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26/09/2016

Terror threat paralyses Brussels, EU institutions

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Global Europe 23-09-2016

Georgieva hints she might join race to become UN chief

Kristalina Georgieva, the European Commission Vice President in charge of budget, hinted yesterday (22 September) that she is ready to enter the race to become the next secretary-general of the United Nations.
EU Priorities 2020 14-09-2016

Midterm budget review digs in EU’s hidden pockets

As EurActiv.com disclosed on 12 January, the tiny tweaks to the EU budget under the midterm review amount to a further disbursement of €12.7 billion hidden in EU coffers.
Global Europe 13-09-2016

Bulgarian PM sticks to Bokova for UN top job

Bulgaria said today (13 September) it was sticking to its candidate for the top UN job, Irina Bokova, for now, after speculation that it was considering switching to backing EU commissioner Kristalina Georgieva.
Global Europe 12-09-2016

Rift brewing between Putin and Merkel over UN nomination

An international standoff is brewing over alleged attempts by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to impose European Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva as candidate for the post of UN Secretary General.
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.