Cécile Barbière

Africa 15-06-2018

MEPs condemn Hungary’s post-Cotonou agreement blockade

Hungary continues to block the European mandate to begin negotiations with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, to the great displeasure of MEPs. EURACTIV.fr reports.

France takes the lead on conflict prevention

While armed conflicts are on the rise around the world, Paris launched a new strategy for prevention, resilience and sustainable peace in developing countries, on 13 June. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Development Policy 13-06-2018

France asks for more coordination between European expertise agencies

European expertise agencies, the kingpins of solidarity policy, want to work more together in order to establish themselves as true competitors in the face of United Nations agencies, especially in the field of security. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Global Europe 13-06-2018

MS Aquarius reveals a strained Dublin system

The refusal of Italy and Malta to take in the rescue ship Aquarius packed with migrants this week has shone a light on the flaws of European solidarity and underlined the urgent need to reform the Dublin asylum system. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Elections 11-06-2018

Fake news law on the back-burner in France

The debate on the controversial draft law on “fake news” is set to continue in France but the law will not be adopted before July. Meanwhile, Brussels refuses to legislate this sensitive subject.  EURACTIV.fr reports.
Development Policy 11-06-2018

French aid lags behind on gender equality

Despite France’s commitments it is struggling to get its aid to the poorest countries as well as for gender-equality programmes, according to an assessment by the OECD. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Economy & Jobs 07-06-2018

EU loses €60 billion annually to counterfeits

According to a study by the EU’s Intellectual Property Office, revenue losses generated by counterfeiting in Europe remain high. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Enlargement 31-05-2018

Europe needs Balkans and Balkans need Europe, says Albania PM

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama calls for clearer enlargement prospects for the Western Balkans, saying it would be a "huge mistake" for the EU not to continue its engagement with the countries in the region. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Economy & Jobs 30-05-2018

European Parliament votes in favour of the revision on posted workers

After 27 months of negotiations, MEPs approved a revision of the posted workers directive, an issue which symbolises divisions between East and West in the EU. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Development Policy 28-05-2018

Negotiations on the post-Cotonou Agreement stumble on migration

Due to a lack of consensus on the issue of migration, member states cannot come to an agreement  on a mandate to begin negotiations on the future partnership agreement with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. EURACTIV.fr reports

French law zooms in on solidarity offence

Helping illegal migrants can come at a cost in France where the notion of solidarity offence is currently under revision. At the European level debates on the issue have only just started. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Africa 23-05-2018

EU increases collaboration with authoritarian regimes to tackle migration

Europe’s struggle with migrants has led to an increase in funding for border control to authoritarian regimes such as Chad, Niger, Belarus, Libya and Sudan. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Climate change 14-05-2018

Bonn negotiations stall on climate finance

The Bonn Climate Conference (30 April-10 May) has made little progress on negotiations, particularly on the subject of financing. As a result, a supplementary preparatory meeting for the COP24 will be held in Bangkok in September. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Africa 07-05-2018

Névache and Briançon – left to deal with migrants on their own

Following the closure of other roads, migrants embark on a clandestine Italian-French crossing in the Alps by the Col de l’Echelle. Local residents, haunted by fears of discovering dead bodies once the snow melts, are now getting organised to welcome them. EURACTIV.fr reports.

France’s asylum reform at odds with European law

Following a week of debates, French deputies adopted the controversial draft law on asylum and immigration in its first reading. However, some of the provisions could be contrary to European law on the matter. EURACTIV.fr reports.

Difficulties in combating money laundering in Europe

Despite tougher rules against money laundering, there are still many shortcomings among Member States, the European Central Bank and the Commission. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Development Policy 19-04-2018

Alert sounds on developing country debt

To fight corruption in the poorest countries, the European Parliament is proposing a code of conduct that makes the granting of loans conditional on monitoring by national parliaments. But the idea has not gone down well in Brussels. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Development Policy 13-04-2018

French Development Agency gains momentum following relaunch

The French Development Agency (AFD) has financed over €10 billion in projects in 2017, an 11% increase compared to 2016. However, the share of grants in the development bank’s balance sheet is still very small. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Development Policy 11-04-2018

French development aid slowly increasing

France's development spending increased in 2017, but after years of successive decline, that has only returned it to 2012 levels. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Future EU 09-04-2018

Defending the rule of law in the EU

Protecting the rule of law in Europe must involve a more gradual processes than the radical measures tools currently available, according to a study by the Jacques Delors institute.EURACTIV.fr reports
Development Policy 04-04-2018

Not enough done at EU level against imported deforestation

European imports of soy, cocoa and palm oil fuel deforestation in developing countries. The fight against the resulting collateral damage in Europe is complicated by agricultural interests.
Development Policy 28-03-2018

Africa takes steps to make medicine more affordable

Faced with the numerous difficulties of access to medicine in Africa, African states want to organise the market to increase local production, which currently accounts for 3% of world output.
Agenda for Change 02-03-2018

‘Access to water is a question of good governance, not resources’

Water resources are unequally distributed on the planet. But access to water and sanitation depends mainly on good urban planning, Cécile Gilquin said in an interview with EURACTIV.fr
Development Policy 02-03-2018

How EU powdered milk threatens African production

The secondary effect of the common agricultural policy (CAP) on African agriculture is a source of concern for MEPs. In recent years exports of powdered milk have soared, threatening the African dairy sector. EURACTIV.fr reports.