European Commission

Natura 2000 must manage cash better, warn EU Auditors

The EU’s flagship biodiversity programme, Natura 2000, needs more money and better management, the European Court of Auditors has warned.

ETUC: Wages in Europe are too low

The gap between the rich and ‘the rest’ is growing, European Trade Union leaders warned as Europe struggles to recover from the 2009 crisis that wiped 10% of it’s economy.

Distrust of construction industry could put EU building renovations ‘at risk’

European Union plans to spur building renovation risk being hindered by distrust in the construction industry, a conference on the bloc’s flagship energy strategy heard last Wednesday (8 February) in Brussels.

Euro & Finance 03-02-2017

Irish finance minister: Dublin, EU agree on Apple tax estimate

The European Commission's estimate that Apple owes Ireland up to €13 billion in a disputed tax ruling is unlikely to be altered greatly by Dublin's calculations, the Irish finance minister said on Thursday (2 February).

02-02-2017

The Brief: Juncker dresses down Commission’s Davos dozen

Jean-Claude Juncker is “not a great fan” of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the European Commission said today.

Commission ‘quietly shelves’ corruption report

The European Commission today refused to comment when faced with allegations that it had quietly shelved a regular anti-corruption report, despite massive anti-graft protests taking place in Romania.

Euro & Finance 02-02-2017

Juncker scolds a dozen Commissioners for flocking to Davos

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker scolded his Commissioners for flocking to the World Economic Forum in Davos at a weekly meeting of the executive’s top brass.

14-12-2016

The Brief: Cracks appear in EU’s united front on Brexit

The uniformity of the EU’s response to Brexit has been striking but today the first cracks in that carefully crafted unity appeared.

03-11-2016

The Brief: Juncker orders Oettinger to apologise

Günther Oettinger, Germany’s Commissioner, finally apologised today for calling the Chinese "slitty eyes" and mocking women and gay marriage.

31-10-2016

The Brief: Commission in credibility crisis over Oettinger and Barroso

The European Commission is facing a credibility crisis. If it is not addressed soon, it risks confirming the worst prejudices held about EU officialdom - that it is arrogant, elitist and out of touch.

14-10-2016

The Brief: Is ‘better regulation’ getting better?

Is the European Commission’s 'better regulation' strategy getting, well, better?
The REFIT program, where EU laws are called in for “fitness checks”, was touted as Brussels’ response to the accusation it was drowning Europe in red tape.

19-09-2016

The Brief: ‘Flexible solidarity’ is Europe à la carte

Crack open the champagne. Not to celebrate the first ever edition of The Brief. Instead, salute the birth of ‘flexible solidarity’ – the latest, ghastliest example of EU indecision and doublespeak.

Public Affairs 12-09-2016

Juncker forces Barroso to face humiliating security checks in Brussels

José Manuel Barroso will face humiliating security checks after Jean-Claude Juncker, his successor as European Commission President,  stripped him of the privileges traditionally offered to visiting dignitaries in Brussels.

Future EU 30-07-2016

Juncker: I have a black book of my enemies and I never kissed Farage

Jean-Claude Juncker has a little black book called “little Maurice” where he notes the names of everyone who has betrayed him, the European Commission president said in an interview in which he denied kissing UKIP leader Nigel Farage after the Brexit vote.

Public Affairs 12-07-2016

How to prevent Barroso from becoming yet another lobbyist

Contrary to the salvific rhetoric embraced by the Juncker Commission there are legal obligations preventing José Manuel Barroso from taking up the job as non-executive chairman of Goldman Sachs, write Alberto Alemanno and Benjamin Bodson.

UK & Europe 27-06-2016

Brexit has exposed Juncker’s democratic unaccountability

The fallout from Brexit would have claimed the scalp of any other politician, but Jean-Claude Juncker appears to be bullet-proof. Never has his unaccountability to the people been so obvious, writes James Crisp.

Commission snubs watchdog’s demand for Big Tobacco transparency

The European Commission has snubbed an EU watchdog’s demand for more transparency in the executive’s dealings with Big Tobacco, drawing further criticism from the European Ombudsman. 

A heady climate for Brussels’ revolving door policy

As negotiations at the climate talks in Paris move into their second week, the revolving door in Brussels continues to spin energetically, writes Vicky Cann.

Energy 04-12-2015

EU leaders to clash over Nord Stream 2 at summit

EXCLUSIVE / The issue of Nord Stream 2 will be discussed at the 17-18 December EU summit, but the exchange is unlikely to go very far because the countries opposing the project use legal arguments which are not widely accepted, analysts told EurActiv.

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CAP in the UK: How would ‘Brexit’ affect British farming?

The EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) was most recently reformed in 2013, including incentives for farmers to invest in ‘green’ practices, innovation and support for young farmers. A European Commission review in 2016 will aim to simplify these reforms.

Digital 02-11-2015

Juncker Commission: First year report card

Sunday (1 November) marked the first-year anniversary of the Juncker Commission. The EurActiv team has looked over its achievements over the past twelve months, and written the executive’s end-of-year school report, grading it from A-F on different issues. 

In school on Syria border, Turkey’s challenges as EU gatekeeper are clear

As Ankara and Brussels hash out a deal to stem the flow of Syrians to Europe, the factors which drive them beyond their first safe haven show how difficult that task will be.

Merkel denies rumours of new tax to pay for refugees

German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday (11 October) ruled out tax increases to help deal with the biggest influx of refugees since World War Two.

Elections 16-07-2015

Michael Kaeding: ‘Juncker decides the fate of the European Parliament’

One year after Jean-Claude Juncker was elected, the Parliament is undergoing a radical change, says Michael Kaeding, who believes that Juncker’s leadership style is giving MEPs new political power.