Beatriz Rios

EU Elections 2019 17-01-2019

Spanish PM: If Europe protects us, we need to protect Europe

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez stood up for a more social, feminist, greener and united Europe, in his speech on the future of the EU before the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday (16 January). 
Economy & Jobs 16-01-2019

Leaders call to complete eurozone on currency’s 20th anniversary

As the euro turns 20, leaders of the EU's main institutions called on member states to complete the reform of the Economic and Monetary Union, admitting mistakes were made in managing the eurozone debt crisis.

Progressive forces criticise Austrian presidency over UN migration pact

The Austrian government's refusal to sign the UN global compact for migration while holding the EU's rotating presidency has damaged the EU institution, progressive forces in the European Parliament said during a debate with Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on Tuesday (15 January).
Elections 14-01-2019

Liberals and the far-right: A contrasting experience in Spain, Sweden

Four months ahead of the European elections, liberal parties are torn between those ready to engage with the far-right and those opposed to any kind of alliance. Spain and Sweden offer the latest examples.
Economy & Jobs 09-01-2019

EU to open trade talks on industrial goods with the US

Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström will request a mandate from member states to start trade negotiations on industrial goods with the US, she confirmed on Wednesday (9 January) during her visit to Washington.
Economy & Jobs 08-01-2019

Malmström visits Washington as potential tariffs on cars overshadow trade talks

EU Commissioner for trade Cecilia Malmström travels to Washington on Tuesday (8 January) for a new round of trade talks with US officials, as potential tariffs on cars hold on European industry’s head.
Economy & Jobs 02-01-2019

2019 LOOKAHEAD: clouds on the trade horizon

A wave of protectionism and obstacles to free trade hit the global economy in 2018, and threaten economic growth in 2019. Although more disputes are expected, there is some cause for hope too. 
Economy & Jobs 21-12-2018

Local organisations are fighting youth unemployment in Europe: this is how

More than three million young people are unemployed in the EU and although Europe does not have competences over the labour market, it helps fighting unemployment including through the use of the Cohesion Fund. We have travelled across Europe to find out how.
Banking union 18-12-2018

EU lawmakers agree on a backstop for non-performing loans

European banks will have to foresee a "prudential backstop" to cover for potential non-performing loans (NPLs), the European Parliament and the Council agreed on Tuesday (18 December).
Economy & Jobs 13-12-2018

MEPs clear EU-Japan trade deal for early 2019 start

After almost five years of negotiations, the European Parliament ratified the EU-Japan trade deal on Wednesday (12 December), sealing the biggest ever trade agreement negotiated by the European Union.   
Brexit 12-12-2018

Europe speeds up plans for no-deal scenario as Brexit chaos grows

EU leaders will discuss late on Thursday (13 December) how to address the UK's concerns about its withdrawal agreement from the EU, but discussions on contingency plans are gathering pace as the chances of an orderly divorce continue to wane.
Economy & Jobs 11-12-2018

EU top court rules in favor of Draghi’s bond-buying programme

The European Central Bank (ECB) won a landmark case on Tuesday (11 December) as the European Court of Justice confirmed that the national bond-buying policy was in accordance with EU law, in response to concerns raised in Germany. 
Economy & Jobs 30-11-2018

EU regions defend cohesion policy as a driving force for innovation

The EU should strengthen regional investment in innovation through cohesion policy to compete with the US and China, regional leaders said during the European Innovation Summit in Brussels this week. 
Economy & Jobs 29-11-2018

Mental health issues cost EU countries more than €600 billion

In many EU countries, mental health is still a taboo. However, the economic impact of psychological disorders is a loss of 4% of GDP and changes in the labour market only aggravate the situation, according to a report by the OECD.
Economic governance 25-11-2018

Commission ‘not at war’ with Italy, Juncker says

The European Commission has no plan to start a war with Italy over its budget, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said a day after a working dinner with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Saturday (24 November). But Rome confirmed that the main reforms included in the disputed budget will stay unchanged.
Brexit 24-11-2018

Spain strikes last-minute deal on Gibraltar and unlocks Brexit deal

The Brexit deal is good to go. The Spanish government announced on Saturday (24 November) that it would back the deal after striking a last-minute agreement to ensure any agreement for the future relationship with the UK will not automatically apply to Gibraltar.
Brexit 23-11-2018

Katainen on Brexit: We have to take Spain’s concerns very seriously

Member states share Spain's concerns over the future relationship with Gibraltar after Brexit, Vice-President of the European Commission for Jobs, Growth, Investment & Competitiveness Jyrki Katainen told EURACTIV.com in a long interview where he addressed all the pressing challenges the EU is currently facing.
Brexit 22-11-2018

Brexit deal ‘within our grasp’, May insists after EU-UK political declaration

A Brexit deal is "within our grasp", Theresa May said on Thursday (22 November) after negotiators concluded a political declaration on what EU-UK relations should look like post-Brexit.
Economic governance 21-11-2018

Commission launches excessive deficit procedure against Italy, saying it is ‘sleepwalking into instability’

The European Commission hedged its bets and called for the opening of an excessive deficit procedure against Italy on Wednesday (21 November) as Rome refused once again to revise its draft budget plan.
Economic governance 20-11-2018

Italy’s revised budget ‘did not dispel concerns’, Eurogroup president says

Italy’s slightly modified budget might not get the green light from the European Commission, the president of the Eurogroup, Mario Centeno, told the Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on Tuesday (20 November), raising the likelihood of an excessive deficit...
Economy & Jobs 19-11-2018

Eurozone budget to be ready by 2021 say France and Germany

France and Germany's finance ministers on Monday (19 November) presented their proposal on establishing a eurozone budget by 2021, describing it as a "major political breakthrough".
Brexit 19-11-2018

Brexit: Gibraltar article came ‘out of nowhere,’ Spain says

Spain's Foreign Minister Josep Borrell voiced frustration with the UK's EU withdrawal agreement on Monday (19 November), complaining that the Spanish authorities had not been briefed on the details of Article 184 of the agreement.
Brexit 15-11-2018

EU prepares Brexit war plan for weeks ahead as uncertainty grows

After 17 months of negotiations, with less than 140 days before the UK is officially set to exit the EU, Brussels and London reached an agreement late Wednesday (14 November) on the terms of their divorce. However, the work is far from complete. Below is an overview of the next steps leading to the UK's withdrawal.
Economy & Jobs 15-11-2018

Italy sticks to its guns in revised budget submitted to EU

Italy defied Brussels again on Tuesday (13 November) as Finance Minister Giovanni Tria presented only a slightly modified draft budget, despite the European Commission rejecting the previous spending plan in an unprecedented decision.