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Energy 24-01-2019

France reopens carbon tax debate that fuelled ‘yellow vest’ protests

The proceeds of the carbon tax, which triggered the 'yellow vest' movement in France, should be allocated to the energy transition if the French people are going to accept it. But the government seems reluctant to acknowledge this. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 18-01-2019

Palm oil no longer considered ‘biofuel’ in France

In a rare revolt against the government, the French National Assembly has passed a bill explicitly saying palm oil "is not a biofuel" and won't be eligible for tax breaks as of 1 January 2020. In Europe, a decision is expected in the coming weeks. EURACTIV France reports. 
Development Policy 20-12-2018

European Court of Auditors calls for NGO definition

The EU delegates 1.7% of its budget to NGOs, while no common definition exists in Europe. This is a shortcoming which complicates the monitoring of projects. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 17-12-2018

Macron wins partial victory on eurozone budget

For the first time, the 19 eurozone countries agreed in principle on creating a dedicated budget for the single currency area. However, it will lack the stabilisation mechanism sought by Paris, a cornerstone of Emmanuel Macron’s original plan. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 12-12-2018

European Parliament brings ‘social Europe’ a step forward

EU social security coordination will make it easier for EU citizens looking for work to seek employment in another member state. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital 07-12-2018

How YouTube makes users lobby in-house against copyright directive

The #SaveYourInternet campaign is mobilising YouTubers against the European directive. But by defending a free Internet, the campaigners are, above all, protecting the platform’s profitability. EURACTIV France reports.  
Digital 06-12-2018

A double failure for France in creating European taxes

In the middle of the “yellow vest” crisis, France has failed to unblock tax proposals on financial and digital transactions. These two measures for fiscal justice had been advocated by Paris for a long time. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 03-12-2018

Trade secrets called into question in ‘Implant Files’ investigation

The French transposition of the European directive on trade secrets has hindered access to certain documents required for the “Implant Files” investigation. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 30-11-2018

France hoping for a greener future CAP

Paris wants to place the emphasis on greening measures in the future Common Agricultural Policy. This is in order to support the transition to agroecology. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 28-11-2018

Macron wants France to become carbon neutral by 2050

Emmanuel Macron has presented the main lines of his energy policy. In order to be carbon neutral in 2050, France will accelerate the development of renewable energies, while not giving up nuclear energy. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 22-11-2018

EU wants to act as arbitrator in trade cold war

France and Europe are counting on WTO reform in order to stall the trade war between the United State and China, which is on the verge of taking a turn for the worse and making the EU a collateral victim. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital 16-11-2018

Calling within Europe will be cheaper from May 2019

Telephone operators will no longer be able to charge more than 19 euro cents per minute for calls within Europe from 1 May 2019. The end of roaming charges has already boosted the phone usage of holiday-makers. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 14-11-2018

France struggling to phase out pesticides

France has promised to phase out glyphosate at a quicker rate than the EU. However, successive “Ecophyto plans” have not produced any results and meanwhile, the use of phytosanitary products continues to grow. EURACTIV France reports.

Luxembourg reprimanded over slow transposing of money laundering laws

The European Commission has reprimanded Luxembourg once again for delays in transposing European anti-money laundering rules into its legislation. EURACTIV France reports.
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Politics 12-11-2018

France continues fight against ‘gold plating’ of EU laws

French senators have removed around 20 over-transpositions of EU directives, which are considered to harm businesses’ competitiveness. This was part of a “tidying-up” mission which is sometimes at odds with the public interest. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 31-10-2018

Will the centre hold the balance of power in a fragmented European Parliament?

The increasing contingent of centrist MEPs could put an end to the “grand coalition” approach between the right and the left at the European Parliament. EURACTIV France reports.
Politics 30-10-2018

EU helps French research institute unlock mysteries of the ocean

From studying toxic microplankton to currents and ocean temperatures, the Euro Hab and Euro-Argo projects are trying to understand the oceans. The British are contributing to this undertaking but Brexit could complicate things. EURACTIV France reports.
Politics 29-10-2018

European Parliament wants to ban neo-fascist groups

Faced with the upsurge in xenophobia in Europe, MEPs want to take firm action against neo-fascist and neo-Nazi groups, which currently benefit from a certain level of discretion in several countries. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 25-10-2018

Mélenchon and ex-socialist Maurel forge alliance for European elections

The head of far-left La France insoumise and a former socialist MEP want to defend “popular sovereignty” within the EU. Even if it means defending the far-right Italian government in its conflict with Brussels. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital 24-10-2018

Le Maire campaigning for a tax on tech giants

19 European countries now support introducing a tax on tech giants’ revenues but a handful of capitals are resisting, including Berlin. Campaigning so that the plan is successful, Bruno Le Maire, the French minister of economy and finance, has 60 days to convince them. EURACTIV France reports.  
EU Elections 2019 16-10-2018

French government reshuffle propels three new ministers into European arena

France has new ministers for agriculture, culture and the interior after a government reshuffle. The new portfolio-holders will be at the forefront of reforms to the CAP, copyright law and the European asylum system. EURACTIV France reports.

Inclusion of Paris Agreement in CETA at risk

France wants to make compliance with the Paris Agreement on climate a precondition to signing European trade agreements. However, this is an issue where France is struggling to get the other 27 EU members to agree. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 04-10-2018

Margrethe Vestager’s uncertain future in Brussels

Four years spent fighting against the monopoly of the US digital giants have given Margrethe Vestager political prominence. But due to a lack of support from Copenhagen for a second mandate, the competition Commissioner is expected to leave Brussels after the elections. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 03-10-2018

La France Insoumise wants to turn European elections into anti-Macron referendum

La France Insoumise, the left-wing party of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, wants to turn the European elections into a referendum against French President Emmanuel Macron’s politics and the European project he represents. EURACTIV France reports.