Only three months after the Barroso II Commission left office, some prominent members have already made moves in their professional careers which are putting to test the EU executive’s policy on revolving doors, writes Vicky Cann.
After seven rounds of gas negotiations, Ukraine, Russia and the European Union signed a 4,6 billion dollar gas deal on Thursday. The agreement will see Moscow resume vital supplies of gas to its ex-Soviet neighbour over the winter in return for payments funded in part by Kyiv's Western creditors.
Ukraine, Russia and the European Union signed a deal Thursday (30 October) that will see Moscow resume vital supplies of gas to its ex-Soviet neighbour over the winter in return for payments funded in part by Kyiv's Western creditors.
Without the EU enlargement, Russia’s appetite, today, would not focus on Ukraine, but on Bulgaria and the Baltic states, outgoing Commission President José Manuel Barroso told reporters at his last press conference, held Wednesday (29 October).
Speaking in a press conference after the European Council Summit early on Friday, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said that “he was not informed” about the EU's request for an additional 2.1 billion contribution from the UK towards the EU budget.
European Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso held a final speech in the European Parliament on Tuesday after 10 years in office. Speaking for over half an hour, Barroso pointed out at what he considered the achievements of the Barroso II Commission, highlighting trade agreements, the Banking Union and the climate goals.
Russia is fully prepared to reinvigorate its relations with the new European Commission, led by Jean-Claude Juncker, Russian Ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov told EurActiv in an exclusive interview. “I would suggest that we should not concentrate on slogans, or debate whether our relationship is strategic or not, but rather look into the substance”, the diplomat said.
European Commission President José Manuel Barroso will today (20 October) issue a plea to Britain not to isolate itself from Europe by picking fights over immigration, adding that EU membership boosts British international clout.
Even after two mandates characterised by successive crises, the current President of the European Commission, due to leave his post in November this year, admits he has lost some illusions about the European Union, but not his enthusiasm. EurActiv France reports .
It is almost two years to the day that Commission President José Manuel Barroso sacked his Public Health Commissioner John Dalli after a tobacco lobbying scandal. Green MEPs Bart Staes and José Bové reflect on why the Barroso Commission's legacy will be one where lobbying, conflicts of interests and corporate interests took over European decision making. They discuss if that legacy will live on in the negotiations over TTIP.
Former Bavarian leader Edmund Stoiber was the EU's "Mr Red Tape", retiring after seven years of trying to reduce bureaucracy in the bloc . Before presenting his final report, he spoke of a "change of consciousness" in Brussels and called on member states to do their share to cut excessive regulation. EurActiv Germany reports .
Russia President Vladimir Putin has raised the stakes yesterday (2 September) by telling European Commission President José Manuel Barroso that if he doesn’t officially object, the Kremlin will release the full recording of a telephone call in which, according to Barroso, the Russian President said he could take Kyiv in two weeks if he wanted.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko took centre stage at today’s (30 August) EU summit and said that the Union’s heads of state and government had given his country broad support, since it had faced “open aggression” from Russia, adding that the EU's agenda from now on would largely revolve around Ukraine.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel plans on working closely with Western Balkan countries to bring them closer to the EU, a process she initiated by hosting a high profile Western Balkan Conference in Berlin on Thursday (28 August). EurActiv Germany reports.