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Agrifood 12-07-2019

French MEP: When it comes to the environment, the future CAP is regressive

In an interview with EURACTIV France, French MEP and vice-chair of the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group Eric Andrieu spoke about the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and highlighted its lack of environmentally-focused provisions.
Economy & Jobs 11-07-2019

Increasing solidarity between women – a tool against insecurity in Europe

Many women in Europe still live in precarious conditions. To deal with this, solidarity between women is an essential tool, according to participants of the conference "Elles font bouger l'Europe" (Women make Europe move). EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 09-07-2019

Winners and losers in race for the EU’s top jobs

The distribution of the various key positions within the European institutions needs to take into account a delicate balance between geographical and political origin. In this complex exercise, some fared better than others. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 04-07-2019

MEPs to block Le Pen’s party from taking Parliament jobs

Marine Le Pen's Rassemblement National and its allies are facing protest from the European Parliament's political groups, who are refusing to involve the French far-right party in a process that will decide on the Parliament's key positions. EURACTIV France reports.
Future EU 02-07-2019

EU Parliament re-schedules election of its president

The election of the European Parliament's president was scheduled to take place during the inaugural session in Strasbourg. But the deadlock between EU leaders over the European Commission presidency has put that on hold. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 01-07-2019

Macron condemns EU Council summit as failure

At the end of the summit of EU28 leaders on Monday (1 July), French President Emmanuel Macron deplored the failure of the negotiations, saying that this blockade gave "a not-so-serious image of Europe". EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 28-06-2019

CETA and Mercosur meat quotas expose France’s double standards

While France is challenging the meat quotas provided for in the EU-Mercosur trade agreement, it plans to ratify the EU-Canada free trade agreement (CETA), which has been criticised by French beef producers. EURACTIV France reports.
Development Policy 19-06-2019

Statistics are at the heart of achieving SDGs, says gender equality advocate

In an interview with EURACTIV France, Fatiha Hassouni, head of the gender equality unit of the intergovernmental organisation Union for the Mediterranean, spoke about statistics being a crucial tool for assessing sustainable development goals (SDGs), especially with regards to gender equality.
EU Elections 2019 06-06-2019

Macron’s call for an ‘équipe de France’ in EU Parliament shot down

French left-wing and environmentalist MEPs have decided not to attend a meeting organised by the French government. They are refusing to support its call for an "équipe de France" in the European Parliament as it would mean siding with MEPs of Marine Le Pen's Rassemblement national. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 26-05-2019

France posts surprising results in the European elections

In France, President Emmanuel Macron's party failed to defeat Marine Le Pen’s far-right Rassemblement National. Surprisingly, the Greens became the third largest French force in the new European Parliament. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 22-05-2019

French party programmes for the EU elections are full of ‘surprises’

French party programmes for the upcoming European elections contain proposals that are sometimes far-fetched, even unrealistic. So far, all parties have managed to be off-topic. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 17-05-2019

French minority parties cry for impartiality ahead of EU election TV debate

The EU election debate broadcast on France 2 next Wednesday (22 May) is causing growing controversy. Guests from minority parties have argued the structure of the debate is biased against them, and have threatened to boycott the programme. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 15-05-2019

Five future French MEPs on ‘reserve list’ in case of Brexit

While waiting for Brexit to happen, France has set up a mechanism to redistribute seats currently reserved for UK MEPs. EURACTIV France reports.
Climate change 13-05-2019

Most French parties agree on carbon tax at EU’s borders

Whether as an eco-barrier or a carbon tax at the EU’s border, a 'green tax' is being defended by most French parties in the run-up to the European elections. Protectionism 'à la Green' appears to be more or less accepted. EURACTIV France reports.
Politics 10-05-2019

#EU2019 – EU election campaign leaves French people indifferent

No less than 33 election lists are taking part in the EU elections in France on 26 May. But that does not mean French people are highly mobilised for the vote, even though their president is an ardent defender of Europe.
EU Elections 2019 09-05-2019

Printing ballot papers for EU elections: major obstacle for the French

Smaller French political parties such as the ‘yellow vests’, the Pirate Party, the Animalist Party and even the party calling for Esperanto to be adopted as an EU language, are flocking to the European elections. But they will have to dish out at least €300,000 to cover the costs of printing ballot papers. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 07-05-2019

French electorate in doubt and abundance of candidates: What could go wrong?

Although they elected an ardent defender of Europe as their president, French people are poorly mobilised on the European elections, where 33 French election lists are set to challenge each other on 26 May. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 19-04-2019

France’s incoming MEPs will be ‘like a company that only functions with interns’

Only 20 out of the 70 MEPs set to represent France in the new European Parliament already know the system. "It is like a company that only functions with interns," according to one lawmaker. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 19-04-2019

MEPs approve the creation of the European Labour Authority

On Tuesday (16 April), MEPs approved the creation of a European Labour Authority, as well as several positions that favour the rights of European workers and combat social dumping. But major changes still need to be made. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 16-04-2019

Le Pen’s Rassemblement National revises stance towards EU and the euro

Le Pen's party is no longer making calls to exit the EU or abandon the euro. Instead, the party is attempting to renew itself with a nationalist but locally anchored narrative. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 01-04-2019

Nathalie Loiseau launches LREM campaign

Leading candidate Nathalie Loiseau and the other 29 top candidates on the “Renaissance” list of the La République En Marche for the European elections kicked off their campaign at the first meeting on 30 March in Aubervilliers. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 25-03-2019

Fact-checking: Annulling the Posting of Workers Directive, an impossible proposition

The annulment of the Posting of Workers Directive is one of the seminal proposals of Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, candidate for the European elections. Problem: such a proposal is impossible without a withdrawal from the EU. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 15-03-2019

Fair taxation: A mixed bag of results for the Juncker Commission

Since the LuxLeaks scandal, the fair taxation agenda has made some headway. But resistance from member states has also blocked many measures during the Juncker Commission mandate. EURACTIV France reports. What conclusions can be drawn from the Juncker Commission’s fair...
Politics 27-02-2019

Benoît Hamon’s movement launches European election list on its own

Having failed to bring the French left together with his plans for citizen voting, Benoît Hamon presented the first 30 names on the list of the Génération.s movement. EURACTIV France reports.

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