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Development Policy 23-04-2013

EU pressures seven African countries to complete trade agreements

Seven African countries face paying tariffs on their exports to the European Union if they fail to honour trade agreements signed with Brussels in 2007, EURACTIV France reports.
EU Priorities 2020 14-03-2013

Parliament defies EU leaders with vote against long-term budget

MEPs massively voted yesterday (13 March) “to reject in its current form” the EU's long-term budget for 2014-2020, agreed by EU leaders in February after 26 hours of marathon talks. EURACTIV France reports from Strasbourg.
Development Policy 13-03-2013

Europe takes new ‘failed states’ aid approach in Mali

The European Union’s decision last month to resume development aid to Mali is part of the bloc's "new approach" towards failed states. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 15-02-2013

EU gives ‘untimely’ OK to pork, poultry in fish feed

The European Commission has reapproved the use of reconstituted animal protein for use in fish feed from June 2013, in a move declared "untimely" by French deputy minister for food Guillaume Garot.
Regional Policy 16-01-2013

France holds out for a large EU regional budget slice

Paris eyes an extension of €1 billion for 10 French regions that it says are collateral victims of cuts to the EU budget for 2014-2020. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Priorities 2020 15-01-2013

Majority of French and Germans want fiscal unity: Survey

Three-quarters of French and 70% of Germans want their countries to harmonise tax and fiscal policy, according to an opinion poll carried out for the German Embassy in Paris. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 06-12-2012

Belgian lawmakers bitter over French beer tax

Belgian senators have urged the EU to take action on France’s proposed beer tax hike claiming that it infringes European competition rules. reports.
Agrifood 03-10-2012

France fears EU to crop farming aid

The last working document published by the EU's Cypriot presidency has sparked fears in France that the new EU budget will slash direct subsidies to farmers, despite the country's firm opposition. reports.
Euro & Finance 01-10-2012

Financial transaction tax: ‘Now effective’?

France and Germany still need the backing of a number of member states to put in place a European Union financial transaction tax (FTT), despite claims from French President François Hollande that the tax is "now effective". reports.
Regional Policy 27-09-2012

French ‘Chateau’ wines get a respite from US imports

The European Commission has postponed indefinitely a decision that would permit American wines to use the term “chateau” in the European market, a move which only France opposes. reports.
Regional Policy 26-09-2012

Where does France stand on the next EU budget?

While Germany, Britain, Finland and Sweden have all taken up a clear positions on cutting the EU 2014-2020 budget, the point of view of the French government remains obscure, reports.
Euro & Finance 29-08-2012

Hollande sticks to his guns, calls for EU debt pooling

France’s President François Hollande has insisted that the European Union needed more solidarity and a system for debt mutualisation, a position which fell foul of Germany’s insistence that this should only happen after countries agree to greater fiscal oversight from Brussels. EURACTIV France reports.
Future EU 27-07-2012

Majority of French want referendum over new EU budget treaty

A slim majority of French, 52%, want the new European Union budgetary treaty to go to a referendum, while 53% say they would vote yes, says a study by French market research group OpinionWay. reports.

German business outpaces France in innovation

Germany is steaming ahead of traditional leaders France in research and development, says a new study by the French economy and finance ministry. reports.
Regional Policy 16-07-2012

Baden-Württemberg to front rich region’s campaign for EU funds

Germany's Baden-Württemberg state has taken over the presidency of the ‘four motors’ of Europe, a network of advanced regions in France, Germany, Italy and Spain demanding a bigger slice of EU regional funding to support excellence. EURACTIV France reports.
Trade & Society 13-07-2012

Brussels proposes changes to EU copyright law

Following concerns over financial irregularities and difficult online licencing, the European Commission has proposed a new directive requiring copyright collecting societies to increase their transparency, efficiency and management of revenues. EURACTIV France reports.
Euro & Finance 29-06-2012

Question marks over €120 billion EU ‘growth pact’

EU heads of state agreed a "European Growth Pact" worth €120 billion at a summit in Brussels, which closed on Friday (29 June). But doubts have been raised about how fresh the money will really be as at least half of the sums will be recycled from existing regional policy funds. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 18-06-2012

In France, Socialists clutch levers of power

The Socialist Party of President François Hollande won a historic victory in parliamentary elections held yesterday (17 June) and will dominate both legislative chambers. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 20-04-2012

Nicolas Sarkozy: A very French European

As part of an ongoing series, EURACTIV France is profiling major candidates in the 2012 French presidential elections. Nicolas Sarkozy, the incumbent, faces an uphill struggle for re-election and has resorted to increasingly vocal threats to ensure he gets the “protective” Europe he wants for France.
Elections 19-04-2012

Jean-Luc Mélenchon: For a European revolution

As part of an ongoing series, EURACTIV France is profiling major candidates in the 2012 French presidential elections. Jean-Luc Mélenchon, candidate of the Left Front, has emerged as a potential 'third man' in the election, attracting voters' attention in opinion polls by calling for a “citizens’ insurrection” and a complete undoing of “ultra-liberal Europe”.
Elections 04-04-2012

Opinion-makers predict Hollande win but trust Sarkozy more: Poll

Foreign journalists, diplomats and business executives working in France are predicting a win for François Hollande in the French presidential elections, but also believe Nicolas Sarkozy would likely govern better, according to a poll published today (4 April) by EURACTIV France.
Elections 27-02-2012

François Hollande: Towards a European ‘New Deal’?

As part of an ongoing series, EURACTIV France is profiling major candidates in the 2012 French presidential elections, analysing in detail what their political action, programmes and policies mean for the European Union. François Hollande, Socialist candidate and current front-runner, promises a break with the 'Merkozy' consensus on Europe's economic crisis and a revision of the fiscal compact treaty.
Euro & Finance 16-02-2012

Socialist MEP leader: Troika ‘locusts’ cannot save Greece

Socialist members of the European Parliament have set up an "alternative Troika" to find solutions for Greece beyond austerity measures, with their group leader going as far as likening the current task force to "locusts". The socialists' concerns about Greece were largely echoed by other political group leaders in the Assembly, EURACTIV France reports from Strasbourg.
Future EU 18-11-2011

EU officials issue strike warning over pay dispute

Civil servants in all three EU institutions – Commission, Council and Parliament – have warned they may go on strike at the end of November over proposed reforms by the European Commission to rein in staff compensation as part of the general austerity drive.