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Lack of women no longer a problem for new Commission

Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker is now almost certain to get support from the European Parliament because he has secured nine women on his team - the same number than in the current Barroso Commission. Three of them will be his deputies.
Development Policy 29-08-2014

What is Africa’s ODA spent on?

Around 40% of the European Commission's Overseas Development Aid (ODA) goes to Africa every year. The continent has received more than a quarter of the €2.7 billion increase in the aid budget since 2005 and, in 2009, aid for trade to the African, Caribbean and Pacific States increased to €3.6 billion. But where does the money end up?
Cardiovascular disease
Health 29-08-2014

New study reveals financial burden of cardiovascular disease

New research looking at the costs of cardiovascular disease in six EU member states (France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom) concludes that the financial burden will rise to €122.6 billion by 2020, up from €102.1 billion in 2014.
Jean-Claude Juncker with European heads of state [European Council]
EU Elections 2014 29-08-2014

Wrap-up: Leaders choose Tusk, Mogherini at Summit

EU leaders gathered at the European Council in Brussels, on Saturday (30 August), to break the deadlock on EU top jobs and to respond to the escalating conflict in Eastern Ukraine. An overview of events, as they happened, is below.
EU Elections 2014 27-08-2014

Cameron to support Tusk for Council president at EU summit

British Prime Minister David Cameron is prepared to support the Polish prime minister, Donald Tusk, as the next president of the European Council, according to the The Guardian
e-cigarette
Health 22-08-2014

EU tobacco directive faces lawsuit

The UK’s leading electronic cigarette manufacturer, Totally Wicked, has launched a legal challenge to the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) on the grounds that Article 20 of the Directive breaches EU law.
EU Elections 2014 21-08-2014

Juncker’s Commission looking politically conservative, gender imbalanced

With one week left before deadline and only four Commissioner nominees waiting to be revealed for the next term, Jean-Claude Juncker's Commission looks to become ever more politically one-sided and gender unbalanced.
Empty shelves
Agrifood 21-08-2014

Self-imposed food sanctions have already caused inflation in Russia

Russia's embargo on imported Western food is already hitting consumers' pockets, as food prices in Moscow shops have jumped by up to 6% in just a week, according to the BBC.

Researchers say this year’s ecological footprint has already been exceeded

Although there's four months left of 2014, humans have already exhausted the ecological space for this year. This means that there has been more consumption of resources than the planet can handle, and over-consumption is only getting worse, according to researchers.

Eurofound: Changes during crisis have benefitted women

The economic crisis has boosted growth in high-wage jobs. This has mainly benefited women, according to a study by Eurofound.  
Youth unemployment

Study: Countries with faster school-to-work transitions have lower unemployment

EU member states with quicker school-to-work transitions have lower youth unemployment, a new study by Eurofound shows.
Development Policy 08-08-2014

EU launches €845 million Pan-African initiative

The European Commission has kick-started a new programme to help integrate African countries and regions, with a €415 million cash injection between now and 2017 and a further tranche of €430 planned before 2020.
Jaume Duch, spokesperson to the European Parliament announces the elections turnout on May 25, 2014 [Photo: European Parliament]
EU Elections 2014 07-08-2014

It’s official: Last EU election had lowest-ever turnout

The May 2014 EU election saw the lowest voter turnout on record, according to updated figures discretely released by the European Parliament during the summer holiday period for EU institutions. 
Agrifood 01-08-2014

Level of horsemeat DNA in beef drops

The European Commission's second round of coordinated pan-European testing for horsemeat DNA in beef products, launched in April this year, showed only 0.61% of the samples testing positive.
Catherine Ashton with Radoslaw Sikorski [European External Action Service/Flickr]
EU Priorities 2020 01-08-2014

Poland, Italy nominations leave Juncker needing four more commissioners

Italy and Poland today confirmed the two leading candidates for the job of EU foreign affairs chief as their nominations for commissioner, leaving Jean-Claude Juncker waiting for Belgium, the Netherlands Cyprus and Denmark to complete the line-up of the new European Commission.

Non-EU citizens twice as likely to be unemployed

Non-EU citizens aged 20-64 were in 2013 twice as likely (21.3%) to be unemployed in one of the EU's 28 member states compared to "nationals" (10.0%), new data from the EU's statistics office Eurostat shows.
Coding
Digital 31-07-2014

Commissioners urge coding classes at school

The two commissioners in charge of the digital agenda, and youth and education, have written to to the EU's 28 education ministers, urging them to give every child the opportunity to develop basic coding skills at school.
Medical staff working with Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) prepare to bring food to patients kept in an isolation area at the MSF Ebola treatment centre in Kailahun July 20, 2014 [Photo: Reuters]
Development Policy 31-07-2014

EU scales up aid to tackle Ebola outbreak in West Africa

The European Commission has pledged an additional €2 million to tackle the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, amid fears that the virus will spread to other parts of the world.
Transport 31-07-2014

European electric car sales continue to accelerate

Electric vehicle sales in Europe doubled again in 2013 for the fourth consecutive year, with more than one in every 20 new auto-buyers in the Netherlands and Norway opting for battery-powered cars, according to analysis of official data by the Transport and Environment (T&E) environmental think tank.
Tibor Navracsics (right) talking to Johannes Hahn, Austrian EU Commissioner [European Commission]
EU Priorities 2020 30-07-2014

Hungary nominates foreign affairs minister as commissioner

Tibor Navracsics, Hungary’s minister for foreign affairs and trade, on Wednesday (30 July) confirmed he is the country’s nominee to become commissioner in the next EU executive.
Marianne Thyssen, Belgian Christian-democrat MEP (EPP) [European Parliament]
EU Priorities 2020 30-07-2014

Belgian coalition talks stumble over commissioner choice

The outgoing Belgian prime minister, Elio Di Rupo, has asked political parties engaged in government coalition talks to choose an EU commission nominee before Friday (1 August).
Vending Machine at a Hospital in Maryland, USA on May 15, 2013. [Photo: Shutterstock]
Agrifood 28-07-2014

‘Fat taxes’ do work, EU report finds

Specific taxes on sugar, salt or fat do cause reductions in consumption, the European Commission found in a new report. But higher taxes may also merely encourage consumers to go for cheaper products, it warned.
Agrifood 28-07-2014

Organic farming has grown rapidly, says EU

The organic farming sector has grown rapidly over the past ten years, to about 500,000 new hectares every year, according to EU statistics.
Development Policy 25-07-2014

INFOGRAPHIC: 700 million underage girls married in 2013

Although child marriage is prohibited by international law, over 700 million underage girls are married worldwide, particularly in Africa and Asia.

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