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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.
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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).
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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.

Gender equality: Let's get our house in order

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.
Elections 18-02-2015

Juncker relieved by nomination of Pavlopoulos as Greece’s next President

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras nominated former conservative lawmaker and ex-Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos yesterday (17 February) to the country's presidency. This means that plans to change the Greek Commissioner are not on the table.
Public Affairs 21-01-2015

Old Commissioners, new revolving doors

Only three months after the Barroso II Commission left office, some prominent members have already made moves in their professional careers which are putting to test the EU executive’s policy on revolving doors, writes Vicky Cann.

France mourns former Commissioner Jacques Barrot

The French Parliament observed a minute's silence on Wednesday (3 December), following the death of the former minister and European Commission Vice-President. EurActiv France reports
Health & Consumers 21-10-2014

Commission steps up efforts to fight Ebola, after slow response

Health Commissioner Tonio Borg on Monday (20 October) told MEPs that a network of high-security laboratories have been established to ensure that EU member states will have the necessary facilities to diagnose the infected persons infected with Ebola.
EU Priorities 2020 29-09-2014

Make or break week begins for the Juncker Commission

The next 10 days could make or break a plan to reshape the European Union under new management, in an attempt to revive the economy and regain trust among its half-billion people.
Development Policy 23-09-2014

EU auditors: Haiti earthquake support falls short

Well-intentioned, but insufficient. In a report published Tuesday (23 September), the European Court of Auditors was highly critical of the European Commission's €1.23 billion contribution to relief efforts, following the March 2010 earthquake in Haiti, which left 230,000 dead, 300,00 injured, and 1.3 million homeless in Port-au-Prince alone.
EU Priorities 2020 11-09-2014

German politicians condemn ‘wrong’ Commission appointments for France, UK

Giving the UK's oversight of financial stability, and a Frenchman the economic affairs portfolio, triggered harsh criticism in Berlin. EurActiv Germany reports.
Enlargement 05-09-2014

Bildt slams Juncker over absence of enlargement portfolio

One of the toughest reactions to the leaked organigram of the next Commission team to be led by Jean-Claude Juncker came from another EU heavyweight, the Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt.