Beatriz Rios

Health 23-04-2019

British football clubs want to lead the way in reducing single-use plastics

Football can bring joy or frustration to supporters... but also a lot of waste. UK football teams have decided to introduce reusable cups in stadiums, as part of a joint initiative by the Premier League and British TV channel Sky News.
Economy & Jobs 19-04-2019

Social security reform postponed until next European Parliament

Deep divisions among MEPs made it clear on Thursday (19 April) that the social security coordination directive, aimed at enforcing the rights of mobile workers, would be postponed for the next European Parliament, after May's EU elections.
Politics 18-04-2019

The Brief – Tales from the ‘Bourg

MEPs closed the Strasbourg shop this week before the EU elections and EURACTIV was there to see all the comings and goings. What happens in Alsace, definitely does not stay in Alsace...
Economy & Jobs 12-04-2019

Ambassadors pave the way for EU-US trade talks, despite French opposition

Europe is set to start trade talks with the US after ambassadors gave their green light on Thursday (11 April) to a proposed mandate for the European Commission to conduct the negotiations on behalf of the 28 EU member countries.
Brexit 11-04-2019

Trick or treat for May as EU leaders agree on Halloween Brexit date

The UK is set to remain in the EU until 31 October and take part in next month's European elections, after Theresa May accepted a new extension granted by EU leaders in the early hours of Thursday morning (11 April) that will prevent the UK crashing out of the bloc at the end of the week.
EU Elections 2019 10-04-2019

Make Europe more local, municipal leaders tell aspiring MEPs

Representatives of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) met with aspiring members of the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday (9 April) to discuss their priorities ahead of the upcoming European elections. 
Economy & Jobs 05-04-2019

EU lawmakers give green light to strengthening parents and carers’ rights

The European Parliament backed on Thursday (4 April) the work-life balance directive, which introduces a set of minimum standards to help reconcile work and family responsibilities for parents and carers in Europe, and thus improve gender equality. 
Brexit 03-04-2019

Moscovici on no-deal Brexit: ‘We are as ready as we can be’

As the deadlock over the UK's exit from the EU continues, the bloc has stepped up its preparation for a no-deal Brexit, in particular in the customs area, as border checks will become necessary "overnight" if the UK crashes out without a deal.
Brexit 03-04-2019

Juncker: Short extension only if UK approves Brexit deal before 10 April

The EU could consider a short extension of the Article 50 talks with London if the House of Commons backs the Withdrawal Agreement before 12 April, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told the European Parliament on Wednesday (3 April).
Brexit 03-04-2019

Gibraltar is a ‘colony,’ MEPs say

MEPs in the European Parliament's justice committee have backed a regulation that refers to the British Overseas Terrority Gibraltar as a 'colony.' The main purpose of the text put forward by the EU member states is to offer visa-free access to the EU for UK citizens after Brexit, but has caused controversy over its choice of language.
Economy & Jobs 03-04-2019

EU tells Britain to reclaim illegal tax breaks offered to multinationals

A preferential UK tax scheme designed to attract multinational companies partially violated EU state aid rules, the European Commission concluded on Tuesday (2 April), calling on British authorities to recover the undue tax breaks, only a few days away from Brexit.  
Economy & Jobs 27-03-2019

The Brief – Member states could solve tax evasion

On Tuesday (26 March), the European Parliament largely backed a detailed report on financial crimes and tax avoidance in the EU. The text set a clear roadmap to tackle those issues. However, the plan is far from likely to be implemented.
Brexit 27-03-2019

Tusk asks MEPs to stand for ‘remainers’ ahead of crucial votes in London

If the British parliament does not represent those who want to remain in the EU, the European Parliament should, European Council president Donald Tusk told EU lawmakers on Wednesday (27 March) in Strasbourg. 
Brexit 27-03-2019

EU lawmakers urge UK to adopt alternative Brexit plan

With no majority in the UK Parliament for a third vote on the withdrawal agreement, EU lawmakers have called on British MPs to back an alternative Brexit plan or leave without a deal. 
Health 27-03-2019

Spanish footfall club turns fan waste into organic fertiliser

Spanish football club Real Sociedad is turning the shells of sunflower seeds that supporters eat during matches into compost that local farms use as organic fertiliser.
Economy & Jobs 22-03-2019

France conditions support for opening US trade talks

France wants to secure enough guarantees in terms of environmental protection and access to public procurement markets, before moving forward into trade talks with the US, president Emmanuel Macron said during the European Council on Friday (22 March). 
Brexit 22-03-2019

The ball’s in your court on Brexit, leaders tell UK

EU leaders struck a reflective tone as they wrapped up a Spring summit in Brussels that was, again, dominated by Brexit.
Future EU 20-03-2019

EPP votes to suspend Hungary’s Fidesz party membership

The European People's Party (EPP) suspended Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's ruling Fidesz party over alleged violations of EU rule-of-law principles on Wednesday (20 March), in a compromise solution that allowed the EPP to keep its 'bad boy' in and bolster party unity ahead of the European elections.
Brexit 20-03-2019

May and Juncker in tug of war over Brexit extension deadline

British Prime Minister Theresa May formally asked the EU on Wednesday (20 March) for an extension of the Brexit date until 30 June. In response, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned that Brexit needs to be completed before 23 May.
Economy & Jobs 19-03-2019

Almost 7% of EU imports are counterfeit and pirate goods

According to a joint report by Europe's intellectual property office and the OECD released on Monday (18 March), 6.8% of EU imports are counterfeit and pirated goods. That accounts for €121 billion.
EURoad2Sibiu 18-03-2019

In Bucharest, local leaders call to rebuild the EU from the bottom

Hundreds of European local and regional leaders demanded a bottom-up approach to rebuild the EU, during the 8th Cities and Regions summit in Bucharest, ahead of the informal European Council on the future of Europe in Sibiu in May. 
Brexit 14-03-2019

May to request Brexit delay after MPs back extension

The UK will formally request a delay to its exit from the EU after the House of Commons overwhelmingly endorsed an extension on Thursday (14 March) in a vote whose result means Theresa May’s government has formally abandoned plans for the UK to leave the bloc on 29 March.
Economy & Jobs 14-03-2019

Taking back control: Empowering women and girls through sports

World champions and Olympic athletes are helping empower school girls through sports to become leaders in their communities, thanks to an EU funded project.
Brexit 12-03-2019

UK set to demand Brexit extension after MPs hand heavy defeat to May

UK MPs again rejected Theresa May's Brexit Withdrawal Agreement by a huge majority on Tuesday evening (12 March), dealing a devastating blow to the embattled prime minister's credibility

Want to know what's going on in the EU Capitals daily? Subscribe now to our new 9am newsletter.