Agrifood 19-04-2018

Spanish agriculture is campaigning for the development of agricultural insurance

Spanish farmers and stockbreeders want the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to redirect its financial resources to a system of agricultural insurance. EURACTIV's partner EFEAgro reports.
Development Policy 19-04-2018

Alert sounds on developing country debt

To fight corruption in the poorest countries, the European Parliament is proposing a code of conduct that makes the granting of loans conditional on monitoring by national parliaments. But the idea has not gone down well in Brussels. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Politics 19-04-2018

The Brief – Ermine-clad soft-Brexit warriors

The House of Lords, with its ermine clad members, is hard to love. Unelected, the members have an average age of 69. A retirement home for political grandees and business moguls, it makes the House of Commons seem like a beacon of multi-cultural modernity.
Economy & Jobs 19-04-2018

Polish deputy finance minister: Euro in Poland yes, but not yet

Joining the eurozone is not a solution for the present day, Poland's deputy finance minister Leszek Skiba told the Polish parliament on Wednesday (18 April). But he admitted that a stable euro area is in Poland's interest and joining it at the right time could prove to be beneficial. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Economy & Jobs 19-04-2018

Regions in transition are most at risk due to economic stagnation, no innovation

European regions want an enhanced and inclusive Cohesion Policy that will make use of structural funds and more complementary mechanisms to address the current problems at their core. At the same time, the Committee of the Regions is asking for a concrete plan before the European elections in May 2019.
Azerbaijan 19-04-2018

Top Russian, NATO generals choose Baku for talks on preventing military incidents

Azerbaijan's capital Baku will host a rare meeting between top generals from Russia and NATO, who will focus on preventing military incidents “caused by a possible misinterpretation of the actions of Russia and NATO", according to the Russian television RT.
Air Quality 19-04-2018

Clean air for everyone – Poland challenges smog

Environmental protection and the fight for clean air are global challenges in today’s world. Poland’s entrepreneurship and technology minister explains how his country is doing its bit to overcome air quality challenges.
Brexit 19-04-2018

Business will find its way, Brexit deal will be rational, say Czech optimists

The final Brexit deal will guarantee the continuation of free trade between the EU and the UK, optimistic entrepreneurs told EURACTIV.cz.
Enlargement 19-04-2018

Croatian Parliament speaker cuts short visit to Serbia after flag incident

A Croatian parliamentary delegation cut short its official visit to Serbia on April 18 after an incident caused by Serbian Radical Party leader, MP and convicted war criminal Vojislav Šešelj. The incident highlighted the fragility of relations between erstwhile Balkan foes, more than 20 years after ethnic wars ended.
Future EU 19-04-2018

Ex-French PM Manuel Valls: no separatist solution in Catalonia

The former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Thursday (19 April) he believed there would be a political solution to the uncertainty in Spain’s northeastern region of Catalonia, but that the answer did not lie with the separatist campaign...
Brexit 19-04-2018

Brexit raises fears among Gibraltar population

The people of Gibraltar voted almost unanimously to remain in the European Union in the Brexit referendum. However, the small British overseas territory will be forced to leave the EU next March, and both the British population and the Spaniards that come to work on ‘the Rock’ fear an uncertain future.
Enlargement 19-04-2018

Kosovo, rule of law remain key for Serbia’s EU bid

The European Commission's latest enlargement report has acknowledged Serbia's progress in the fight against corruption and organised crime and its growing role in regional cooperation, but also highlighted a lack of improvement in the freedom of speech and media.
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Transport 19-04-2018

European Aluminium launches its Digital Activity Report 2017

In this first digital European Aluminium Activity Report, our industry is anticipating future policy direction, allowing us to take steps towards realising Europe’s vision and ambitions for a revitalised industry and a sustainable society.
Global Europe 19-04-2018

EU edges closer to new Iran sanctions ahead of Trump deadline

European Union governments are showing more support for the idea of new sanctions on Iran proposed by Britain, France and Germany as a way of dissuading US President Donald Trump from pulling out of the 2015 nuclear deal, diplomats say.
Global Europe 19-04-2018

Russia’s RT faces seven investigations in Britain over broadcasts since Skripal case

Britain's media regulator opened seven investigations into Russian news channel RT, saying it had found an increase in programmes which may have breached impartiality rules since a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy last month.
Competition 19-04-2018

EU antitrust chief says investigation of Google’s Android, AdSense is advancing

Investigations into how Google may be using its Android smartphone operating system and its AdSense advertising service to thwart rivals are advancing, Europe's antitrust chief said on Wednesday (18 April), amid concern about the lengthy proceedings.
Economy & Jobs 19-04-2018

Greece launches tender for Hellenic Petroleum privatisation

Greece launched an international tender on Wednesday (18 April) to sell a majority stake in its biggest oil refiner, Hellenic Petroleum, as agreed under its third international bailout.
Brexit 19-04-2018

European firm wins contract for post-Brexit UK passports

A Franco-Dutch company on Wednesday (18 April) won a contract to make British passports after the country leaves in the EU, in a blow for Brexit campaigners.
Brexit 19-04-2018

Theresa May suffers embarrassing Brexit defeat in parliament’s upper house

Britain's upper house of parliament inflicted an embarrassing defeat on Theresa May's government on Wednesday (18 April), challenging her refusal to remain in a customs union with the EU after Brexit.
Brexit 19-04-2018

A Pandora’s Box of headwinds for the UK’s global ambitions after Brexit

Despite the bombing of chemical weapon sites in Syria, along with France and the US, and the recent show of support from Western allies in the Skripal affair, Britain’s international clout will inexorably erode after Brexit, writes Pierre-Alain Coffinier.
Data protection 19-04-2018

After Facebook scandal, MEPs argue the GDPR isn’t enough

The EU needs more legal safeguards to prevent massive privacy breaches like the current scandal over Facebook and British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, MEPs from different political parties argued on Wednesday (18 April).

EU officials fear new wave of migrants after Greek court ruling

A top Greek court ruled on Wednesday (18 April) that migrants landing on Greek islands should no longer be held there while asylum claims are assessed, a decision raising alarm among EU officials in Brussels.
Economy & Jobs 19-04-2018

Making the most of the European Values Instrument

The European Values Instrument can provide a much-needed boost to the weakened resilience of European democracies. However, the details of its structure will determine whether this opportunity will be grasped, write Jan Jakub Chromiec and Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz.
Future EU 19-04-2018

Kurz: Austrian EU Presidency to focus on China

During its July-December EU Presidency, Austria wants to set its own focus on China. To prepare for this, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz paid a visit to the Middle Kingdom. EURACTIV Germany reports from Vienna.

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