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Economy & Jobs 22-11-2017

Lack of German government puts eurozone integration plans on hold

The collapse of talks on a new German government means that the eurozone's ambitious plans for deeper economic integration could be put on hold, officials said on Tuesday (21 November).

Brexit 21-11-2017

Paris celebrates the arrival of the European Banking Authority

At the end of a suspenseful day, delegates from 27 EU governments meeting in the General Affairs Council chose to relocate the European Medicines Agency to Amsterdam and the European Banking Authority to Paris. EURACTIV France reports.

Brexit 20-11-2017

Amsterdam, Paris take EU agencies in lucky dip thriller

Amsterdam and Paris won the right to host the two EU agencies that must leave London on Brexit after a dramatic ministerial meeting in Brussels on Monday (20 November) that left both result decided by drawing lots after votes were tied.

Climate change 17-11-2017

France and the Netherlands call on EU to up climate action

As COP23 draws to a close, non-state actors were the few offering hope. The Netherlands and France also want to revise upward European ambition on climate action for 2030. EURACTIV France reports.

Climate change 16-11-2017

COP23 in search of a leader

Between coal-addicted Germany, and France that brings ideas but no new commitments, and the EU entangled in its contradictions, the political weight of this COP turned out lighter than expected. EURACTIV France reports.

Development Policy 14-11-2017

Macron’s missing billions to fulfill development aid promises

The French budget dedicated to international solidarity is expected to increase by €500 million over the next three years. But the government estimates that €6.4 billion will be needed by 2022. EURACTIV France reports.

Economy & Jobs 13-11-2017

France not impressed by Luxembourg’s bid to lead Eurogroup

Paris prefers the candidacy of Slovakia against that of Luxembourg, whose tax evasion record casts a shadow on its bid to lead the Eurogroup. EURACTIV France reports.

Climate change 13-11-2017

Franco-German tandem under pressure to lead climate action

French and German NGOs have asked Brune Poirson and Jochen Flasbarth – state secretaries for the environment in France and Germany, respectively - to make the tandem “the engine of an ambitious European climate policy.”

Defence policy 13-11-2017

EU takes step towards closer defence cooperation

The EU took a major step towards building closer defence ties on Monday (13 November), with 23 member states signing a landmark agreement, promoted by France and Germany, to fund and boost cooperation following Britain’s decision to leave the bloc.

Economy & Jobs 09-11-2017

European economy beats expectations as risks decline

The European economy is enjoying a period of positive momentum as growth spreads across all member states, public accounts are expected to look healthier and risks are balanced for the first time in a long while, the European Commission concluded on Thursday (9 November).

Climate change 08-11-2017

A climate summit in Paris to compensate for the lack of European ambition

The French summit aimed at regrouping and bolstering climate ambition, two years to the day after the finale of the COP21, is gradually taking shape. EURACTIV France reports.

Energy 08-11-2017

France backtracks on nuclear phase-out pledge

The French government has postponed a long-held target to reduce the share of nuclear energy in the country’s power production after grid operator RTE warned it risked supply shortages after 2020 and could miss a goal to curb carbon emissions.

Development Policy 08-11-2017

NGOs decry France’s shortcomings in education aid

Around 264 million children worldwide don’t go to school. The Education Coalition in France denounces the country's lack of education focus on development aid programs. EURACTIV France reports.

Energy 07-11-2017

Celebrating France’s solar energy leadership

As the world gathers in Bonn for the COP23 climate conference, it is imperative to acknowledge and celebrate success in order to maintain the momentum required for us to collectively reach our climate goals, writes Stefan Degener.

Energy 06-11-2017

Rosatom talks up wind, solar power in quest for ‘diversified portfolio’

Nuclear power remains the cornerstone of Rosatom’s expansion strategy, notably in emerging countries. But the Russian state-owned energy conglomerate is now also talking up renewables, citing wind, solar and batteries as part of a diversified low-carbon energy portfolio.

Economy & Jobs 03-11-2017

The UN makes progress on multinationals’ duty of care

The UN has confirmed that a treaty on multinational corporations’ respect for human rights is in the making, despite opposition from developed countries. EURACTIV France reports.

Freedom of thought 03-11-2017

Poland and France come to blows over statue of late Pope

More than 38,000 people signed an online petition as of Thursday protesting against a French court order to remove a cross from a statue of the late Polish-born Pope John Paul II in Brittany, western France.

Agrifood 02-11-2017

France opts for colour coded nutrition labelling

France's ministers for health, agriculture and the economy signed on Tuesday (31 October) a decree introducing a voluntary labelling scheme for food products to reduce obesity, causing upheaval in the food industry.

Brexit 31-10-2017

Goldman CEO has high hopes for London HQ post-Brexit, despite uncertainty

Goldman Sachs chief executive Lloyd Blankfein expects to fill the firm's new European headquarters which is currently under construction in London, but said Britain's exit from the European Union left much outside the bank's control.

27-10-2017

Juncker and Macron in French Guiana, showing EU interest for its periphery

French president Emmanuel Macron and EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker meet in the European Space Agency in Korou, French Guiana, a French overseas department. The Commission seeks to expand its activities on the EU’s periphery, as suggested by the Lisbon treaty. EURACTIV France reports.

Development Policy 27-10-2017

EU stance on duty of care by multinationals seen as ‘obstructive’

After France adopted a law on the duty of care by multinational companies, UN member states are discussing a treaty on human rights in international trade, despite the EU’s policy of obstruction.

Electricity 26-10-2017

Nuclear agency chief: Small reactors ‘might be a game-changer’ for Europe

The political climate for nuclear energy is "not very positive" in Europe, admits William D. Magwood, and the industry is currently shifting towards Russia and Asia as a result. But the emergence of small modular reactors (SMR) built in factories might slow down the process, he argues.

Development Policy 20-10-2017

Development banks join forces to tackle climate change

Director general of French development agency (AFD) was appointed to lead the International Development Finance Club (IDFC), uniting credit institutions worth $3,000 billion. Their objective: to throw their weight behind sustainable development. EURACTIV France reports.

Competition 20-10-2017

Taxing the digital economy could slow progress on tax harmonisation

The issue of taxing the digital economy could undermine efforts for harmonising fiscal rules in Europe. Unless member states kill two birds with one stone. EURACTIV France reports.