Global Europe 22-03-2018

Theresa May wins EU backing for holding Russia responsible of Salisbury attack

EU leaders backed Britain in the night of 22 to 23 March in blaming Moscow over a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England, raising the possibility of additional retaliatory steps by European countries.
Data protection 22-03-2018

EU heads of state issue warning over Facebook data case

The 28 EU heads of state issued a warning shot on Thursday (22 March) over allegations that 50 million Facebook users’ data was harvested without their consent to influence political campaigns.
Economy & Jobs 22-03-2018

Trump to hold off steel tariffs for EU, six other countries

U.S. President Donald Trump will not apply new steel and aluminium tariffs to the European Union and six other trading partners which are currently negotiating exemptions, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on Thursday (22 March).
Politics 22-03-2018

Publish secret law files, demands EU Court in transparency ruling

The most famous four-column documents in Brussels could remain secret no more. The European Court of Justice has ruled that the infamous ‘trilogue’ meetings that decide EU laws should be made public on demand.

Bulgarian PM not sure Moscow was behind Salisbury attack

Bulgaria’s Premier Minister Boyko Borissov is not sure that Russia was behind the Salisbury poisoning case and insisted that it’s more important to identify the “sponsors” of the attack.
Economy & Jobs 22-03-2018

The Brief – Easy Rider under attack

The iconic Harley-Davidson is the most American of institutions. Incidentally, it is also one of the first targets in a transatlantic trade war.
Elections 22-03-2018

LREM’s first step towards the 2019 EU elections

En Marche will launch its “Grande Marche pour l’Europe” on the 24 March, the first step in its roadmap for the 2019 European elections. reports
Brexit 22-03-2018

Barnier-Davis deal puts off all key decisions as Brexiternity beckons

A Brexiternity beckons for the years ahead, well past the next general election, as political, economic and policy shapers will debate and disagree on what kind of Brexit the UK wants and needs, writes Denis MacShane.
Global Europe 22-03-2018

Borissov says Varna summit with Erdogan should be held

The Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has hinted that the planned 'leaders’ meeting' with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan should go ahead, despite conditions imposed by Cyprus in February, his press service said on Thursday (22 March).
Economy & Jobs 22-03-2018

Cuts to regional funding will be modest, assures EU budget chief

There are no guarantees that EU Cohesion funds will not be cut in the next seven-year budget but the cuts will be “less than 10%, probably near 5%”, the EU's Budget commissioner said on Thursday (22 March).
Enlargement 22-03-2018

‘We’ll pay you to have babies’, Serbia tells its women

Faced with an ageing and declining population - a common problem across Europe - Serbia is offering financial incentives to parents. But not everyone is happy and critics say it is "reducing women to baby-producing machines". EURACTIV Serbia reports.

In Brussels, Michael Bloomberg praises EU drive for green finance

Capital markets are “one of the most powerful tools in the fight against climate change” which is often “overlooked”, said billionaire philanthropist Michael Bloomberg, praising Europe’s pioneering green finance action plan presented earlier this month.
Health 22-03-2018

MEPs call to raise awareness on benefits of vaccines

The European Parliament’s Environment Committee called on member states to tighten their law against anti-vaccination movements and better inform their citizens about its myths and benefits. EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.
Agrifood 22-03-2018

Time to end the pesticide merry-go-round

On 22 March, EU member states are meeting again to discuss a full ban on the world’s most widely used pesticides, neonicotinoids. It’s a crucial chance to protect our pollinators, children and crops and rethink our whole food system, writes Dave Goulson.
EU-China 22-03-2018

The Belt and Road Initiative: Visegrad Four’s Chinese dilemma

China has used the international economic crisis to elbow its way towards a dominant position on the global market. Its New Silk Road is seen as an attempt to create a massive, multi-national zone of economic and political influence, including in Central Europe. EURACTIV Poland/Czech Republic/Slovakia and Political Capital report.
Agrifood 22-03-2018

Double-counted renewables will increase dependency on fossil fuels

The EU Council's proposal for double or even multiple counting of advanced biofuels and green electricity consumption will increase Europe's dependency on fossil fuels to cover "real" energy needs, something which conflicts with the principal objective of the RED II legislation.
Global Europe 22-03-2018

Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and the EU: The Road to 2020

In 2009, the EU launched the Eastern Partnership (EaP), which so far has been one of the most successful foreign policy initiatives of the EU. Consistently implemented EaP policy is bringing benefits.
Energy 22-03-2018

Coal power decline ‘not fast enough’ to meet UN climate goals

The number of coal-fired power plants built worldwide fell steeply over the past two years, but emissions are too high to keep global warming within relatively safe levels, campaigners said on Thursday (22 March).
Europe's East 22-03-2018

Britain to seek EU condemnation of Russia over spy attack

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May will seek a united condemnation of Russia by EU leaders on Thursday over what London says was a nerve agent attack in England directed by Moscow.
Automated vehicles 22-03-2018

Automated cars: Too much, too soon

Sunday’s fatal collision between an Uber autonomous car and a pedestrian in Arizona shows that the regulatory environment in the US, as well as in Europe, is not ready for fully autonomous vehicles, writes Antonio Avenoso.
Climate change 22-03-2018

EU’s top shipping nations named and shamed in new climate action ranking

Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Portugal and Croatia are Europe’s worst performers when it comes to climate action at the International Maritime organisation (IMO), according to a new ranking by sustainability group Transport and Environment (T&E).
Climate change 22-03-2018

Extreme weather events on the rise, European scientists warn

Extreme weather events are on the rise due to man-made climate change, according to a consensus report by Europe's scientific academies, which called for urgent action to make sure infrastructure and society itself is ready to adapt to the new climate.
Digital 22-03-2018

EU plans to pull ‘free’ digital services under consumer protection rules

EXCLUSIVE / Digital services that collect users’ data, like Facebook and Gmail, will be pulled under EU consumer protection rules as part of a European Commission overhaul due next month. Possible sanctions will be raised to up to 4% of a company's turnover.
Energy 22-03-2018

Energy efficiency – a game changer for Europe, a responsibility for industry

EU efforts to increase energy efficiency are now entering the sharp end of the legislative process, as trilateral talks ramp up. Nadezda Kokotovic explains what role industry should play in energy saving.