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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.
Brexit 14-11-2018

May wins narrow cabinet backing for Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May narrowly won the support of her cabinet for a draft divorce deal with the EU on Wednesday night (14 November), making yet another unexpected breakthrough in the Brexit negotiations.
Economy & Jobs 14-11-2018

Parliament urges Council to start negotiating on next EU long-term budget

The European Parliament laid down funding priorities for the next long-term EU budget on Tuesday (13 November) and urged the Council to agree on a common position so that talks be completed before next May. But differences still remain about the level of member states' contributions.
Global Europe 13-11-2018

EU auditors praise refugee assistance to Turkey despite irregularities

The Facility for Refugees in Turkey “swiftly” addressed people’s needs, stated a report by the European Court of Auditors published on Tuesday (13 October), but stressed there were some irregularities in tracking the EU funds.
EU Elections 2019 31-10-2018

Volt, the transnational party that aims to take over Europe

Volt, a transnational movement built by young Europeans, aims to take over the upcoming EU elections with a combination of a hyper-localised organisation under a common European vision. EURACTIV.com spoke to two of its founders. 

How family law will change our lives: a practical case

In January next year, a new regulation will govern matrimonial property across 18 member states. We analyse how a real case would have been different with the new legislation in place.
Politics 26-10-2018

Former IMF chief to serve four years in prison over ‘black cards’ case

Former managing director of the International Monetary Fund and ex-Finance minister of Spain Rodrigo Rato entered into prison on Thursday (25 October) to serve four-and-a-half-years term over ‘black cards’ case.
Economic governance 23-10-2018

Commission rejects Italian draft budget in unprecedented decision

The European Commission rejected Italy’s 2019 budget in an unprecedented decision on Tuesday (23 October), after the government in Rome failed to give a substantial response to the executive's allegations of a breach of the EU law.
Economic governance 23-10-2018

Italy and Brussels meet head-on over budgetary dispute

The European Commission prepares to reject Italy's budget on Tuesday (23 October) due to an “unprecedented” breach of EU fiscal rules. But Rome sticks to its guns and presented the breach as a “difficult but necessary decision” taken by the government.

Enhanced cooperation to make life easier for international couples in the EU

International couples will find it easier to break up from 2019. After years of negotiation, 18 European Union member states will introduce an EU legislation to rule the property regimes for marriages and registered partners in the Union, thanks to enhanced cooperation.
Economy & Jobs 19-10-2018

EU-Asia put aside differences to show united front vs Trump

Faced with Donald Trump's unilateralism, leaders of more than 50 European and Asian countries put aside their differences on Friday (19 October) and upheld multilateral cooperation on all fronts during a summit in Brussels. 
Politics 18-10-2018

Diplomatic tensions flare between Spain and Belgium over Catalan crisis

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel sought to defuse bilateral tensions at an EU summit yesterday (17 October) after Flemish and Spanish authorities traded accusations over Spain's handling of Catalonia's illegal declaration of independence and imprisonment of separatists.
Banking union 15-10-2018

EU authorities defend Popular’s resolution despite thousands of complaints

Banco Popular intervention was a success story although more than 12,000 of the Spanish bank's shareholders requested to be heard in the complaint process, the European Commission and the Single Resolution Board (SRB) said on Monday (15 October).
Economy & Jobs 12-10-2018

Cohesion Policy must work on a people-based approach, stakeholders say

Cohesion Policy is one the most important but still insufficiently known tools for EU integration, stakeholders highlighted during a EURACTIV forum in Brussels on Wednesday (10 October), where they called for a better communication to counter Euroscepticism.
Development Policy 12-10-2018

Decentralised cooperation: building bridges for local-to-local development beyond 2020

Decentralised cooperation has been a pillar in international development for the past 10 years but stakeholders fear the new EU long-term budget might threaten the role of local authorities in the field. 
European Commissioner in Charge of Regional Policy, Corina Cretu (R) and President of the PES Group in the Committee of the Regions, Belgian Karl-Heinz Lambertz (L) give a press conference to present the 7th report on economic, social and territorial cohesion in the EU at the EU commission, in Brussels, Belgium, 09 October 2017.
Economy & Jobs 09-10-2018

Lambertz: ‘To weaken our municipalities, our cities, our regions is to weaken our Union’

The president of the European Committee of the Regions warned on Tuesday (9 October) that Cohesion policy plays an important role in the European Union and should not be cut in the EU's next long-term budget.
Economy & Jobs 09-10-2018

Juncker hits out at ‘stupid populists’

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called on Europe to "stand up" to the far-right during a speech at the opening session of the European Week of Regions and Cities on Monday (8 September).
Economy & Jobs 05-10-2018

Better regional cooperation for higher EU absorption rate: the Bulgaria-Romania case

When it comes to European structural funds, one of the main concerns is the capacity of the member states to attract them. Cooperation between public authorities has proven to be a driving factor.
Economy & Jobs 04-10-2018

Top EU judge backs ECB national bonds purchase policy

The European Central Bank's bond-buying programme does not exceed its mandate and is in accordance with EU law, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) advocate general said on Thursday (4 October), in response to complaints raised in Germany.
Economy & Jobs 01-10-2018

Less money, a new legal framework, what future for the Interreg post-2020?

While Brexit and the new EU priorities threaten to reduce the funds allocated for cross-border cooperation after 25 years, the Commission wants to improve Interreg with a new legal framework for cooperation between regions.
Politics 28-09-2018

New controversy hits Spanish PM Sánchez’s bumpy start

Beloved in Brussels, on the ropes in Madrid, the Spanish socialist government faced this week one more scandal after it was reported that star minister and former astronaut Pedro Duque used a legal entity to pay lower his tax bill.
Economy & Jobs 27-09-2018

Regions’ representative: We don’t want money just for the sake of it

Local and regional authorities met with EU Budget Commissioner Günther Oettinger on Tuesday (25 September) to express their concern that the funding for Cohesion is likely to be reduced in the next long-term EU budget due to Brexit and new priorities.
Economic governance 25-09-2018

Draghi warns on protectionism as a risk for the Eurozone

The Eurozone should prepare for US and China protectionist measures if they materialise, president of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi said on Monday (24 September) at the European Parliament.