Vlagyiszlav Makszimov

25-11-2020

Waste and corruption at heart Frugals’ citizen concerns, poll suggests

The way EU money is spent and doubts about its recipients are more of a concern than the actual size of spending for the population of countries traditionally thought of as fiscally conservative, according to a poll conducted by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) think tank.
Non-discrimination 24-11-2020

Investors or professionals: How most Hungarian media helped discrimination

Media watchdogs have been sounding the alarm over the shrinking space for media pluralism in Viktor Orbán's Hungary. EURACTIV looks into how discrimination of ethnic and social minorities has evolved in the country and how the development of its media landscape also played a role.
Economy & Jobs 19-11-2020

Lawmakers strike deal on first recovery funds as vetoes loom

EU lawmakers on Wednesday (18 November) reached a political agreement on REACT-EU, the €47.5 billion fund that will channel European money to prop up the bloc's economy by supporting health services and small businesses.

Hungary’s fight against corruption ‘globally unsatisfactory’

Hungary has made no progress on implementing recommendations on corruption concerning members of parliament, judges and prosecutors, the Council of Europe's anti-graft body said in a report released on Tuesday (17 November).
Non-discrimination 12-11-2020

LGBTQI strategy to protect rainbow families, extend EU crimes to homophobic speech

The European Commission has presented its first LGBTIQ Equality Strategy for the next five years, pledging to be “at the forefront of efforts to better protect” the community’s rights by aiming to tackle discrimination, ensuring safety, building inclusive societies and...
Economy & Jobs 11-11-2020

MEPs worry about ‘funding gap’ for EU regions as talks press ahead

EU lawmakers want to ensure there is no financing gap between the next budgetary period for the policy that aims to reduce disparities between European regions, even if talks on the new regulation laying out the ground rules for the use of EU funds gets delayed.
Economy & Jobs 10-11-2020

EU institutions strike deal on bloc’s long term budget

The European Parliament and Council reached a final deal on the EU's next seven-year budget, worth €1.0743 trillion, on Tuesday (10 November), agreeing to add an additional €16 billion to the budget, mostly for health and education and introduce a roadmap for new European levies and biodiversity targets.
05-11-2020

EU institutions strike budget deal on rule of law mechanism

The European Parliament and the Council representing the EU27 reached a preliminary deal on linking the disbursement of EU funds to rule of law after five rounds of talks, clearing a major hurdle in the wider negotiations on the bloc's budget.
Cities & regions 03-11-2020

Most political issues unresolved in external action fund negotiations

After five rounds of trilogues since the beginning of the year, European institutions are still locked in negotiations over the instrument that will channel the biggest share of external action funds but also suffered one of the biggest cuts during...
Economy & Jobs 29-10-2020

Auditors call on EU institutions to change hiring process

The EU's selection process is not suitable for small-scale specialist recruitment, while its generalist competitions disproportionately attract those in the Brussels and Luxembourg bubble, hampering diversity and keeping out young graduates, the EU auditors has said in a new report.
Global Europe 29-10-2020

EU should put more gloss on climate diplomacy in Southeast Asia, experts say

As the EU's climate goals become increasingly ambitious, it should engage more proactively with Southeast Asian countries (ASEAN) to reassure them that the bloc's green targets are not trade protectionism in disguise and ensure a sustainable COVID recovery globally.
27-10-2020

EU Commission to stay out of Ukraine-Hungary row

The recent tensions over Hungary's election interference in Ukraine, which have led Budapest to threaten to block Kyiv's Euro-Atlantic integration efforts, should be resolved bilaterally, a Commissions spokesperson said on Tuesday, (27 October).
Economy & Jobs 23-10-2020

Mediterranean Union boss: We are doomed to work together

Countries are “doomed to work together and find common solutions” as partners, particularly in the face of the growing climate emergency in the region, Nasser Kamel, secretary-general of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), told EURACTIV in an interview. Kamel...

European citizens support linking EU funds to rule of law – survey

More than three out of four Europeans think that the EU should only distribute funds to member states that implement rule of law and democratic principles, according to a new survey commissioned by the European Parliament.
Economy & Jobs 16-10-2020

Social and economic differences across EU less important for citizens – survey

An increasing number of Europeans living in border regions of the EU say social and economic differences are not problems affecting cooperation between their home and neighbouring country, a new survey shows.
Politics 16-10-2020

Erasmus celebrated worldwide as MEPs push for more funding

As Europe celebrates its flagship educational mobility programme, lawmakers in the European Parliament are fighting to increase the budget for what is widely regarded as one of the EU's greatest achievements.
Economy & Jobs 13-10-2020

Report charts new EU ‘COVID-19 geography’, growing inequality risks

The first EU-wide survey of the current challenges the pandemic has posed for local and regional governments across the bloc shows risks of a widening divide between the EU's regions and calls for closer involvement of local authorities in drawing up recovery plans.
Economy & Jobs 09-10-2020

European Parliament walks out of EU budget negotiations

European Parliament budget negotiators walked out on Thursday night (8 October) from negotiations with member states and suspended all further talks until next week, saying they "will come back to the table once there is a real will from the Council’s side to find an agreement".
07-10-2020

Commission’s Roma strategy sets minimum goals to be achieved by decade’s end

The European Commission put forward on Wednesday (7 October) its new ten-year framework for the inclusion and participation of Roma, Europe’s largest ethnic minority, with minimum targets to be achieved by 2030 in the areas of inclusion, participation, education, employment, health, and housing.
Europe's East 07-10-2020

EU, Ukraine hold live summit in Brussels to discuss trade ties, reforms and security

During the first live summit with international partners in Brussels following the outbreak of the pandemic on the continent, the EU and Ukraine leaders met on Tueasday (6 October) to take stock of cooperation amid what critics say is a...
Enlargement 06-10-2020

Road and rail at centre of EU investment plan for Western Balkans

Alongside the annual country-specific enlargement reports on all EU hopefuls, the European Commission presented on Tuesday (6 October) an investment plan for the Western Balkans, which it hopes will bring investment to the region, spur greening and enhance regional cooperation.

Hungary breached obligations to uphold academic freedom, EU top court ruled

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) struck down on Tuesday (6 October) the Hungarian education law that had pushed the university funded by American billionaire George Soros to move out of Budapest. The court said this ran contrary to the principle of academic freedom as well as the freedom to conduct business and provide services.
Enlargement 06-10-2020

Activists win battle, not war, against hydropower in the Western Balkans

Green lawmakers have hailed the cancellation of a hydropower plant in Albania but now fear that a forthcoming EU investment package for the wider region will promote small hydropower, which activists blame for destroying ecosystems.

Orbán: If rule of law debate stalls, we can bypass EU framework for financing

If the debate about tying rule of law to EU finances delays setting up the recovery fund, member states should be able to make intergovernmental deals outside the EU institutional framework, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán suggested before leaving for an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, according to state news agency MTI.
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