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19/01/2017

No comment on ‘boring’ Commissioners and ‘friendless’ Selmayr report

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Public Affairs 18-01-2017

Vestager tipped for Commission vice-presidency

Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager should take over Kristalina Georgieva's Commission vice-presidency , as a result of the new alliance between the European People’s Party and liberal ALDE groups, sources told EurActiv France.
Europe's East 17-01-2017

Council of Europe praises Georgia's anti-corruption efforts, demands more

The Council of Europe has called on Georgia to do more to reduce corruption but did acknowledge that it has made considerable progress.
Elections 17-01-2017

Liberals and anti-Europeans hold key to Parliament presidency

The votes of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), as well as the ultimate stance of the far-right Europe of Nations and Freedom group (ENF) will determine today’s election (17 January) of the next European Parliament president, EurActiv has learned. EurActiv.com reports from Strasbourg.
Elections 16-01-2017

Divided European Parliament prepares to elect new president

The European Parliament faces a stormy election for a new president on Tuesday after a long-standing coalition of pro-EU parties collapsed just as the crisis-hit bloc confronts a wave of Eurosceptic populism.
Development Policy 12-01-2017

EU aid to Honduras plagued by ‘lack of expertise’ and shortcomings, auditors find

EU aid to Honduras, one of the poorest countries on the planet, was plagued by a lack of management expertise, focus and overlapping support, a damning report from the Court of Auditors found today (12 January).
Future EU 11-01-2017

Romanian MEP: National reputation at risk over 2019 EU presidency plans

Romanian MEP Cristian Preda has denounced his country’s planned coordination of its stint holding the EU rotating presidency in 2019, insisting Romania’s reputation in Brussels will suffer greatly. EurActiv Romania reports.
Digital 10-01-2017

Ansip: No guarantee Bulgaria will get the digital economy portfolio

Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip said today (10 January) he has only temporarily taken the digital economy portfolio from Günther Oettinger, but that there was no guarantee that this portfolio would go to the future Bulgarian commissioner, who is yet to be nominated.
Public Affairs 10-01-2017

Oettinger grilled by MEPs on budget, dodges questions on lobbyist meeting

Günther Oettinger dodged an evening of tough questions yesterday (9 January) about a string of his recent slip-ups when three European Parliament committees sounded out the gaffe-prone Commissioner for his new job as EU budget and human resources chief.
UK & Europe 10-01-2017

Oxford English Dictionary: The man who coined 'Brexit' first appeared on EurActiv blog

The word ‘Brexit’ was coined by EurActiv, according to the latest edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, way back in 2012, in a blog post by Peter Wilding.

Oettinger to be quizzed on his plan to put women in leadership positions

One of the issues Günther Oettinger is expected to be quizzed on in the European Parliament today (9 January) is his plan to achieve gender balance in the European Commission, as progress achieved under his predecessor Kristalina Georgieva looks limited.
Public Affairs 09-01-2017

Portugal, EU pay last respects to ex-leader Soares

Portugal on Sunday (8 January) prepared to pay its final respects to Mário Soares, widely seen as the father of the country's modern-day democracy, after the former president died in hospital, at the age of 92.
Public Affairs 06-01-2017

Brussels confirmed as lobbying Mecca by new study

Brussels remains the hub of public affairs, according to a first-of-its-kind study into the state of EU lobbying.


Elections 06-01-2017

France scrutinises cash-strapped FN over alleged fraud

French prosecutors are probing the far-right National Front (FN) for suspected fraud linked to payments for aides at the European Parliament, judicial sources said yesterday (5 December), as the party struggles to find all-important funding.
Public Affairs 06-01-2017

Germany’s Commissioner apologises to MEPs for ‘racist’ speech

Günther Oettinger, Germany’s EU Commissioner, has apologised to members of the European Parliament for calling the Chinese “slitty-eyed” and for mocking gay marriage and women during a speech in Hamburg.
Public Affairs 05-01-2017

NGOs demand Commission deny Oettinger human resources portfolio

A group of NGOs has called on the European Parliament to oppose the proposal by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to put Günther Oettinger in charge of supervising human resources for the EU executive.
Public Affairs 03-01-2017

Sweden introduces pro-whistleblowers law

A new law intended to protect workers that point out irregularities in their workplace came into force in Sweden on New Year’s Day (1 January).
Public Affairs 03-01-2017

Italy's 5 Star Movement unveils new 'ethics' code

Italy's anti-establishment 5 Star Movement said on Monday (2 January) it would not automatically require its politicians to step down if they come under legal investigation, prompting critics to accuse it of hypocrisy.
Public Affairs 22-12-2016

Brussels reprimands ex-commissioner Kroes, recoups cash

The EU handed an unprecedented public reprimand to a former commissioner on Wednesday (21 December) for taking allowances she was not entitled to but stopped short of legal action after recouping the money.
Public Affairs 21-12-2016

Slovak EU presidency reaps big year-end harvest

The Slovak EU presidency has pushed through an avalanche of decisions in recent days, proving that the EU can still move forward despite the various crises it faces.
Public Affairs 19-12-2016

Commission ups the pressure on Bulgaria to nominate new Commissioner

Brussels today (19 December) increased the pressure on Bulgaria to nominate a Commissioner to replace Kristalina Georgieva, by saying that the digital economy portfolio will only be available until the end of this week.
Public Affairs 15-12-2016

Trump yet to speak to EU leader

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's spokesperson's service gave muddled accounts of the first trans-Atlantic conversation between their boss and America's new leadership.
Public Affairs 14-12-2016

European Parliament gets new communications guru

Spaniard Jaume Duch Guillot has been unanimously appointed the new head of the European Parliament's communication's team. EurActiv Spain reports.
Public Affairs 14-12-2016

Lawmakers tighten EU Parliament rules, but fail to ban all second jobs

After two years of intense horse-trading, MEPs approved on Tuesday (13 December) a set of reforms to make the European Parliament more efficient and transparent, but limited the scope of banning second jobs to those who actually influence decision-making.
Public Affairs 13-12-2016

No comment on ‘boring’ Commissioners and ‘friendless’ Selmayr report

The Commission refused to comment Tuesday (13 December) on an explosive Finnish media report that President Jean-Claude Juncker regards some of his colleagues as so boring they are effectively “walking sleeping pills”.