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24/07/2016

Danish ‘Lego presidency’ could deliver lasting legacy for Europe

Topic: EU Treaty & Institutions


EU Elections 2014 23-05-2014

Van Rompuy expects ‘no names’ soon for next Commission chief

In an invitation sent out on Wednesday (21 May), European Council president Herman Van Rompuy tells EU leaders that the EU Summit on 27 May will be too early to have a decision on the next EU Commission president.
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Future EU 16-04-2013

Finnish Prime Minister calls for a 'just and fair” EU

Speaking at the European Parliament on Tuesday, Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen called for greater economic and political integration in Europe. Addressing MEPs in Strasbourg, Katainen said that citizen support can only be gained through a 'just and fair' EU.
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Future EU 29-03-2013

The Future of Europe: How will the debate be communicated?

With the urgency of the financial crisis passing, attention turns to European integration. European countries (Eurozone, non-Eurozone or non-EU) are re-assessing their relationship with the EU. This will be an over-arching debate in Europe in the next 5 years.   Many actors will drive this debate. Think-tanks and academia have started to circulate ideas and scenarios. Senior EU policymakers, multi-national corporations, political parties and national politicians will all weigh in.  
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Future EU 13-03-2013

No big decisions expected at Spring EU Summit

EU leaders are gathering on Thursday in Brussels for their regular Spring Council Summit. Unlike the previous meeting, when Brussels struck a controversial deal on the next long-term EU budget, no major decisions are expected this time.
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Future EU 11-03-2013

EU warns Hungary on new constitutional changes

Brussels has threatened to launch legal action against Hungary if the Hungarian Parliament approves constitutional changes that critics say will limit citizens' freedoms. The Hungarian parliament, which is controlled by the ruling center-right party Fidesz, is set to vote on the amendments on Monday. The changes could affect higher education, electoral law and family law.
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Future EU 06-02-2013

MEPs threaten to veto EU budget deal

Only two days before EU leaders will hold talks on the next 7-year EU budget, MEPs on Tuesday threatened to veto the eventual agreement if further cuts are made. Some member states, like the UK, the Netherlands and Sweden, have expressed their wish to slash the budget by an additional 30 billion euros. They argue that EU expenditure should be in line with national austerity policies. "Today's proposal is actually an act of political resignation, and we are going to reject it", EPP leader Joseph Daul said.
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Future EU 05-02-2013

EU officials go on strike ahead of EU budget summit

EU officials went on strike on Tuesday to protest against potential cuts in their salaries and pensions. The protest came only two days before European leaders are due to meet in Brussels to agree on the next 7-year EU budget. 'We are here because at the end of the week, the Council will decide the budget for the European Union and we are afraid that some cuts will really put in danger the capacity of the European Union to stand for the principle, for the citizens and for its policies', chairman of the Center Staff Committee Cristian Sebastiani said.
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UK & Europe 16-01-2013

EU criticises Cameron referendum plan

  In what could be one of the most decisive speeches on Europe since World War Two, British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday will set out his plans to reshape the future of Britain in the EU. Facing mounting pressure from the Eurosceptic side of his own Conservative Party, Cameron aims at bringing back some of the powers that Brussels currently holds to Westminster.
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Europe's East 12-11-2012

MEP Kukan on the Velvet Divorce

  Asked to compare Czechoslovakia's Velvet Divorce two decades ago to today's separatist tendencies in Europe, Slovak MEP Eduard Kukan says separatism alone cannot lead to the creation of a state.   Eduard Kukan is an MEP from the European People's Party and chairs the delegation on relations with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo. He was Slovakia's foreign minister from 1998 to 2006.
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Health & Consumers 23-10-2012

Dalli's position 'politically untenable', says EU

  The European Commission said on Monday that it was "pollitically untenable" for John Dalli to remain the EU Health Commissioner.  Dalli resigned last week after an anti-fraud investigation linked him to attemps to influence EU tobacco legislation. The ex-commissioner denies any wrongdoing.   "It was politically untenable for Mr. Dalli to remain in his sensitive function. He stopped …

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Future EU 12-10-2012

EU wins 2012 Nobel Peace Prize

Despite a year marked by one of the worst crises in decades and repeated scenes of social unrest across the continent, the European Union has been awarded the 2012 Nobel peace prize. The Norweigien prize committe awarded the 27-nation bloc for its 60 years of contributions to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.
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Future EU 04-03-2012

Herman Van Rompuy Re-Elected as Council President

The European Council on Thursday unanimously reelected Herman Van Rompuy to a second term as the permanent President of the Council. Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt congratulated Van Rompuy, saying that he has "steered Europe through very rocky waters" with a "steady hand".
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Future EU 04-03-2012

EU Heads of State sign new Fiscal Treaty

25 European heads of state on Friday signed the new European Fiscal Treaty. Jose Manual Barroso said the signing of the treaty, "signals the irreversibility of the euro and a very important step forward in European integration".
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Future EU 07-02-2012

Maastricht Treaty turns 20 as euro crisis continues

Twenty years ago, leaders of the European Union put their signatures under a plan for one of the most ambitious steps in European integration.The single currency. The Maastricht Treaty enable the creation of the euro, which, despite all the negatives, has clearly carved out its place in the international currency markets. Former European Commissioner President Jacques Delors still sees the euro as a success story: Ten years after the launch of the physical notes and coins, however, it's clear that the Maastricht Treaty was not a complete success.
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Future EU 17-01-2012

Schulz 14th EP President

German social-democrat Martin Schulz on Tuesday became the 14th president of the European Parliament, beating two British MEPs with a clear majority. The victory of Schulz was no surprise. After the 2009 European elections, the two biggest parties in the parliament agreed to split the five-year presidency among them. Polish christian-democrat Jerzy Buzek held the presidency until today.
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Future EU 06-01-2012

Danish ‘Lego presidency’ could deliver lasting legacy for Europe

The Danish presidency of the European Union comes at one of the most difficult moments in the union's history. It's biggest challenge: Keeping the EU construct together. The financial crisis has driven a wedge between euro and non-euro countries, with David Cameron's UK seeking isolation from the rest of Europe at a time that the global economy is becoming increasingly interdependent. Denmark joined the EU in 1973, at the same time as the UK, and it's the 7th time that it now holds the EU presidency.