Health 25-04-2018

Commission could play greater role in harmonising vaccines supply, industry says

The European Commission could play a decisive role in further harmonising the regulatory framework of vaccines and therefore avoid delays in the supply of vaccines in case of shortages or emergencies, Vaccines Europe told EURACTIV.com. 
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Future EU 25-04-2018

Bulgaria is last on media freedom in EU and in the Balkans

Bulgaria, which currently holds the rotating EU Presidency, ranks last among all EU countries in terms of media freedom. It is also the worst in the Western Balkans, a region Sofia hopes to bring closer to the EU.
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Future EU 25-04-2018

Prospects for Europe – How to enhance European Democracy

On 11 April 2018, some 170 guests from politics, business and civil society attended the 9th Brussels Wednesday Social, hosted by METRO AG in cooperation with European Movement International (EMI) and EuroCommerce.
Electric cars 25-04-2018

Volkswagen makes €15bn bet on electric cars in China

Car giant Volkswagen announced Tuesday (24 April) investments of €15 billion in electric and autonomous vehicles in China by 2022. In Europe, meanwhile, carmakers are resisting plans for a mass-scale roll-out of electric vehicles.
Agrifood 25-04-2018

Fertilisers Europe chief: No need for ‘rocket-science’ to reduce ammonia emissions

No rocket science, or even innovation, is needed to reduce ammonia emissions from fertilisers, the European fertiliser industry boss Jacob Hansen told EURACTIV.com in an interview. As an example, he pointed to the use of nitrate fertilisers instead of urea.
Enlargement 25-04-2018

Athens calls on Hahn to stop ‘undermining’ Macedonian name dispute talks

European Commissioner for Enlargement Johannes Hahn said on Tuesday (24 April) that Greece’s name dispute with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) could be resolved in the next 15 days.
Global Europe 25-04-2018

Donors set to stump up billions for Syria

International donors are expected today (25 April) to pledge billions of dollars for Syria after the UN's special envoy warned of a looming humanitarian disaster in the rebel-held region of Idlib.
Elections 25-04-2018

Italy’s 5-Star seeks talks with PD, slams door on the League

Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement opened the door to coalition talks with the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) on Tuesday (24 April), saying the only other way to end a political deadlock would be a return to the polls.

Germany, France agree main needs of new joint fighter programme

Germany and France have agreed on the central requirements for a new fighter jet to replace Eurofighter Typhoon and Rafale warplanes beginning in 2040, German military sources said.
Global Europe 25-04-2018

Trump, Macron call for ‘new’ nuclear deal with Iran

US President Donald Trump and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron called for a "new" deal with Iran Tuesday (24 April), looking beyond divisions over a landmark nuclear accord that now hangs in the balance.
Circular economy 25-04-2018

Time for an eco-design revolution on carpets and mattresses

A lot more must be done to incentivise everyday product recyclability, writes Ward Mosmuller. Bulky products that are not recycled today – like carpets, mattresses and furniture – would be a good place to start, he argues.
Economy & Jobs 25-04-2018

Apple, Ireland strike deal on €13bn tax payment

Ireland's government on Tuesday (24 April) said it was signing a deal with Apple for the US tech giant to pay €13 billion in back taxes as ordered by the European Commission.
Development Policy 25-04-2018

The clock is ticking on malaria

With drug and insecticide resistance on the rise and slow progress in reducing cases and deaths, the clock is ticking on malaria. The EU must join other health leaders and scale up its efforts to fight the disease, writes Charles Goerens.

Caution needed in transposing whistleblowing and trade secrets directives

The Commission presented on Monday (23 April) a draft directive on the protection of whistleblowers. However, this new draft counterbalances the directive on trade secrets adopted in 2016, which France is currently transposing. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Politics 24-04-2018

The Brief – I’m a billionaire, get me out of here!

A Croatian billionaire who set up one of the largest companies in the Balkans will be extradited back to his native country to face charges of fraud. But what chance does Ivica Todorić really have of getting a fair trial in the EU’s newest member state?
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Digital 24-04-2018

ePrivacy is about the entire economy, and we need to get it right

Although described as a sectorial law, the proposed ePrivacy Regulation has profound implications for European industry as a whole. That’s why lawmakers need to make it fit for the entire digital economy, writes Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl.
Agrifood 24-04-2018

EU governments, businesses, consumers must work together to demand sustainable fisheries

As the seafood industry enters an era that many experts say will bring growing demand and dwindling supply, every player in the supply chain must work to advance sustainability and end illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, writes Amanda Nickson.
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Brexit 24-04-2018

Commission defends ‘equivalence’ with UK for financial services

European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis told the UK’s financial sector on Tuesday (24 April) that the EU and UK regimes could co-exist together after Brexit, but warned that London would not have a say in the decision-making process.
Health 24-04-2018

Lifecourse vaccination in Europe: Influenza prevention

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Adult vaccination has been given less prominence than other health priorities. But given our ageing population, the problem of vaccine-preventable diseases and related complications in adults and elderly is likely to grow. Vaccinating these groups would allow them to stay...
Freedom of thought 24-04-2018

EU court deals blow to anti-abortion campaigners

The EU’s top court has dealt a blow to anti-abortion activists, ruling that the European Commission was justified in its refusal to propose a ban on EU funding for abortion services.
Economy & Jobs 24-04-2018

OLAF: Illicit cut tobacco is a significant and growing market

The volume of illicit cut tobacco in Europe poses a significant problem and is a growing market, Margarete Hofmann, Director for policy at the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) told EURACTIV.com.

Strikes in Syria: first and foremost a political manoeuvre

The joint strikes in Syria launched by France, the UK and the US seem to have a symbolic rather than military purpose, writes Nicolas Gros-Verheyde.

France’s asylum reform at odds with European law

Following a week of debates, French deputies adopted the controversial draft law on asylum and immigration in its first reading. However, some of the provisions could be contrary to European law on the matter. EURACTIV.fr reports.
EU-China 24-04-2018

OLAF suspects VAT fraud at China’s new gateway to Europe

European Union and Italian authorities are investigating suspected wide-scale tax fraud by Chinese criminal gangs importing goods via Greece’s largest port of Piraeus, a trade gateway between China and Europe, officials said.

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