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11/12/2016

Gender equality: Let’s get our house in order

Topic: European Commission


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.
Europe's East 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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Agriculture & Food 10-11-2015

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.
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INGRESS - because standards are voluntary market tools!

All INGRESS members look forward to participating in a constructive dialogue with the European Commission, Member States and other standardisation stakeholders in order to improve the European Standardisation System (ESS).

Oettinger meets almost exclusively with corporate lobbies, report shows

Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger is a prime target for lobbyists, but his door is almost exclusively open to telecoms, according to Transparency International. EurActiv Germany reports.
EU Priorities 2020 24-06-2015

Top TTIP lobbyists come into view

The ten most active groups lobbying EU institutions on TTIP are out in the open. Statistics released today (24 June) reveal some of the big spenders meeting with European Commission leaders on the trade deal.
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Public Affairs 24-06-2015

INFOGRAPHIC: Musical Chairs at the Commission

All of the changes in the European Commission reshuffle. Jonathan Faull, the European Union’s top civil servant for financial services regulation, will head up an EU executive “Brexit” taskforce dedicated to the United Kingdom’s referendum on its membership in the bloc.
EU Priorities 2020 15-04-2015

Juncker's slap tickles Cañete

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker gave Miguel Cañete a playful slap on the cheek after the Spanish Climate Commissioner bowed to his king in Brussels earlier today (15 April).
EU Priorities 2020 08-04-2015

Commission midday briefings are funny, actually

Juncker spokesperson Margaritis Schinas announced on Thursday (8 April) that all members of the EU family have the same worldview.
Transport 25-03-2015

Berlin paves way for passenger car tolling

Late Monday (23 March) night, the German government agreed on adjustments to the planned law for passenger car tolling, including changes that accommodate the concerns of the European Commission. EurActiv Germany reports.
OpinionSpecial Report

Gender equality: Let's get our house in order

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / Public administrations everywhere in Europe need to be more in tune with the people they serve and use the full potential of both men and women, writes Kristalina Georgieva in an exclusive op-ed for EurActiv.