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27/08/2016

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Global Europe 26-08-2016

Bokova deplores ‘undignified’ campaign against her UN bid

Irina Bokova, Bulgaria’s candidate for UN Secretary General, has deplored the ‘undignified campaign’ against her, which according to former Irish Minister for European Affairs Dick Roche 'seems to be part of a crude effort to 'strong arm' Bulgaria to replace Bokova with Kristalina Georgieva, the Commission Vice-President, in the race for the UN top job."
Transport 27-07-2016

MEPs battle Commission over €1 billion transport and energy cuts

Members of the European Parliament have warned the Commission not to make more cuts to its €30 billion fund for building transport, energy and telecoms infrastructure.
Health & Consumers 11-07-2016

Commission vows to tackle illicit tobacco trade 'by its own means'

The European Commission will focus on the new tobacco directive, as well as accords with the World Health Organisation to fight against illicit tobacco trade, following the expiration a 12-year deal with Marlboro-maker Philip Morris.
Elections 05-07-2016

How can the Commission president be replaced?

Nicholas Whyte contends that in the event of a vacancy at the top of the European Commission, the EPP vice-presidents are well-placed to fill it.
Security 16-06-2016

Juncker restarts dialogue with Putin on the eve of sanctions renewal

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, will try to narrow the gap between the two sides against the backdrop of the numerous challenges both leaders face.
Global Europe 10-06-2016

Bilderberg gathering envisions top job for Kristalina Georgieva

Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva attended a meeting of the secretive Bilderberg group in Dresden yesterday (9 June), where, according to information obtained by EurActiv.com, former Commission President José Manuel Barroso promoted her as the next UN Secretary-General.
Development Policy 23-05-2016

The EU at World Humanitarian Summit: What's in it for children?

There are currently 125 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, writes Justin Byworth.
Health & Consumers 20-05-2016

EU health chief compares tobacco deaths with terrorism

Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis strongly criticised the tobacco industry on Thursday (19 May), saying it “only kills people”, while expressing his opposition to the renewal of an agreement to counter cigarette smuggling in the EU.
Global Europe 06-04-2016

Hungary claims it was forced to build border fence

Physical barriers are the only way Hungary can secure its borders, according to the country's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Péter Szijjártó, and Budapest still maintains its opposition to refugee distribution quotas. EurActiv Germany reports.

Georgieva urges Eastern Europe to contribute more to border security

Kristalina Georgieva has called upon Eastern European countries that are struggling to deal with the influx of refugees to increase their efforts to secure the EU's external borders. EurActiv's partner Tagesspiegel reports.

Commission calls for closer cooperation between EU countries after Brussels terror attacks

“The Commission staffs are ready to contribute to the fight in Europe against what has become so frequently an enormous stress for our people,” said EU Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Kristalina Georgieva.
Global Europe 17-03-2016

Europe is lucky to have a candidate fitting the criteria for UN Secretary General

In Europe, we are lucky to have a candidate who more than adequately fulfills these criteria. Her name is Irina Bokova, writes Sir Graham Watson.
Trade & Society 10-03-2016

Parliament votes to cut ties with Philip Morris

The majority of MEPs oppose the renewal of an EU agreement with Philip Morris to fight the trade in illegal tobacco. The Commission will make its decision on 16 March. EurActiv France reports.
Global Europe 08-02-2016

Georgieva won’t run for UN Secretary General

The Bulgarian government announced today (8 February) that Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva will continue with her duties - putting an end to expectations that she would run for UN Secretary General to replace Ban Ki-moon, whose second term expires on 31 December 2016.
Central Europe 01-02-2016

Tory MEP questions Georgieva’s travel expenses

EXCLUSIVE / A British lawmaker has asked the European Commission to explain why Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva often travels internationally, as such activity, in his view, doesn’t correspond with her portfolio, as EU Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources.
Development Policy 01-02-2016

Commission attempt to suppress EU immigration audit infuriates lawmakers

EXCLUSIVE / The Juncker Commission has been fighting the European Court of Auditors to suppress a report on EU migration policy that should have been published by now. EurActiv France reports.
Med & South 18-01-2016

Georgieva mulls micro-levy to help finance refugee crisis

A UN study of new sources of financing for its multi-billion-dollar aid operations is recommending a voluntary tax on football matches or concerts as one option to raise funds.

EU to publish job ads in all languages

By the spring, the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) will publish notices regarding its selection procedure in all official EU languages, instead of just French, German and English. EurActiv Italy reports.

Commission officials demotivated by Juncker-Timmermans bottleneck

Jean-Claude Juncker has put the brakes on the Brussels legislative machine, leading many EU officials to develop an alleged “identity crisis”. EurActiv's partner Tagesspiegel reports.

Terror threat paralyses Brussels, EU institutions

The European Council decided to cancel the majority of non-essential meetings scheduled to take place today (23 November) and the European Commission encouraged its staff to work from home, in what appears to be a capitulation to a terror threat, which has transformed Brussels into a ghost city.
Public Affairs 20-11-2015

29 journalists take European Parliament to court

Twenty-nine journalists have filed 27 complaints with the European Court of Justice against the European Parliament, which allegedly refused to give information on how MEPs spend their allowances
Digital 06-11-2015

Commission wants new Safe Harbour deal within three months

The European Commission wants to have a new data sharing arrangement with the US within the next three months.
Central Europe 03-11-2015

Georgieva to run for UN Secretary-General

EXCLUSIVE/ Commission Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva plans to run for the job of UN Secretary-General, to replace Ban Ki-moon, whose second term expires on 31 December 2016.
Global Europe 05-10-2015

Visitors find EU Brussels quarters ugly

On a blustery afternoon, three German tourists emerge from the Brussels metro, seeking the very heart of Europe in all its grandeur.