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Brexit 19-10-2019

UK MPs force Johnson to request Brexit extension in new defeat

UK lawmakers inflicted an embarrassing procedural defeat on Boris Johnson on Saturday (19  October) that will force the UK Prime Minister to request an extension from EU leaders.
Energy 18-10-2019

Europe’s largest floating solar plant opens in France

The most powerful floating solar PV plant in Europe was inaugurated in southern France on Friday (18 October), marking another milestone in the development of solar energy.
Economy & Jobs 18-10-2019

Regions call for ambitious EU budget, Cohesion policy, better cooperation

The Conference of Peripheral Maritime regions (CPMR) was set to adopt a Manifesto on the future of the EU negotiations on Friday (18 October) calling for more support to Europe's regions, an ambitious budge supporting a sustainable economic agenda and no cuts in the Cohesion policy.
Future EU 18-10-2019

Summit concludes with no progress on EU’s long-term budget

EU leaders failed to narrow their differences over the EU's seven-year budget for 2021-27,  the Multiannual Financial Framework, as member states maintained their entrenched positions on the EU’s spending volume and priorities. 
18-10-2019

The Brief, powered by EK – No turkey please, we’re vegetarians

Believe it or not, EU leaders didn’t discuss Turkey’s war adventure in Syria at the two-day summit. War crimes are allegedly being committed by the Turkish army, ethnic cleansing is ongoing (obviously), but the leaders looked the other way. They...
Energy 18-10-2019

Greens furious as EU pours €130m into Polish LNG terminal

The European Commission has approved EU funding worth €130 million to expand a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal in northwest Poland, triggering the ire of green activists who denounce continuous EU support for fossil fuel projects.
Digital 18-10-2019

Industry ‘must listen’ to facial recognition concerns, Huawei chief says

European industry must be sensitive to the concerns of citizens regarding the widespread use of facial recognition technologies and its possible impact on privacy, Huawei's European chief has told EURACTIV.
Global Europe 18-10-2019

Morocco energy boss: We need to build electricity bridges between Europe and Africa

The solar thermal complex at Noor Ouarzazate in the Atlas mountains is at the heart of Morocco's renewable energy drive, producing over 580MW of electricity. Mustapha Bakhouri explains the country's plans to develop its renewable energy programme and build energy connections with Europe.
Economy & Jobs 18-10-2019

To target or not to target? That is the EU’s research and innovation question

There is a lot of money available to fund research and innovation in the EU, but it's not reaching the right people at the right time. Policymakers are debating whether more focused funding would make the situation better, or worse.
Future EU 18-10-2019

Brexit, von der Leyen’s approval assert European Parliament’s key role

Two crucial dossiers for the EU's future need to be rubber-stamped by the European Parliament in the next two months, the Brexit deal and the approval of the new EU executive. Parliament President David Sassoli, making his debut among EU-28 leaders, assured them the new assembly was not "messy" but taking its job seriously.
Cybersecurity 18-10-2019

Striking a balance: IT infrastructure and digital sovereignty

As the EU searches for the best path to balance cutting-edge technologies with its future ‘digital sovereignty’, EU policymakers must consider the potential advantages and risks of working with non-EU services providers in technology infrastructure, including 5G.
Enlargement 18-10-2019

All eyes on France after inconclusive enlargement summit debate

After a long night of inconclusive discussions, EU heads of state are set to return to the EU enlargement issue today (18 October). All eyes are on France, as Emmanuel Macron's position has so far been the major stumbling block for opening accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania.
Politics 18-10-2019

Tweets of the Week: European Council Brexit Special

Brexit negotiations drive everyone mad, there was not a wink of sleep to be had and in the end is ANYONE glad? It’s a Brexit special this week.
Brexit 17-10-2019

Johnson gets his deal and plaudits, now eyes shift to Westminster

Boris Johnson got his Brexit deal in Brussels on Thursday (17 October), but this appears to have been the easy part. Now he has to sell it at home.
Brexit 17-10-2019

The Brief, powered by TIF – Johnson’s coup

Boris Johnson is naturally a cheery individual, but he truly had every reason to smile on Thursday. First, he secured a Brexit deal that even a week ago nobody thought he could. Then he got Jean-Claude Juncker to do his...

Poland wants fresh EU money to back climate neutrality goal

Achieving climate neutrality requires “significantly larger” amounts of funding than what is currently on offer in the EU’s long-term budget proposal for 2021-2027, Warsaw said in a memo circulated ahead of an EU leaders’ summit opening today.
Politics 17-10-2019

Pro Europa Protest Against Brexit

Pro Europa organised an event protesting Brexit in the shadow of the ongoing EU Council Summit of October 17-18.
5G 17-10-2019

Amid continuing US pressure, Huawei looks for the ‘European way’

Huawei implored the EU to grasp their future 'digital sovereignty', as the company fielded questions from a cross-section of MEPs in Brussels on Wednesday evening (16 October). The hearing came as the US administration renewed its campaign against the Chinese company, claiming it poses a series of risks to the European market.
Digital 17-10-2019

Digital Brief: Franco-German Copyright Front

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “Some actors, such as Google, wish to free themselves from those rules.” – French President Emmanuel Macron, Wednesday 16...
Brexit 17-10-2019

Barnier: ‘School of patience’ delivers new Brexit deal

EU and UK negotiators agreed a new Brexit deal on Thursday (17 October), prompting the bloc's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, to declare: “Brexit is a school of patience”.
Digital 17-10-2019

The EU’s Single Market: Digital enough to compete globally?

The European Union, with 500 million consumers, has huge potential in digitalising the economy. The ‘Digital Single Market’ is no longer stand-alone. Rather, digitalisation affects all sectors and companies. It is argued that European digital services lag behind the US and China, especially when it comes to its global presence. However, opportunities exist in B2C and B2B services and beyond.
Future EU 17-10-2019

EU Summit LIVE: Brexit, Budget, Balkans

European leaders gather for a summit in Brussels on 17-18 October to discuss if, how and when the United Kingdom will leave the bloc. With everything up in the air, an extension seems the safest bet. The EU's seven-year budget, enlargement to the Western Balkans and escalation in Syria will also be high on the agenda.
Energy 17-10-2019

Velux CEO: ‘If you want the most energy efficient home, live in a cave’

Companies and lawmakers must take more responsibility in helping to solve issues related to buildings, including reducing carbon emissions and improving health standards, according to Velux CEO David Briggs.
EU Elections 2019 17-10-2019

Commissioners assemble: Class of 2019-2024

European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has unveiled who will do what job in her administration, insisting hers will be a “geopolitical Commission”. Stay tuned here for all the details. Twenty-three out of 26 candidates were confirmed by the...

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