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Future EU 24-07-2017

The Brief: No surprises please, we’re European

As eurocrats, diplomats, journalists and other inhabitants of the EU bubble pack their swimwear for sunnier destinations, a sense of relief hangs in the air.

Agrifood 24-07-2017

The added value of EU quality schemes

Europe’s farmers are coming under extraordinary financial pressure as shifting export markets and volatile prices take their toll. But new markets are emerging and consumers in Europe and beyond are increasingly choosing to buy high-quality products from the EU.

Agrifood 24-07-2017

Quality schemes help EU producers break new markets

The promotion of geographical indications (GI) has helped EU products attract new emerging markets which seek quality food. However, Europol warns that fake GI products are on the rise across the EU and policymakers should not disregard the protection of intellectual rights.

Global Europe 21-07-2017

Trans-Europe Express: EU summertime blues

At the time when many in the EU bubble are getting ready for holidays, it is helpful to remember that the summer period is a fertile time for coups, geopolitical earthquakes and big blunders.

Tweets of the Week, Episode 12
Brexit 21-07-2017

Tweets of the Week: Brexit negotiations, rule of law, and Belgian fries

Brexit talks are underway, rule of law goes astray, but Belgian fries are here to stay.

Cybersecurity 20-07-2017

Ansip plans new EU cybersecurity centre

EU digital chief Andrus Ansip wants to set up a new office to certify the cybersecurity level of technology products -- which would make them more competitive globally -- as part of an overhaul of the bloc's rules in September.

Brexit 20-07-2017

No solution in sight for Brexit’s controversial issues

During a second sitting around the negotiating table, the EU and the UK stuck to their guns on the financial obligations London should pay and what court would guarantee EU citizen rights in a post-Brexit world.

20-07-2017

The Brief: Fatal (or not so fatal) attraction

At the Western Balkans summit in Trieste last week, the Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama saw Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borissov and UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson standing together.

Biofuels 20-07-2017

Study: Commission’s biofuels policy ignored ‘Better Regulation’ principle

The impact assessment study on which the European Commission based its proposal on the use of biofuels in transport after 2020 has “fundamental shortcomings” and ignored the Better Regulation principle, a new study claims.

Agrifood 20-07-2017

EU adopts first restrictions on cancer-causing acrylamide in food

Representatives of the EU’s 28 member states voted yesterday (19 July) in favour of a European Commission proposal to reduce the presence in food of acrylamide, a known carcinogenic substance present in fries, crisps, bread, biscuits, or coffee.

Energy 20-07-2017

Bulgaria warns EU is becoming over-dependent on gas transited via Turkey

The European Commission is expected to approve the second thread of the Turkish Stream pipeline stretching to Bulgaria's Black Sea shore, according to Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borrisov who warned that the EU is becoming over-dependent on gas transited via Turkey.

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.

Brexit 19-07-2017

UK challenges obligations to every EU programme

British negotiators rejected the EU's demand that they come up with a specific proposal on the bill London would have to pay as part of its exit from the bloc. The UK is questioning its obligations in regards to every line in the EU’s trillion euro multiannual budget, sources familiar with the talks explained.

19-07-2017

The Brief: Europe’s radioactive iso-dopes

As the UK very slowly sails off into the sunset, the race to be the EU's leading rogue state is now a faceoff between Hungary and Poland, as the Commission toys with triggering its ‘nuclear option’: Article 7.

Economy & Jobs 19-07-2017

Commission strives to reach 40% women in management by end of mandate

The European Commission has come up with new measures on Wednesday (19 June) to reach the target of having 40% of women in top positions by the end of its mandate in 2019.

Timmermans: ‘Journalists should not be intimidated at doing their jobs’

Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans called on Wednesday (19 July) for an end to the intimidation of journalists who are doing their job and asking critical questions. "I call on everyone to stop already the intimidation of journalists," he said.

Timmermans dangles Article 7, makes appeal to the Poles

The Commission is likely to call for the triggering of Article 7 next Wednesday (26 July) with respect to Poland, often referred to as “the nuclear option” to punish an EU member state, it emerged following the weekly meeting of the EU executive today (19 July).

Transport 19-07-2017

EIB approves €12 bn for transport, energy, infrastructure

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved new financing worth €12.4 billion for projects in transport, including a new metro line in Paris, infrastructure and energy, the bank said on Tuesday (18 July).

Air Pollution 19-07-2017

Denmark disputes ‘highly unfair’ air pollution limits on agriculture

Copenhagen voted against an EU decision to endorse an amendment to the Gothenburg Protocol on transboundary air pollution, saying it is being unfairly penalised for having taken early action to reduce ammonia emissions from its agriculture sector.

Digital 18-07-2017

MEPs and ministers hit back on EU plan for longer spectrum licenses

MEPs and national ministers are stripping down an EU proposal to change how wireless radio spectrum is sold to telecoms companies.

18-07-2017

The Brief: Europe’s Latin love

Europe’s long-term relationship with the US has hit a rocky patch and a number of trysts in the East haven’t met expectations. But there’s life in the Old Continent yet, with a promising love affair in Latin America blooming.

Juncker Plan falls short of offering green projects, expert group says

The high-level group on sustainable finance proposed on Tuesday (18 July) a new platform to match capital and green projects, as the Juncker Plan did not develop the 'big pipeline' that was expected to unlock the money resting in the pockets of big investors.

EU slapped for breaching Aarhus Convention on access to environmental justice

The European Union has accepted a UN ruling that found the bloc in breach of international laws requiring the general public to have access to justice on environmental matters, a decision applauded by green activists.

Economy & Jobs 17-07-2017

‘Demographic dependency’ casts shadow over employment report

Young people in Europe will be squeezed by shrinking pensions and demographic change, adding pressure to under 25-year-olds who are already weighed down by a stubbornly high unemployment rate.