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Politics 16-02-2019

Health Commissioner Andriukaitis announces run at Lithuania presidency

European Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis announced on Friday (15 February) he would run for president of Lithuania, after some dithering due to his current institutional position.
Elections 15-02-2019

The Brief – Spain’s call for elections: A wish for common sense

Spain wrapped up a dizzying week as Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called early elections for 28 April. It will be the third time Spaniards go to the ballot box in four years, with the political scene thrown wide open by recent developments. 
Elections 15-02-2019

Spain to hold early elections on 28 April

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez called on Friday (15 February) for snap elections on 28 April, only nine months after he took office, after failing to secure the Parliament’s support for his 2019 budget.

EU in fresh diplomatic push to ‘raise global ambition’ on climate change

A special UN summit scheduled in New York next September will provide “an essential opportunity to mobilise political will to raise global ambition” on climate change, according to a draft EU statement due to be adopted on Monday (18 February).
15-02-2019

Trans-Europe Express – Mother of all European elections

At a press conference about '100 days before the next European elections', European Parliament spokesperson Jaime Duch Guillot made plenty of use of superlatives. Because this year’s European elections are dead serious.
Agrifood 15-02-2019

Glyphosate ban was out of pesticide committee’s scope, co-rapporteur says

Greens did not back the call to ban glyphosate because out of the mandate of pesticide special committee, pledging to battle for it at the right time and moment, Greens co-rapporteur on the final report Bart Staes explained in an interview with EURACTIV.com.
Brexit 15-02-2019

UK’s May suffers new defeat, increasing Brexit confusion

British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered another embarrassing defeat on Thursday (14 February) after MPs voted against her Brexit strategy for the second time.
Energy 15-02-2019

Gas must be ‘completely’ decarbonised by 2050, says UK think-tank

Britain must entirely get rid of fossil-based natural gas in the coming three decades if the country is to meet its long-term decarbonisation objectives, according to a think-tank close to the ruling Conservative party.
Arctic Agenda 15-02-2019

New treaty bans commercial fishing in the Arctic for 16 years

The European Union and nine other countries, including the US and Russia, approved an international agreement on Thursday (14 February) that will prohibit commercial vessels from fishing in the Arctic in order to preserve the region's fragile ecosystem.
Brexit, copyright, and valentines
Brexit 15-02-2019

Tweets of the Week: Brexit, copyright, and valentines

Roses are red, violets are blue, This week it’s Brexit, copyright and lazy rhymes too.
Economy & Jobs 14-02-2019

EU court rules against Commission on Belgium ‘excess profit’ tax scheme

The system of exception for the excess profit of Belgian entities that are part of multinational corporate groups does not constitute illegal state aid, contrary to the European Commission's previous assessment, the EU's top court ruled on Thursday (14 February).
Politics 14-02-2019

The Brief – Eurocrat XI

The European Parliament has teamed up with the world of football in an effort to get us all out to vote in May and it’s not a bad idea. But how would the EU officials we know and love fare on the pitch if asked to pull on a pair of boots?
Economy & Jobs 14-02-2019

Europe strengthens monitoring of foreign investment

The European Parliament approved on Thursday (14 February) the proposal to screen foreign investment at EU level, clearing the path for closer monitoring of third country companies willing to invest in EU’s critical sectors.
Agrifood 14-02-2019

EU Commission, farmers fume at Greenpeace on animal farming report

The European Commission and the EU farmers association (Copa Cogeca) both dismissed a report conducted by Greenpeace as groundless and simplistic. The report argued that animal farming in Europe was using too much agricultural land.
Digital 14-02-2019

‘No alternative’ to digital construction, expert says

The digitisation of the EU's construction industry is an oft-overlooked area of technological development, both politically and socially. EURACTIV.com spoke to Milena Feustel to shine a light on the sector and explore the direction the digital construction is going in across Europe.
EU Elections 2019 14-02-2019

Over a Coffee with Ska Keller and Bas Eickhout, lead candidates for the Greens

Ska Keller and Bas Eickhout, lead candidates in the European Elections for the Greens meet with EURACTIV’s Brian Maguire over a coffee to talk about the upcoming EU elections.
Economy & Jobs 14-02-2019

Europe creates labour watchdog to fight against abuses

The European Parliament and member states have reached an agreement to set up a new European Labour Authority (ELA) to protect workers’ rights and launch cross-border investigations in case of potential abuses.
Global Europe 14-02-2019

MEPs stir north Africa’s frozen conflict

European Parliament endorsed the new EU-Morocco Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement on 12 February. Although it's a triumph for Morocco and its lobbying efforts in Brussels, it is unlikely to do anything to resolve a long-running legal and political saga in North Africa.
Agrifood 14-02-2019

EU approves ban on electric pulse fishing from 2021

The European Parliament and EU member states clinched an agreement late last night (13 February) over new technical conservation measures for fishing, which includes an EU-wide ban on the controversial pulse trawling starting from mid-2021.
Economy & Jobs 14-02-2019

Don’t link EU regional funds with budget deficit rules, Parliament insists

EU lawmakers rejected on Wednesday (13 February) a controversial proposal by the European Commission to make payments of cohesion funds conditional to the observation of country-specific recommendations on economic reforms. 
Data protection 14-02-2019

Brexit: ‘No special contingency measures‘ for data flows, EU says

"No special contingency measures for data flows" will be taken out in the case of a no-deal Brexit, according to documents released on Monday (11 February) .

NATO in search of options to prepare for post-INF world

In the aftermath of US President Trump's withdrawal from the landmark nuclear arms-control accord earlier this month, NATO allies on Wednesday (13 January) met in Brussels to plan for a future that includes a “Russia with more missiles.”
copyright 14-02-2019

Deal struck on copyright reform after ‘intense’ negotiations

The future of online copyright is set to be radically transformed as Parliament and Council negotiators struck an agreement on the controversial Copyright Directive on Wednesday (13 February) evening, over two years after the measures were first introduced by the Commission.
Economy & Jobs 13-02-2019

European Parliament endorses free trade agreement with Singapore

The European Parliament approved on Wednesday (13 February) the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSTFA), the bloc's first bilateral trade agreement with a southeast Asian country.