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Economy & Jobs 22-06-2017

EU SUMMIT LIVE: ‘EU turning the corner, but we are not naïve’

An atmosphere of relative optimism prevails as EU leaders meet for a two-day summit starting on Thursday (22 June). Defence and trade protection instruments are two key items on the agenda, together with a discussion on where to locate EU agencies after the UK leaves the bloc.

Report: Western Balkans route not closed, just diverted via Bulgaria

A report by a German think-tank reveals the deficiencies of the deal with Turkey to stem the flow of refugees to Europe. Migration is on the menu of the two-day summit starting today (22 June).

Health 22-06-2017

Tobacco makers denounce ‘brand theft’ from plain packaging

The trend towards imposing plain packaging on tobacco products has made industry executives furious and denounce “Brussels-led overregulation” that effectively leads to "brand theft".

Politics 22-06-2017

German parliament backs plans to withdraw troops from Turkey

Germany's parliament yesterday (21 June) approved the planned withdrawal of troops from the Incirlik air base in southern Turkey after Ankara's refusal to allow German lawmakers access to its soldiers there.

Elections 22-06-2017

Poland says primeval forest should not be UNESCO natural heritage site

Polish Environment Minister Jan Szyszko, whom green activists have criticised for allowing large-scale logging in the ancient Bialowieza forest, called on Wednesday (21 June) for the woodland to be stripped of UNESCO's natural heritage status, banning human intervention.

Economy & Jobs 22-06-2017

Macron reaffirms hope for EU ahead of first summit

On the eve of his first European summit (22-23 June), French President Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed his belief in a Europe capable of transforming the world with France as a driving force.

Digital 21-06-2017

Seventeen EU leaders ask Tusk for digital talks on ‘highest level’

On the eve of an EU summit, leaders from 17 EU countries have asked European Council President Donald Tusk for highest-level talks on EU digital policy, saying it was the single market’s main engine and should receive stronger political support.

Economy & Jobs 21-06-2017

EU mechanism to veto foreign investment ‘not on the cards’

EU leaders will discuss on Friday options to “screen” foreign investment in strategic sectors, but a more far-reaching proposal that would allow blocking takeovers at EU level remains off the table for now.

21-06-2017

The Brief: The EU’s summer of love

Despite many lingering issues, Europeans are once again starting to see the EU as a solution rather than a problem, says European Council President Donald Tusk.

Global Europe 21-06-2017

Marshall Plan anniversary sends messages to Trump

A strong European economy is good for the United States, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday (21 June), against a background of tense relations with Washington on trade and other issues.

Politics 21-06-2017

Relocation of UK agencies to be decided by Eurovision-style vote

The post-Brexit relocation of the two London-based European agencies will be decided by a points-based vote which resembles the Eurovision song contest, EURACTIV has learned ahead of a summit tomorrow (22 June) where EU leaders will agree the criteria and the voting rules.

Economy & Jobs 21-06-2017

MEPs: European funds for poorer member states must not diminish

Negotiations are beginning on the future of the European budget, which also includes funds financing cohesion policy. Meeting in Strasbourg, MEPs agreed they should not be reduced. Aktuálně reports.

Future EU 21-06-2017

EU wins coveted Spanish award, hopes for morale boost

The European Union has won the coveted Princess of Asturias Award, otherwise known as the Spanish Nobel Prize. The man behind the EU’s nomination, MEP Jonás Fernández, told EFE that he wanted to “raise morale” at a time of crisis.

Economy & Jobs 21-06-2017

Commission moves to tighten tax evasion rules

The European Commission took a further step in fighting cross-border tax evasion on Wednesday (21 June) by proposing tougher new rules for financial intermediaries who design and promote tax planning schemes for their clients.

Brexit 21-06-2017

Italian PM calls Brexit a ‘tough wake-up call’ ahead of EU summit

Ahead of this week’s European summit, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni told the country’s Senate that the Brexit vote was not a catastrophe for the European Union but serves as a tough wake-up call. Class EURACTIV Italy reports.

Elections 21-06-2017

Macron loses his three most Europhile ministers

Three of Emmanuel Macron’s ministers have resigned to protect the government from a potential scandal over the employment of assistants in the European Parliament. The former ALDE group MEPs anchored Macron’s government firmly on the European stage. EURATIV France reports.

Economy & Jobs 21-06-2017

EU wants gender chapter included in Chile trade deal update

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström wants to include a chapter on gender equality in an update to the bloc’s trade deal with Chile, which is due to be negotiated soon. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Future EU 21-06-2017

Macron prepares for first EU summit as a free political agent

Right, left or centre? In preparation for his first EU summit as president of France, Emmanuel Macron has chosen not to throw his lot in with any political family. He has his own strategy and expectations are high all round. EURACTIV France reports.

Enlargement 21-06-2017

Bulgaria and Macedonia start removing hurdles to relations

During new Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev's visit to Sofia on Tuesday (20 June), it was announced that Bulgaria and Macedonia will soon sign a bilateral treaty, removing some obstacles to Skopje’s bid to join NATO and the EU.

Starbucks set to hire 2,500 refugees in Europe

US coffee chain Starbucks Corp said yesterday (20 June) it will hire 2,500 refugees in Europe as part of a wider worldwide hiring plan, months after the policy prompted a backlash from some customers.

Digital 21-06-2017

Estonia, Bulgaria and Austria ‘presidency trio’ outlines priorities

Ministers representing the incoming Estonian, Bulgarian and Austrian presidencies of the Council of the EU outlined on Tuesday (20 June) their priorities, which seem to differ substantially.

Global Europe 21-06-2017

Schäuble: Europe must do more to defend liberal world order

Europe must assume greater responsibility to defend a liberal, democratic world order as the United States appears increasingly less willing to do so, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Tuesday (20 June).

Enlargement 21-06-2017

Albania grapples with cannabis, a hurdle to EU accession

As Albania gears up for elections, one huge challenge facing the Balkan country has been low on the campaign agendas: the scourge of its cannabis fields, which threatens to hinder EU accession.

Alcohol 21-06-2017

Alcohol makers brace for EU-wide mandatory labelling

Makers of spirits and beer are exploring self-regulatory solutions to show consumers the ingredients contained in the alcohol they drink. However, they find the Commission's timeline "too tight" and fear mandatory rules will eventually be imposed on them.