Amanda Lee

Agrifood 29-04-2019

Commission calls for bioeconomy strategies to be expanded and implemented

Under the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the European Commission will not approve the national strategic plan of a member state that does not include the promotion of the bioeconomy in agriculture, the EU's farming Commissioner Phil Hogan said on Thursday (25 April).
Auditing 02-04-2019

Future project funding at risk, EU auditors say

The backlog of money the European Union must pay from its budget reached a new high of €267 billion at the end of 2017, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) warned on Tuesday (2 April) and urged the Commission to reduce it.
A Boeing 737-800 Next Generation (NG) aircraft is pictured on the website of Dobrolyot [Photo: Dobrolyot]
Economy & Jobs 29-03-2019

WTO requests final fix in EU-US aircraft subsidy war

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) released a final ruling on Thursday (28 March) saying the US and Boeing have complied with all but one subsidy complaint in a dispute with Europe over aircraft subsidies.
Energy 27-03-2019

Western Balkans pump subsidies worth €1.2 billion into coal

Western Balkan countries, which have set their sights on EU membership, are still propping up coal power with large public subsidies worth more than €1.2 billion, a new report revealed on Monday (25 March). The subsidies are not in line with EU regulations or decarbonisation efforts.
Competition 25-03-2019

Nike fined €12.5 million for antitrust, football merchandise restrictions

The European Commission announced on Monday (25 March) that the popular US sportswear group Nike has been fined €12.5 million for unlawfully preventing cross-border sales of football merchandise, which lead to higher prices and a reduced choice for consumers.
Economy & Jobs 20-03-2019

Transatlantic economy faces adverse conditions and slower growth in EU

The transatlantic economy of the US and the EU has been increasingly stressed by potential tariffs on imports and changes in global stability, according to a new report by the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU, released on Wednesday...
Economy & Jobs 19-03-2019

European innovation council ramps up with improved pilot phase

The European Commission announced on Monday (18 March) new changes to the European Innovation Council and a budget increase to €2 billion, to improve and encourage entrepreneurs and innovation in Europe.
Agrifood 15-03-2019

Organic farming improved but still flaws with traceability, EU auditors find

Despite improvements in the control of organic farming, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) said more work is needed to prevent food fraud and ensure that organic standards are met, as traceability is causing continued issues for foodstuffs bearing the bio label.
Economy & Jobs 12-03-2019

EU tax haven blacklist triples to include 15 countries

EU finance ministers approved on Tuesday (12 March) the addition of 10 more countries to the EU's blacklist of tax havens, which currently includes only five jurisdictions and aims to help prevent tax fraud or evasion.
Economy & Jobs 12-03-2019

European, German companies pull ahead in new patent office report

The new European Patent Offices's 2018 report, released Tuesday (12 March) shows a European pull ahead of Chinese firm Huawei that dominated last year and an increase in European patent applications by 4.6%.
Economy & Jobs 28-02-2019

Tourism, Europe’s key asset, should be given priority, stakeholders say

Tourism is one of Europe's biggest assets and should therefore be more prioritised, MEPs, ministers and European Commission officials said at a recent EURACTIV event. They agreed the biggest opportunities are in sustainability, supporting local economies and improving communities around Europe.
Global Europe 19-02-2019

In Brussels, US lawmakers seek to reassure worried Europeans

A high-ranking delegation of US lawmakers, led by House of Representatives Speaker, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, sought to reassure Europe of Washington's continued commitment to transatlantic ties and NATO during a visit to Brussels on Tuesday (19 February).
Energy 18-02-2019

Balearic Islands target 100% renewables, inspiring 26 EU islands

A plan by Spain's Balearic Islands to switch to 100% renewable energy and ditch coal power became law last week, while 26 islands across the EU are launching a new clean energy strategy on Monday (18 February).
Arctic Agenda 15-02-2019

New treaty bans commercial fishing in the Arctic for 16 years

The European Union and nine other countries, including the US and Russia, approved an international agreement on Thursday (14 February) that will prohibit commercial vessels from fishing in the Arctic in order to preserve the region's fragile ecosystem.
Agrifood 14-02-2019

EU Commission, farmers fume at Greenpeace on animal farming report

The European Commission and the EU farmers association (Copa Cogeca) both dismissed a report conducted by Greenpeace as groundless and simplistic. The report argued that animal farming in Europe was using too much agricultural land.
Economy & Jobs 13-02-2019

European Parliament endorses free trade agreement with Singapore

The European Parliament approved on Wednesday (13 February) the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSTFA), the bloc's first bilateral trade agreement with a southeast Asian country.
Future EU 30-01-2019

Europe Day initiative calls for 9 May to become public holiday

Various MEPs and civic groups gathered in the European Parliament on Tuesday (29 January) to promote an initiative for 'Europe Day' as a holiday across the bloc aimed at boosting a positive European sentiment, with MEP Maite Pagazaurtundua saying it would "most probably be passed” in the February plenary session.
Agrifood 28-01-2019

US soy for producing biofuels, an ‘unsustainable’ giveaway to Trump

The Commission is set to offer Washington a way out from current trade tensions with China authorising imports of soybeans from the US to produce biofuels. However, the new imports to help ease trade relations are not helping the environment.
Data protection 23-01-2019

US to appoint permanent Privacy Shield Ombudsperson, as EU pressure tells

The Trump Administration plans to nominate a permanent Ombudsperson for the EU’s data protection agreement with the US, the White House said last week (18 January). The announcement comes after months of pressure on the issue from the EU.

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