act – a landmark piece of legislation for Europe's 80 million people with disabilities – goes to the European Parliament's for a plenary vote on Wednesday (13 September) after lengthy and sometimes heated debates.

Brexit 11-09-2017

Transport disruptions loom as UK, EU face Brexit ‘cliff edge’

Unless Brexit negotiators reach a transitional deal by September next year, both the UK and the EU face a "cliff edge" scenario with serious disruptions in air, railway and maritime traffic, industry sources have told EURACTIV.com.

Stop your blackmail, Croatian PM tells Slovenia as tensions continue

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković urged fellow EU member Slovenia on Thursday (7 September) to stop its diplomatic "blackmail" related to a border issue between the two ex-Yugoslav republics and return to dialogue.

Digital and accessible, Tallinn’s public transport aims for more

The European Accessibility Act -- a landmark set of rules meant to facilitate the lives of the elderly and people with disabilities -- is going to the Parliament's plenary next week. A lot of focus has been placed on public transport and ways to make it more accessible.

Electric cars 06-09-2017

Study: Poor marketing and choice of electric vehicles undermines Europe sales

Ask any electric car lover in Europe why the 'car of the future' is making such a slow advance on the Old Continent and they will probably point to a lack of charging networks and high prices.

Languages & Culture 01-09-2017

Kazakhstan steps up reform efforts but says Europe still keeping distance

Ask the average European what the world's biggest landlocked country is, or was the last to leave the Soviet Union, and chances are they will not know it's Kazakhstan.

Politics 31-08-2017

The Brief: Betrayed by Bambi? UK agonises over ‘secret Brussels meeting’

The UK's ongoing divorce from the EU has hardly been an affair short on controversy or confusion. Just when you thought it couldn't get any messier, Tony Blair rocks up to reshuffle the deck.

Air Pollution 31-08-2017

Tougher car emission tests start in EU, welcomed by consumers

Tougher and more realistic emissions tests for cars and vans take effect in the EU on Friday (1 September), a measure welcomed by the auto industry and consumer groups, coming on the heels of the Dieselgate scandal that shook the bloc, particularly Germany.

Global Europe 29-08-2017

Juncker says Erdogan’s Turkey taking giant steps away from EU

Turkey is taking "giant steps" away from Europe and it is entirely the fault of the "Erdoğan system", European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday (29 August) in his strongest comments to date against Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's rule.

Europe's East 24-08-2017

Gallup poll: Eastern Europe tops anti-migrant list

Nine out of the world's ten countries that are the least welcome to migrants are in Eastern Europe, according to the latest Gallup poll on migration published on Wednesday (23 August).

Freedom of thought 24-08-2017

Survey: Muslims well-integrated in Western Europe, but still face rejection

Muslims have come a long way towards integration into Western Europe, particularly in terms of language, education and work, but remain on the margins of everyday social acceptance, a study by the Bertelsmann Stiftung revealed on Thursday (24 August).

Competition 22-08-2017

Commission launches in-depth probe of Bayer-Monsanto merger

The European Commission has launched an "in-depth" investigation into the proposed merger of global agriculture giants Monsanto and Bayer, amid concerns that it may create too high a concentration and disrupt competition in the areas of pesticides and seeds.

Enlargement 22-08-2017

Serbia recalls embassy staff from Macedonia in spat over Kosovo

Serbia has recalled embassy staff from its southern neighbour Macedonia on Monday (21 August), after reports that Skopje was joining international diplomatic efforts to grant the former Serbian province of Kosovo membership of the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO.

Energy 18-08-2017

Croatia starts preliminary work on Adriatic LNG terminal

Croatia has started preliminary underwater works in the northern Adriatic, the first concrete step in building a long-delayed liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal that is part of EU efforts to boost energy security and reduce dependence on Russian gas.

Air Pollution 17-08-2017

New EU rules for lower power plant emissions take effect

The European Commission on Thursday (17 August) published tighter new standards for the bloc's most polluting power plants, including many large coal-fired power stations, giving them four years to meet the lower emission standards.

Article 7: The ins and outs of the EU’s ‘nuclear option’ for Poland

The European Commission will decide on Wednesday (26 July) how to deal with the Poland's reform of its judicial system, which Brussels and the Polish opposition say undermines the judiciary's independence and violates the EU's basic principles of the rule of law.

Dieselgate scandal still fuming in Europe, more action needed

Europe has not yet reached the bottom of the Dieselgate scandal as "many other brands" besides Volkswagen show too high emissions in real driving conditions, the EU's Internal Market Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska warned in a letter to the 28 member states' transport ministers.