The Slovak presidency brokered the EU budget for 2017 overnight (16-17 November), setting aside more funds for making Europe more competitive and secure. More money will go for the reception and integration of refugees and to addressing the root causes of migration.
Günther Oettinger is simply not suitable for European Commissioner, but he gets away just because he has the support of the EPP and of Germany, MEP Ana Gomes (S&D, Portugal) told EurActiv.com in an exclusive interview.
Unseen and unheard crises, such as in Yemen and in the Lake Chad basin in Africa, are probably as bad as in Syria - where the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent has already lost 57 aid workers, Jemilah Mahmood says.
Former Commissioners are enjoying fat transitional allowances, even though they may already be working in the private sector or even if their time at the executive was only fleeting, according to German media. EurActiv Germany reports.
The European Union’s flagship Youth Guarantee programme has been criticised for yielding disappointing results. Yet, Brussels has been told to invest more money and time in the scheme in order to push down the bloc’s youth jobless rate.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker only learned that his deputy Kristalina Georgieva would take a job at the World Bank on the same day she resigned from the EU executive (28 October), a source close to Juncker told EurActiv.com.
EXCLUSIVE / MEPs have responded to the recent conflicts of interest concerning members of the Barroso Commission by freezing part of the allowance granted to former Commissioners at the end of their mandate. EurActiv France reports.
Germany's European Commissioner Guenther Oettinger on Sunday (31 October) defended his use of the term "slitty eyes" for Chinese people which triggered outrage after they were revealed in a leaked recording of a speech to business leaders.
Following the resignation of Bulgarian Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva, the country’s Prime Minister, Boyko Borissov, said that he would discuss her replacement with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today (31 October).
A journalistic investigation alleges Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva, who was a candidate for UN Secretary General, has skeletons in her closet. The study also suggests that the EU keeps appointing leadership figures without vetting them.
Is the European Commission’s 'better regulation' strategy getting, well, better?
The REFIT program, where EU laws are called in for “fitness checks”, was touted as Brussels’ response to the accusation it was drowning Europe in red tape.
EXCLUSIVE / MEP David Campbell Bannerman has asked for an inquiry into the travel expenses of Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva over the last two years, a period in which he is seeking clarification on her campaigning for the post of UN Secretary-General.
Female members of parliament from around the world are using social media to bridge a gender inequality gap that still lingers, even in Europe, according to a landmark study released today (11 October).
The poor result obtained by EU Commission Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva in the vote to elect the next UN Secretary General took people out onto the streets of Sofia yesterday (6 October), while the opposition called for her resignation as Bulgaria's EU Commissioner.
The UN Security Council elected former Portuguese PM António Guterres as UN Secretary-General today (5 October). According to leaked information from the secret vote, he received 13 votes in favour from the 15 members of the Council, and two “without opinion”.
The United Nations need a "well-established leader" capable of working across divisions, and able to mobilise people around the aspirations the member states themselves have expressed for a more inclusive, sustainable world, Helen Clark said in a wide-ranging interview with EurActiv.com's editor-in-chief Daniela Vincenti.
Russia and three other Security Council members on Thursday (29 September) raised questions after Bulgaria formally presented European budget Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva as its candidate to be the next UN Secretary-General.
European Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva, who doesn’t make a secret of her ambition to run for the post of UN Secretary General, has never been closer to obtaining the nomination of her government. But an important obstacle remains.