The French parliament adopted the first law on development aid and international solidarity this week (10 February) and is expected bring back to the fore the debate on French assistance to developing countries.
Malta’s decision to sell passports, hence European citizenship, for €650,000 to non-EU residents, without any prerequisite whatsoever, not even residence in Malta, has angered MEPs, who debated the issue Wednesday (15 January).
The president of the European parliament, accompanied by his French counterpart, paid a visit to high school students in the Parisian suburbs of Seine-Saint-Denis, where abstention at EU elections hit record low levels in 2009.
As the EU elections approach, France is pressing ahead to strengthen safeguards against the abuse of low-cost foreign workers within Europe, without waiting for the European institutions to hammer out the final text of the revised EU Posted Workers Directive.
Negotiations between Niger and the French nuclear energy conglomerate Areva have hardened as the two sides seek to reach an agreement on uranium extraction in the Western African country. EURACTIV.fr reports.
French Environment Minister Philippe Martin reiterated his government’s strong opposition to the exploitation of shale gas, despite a parliamentary report advocating more flexibility towards unconventional gas.
The ever growing innovation on the mobile payments market, from contactless cards to digital wallets, has attracted the attention of the European Central Bank (ECB), which has launched a public consultation on mobile payments security for all involved stakeholders. EURACTIV France reports.
The French government is seeking support to tackle social dumping by revising the EU posted workers directive but its efforts are meeting with firm opposition from the UK and Eastern European countries.
Foreign debt cancellations are expected to reach new highs in France's 2014 development aid budget, with Somalia, Zimbabwe, Chad, Ivory Coast and Sudan in line for a complete deletion of their national debt.
Proposals for a continental minimum wage and jobs-creation dominated the first of a series of European Parliament panel debates in Paris on Tuesday (15 October), as EU-wide elections approach. EURACTIV.fr reports.
In an interview with EURACTIV France, French MEP Veronique Mathieu Houillon has called on EU member states to revise the Dublin II regulation, so that it states which member states are responsible for asylum claims.
A new website launched by the French government aims to improve the transparency of development aid money given to Mali but has attracted harsh criticism for failing to comply with international standards. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Jean Arthuis, a leading centrist French senator from the Union of Democrats and Independents (UDI), told EURACTIV.fr that his party feels closer to the Liberal ALDE group in the European Parliament, signalling a potential departure from the centre-right European People's Party (EPP).