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. EURACTIV.fr 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 hints that 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 budget EU 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.
Enlargement 21-03-2018

Kosovo ratifies Montenegro border deal despite tear gas attack

Tear gas was repeatedly lobbed into the Kosovo parliament on Wednesday but did not prevent MPs ratifying a border agreement with Montenegro that is seen as key to unlocking visa-free travel to the EU for Pristina.
Digital 21-03-2018

New EU tax on tech giants’ revenue is not ‘anti-US’, Moscovici insists

After half a year of intense debate and bickering between member states, the European Commission proposed on Wednesday (21 March) a new system for taxing digital companies that will charge large firms 3% of their revenue and will hit US tech giants like Google and Facebook.
Central Europe 21-03-2018

Polish FM: We are committed to EU but Commission is no ‘super-government’

Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz outlined his country’s foreign policy aims for 2018 this week, putting special emphasis on security issues and criticising EU institutions for using "double standards". EURACTIV Poland reports.
Languages & Culture 21-03-2018

Le Brief – Roll up, roll up… for free French classes

French used to be the recognised language of international diplomacy even though the British Empire was much larger and more dominant. French held out, more or less, until after World War Two, when the global geopolitical balance shifted and the US took over, helped by Hollywood and rock 'n' roll.

Rasmussen: EU summit should send Putin a clear message

Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that the EU should show solidarity with the UK not only with words, but also with increased sanctions.
Europe's East 21-03-2018

Ukraine says DCFTAs outdated, need deep review

One of the key messages from the EURACTIV debate on the Eastern Partnership – “Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and the EU: The Road to 2020” held on March 20 in Brussels was that the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements with these countries need a revamp.