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01/07/2016

Paris teams up with Johannesburg to draft climate strategy

Regional Policy


Euro & Finance 01-07-2016

Schäuble wants to increase cooperation among member states following Brexit

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble wants to deepen cooperation between the 27 remaining European Union countries after Britain quits with measures that include a joint asylum policy, Der Spiegel reported on Friday (1 July).
Future EU 23-06-2016

Zahradil: Brexit is not a good option for Central Europe

“Brexit will shift the geographical and geopolitical centre of the EU eastwards and Germany will become the dominant power of the bloc,” said Czech MEP (Civic Democratic Party ) and European Conservatives and Reformists Chairman Jan Zahradil.
Transport 02-06-2016

Zaventem’s Frankenstein airport provides a test case for the EU

Brussels’ Zaventem Airport has evolved into Frankenstein’s monster, processing more than 20 million passengers and millions of tonnes of cargo annually. And it’s growing, as jets fly round the clock over the rooftops of the city, write a number of concerned citizens and organisations.
Euro & Finance 24-05-2016

A new property bubble in France?

France’s High Council for Financial Stability has warned that the commercial property market may be a bubble about to burst. EurActiv’s partner La Tribune reports.
Enlargement 11-05-2016

Serbia seeks more EU accession talks despite Croatia opposition

Serbia's chief negotiator on Tuesday (10 May) called on the European Union to continue accession talks in June as planned, criticising the opposition from Balkans neighbour Croatia.
Elections 02-05-2016

Catalan leader insists he wasn't snubbed by Juncker

President of the Generalitat of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont has insisted that the objective of his first official overseas visit was not "to speak to representatives of the Commission". EurActiv Spain reports.
Regional Policy 25-04-2016

Majority of Austrians support increased border checks

Three quarters of Austrians are in favour of increased border security. The alpine republic's new interior minister is set to meet with South Tyrol's governor, with this pertinent information in his back pocket. EurActiv Germany reports.

Will Smart Specialisation impact Europe’s textile regions?

In the EU Cohesion Policy programming for 2014-2020, Smart Specialisation Strategies are a new tool for regions to design their investment in research and innovation. Europe’s leading textile regions united in RegioTex initiative to realise this potential, writes Lutz Walter.
Trade & Society 19-04-2016

New study plays down economic impact of Schengen border controls

The reintroduction of border controls could cost Europe up to €15 billion a year, according to a team of Munich-based economic researchers. But unlike other experts, they report that this figure is manageable, however unwieldy it might seem. EurActiv Germany reports.

Global Europe 14-04-2016

Refugee country ‘safe lists’ complicated by European disunity

The Geneva Convention clearly defines where can be considered a "safe country of origin", but the refugee crisis has complicated the issue and thrust it back into the limelight. EurActiv’s partner treffpunkteuropa.de reports.
Sports 08-04-2016

Planned racetrack in Wales scuppered by EU state aid law

The future of a proposed motorsport venue in South Wales has been called into question after the Welsh government concluded that it would be unable to underwrite the site’s construction costs.

Regional Policy 05-04-2016

Southern regions found lacking in new Commission index

Publication of the EU’s social progress index (SPI) has shown that many areas of the bloc still have work to do at a regional level. EurActiv Italy reports.


EU money should not help destroy Bulgaria’s Kresna Gorge

The Bulgarian government is planning to carve a major motorway through the spectacular Kresna Gorge, one of Europe’s richest nature havens, using EU funds. The consequences for wildlife and the local community could be damaging, writes Magda Stoczkiewicz.

MEPs find €10 billion for refugees in unspent EU funds

EXCLUSIVE /  Up to €10 billion could be found to help alleviate the refugee crisis by using unspent cash left over from the European Union budget.
Agriculture & Food 17-03-2016

Austrian winemakers defy EU law

The EU’s zeal for regulation can lead it into some strange conflicts. Recently it has found itself in dispute with Austrian viticulturists over a regional brand of wine. EurActiv Germany reports.
Regional Policy 15-03-2016

Turkey blackmails Bulgarian municipalities over the Armenian genocide

Three Bulgarian municipalities will not receive EU funding under the cross-border cooperation programs between Bulgaria and Turkey. The reason is that Turkey bans partnerships with municipalities who recognise the Armenian genocide.
Health & Consumers 04-03-2016

Bucharest found wanting in regional policy implementation

Romanian Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Crețu has criticised her own country for lagging behind in crucial areas such as health, citing a case in which three hospitals have not been built, despite receiving EU funding. EurActiv Romania reports.
Agriculture & Food 04-03-2016

Spanish fishermen go on pilgrimage to protest law change

Thousands of people braved the Spanish rain to protest in the Galician city of Santiago de Compostela over the regional government's alleged betrayal of its all-important fishing industry.
Euro & Finance 02-03-2016

Is cohesion policy under threat?

Cohesion Policy, the European Union’s main investment policy tool, is soon to face a struggle for survival. One that could threaten the core values of solidarity and convergence of regional disparities on which the EU has been built up, write Nikos Lampropoulos and Francesco Molica.
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Regional Policy 04-12-2015

Utrecht-Leon initiative boosts Nicaraguan city

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / An attractive and colourful new district of León, Nicaragua’s second city, where 20,000 people live, was created thanks to an initiative in cooperation with Utrecht.
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Regional Policy 03-12-2015

Spain's Leganés lends a hand to the world’s most vulnerable

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / For the citizens of the Spanish municipality of Leganés, in the autonomous community of Madrid, solidarity with the world’s most vulnerable populations is second nature. EurActiv Spain reports.
Regional Policy 02-12-2015

Commission to help fund Spanish rail expansion

The European Commission has announced that it will invest in the expansion of Spain's high-speed rail network. EurActiv Spain reports.
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Regional Policy 02-12-2015

Climate change: German and South African cities to tackle threat together

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / In the fight against climate change, local communities are of crucial importance. The cities of Bremen and Durban have teamed up to share expertise and technical know-how in a project that is beneficial for all involved. EurActiv Germany reports.
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Regional Policy 01-12-2015

Paris teams up with Johannesburg to draft climate strategy

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / South Africa’s economic capital wants to develop an ambitious climate strategy, following in the footsteps of Paris, the first French city to adopt a similar strategy in 2007. EurActiv France reports