Banking union 25-05-2018

EU ministers reach key agreement to unlock Banking Union file

Member states have reached an agreement on a package of measures aimed at reducing risk in the banking industry. The political consensus built upon a joint proposal by the French and German Finance ministers paves the way for a deepened reform of the Economic and Monetary Union.
Data protection 25-05-2018

Europe is about to lose the global AI race – thanks to GDPR

The GDPR, which recently came into force, imposes such tight restrictions on the use of personal data that the EU will be unable to keep up with the rest of the world using AI to streamline their economies, writes Nick Wallace.
Politics 25-05-2018

The Brief, powered by Yara – The end of Rajoy

Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy is a natural born survivor, literally. He almost lost his life twice, first in a car accident in 1979, and years later in a helicopter crash in 2005. But in terms of his political career, he may not be so lucky a third time.

Spain’s Socialists table no confidence motion against Rajoy’s government

Spain's main opposition Socialist Party tabled on Friday (25 May) a motion of no confidence in Parliament against the government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy after his ruling Popular Party was found guilty of corruption in a court verdict. EURACTIV’s partner efe-epa reports.
Economy & Jobs 25-05-2018

Seize the challenge of Big Data and AI, says Tata boss

Europe is ahead in the digital game, says Tata's Consultancy Services COO. But businesses and governments will need to utilise Big Data and Artificial Intelligence to improve services and the quality of life of customers.
Africa 25-05-2018

Ending poverty in Africa is within our reach

On  Africa Day (25 May) it is important to note that the continent is making important progress to end extreme poverty. With all the potential Africa holds it is important for the EU to support it, therefore, the next seven-year budget should secure more funds for aid, writes Dorine Nininahazwe.
Economy & Jobs 25-05-2018

Schools open to all? Slovakia uses EU funds to include Roma children

Systemic segregation of Roma children in Slovakia's pre-schools and primary education has been around - and barely addressed - for many years. The lack of efforts on their inclusion has been highlighted by both human rights NGOs and the European Commission.
Agrifood 25-05-2018

Czech farmers clash over proposed CAP subsidies capping

The European Commission’s proposal to cap agricultural payments and provide more support for small farms has divided farmers in the Czech Republic. But there are other issues they should focus on, such as the ageing rural population and the challenges of modern technologies. EURACTIV.cz reports.
Agrifood 25-05-2018

Eric Andrieu on Efsa, PEST committee and France

French MEP Eric Andrieu discusses the role of the EP’s PEST Committee, which he chairs, to respond to comments suggesting that it is at a dead-end.
Development Policy 25-05-2018

It will be tough and costly to contain current Ebola outbreak, says WHO

Following a new Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo early May, the World Health Organisation (WHO) decided it is not yet an international public health emergency but is deploying an action plan to contain the disease, a move which proves particularly challenging this time
Politics 25-05-2018

Trans-Europe Express, powered by Yara – Eurobarometer tells only half the story

One year ahead of the European elections, a recent Eurobarometer opinion poll seems to have emboldened mainstream politicians. European Parliament boss Antonio Tajani said that these results indicate a positive trend of EU support, despite Brexit, “or perhaps precisely because of this”. 
Climate change 25-05-2018

Reindeer herders and lavender farmers launch legal case against EU climate efforts

Lawyers acting for a group including a French lavender farmer and members of the indigenous Sami community in Sweden have launched legal action against the EU’s institutions for failing to adequately protect them against climate change. EURACTIV’s partner The Guardian reports.

Solar trade barriers: Who are they benefiting?

In December 2013, the European Union imposed trade defence measures on solar panels and cells from China, which are set to expire in September 2018.

European Commission urged to deliver on new EDCs strategy

MEPs and civil society representatives urged the European Commission on 24 May to act soon on defining a new strategy following the rejection by the European Parliament last autumn of its endocrine disruptor chemicals (EDC) definition.
Economy & Jobs 25-05-2018

Romania squandering EU funding, Moldova deserves more, says EU regional boss

Romanian Commissioner Corina Creţu wants her country to take full advantage of the EU funding that is on offer and for Moldova to meet the bloc’s accession criteria in order to unlock even more financing.
Politics 25-05-2018

Yerevan calling? UK’s Johnson discusses Russia with hoax caller

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson talked international relations and rude poetry with a hoax caller who pretended to be the Armenian prime minister in a new gaffe by one of Britain’s most prominent politicians.
Global Europe 25-05-2018

Putin welcomes European efforts to save Iran nuclear deal

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday (24 May) that his country appreciated efforts by Europe to save the Iran nuclear deal despite the withdrawal of the United States and warned of “lamentable consequences” if it was not preserved.
Freedom of thought 25-05-2018

Ireland votes in ‘once-in-a-generation’ abortion referendum

Ireland votes today (25 May) in an abortion referendum that could be a milestone on a path of change in a country that, only a few decades ago, was one of Europe’s most socially conservative.
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Data protection 25-05-2018

Tweets of the Week: Royal Wedding, Zuckerberg in EU Parliament, and GDPR

This week all eyes turn to the Royal Wedding, it’s the Facebook hearing we were all dreading, and the arrival of GDPR has got businesses shredding!

EU tables ground-breaking ‘low-carbon benchmark’ for green finance

The European Commission presented on Thursday (24 May) a set of proposals aimed at boosting private investment in low-carbon technologies like renewable energies while increasing transparency in sustainable finance to avoid green-washing.
Electric cars 25-05-2018

Europe’s quest to overtake spectre of Dieselgate

The 2015 Dieselgate scandal might have been a blessing in disguise, propelling car emissions smack bang into the public spotlight. The EU is now making fresh attempts to bring the transport sector to heel, although there are still plenty of miles to cover.
Data protection 25-05-2018

GDPR: EU’s new data protection rules come into effect

The European Union's new data protection laws came into effect on Friday (25 May), with Brussels saying the changes will protect consumers from being like "people naked in an aquarium".
Future EU 25-05-2018

European elections in the era of disruption

To some extent the vote next May will be a test of the resilience of the forces of disruption, the main achievement of whom so far being Brexit, writes Geoffrey Harris.
China 25-05-2018

Europe raises transparency issues with China’s Belt and Road Initiative

China's massive Belt and Road Initiative is seen as a unique chance to strengthen economic cooperation between Beijing and Europe and a way to spur trade and the economies of the countries involved. But some consider it a strategic and self-interested tool for China to extend its sphere of influence.

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