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Brexit 13-11-2018

EU, UK reach draft Brexit deal but details remain shrouded

The UK took a tentative step towards leaving the EU with a Brexit deal announced on Tuesday (13 November), as negotiators appeared to reach a technical agreement on its withdrawal from the bloc more than two years after Britain voted to leave.
Agrifood 13-11-2018

MEPs clash with Commission over sardines and anchovies

The European Parliament adopted on Tuesday (13 November) a report on regulating mainly sardine and anchovy catches in the Adriatic Sea, rejecting the essence of the European Commission's proposal after a heated exchange with EU fisheries boss Karmenu Vella.
Politics 13-11-2018

The Brief, powered by EUSALT – A harbinger of Brexit defeats to come?

One of the reasons why detail on the UK’s strategy on the Brexit negotiations has been so elusive lies in Theresa May’s tactic of permanent obfuscation, and of concentrating information in the hands of a handful of her very closest...
Brexit 13-11-2018

Seizing the window of opportunity to rethink Brexit

The UK government is paralysed by Brexit as it reaches decision time over whether to agree a messy compromise or crash out with no deal. In the meantime, support for a second referendum is growing, writes Sandra Khadhouri.

Commission lauds Bulgaria, castigates Romania on judicial reform

The European Commission published on Tuesday (13 November) reports on Bulgaria and Romania under the so-called Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM), commending Bulgaria for progress made and lambasting Romania for backtracking. Both countries, however, were warned to uphold media freedom.
Energy 13-11-2018

Spain targets 100% renewable power by 2050

Spain’s government has published a new climate plan that targets a 100% renewable energy electricity system by 2050, with goals that outstrip those adopted by the EU and a ban on new gas and oil exploration.
Health 13-11-2018

No freedom of choice in vaccination, top EU health official insists

There is no freedom of choice when it comes to vaccination because it involves putting other people’s health at risk, a top EU health official has warned, adding that ongoing debate in Italy about inoculations is verging "on the absurd".
Digital 13-11-2018

France and Germany turn up the heat on EU digital tax

German Finance Minister, Olaf Scholz, and his French counterpart, Bruno Le Maire, rallied their support for the European Commission's digital tax plans on Monday (12 December), with the former stating that he wants a deal tied up at a December meeting of EU finance ministers in Brussels. 
Electricity 13-11-2018

Energy poverty hinders EU push to end regulated electricity prices

The European Commission has renewed its push to phase out regulated electricity prices, arguing they distort the market and slow down the transition to clean energy. But faced with reluctance from EU countries, it has now tabled a compromise based on a common EU definition of energy poverty.
Global Europe 13-11-2018

EU auditors praise refugee assistance to Turkey despite irregularities

The Facility for Refugees in Turkey “swiftly” addressed people’s needs, stated a report by the European Court of Auditors published on Tuesday (13 October), but stressed there were some irregularities in tracking the EU funds.
EU Elections 2019 13-11-2018

Benoît Hamon denounces egocentric Mélenchon, dogmatic Macron

Jean-Luc Mélenchon likes the Left only if he can be at the centre of its attention but his strategy entails the risk of France’s exit from the EU, which is contrary to the leftist political mindset based on internationalism, French politician Benoît Hamon told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Circular economy 13-11-2018

Researcher: ‘The greatest bottlenecks can be expected for lithium and cobalt’

As excitement builds about the opportunities of the new green economy, concerns are growing as well. The economic transition will require new grid infrastructure, new distribution models and, perhaps most importantly, more raw materials, says Kornelis Blok.
Global Europe 12-11-2018

The Brief, powered by EUSALT- Beggars Banquet

Imagine if world leaders travelled back in time, about a hundred years. Imagine Merkel’s Germany waging a war against Macron’s France, with thousands dying in muddy trenches across Europe daily. Not easy, right?  Europe has come a long way since...
Agrifood 12-11-2018

Biodiversity can benefit from new technologies, EU official says

It is the duty of scientists to point out what could be accomplished by using new plant breeding techniques (NPBTs), according to European Commission official Barend Verachtert, who praised the virtue of new technologies in agriculture at an event organised by EURACTIV on 5 November.
Development Policy 12-11-2018

Universal electricity access goal set to be missed, new report reveals

The international community is falling well short of providing the cash needed to ensure universal access to electricity by 2030, according to a report released Monday (12 November).
EU Elections 2019 12-11-2018

Spitzenkandidat picks: Manfred Weber, EPP

With no real debating at the big debate, the EPP's Helsinki Congress picked their Spitzenkandidat contender for the European elections. EURACTIV takes a closer look at the party's new old face, Manfred Weber.

Six EU countries – and counting – back out from the global migration pact

Bulgaria has become the sixth EU country after Hungary, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic and Croatia to signal that it will not sign the global migration agreement at a ceremony in Morocco in December.
EU Elections 2019 12-11-2018

EU progressives sow seeds to ‘save’ Europe

EU social democrats, leftist politicians and ecologists urge the need for a common strategy to halt the rise of far-right populism in Europe, before and after the 2019 EU elections. EURACTIV.com reports from Bilbao.
Energy 12-11-2018

European oil majors better prepared for energy transition than US, Chinese counterparts

Oil majors are “lagging” when it comes to preparing for the low-carbon energy transition, according to a new report from financial watchdog CDP, which nonetheless praised BP, Eni, Equinor, Total, Repsol and Shell for taking the industry’s lead.
Agrifood 12-11-2018

Minister: Digitisation of agriculture at the core of post-bailout Greece

The digitisation of the agricultural sector will be at the heart of Greece’s growth following the exit from austerity-driven bailouts, Greek minister Nikos Pappas told EURACTIV.com in a recent interview.
Electricity 12-11-2018

Think-tank: Artificially low electricity prices ‘not good for EDF’ nor consumers

Artificially low energy prices in France are one of the reasons why former state monopoly EDF loses money, says Thomas Pellerin-Carlin. Moreover, regulated prices are useless to protect vulnerable consumers from energy poverty and “almost never leads to low energy bills,” he argues.
Electricity 12-11-2018

Electricity prices

Many European countries have placed limits on electricity prices, often justified by consumer concerns about rising energy bills, or to protect households from energy poverty. But regulated energy prices also thwart competition and hinder the deployment of clean energy solutions....
Circular economy 12-11-2018

Raw power

Vanadium, borate, bismuth, gallium – they may sound like planets from a science fiction movie, but in fact they are some of the most critical elements of the European Union’s economy.  
Circular economy 12-11-2018

Metals in the circular economy

Metals are essential components in the manufacturing of smart phones, electric car batteries and other green technologies. In this special report, EURACTIV looks at how the EU's circular economy strategy can help secure Europe's supply of critical raw materials in a sustainable way.