Beatriz Rios

Future EU 20-09-2018

Oettinger names and shames member states on long-term EU budget cuts

Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Finland…. The EU's Budget Commissioner Günter Oettinger did not hesitate to point the finger at countries reluctant to increase their contributions to the EU's next seven-year budget during a speech on Wednesday (19 September).
EU Elections 2019 12-09-2018

MEPs kick off electoral campaign after Juncker’s State of the Union speech

Jean-Claude Juncker's last State of the Union speech before the next European elections turned into a stocktaking of his mandate and a platform for political groups to set up their priorities for the electoral campaign.
Politics 11-09-2018

Spain’s foreign minister in bid to improve nation’s standing in Catalan conflict

As the first anniversary of the declaration of independence of Catalonia approaches and tensions between Madrid and Barcelona increase, Spanish Foreign Affairs Minister Josep Borrell met with senior European officials in Strasbourg to seek support.
Economy & Jobs 11-09-2018

MEPs ask EU to keep funding peace in Northern Ireland after Brexit

The European Parliament considers the experience of Northern Ireland as an example of the success of the EU's cohesion policy. As Brexit draws nearer, MEPs are demanding that the EU keep funding projects in the region to preserve the peace.
Elections 29-08-2018

Tensions rise between Madrid and Catalonia as political year begins

The recent change of government in Spain has helped ease tensions but a lawsuit filed by Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont in Belgium against the Spanish judge overseeing his case risks stoking the fires again.
Global Europe 23-08-2018

Defying US sanctions, EU unveils €18 million aid package for Iran

The European Commission approved an €18 million support package to Iran on Thursday (23 August) sending an important signal both to Teheran and Washington that Brussels will not back on its efforts to preserve the nuclear deal despite US sanctions.
Economy & Jobs 16-08-2018

Oettinger dismisses claims EU to blame for Italian bridge collapse

Brussels has recently encouraged Italy to increase expenditure in infrastructure, EU officials said on Thursday (16 August) in response to Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s allegations that the bloc's austerity policies were partly responsible for Italian bridge collapse. 
14-08-2018

French rescue vessel Aquarius stranded again, seeks port

The operators of the migrant ship Aquarius on Monday called on Europe to find a safe haven for 141 people it rescued in the Mediterranean, saying Italy and Malta had again refused to let the vessel dock.
Economy & Jobs 13-08-2018

EU companies ‘most likely to leave’ Iran after US sanctions, business organisations warn

German carmaker Daimler has shelved its expansion plans in Iran due to the reimposition of US sanctions but it might not be the last EU company to pull the plug on future aspirations, businesses organisations told EURACTIV.

Germany seals deal with Spain to return registered asylum seekers

Berlin and Madrid finalised an agreement on Monday (6 August) that will see asylum seekers that reach Germany via Spain returned to the Iberian nation.
Elections 08-08-2018

Pro-EU platform calls for citizen engagement, debate, to respond to populism

While Eurosceptic populists team up ahead of the European elections in attempt to turn them into a referendum over the EU’s very existence, civil society is now calling on progressive forces to come together to defend the bloc.
Global Europe 07-08-2018

EU tries to soften impact of US sanctions against Iran as they re-enter into force

As a result of the Trump administration's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, Washington's re-imposition of sanctions hit European companies operating in the country from Monday (6 August) onwards. The EU has updated its ‘blocking statute’ to temper the impact.

Avramopoulos in Spain to announce further EU support to tackle migration

As Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos headed to Madrid, the European Commission announced Friday (3 August) further 3 million in emergency aid to support Spanish border guards in curbing irregular migration.
Economy & Jobs 31-07-2018

Commission reports ‘intense’ spike in unfair trade practices

The European Commission published on Tuesday (31 July) its annual report on trade defence measures, which informed of 46 ongoing investigations for unfair commercial practices in 2017.
Global Europe 31-07-2018

Sánchez backs Morocco’s call for support to stem migrant flows

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has included Morroco's pending demands of resources for border management, in a letter addressed to the European Commission requesting further emergency assistance to tackle the surge in migrant arrivals.
Global Europe 26-07-2018

Juncker-Trump trade deal disrupts European unity

US President Donald Trump and European Commission boss Jean-Claude Juncker might have cracked the united front of the 28 member states, as France has already questioned the terms of their agreement and asked the Commission for clarifications.

Commission proposes to speed up asylum screening in ‘controlled centres’ in the EU

The European Commission put forward a proposal on Tuesday (24 July) to provide financial support to the member states in setting up "controlled centres" on their territory, whose aim is to expedite the assessment of asylum claims in the EU.
Global Europe 18-07-2018

EIB cannot do business with Iran, bank chief warns

The European Investment Bank (EIB) would risk its business model if it invested in Iran,  because of the sanctions the US reinstated after its withdrawal from the nuclear deal, the president of the EIB  told the press on Wednesday (18 July).
Economy & Jobs 18-07-2018

Juncker pledges ‘tit for tat’ measures against US

The EU will respond to any provocation coming from the US on trade or any other matter, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned on Wednesday (18 July) ahead of his trip to Washington to meet Donald Trump next week.
Economy & Jobs 16-07-2018

EU-China summit boosts negotiations towards an investment agreement

The European Union and China agreed to enhance market access and investment and to speed up negotiations over geographical indications during a leaders’ summit in Beijing on Monday (16 July). But EU leaders indicated they wanted to see China's promises translated into action.
Politics 06-07-2018

Commission to table EU external border proposal by September

The Commission will translate the Council's demands into a set of concrete actions in order to improve control of the EU external borders, Jean-Claude Juncker announced on Friday (6 July) during the visit of the College of Commissioners to Vienna.

Migrants at German-Austrian border will be returned, says Seehofer

After a meeting in Vienna on Thursday (5 July), Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz welcomed Germany’s decision to send back rejected asylum seekers to the EU countries where they first came in – namely Italy, Greece and Spain.
Global Europe 05-07-2018

Domino effect of German border closure awaits crucial Vienna talks

The Austrian government remains cautious but warned there will be consequences if the German border is closed, ahead of a meeting with Interior Minister Horst Seehofer on Thursday (5 July) in Vienna.
Economy & Jobs 04-07-2018

Austria Presidency pushes for dialogue on US-EU trade dispute

Austria's EU Presidency is committed to preserving EU unity on the US trade dispute during its mandate but wants the European Commission to prioritise a transatlantic dialogue and avoid escalation.