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Climate change 17-11-2017

France and the Netherlands call on EU to up climate action

As COP23 draws to a close, non-state actors were the few offering hope. The Netherlands and France also want to revise upward European ambition on climate action for 2030. EURACTIV France reports.

Climate change 17-11-2017

Financing the IPCC: How Macron got away with spending so little

France has made no announcements at COP23, except for financing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, whose operating budget varies between €5 and 8 million. EURACTIV France reports.

Climate change 16-11-2017

COP23 in search of a leader

Between coal-addicted Germany, and France that brings ideas but no new commitments, and the EU entangled in its contradictions, the political weight of this COP turned out lighter than expected. EURACTIV France reports.

Climate change 16-11-2017

EU tempted to bypass Poland to meet climate commitments

The EU’s Climate Commissioner has said that the bloc will do all it can to overcome Poland's refusal to sign the Doha Amendment, which represents the second part of the pre-2020 Kyoto Protocol. EURACTIV France reports.

Climate change 14-11-2017

COP23 ups pressure on climate finance

A week after the start of COP23, which is taking place until November 17 in Bonn, the thorniest issue has come to the fore during the day dedicated to climate finance. EURACTIV France reports.

Economy & Jobs 13-11-2017

France not impressed by Luxembourg’s bid to lead Eurogroup

Paris prefers the candidacy of Slovakia against that of Luxembourg, whose tax evasion record casts a shadow on its bid to lead the Eurogroup. EURACTIV France reports.

Agrifood 09-11-2017

European industry counterattacks against Argentine biodiesel

A group representing European biodiesel producers filed a complaint about illegal state aid with the European Commission on 3 November. EURACTIV France reports.

Climate change 08-11-2017

A climate summit in Paris to compensate for the lack of European ambition

The French summit aimed at regrouping and bolstering climate ambition, two years to the day after the finale of the COP21, is gradually taking shape. EURACTIV France reports.

Politics 03-11-2017

France’s new face in Brussels: Philippe Léglise-Costa

Following the retirement of Pierre Sellal, Philippe Léglise-Costa is taking on the mantle of France’s permanent representative in Brussels. EURACTIV France reports.

27-10-2017

Juncker and Macron in French Guiana, showing EU interest for its periphery

French president Emmanuel Macron and EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker meet in the European Space Agency in Korou, French Guiana, a French overseas department. The Commission seeks to expand its activities on the EU’s periphery, as suggested by the Lisbon treaty. EURACTIV France reports.

MEPs call for stronger protection for whistleblowers

MEPs adopted by a large majority a report calling for a tough EU law on the protection of whistleblowers on Tuesday (24 October), despite attempts by some right-wing MEPs to water it down. EURACTIV France reports.

Politics 25-10-2017

Sexual harassment doesn’t interest many MEPs

After the Weinstein scandal in Hollywood and the global movement to denounce sexual harassment, the European Parliament debated the subject before the vote on a resolution that will call on the executive to react.

Politics 25-10-2017

Edouard Martin on sexual harassment: ‘In Strasbourg, MEPs break loose’

The European Parliament debated on Wednesday (25 October) the problem of sexual harassment, following the Weinstein scandal and the #metoo campaign, and will vote on Thursday on a resolution combating sexual harassment and abuse.

Development Policy 20-10-2017

Development banks join forces to tackle climate change

Director general of French development agency (AFD) was appointed to lead the International Development Finance Club (IDFC), uniting credit institutions worth $3,000 billion. Their objective: to throw their weight behind sustainable development. EURACTIV France reports.

Carbon market reform: Much ado about nothing?

The European Parliament and several member states, including France, have excluded new coal plants from future financing under the EU’s reformed carbon market. EURACTIV France reports.

Future EU 16-10-2017

Varoufakis tells Macron to adopt the ‘empty-chair’ tactic

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis supports Macron’s federalist proposals on the euro single currency but believes only a real threat could make Germany budge on the issue. EURACTIV France reports.

Future EU 13-10-2017

France and Germany seek to reform cohesion funds

Germany wants to tie cohesion funds to the recipient countries’ respect for the rule of law. Emmanuel Macron would like the countries to respect a minimum tax rate before disbursing aid to regions. Is it time to change the criteria for accessing cohesion funds? EURACTIV France reports.

04-10-2017

The Brief, powered by Eni: VAT, the silent robbery member states do not want to see

Sometimes it’s dangerous to put all your eggs in one basket. People try not to: if you are a family you try to have more than one income, and many clients if you are a company. EU member states rely on VAT for more than half of their total revenues. It’s a great deal for the taxman: companies collect it for them; citizens pay it without grumbling.

Politics 27-09-2017

The Brief: What can Europe learn from Macron’s speech?

Two hours and 40 minutes. Macron’s speech on Europe was three times longer than Jean-Claude Juncker’s State of the Union.

Future EU 27-09-2017

Macron sinks teeth into EU taboos in forward-looking speech

Treaty change, agricultural policy and debt: French President Emmanuel Macron attacked a number of previously untouchable EU taboos during a speech focused on reform, sharing ambitious proposals for Europe's future with university students. EURACTIV France reports.

Elections 22-09-2017

Macron’s strategy to enlist Germany’s help on EU reform

France wants to test the new German government by announcing plans for EU reform 48 hours after the German elections. EURACTIV France reports.

Future EU 13-09-2017

On the eurozone, Juncker goes wide but not deep

In his speech on the State of the Union, Jean-Claude Juncker insisted on the extension of the eurozone, but not on its deepening. He fears the two-speed Europe defended by Emmanuel Macron. EURACTIV France reports.

Future EU 06-09-2017

Macron to deliver vision for EU democracy in Athens

President Emmanuel Macron will this week unveil his vision for European reform in Athens. On the menu is the eurozone, transnational lists for 50 MEPs and democratic conventions, whose results are expected ahead of the next EU elections. EURACTIV France reports.

Economy & Jobs 01-09-2017

Brussels welcomes French labour reforms as unions and left camp complain

Decried by the opposition and trade unions, the French labor reforms are praised by the European Commission and employers. EURACTIV France reports.