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Brexit 20-10-2017

#EUCO wrapup: EU summit agrees on ‘Leaders agenda’ despite Brexit

EU leaders wound up two-days of high-level talks in Brussels on Friday (20 October). Digital single market, migration, defence, but also Catalonia and Turkey, were discussed on Thursday. On Brexit, the leaders welcomed 'some progress' in the talks, but said it was not enough to move to phase two, postponing that assessment for December.

Health 11-10-2017

Estonian official: Coalition of the willing can ‘drive’ healthcare data in Europe

As long as the political will exists, a coalition of EU member states can speed up the healthcare data mobility in Europe and start showing results in a cross-border manner in order for others to join, an Estonian government official told EURACTIV.

Digital 04-10-2017

Pilar del Castillo: With changed rules, EU telecoms bill ‘can really boost investment’

Pilar del Castillo, the Spanish centre-right MEP leading negotiations on the EU's new telecoms bill, defends in an interview the European Parliament’s agreement on telecoms competition.

Poland wins bigger coal transition funds in reformed ETS

The European Union has offered Poland more room to subsidise the coal transition in ongoing talks on reforming the Emissions Trading System (ETS), the EU’s flagship instrument to fight global warming, a move that sent alarm bells ringing among environmentalists.

Digital 02-10-2017

Big member states are dividing the EU on digital agenda

Four countries - Germany, France, Italy and Spain - drafted a paper outlining their priorities ahead of last Friday’s (29 September) digital summit, where heads of state gathered in Estonia. Poland’s Digital Minister Krzysztof Szubert told EURACTIV.com their paper risks dividing EU member states on digital issues.

Future EU 29-09-2017

Tusk vows to keep unity with proposal on EU’s future

European Council President Donald Tusk has set himself a time limit of two weeks to talk to leaders from every EU member state before he proposes a plan for how to advance on the future of Europe.

Future EU 29-09-2017

Merkel backs Macron reform plans at EU dinner

German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday (28 September) hailed French President Emmanuel Macron's new vision for Europe as EU leaders held a frank debate on reforming the bloc.

Polish government appears to stay defiant on judiciary reform

Poland's conservative government has little willingness to compromise on its controversial judiciary reform, which has had the Commission up in arms and threatening possible sanctions, despite encouraging signals from Brussels this week based on a new proposal from the country's president.

Digital 27-09-2017

Estonia confident politics won’t overshadow Tallinn ‘digital summit’

Estonia is hosting a summit focused on technology issues this Friday (29 September) but will have to battle for EU leaders’ attention less than one week after the German election, a fresh round of Brexit talks and French President Emmanuel Macron’s proposals on the future of Europe.

EU Internal Market Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska
Electric cars 27-09-2017

Bieńkowska: ‘What we want from Volkswagen is a different approach’

The car sector is keeping EU Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska busy. In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV, the Polish official spoke frankly about carmaker responsibility following the Dieselgate scandal, how to deal with Uber and how Brussels-Warsaw relations might not improve.

Electricity 21-09-2017

EU still divided over curbing power subsidies with CO2 cap

A European Commission proposal to put an emissions limit on what power plants can be subsidised continues to divide the member states but the EU executive and the European Parliament stand united in supporting the CO2 cap.

Electricity 20-09-2017

Estonian presidency champions energy market digitalisation

Ahead of an informal meeting of EU energy and transport ministers in Estonia on Wednesday (20 September), politicians and industry representatives signed the Tallinn e-energy declaration, with the aim of digitising the market even further.

Digital 20-09-2017

Estonia’s top tech official: EU states should integrate their digital systems

Estonia is trying to convince European ministers to agree on the “once only” principle. That means that if one member state has information about a citizen, another member state should not ask for it again, the country’s chief information officer told EURACTIV Slovakia.

Economy & Jobs 15-09-2017

Digital revolution forces rethink of labour and welfare

The transformation of jobs in the digital era will force governments to review their welfare systems and workers to constantly update their skills, senior European officials, experts and ministers agreed during a conference held in the Estonian capital Tallinn this week.

Economy & Jobs 15-09-2017

Dijsselbloem to remain until January amid EU top job rethink

Acting Dutch finance minister, Jeroen Dijssselbloem will continue as Eurogroup President until the end of his mandate in January, various eurozone officials told EURACTIV.com, quashing speculation that he would step down earlier following an election rout at home.

Economy & Jobs 14-09-2017

German minister: ‘Platforms have to pay social security in the future’

Thorben Albrecht is responsible for addressing the impact of the digital revolution on the labour sector and preparing Germany workers for the future. The minister presented his Work 4.0 white paper at the Future of Work conference hosted by Estonia’s rotating presidency of the EU.

Economy & Jobs 13-09-2017

Estonia pushes fair taxation plan for web giants in Europe

A precondition for making online companies such as Amazon and Google pay taxes where they are due is to affirm the principle of "virtual permanent establishment", whereby digital firms pay taxes in countries where they have a "significant digital presence", said EU presidency holder Estonia.

Economy & Jobs 12-09-2017

France seeks last-minute support for posted workers bill

France is scrambling to push through controversial amendments to the posting of workers bill before a decisive decision next month.

Enlargement 08-09-2017

Estonian Presidency passes Turkey decision to Bulgaria

Estonia, which holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU, made it clear that no decision would be made following Angela Merkel's call to end Turkey’s membership talks this year, passing the responsibility to the next presidency – Turkey’s neighbour, Bulgaria.

Digital and accessible, Tallinn’s public transport aims for more

The European Accessibility Act -- a landmark set of rules meant to facilitate the lives of the elderly and people with disabilities -- is going to the Parliament's plenary next week. A lot of focus has been placed on public transport and ways to make it more accessible.

Digital 25-08-2017

Member states reject Commission plan for 25-year spectrum licences

EU member states have rejected a European Commission proposal to extend licences for wireless radio spectrum to last at least 25 years—one of the cornerstones of the EU executive's new attempt to overhaul telecoms law.

Elections 22-08-2017

EU’s leftists accuse Estonian Presidency of playing political games

The Estonian Presidency is holding an informal ministerial conference in Tallinn on Wednesday (23 August) under the title “The Heritage in 21st Century Europe of the Crimes Committed by Communist Regimes".

Economy & Jobs 21-08-2017

EU prepares for busy trade talks agenda

TTIP is on ice, CETA will be provisionally applied from September and talks with Japan are nearly completed. But EU trade policy is far from done yet and a busy negotiating schedule lies ahead. EURACTIV Germany reports.

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.