Economy & Jobs

16-08-2017

Italy enjoys best annual economic growth since 2011

Italy posted its best annual economic growth figures since 2011 on Wednesday (16 August) with its gross domestic product outdoing official forecasts to grow 1.5% on an annual basis.

16-08-2017

UK links trade to post-Brexit Irish border plans

The UK will set out its proposals for the Irish border after Brexit today (16 August), seeking to use the issue to pressure the European Union into starting early trade negotiations.

15-08-2017

German court passes ECB buck to European judges

Germany's constitutional court said on Tuesday (15 August) it had declined to hear a challenge to the European Central Bank's €2.3 trillion asset purchase scheme, referring the case instead to the European Court of Justice.

Brexit 15-08-2017

UK floats post-Brexit interim customs deal idea

The United Kingdom has said it wants an interim customs agreement with the European Union after Brexit to allow the freest possible trade of goods, but that it will also seek the right to negotiate other trade deals - a possible sticking point in the talks.

14-08-2017

EU ambassadors hold extraordinary meeting over North Korea

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini has called an extraordinary meeting at EU ambassadorial level over the current tensions over North Korea, to be held today (14 August).

Brexit 14-08-2017

Estonia ‘e-residency’ offers Brexit Brits EU loophole

As British citizens brace for the upheaval that Brexit will bring, some are turning to Estonia's e-residency digital ID programme to keep doing business across the European Union.

10-08-2017

EU imposes import duties on some Chinese steel to counter subsidies

The European Union has imposed provisional import duties of as much as 28.5% on certain Chinese corrosion-resistant steels after an eight-month investigation found that the products benefited from unfair subsidies.

10-08-2017

France says to target Airbnb ‘unacceptable’ tax regime

France said on Wednesday (9 August) it would team up with Germany to address an "unacceptable" tax situation for homesharing website Airbnb and other digital platforms like Google and Amazon.

09-08-2017

Bank of England says Brexit transition desirable as banks set out contingency plans

The Bank of England said a transition period after the Britain leaves the European Union would give banks more time to make orderly changes as Brexit poses risks to financial stability.

08-08-2017

Madrid will push for a eurozone budget and eurobonds

The Spanish government is expected to put pressure on France, Germany and Italy to move to a deeper economic and monetary union by establishing a eurozone budget as well as a finance minister.

Agrifood 07-08-2017

Balkan trade war brews over huge Croatian import fee rise

The Balkans have become embroiled in a trade war over agricultural health checks after Croatia raised import fees on some farm products by around 220%, triggering countermeasures by Serbia and threats from others.

07-08-2017

Strong euro worries Europe’s exporters, but little risk to growth

Some European exporters are beginning to worry about the strengthening euro which has rebounded from near parity with the dollar after Donald Trump's election, though analysts see little immediate risk to growth.

Competition 04-08-2017

Football union wants EU to ban high transfer fees after Neymar deal

World football players' union FIFPro is lobbying the European Union to ban transfer fees, which it says concentrates power in the hands of a few mega-rich clubs, to the detriment of most players and to the sport itself.

Agrifood 04-08-2017

Greece seizes more than 700kg of illegal pesticides from Turkey

Greek Ministry of Rural Development and Food announced on Friday (4 August) that the customs office seized more than 700 kilos of illegal pesticides originating from Turkey.

Brexit 04-08-2017

EU fishing boats can operate in UK waters after Brexit, says Gove

The UK's environment minister has told the Danish fishing industry that boats from EU countries will still be able to operate in British waters after Brexit, as the UK does not have enough capacity to catch and process all its fish alone. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.

Brexit 03-08-2017

UK’s pursuit of post-Brexit US trade prompts Scottish whisky worries

Scotland’s economic minister has written to the UK government urging Westminster to duplicate EU legislation that protects its world-renowned Scotch whisky, after Brexit. EURACTIV’s partner La Tribune reports.

03-08-2017

France remains king of tourist destinations

France retained its position as the world's favourite tourism destination in 2016, the UN's World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) said on Wednesday (2 August), defying concerns over terror attacks. UK tourism decreased after the pound fell in value after the Brexit vote.

01-08-2017

Prosecutor says Greece’s former statistics boss is guilty

A prosecutor said on Monday (31 July) that the former head of Greece’s statistical office was found guilty as he did not consult fellow board members about the much-discussed revised 2009 deficit figures. The prosecutor also said he was an employee of the IMF at the same time.

Air Pollution 01-08-2017

Dawn of new EU emissions rules could sound death knell for coal power

New EU rules formally agreed on Monday (31 July) mean power plants will have to cut pollutants, with the cost of compliance estimated to be over €15bn. Environmental groups predict that the logical next step is widespread closures of the most polluting coal-powered plants.

31-07-2017

Majority of Romanians and Croatians cannot afford a one-week holiday, Eurostat says

A significant number of EU citizens from Eastern and Southern Europe cannot afford a one-week annual holiday, according to a new Eurostat survey.

31-07-2017

Steel sector faces heated summer as trade war looms

The world's most powerful nations risk failing to make enough progress on tackling steel overcapacity by an August deadline, which is seen by the United States as a potential reason to start a trade war.

28-07-2017

China’s new Silk Road risks unravelling in Hungary

China’s planned railway link between Greece and Central Europe has hit difficulties after the project was accused of flouting EU rules on public procurement in Hungary. EURACTIV’s partner Italia Oggi reports.

27-07-2017

Athens hopeful new bond will open access to ECB funds

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday (26 July) claimed that his country's first bond sale in three years would help convince the European Central Bank to provide additional liquidity to its struggling economy.

Agrifood 27-07-2017

EU-China special products pact offers bright future for Europe’s exports

In June, the EU and China published a list of 200 European and Chinese geographical indications (GIs) that are protected on their respective markets, as part of a bilateral deal that should be concluded by December. EURACTIV’s partner Italia Oggi reports.