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09/12/2016

Verhofstadt will step down as Brexit boss if he wins European Parliament presidency

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09-12-2016

The Brief: Happy birthday to EU

Kirk Douglas is 100 years old today. He is exactly four times older than the Maastricht Treaty and, some might say, is in far better shape than the European Union.
Euro & Finance 09-12-2016

European Fiscal Board chief: Commission's analysis 'made a bit too quickly'

The new European Fiscal Board began working just as the European Commission took the unprecedented step of proposing a fiscal target for the eurozone. The Board’s chief, Niels Thygesen told EurActiv.com that the Commission should have done “more analysis” before proposing an expansionist stance.
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Transport 09-12-2016

Alternative fuels and cleaner transport: From policy to reality

With 94% of depending on traditional fuels, the current European transport sector requires up to €1 billion a day and is responsible for a quarter of EU carbon emissions.
Energy 09-12-2016

China eyes nuclear project in Bulgaria

A delegation from the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), the country’s largest state energy company, visited Sofia and met with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, to possibly resuscitate a shelved nuclear power plant project.
Transport 09-12-2016

EU racing against clock to revise aviation pollution law

The European Union is drafting an amendment to its aviation emissions trading system (ETS) after world nations reached agreement on a global scheme in October. A proposal will be presented in January, an EU official said, warning time is already running short to get the bill approved on time.
Euro & Finance 09-12-2016

Zara under EU scrutiny following reports of aggressive tax planning

The European Commission will examine a scheme set up by Inditex, the parent firm of Zara, that could have helped the clothing retailer avoid at least €585 million in taxes, according to a report published on Thursday (8 December) by the Greens group, in the European Parliament.
Health & Consumers 09-12-2016

Health minister: Drugs pricing will top Malta’s EU presidency

The Maltese EU presidency will seek more transparency in the way pharmaceutical companies negotiate with member states on medicines’ pricing, Health Minister Chris Fearne said in an interview with EurActiv.
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Transport 09-12-2016

EU disability rights bill won't fix public transport problems, campaigners fear

SPECIAL REPORT / Public transport authorities in cities around Europe are expecting that they'll have to improve ticket machines to make them easier to read for people who are partially or totally blind, once an EU disability rights bill is passed.
Trade & Society 09-12-2016

Parliament committee gives CETA thumbs down

The European Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs Committee recommended on Thursday (8 December) to reject the EU-Canada trade agreement, suggesting that final adoption of the deal in the Assembly's plenary won't be plain sailing.
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Health & Consumers 09-12-2016

Navracsics: New technologies are ‘unmatched vectors’ of integration

SPECIAL REPORT / Technology can make "an enormous difference" for pupils with disabilities, offering them the same opportunities as other students, according to Tibor Navracsics, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth, and Sports.
08-12-2016

The Brief: Has 'better regulation' hurt the environment?

The European Commission’s better regulation strategy has been described as nothing more than a ploy to cut environmental protection under the guise of slashing red tape.
UK & Europe 08-12-2016

Professor Tony Travers: ‘There’s probably a majority for soft Brexit’

Professor Tony Travers of the London School of Economics is one of the UK’s leading constitutional and political experts. He was in Brussels to address the LSE’s “Towards Brexit?” event. He spoke with EurActiv.com’s Matthew Tempest.
Digital 08-12-2016

Euronews journalists, technicians clash with management

Euronews journalists passed a no-confidence vote in the broadcasters’ management and adopted a statement saying that their media could no longer be seen as an independent and balanced voice.
Transport 08-12-2016

Commission takes legal action against seven EU countries over VW scandal

Seven countries have broken EU law for refusing to sanction Volkswagen after it used illegal software to manipulate its vehicles' emissions tests.
Development Policy 08-12-2016

Jobs and skills to cement democracy in post-Arab Spring Tunisia

Opportunity is the bedrock of a stable democracy. EU support for innovation and education in Tunisia will benefit the whole of North Africa, as well as the EU itself, write Imed Hammami and Pier Antonio Panzeri.

Commission launches youth volunteer ‘solidarity’ corps

European? Aged 18-30? Unemployed? Want to work abroad for pocket money? The EU's new Solidarity Corps may be for you.
Public Affairs 08-12-2016

EU leaders to ‘cocoon’ in new Europa building from January

The European Council's new lantern-shaped building, locked into a glass cube, will open its doors to the general public on Saturday (10 December) and to EU leaders and ministers in January.
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Health & Consumers 08-12-2016

MEP: Accessibility laws ‘benefit everyone’

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Accessibility Act has the potential to create new opportunities for European business but should avoid creating “barriers” to innovation, according to Helga Stevens.
Development Policy 08-12-2016

UNICEF deputy chief: 2016 was ‘one of worst years in history for children’

UNICEF organised a campaign event at the European Parliament on Tuesday (6 December), highlighting the plight of tens of millions of children in conflict and emergency situations going without schooling.
07-12-2016

The Brief: Merkel plays hardball to win over right-wingers

Angela Merkel has admitted that the election year ahead of her is going to be the toughest one she's ever faced. That says a lot; it'll be her fourth run at the chancellery.
07-12-2016

Commission fines banks €485 million for derivatives cartel

The European Commission fined JP Morgan (€337 million), Crédit Agricole (€114 million) and HSBC (€33 million) on Wednesday (7 December) for participating in a cartel in euro interest rate derivatives initially unveiled in December 2013.

EU decides against tinkering with flagship nature directives

After undergoing a much-criticised European Commission-helmed ‘fitness check’, the EU’s main nature directives have been ruled fit for purpose and will not be rewritten or weakened, in a huge win for environmentalists.
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.
UK & Europe 07-12-2016

Verhofstadt will step down as Brexit boss if he wins European Parliament presidency

Guy Verhofstadt will decide whether to run for European Parliament president next week, he confirmed today (7 December), a choice which could lead to him stepping down as the institution’s chief Brexit negotiator.