James Crisp

Digital & Media 05-09-2014

Is this what a digital Commission looks like?

Jean-Claude Juncker’s new European Commission will have a vice-president in charge of digital and innovation, and a new commissioner post taking responsibility for internet and culture, according to leaked documents obtained by EURACTIV.
Brexit 04-09-2014

Britain handed climate and energy portfolio in draft Juncker Commission line-up

The UK could miss out on its desired economics portfolio in Jean-Claude’s Juncker’s new European Commission, instead being handed responsibility for the EU’s energy and climate change policies.
EU Elections 2014 03-09-2014

Belgium defies Juncker with Commissioner nomination

Belgium will defy Jean-Claude Juncker tomorrow (4 September) by nominating outgoing Deputy Prime Minister Didier Reynders as its next Commissioner, despite the European Commission President-elect’s wishes for a female candidate.
EU Elections 2014 02-09-2014

Dutch nominate foreign affairs minister as Commissioner

The Netherlands has named Frans Timmermans as the next Dutch Commissioner, after the centre-left foreign minister was interviewed by Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels today (2 September).
Trade & Society 02-09-2014

Le Pen faces defeat over TTIP transparency resolution

EXCLUSIVE/ The European Parliament’s trade committee will quash a motion filed by Marine Le Pen and her far-right allies for more transparency in talks over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
Digital & Media 01-09-2014

Mobile operators to get exclusive use of 700 MHz UHF spectrum band by 2020

Mobile broadband should have exclusive use of the 700 MHz band of the European Union’s Ultra High Frequency spectrum by 2020, the European Commission was told today (1 September).
Brexit 28-08-2014

UKIP gains Westminster MP after Tory defection

The UK Independence Party has a seat in Westminster today (28 August) after a politician defected from the Conservative party, blaming David Cameron's stance on Europe for his decision to quit the Tories.
Health 28-08-2014

TTIP will sacrifice food safety for faster trade, warn NGOs

EXCLUSIVE/ The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will irreversibly put EU consumers and animals at risk, the European Commission will be warned today (28 August).
Trade & Society 26-08-2014

EU gives up on TTIP for US reinsurance reform

EXCLUSIVE/ Negotiators pushing for better US market access for EU reinsurers have abandoned talks over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), recognising the trade deal is unlikely to remove rules forcing the industry to post as much as 100% collateral against their American liabilities.
Brexit 26-08-2014

Cameron mulls fresh Brexit threat

British Prime Minister David Cameron will threaten to back the campaign to take the UK out of the EU in a future referendum if his calls for reform are not met, according to Conservative party sources. 
Brexit 22-08-2014

UKIP launches ‘win a pint with Nigel’ fundraiser

The UK Independence Party is offering supporters the chance to win a pint with Nigel Farage in exchange for a donation, as it ramps up its general election campaign.
Brexit 22-08-2014

Bowles blasted over move to City

The MEP who led calls to cap fund managers’ bonuses has slammed Sharon Bowles, the ex-chairman of the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, for taking a job with the London Stock Exchange.
Trade & Society 22-08-2014

Commission moves to tighten customs security

A new strategy to plug gaps in the EU’s customs security safeguards was adopted by the European Commission yesterday (21 August).  
Brexit 19-08-2014

UKIP race row erupts where Farage plans to stand in UK elections

A UK Independence Party member of European Parliament was yesterday (18 August) embroiled in a race row in Kent, days after Nigel Farage said he would stand for election in the county.
Digital & Media 01-08-2014

Facebook faces EU and US probes over data harvesting

Facebook faces separate investigations by EU and US data regulators over its plans to collect web browsing histories for targeted advertising after a complaint by consumers on both sides of the Atlantic.
Public Affairs 31-07-2014

EU Ombudsman demands more TTIP transparency

The European Ombudsman today (31 July) opened two investigations into the EU Council and Commission over a lack of transparency around the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
Brexit 30-07-2014

Right to be forgotten does not trump media freedom, EU claims

The European Commission has claimed the “right to be forgotten” on the Internet does not supercede media freedoms, after strong criticism from the UK’s House of Lords that called for the notion to be wiped out of draft EU data privacy legislation.
Brexit 30-07-2014

Farage blasts Cameron’s benefits cuts for EU migrants

UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage has slammed David Cameron’s plans to slash the benefits of EU migrants because, to comply with European law, they must also hit UK citizens.  
Economy & Jobs 29-07-2014

EU agrees new sanctions against Russia

European Union governments Tuesday evening (29 July) agreed fresh economic sanctions targeting Russia’s oil and defence industries, state-owned banks and sensitive technologies, according to sources.
Clint Williamson, procureur en chef de la Special Investigative Task Force au Kosovo, le 29 juillet 2014 [Conseil de l'Union européenne]
Enlargement 29-07-2014

KLA guerrillas harvested murdered Serbs’ organs, say EU investigators

Kosovo Albanian guerillas murdered Serbs and sold their organs but there is not yet enough evidence to bring the guilty to justice, the chief prosecutor of an EU backed team of international investigators said today (29 July).

EU gives out €7.75 million for SME innovation studies

EU funding worth €7.75 million will be given to 155 small and medium-sized enterprises from 21 countries, including Israel and Turkey, for innovation studies, it was announced yesterday (24 July).
Trade & Society 24-07-2014

Commission swamped by 150,000 replies to TTIP consultation

About 150,000 people have responded to the European Commission’s online consultation on the controversial investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) clause in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

€21 billion of EU loan guarantees for banks to boost SME lending

Banks will be offered €21 billion of EU funding guarantees to encourage lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which don’t have enough collateral to secure loans.
Digital & Media 18-07-2014

EU and US mull digital economy chapter in TTIP

European Union and US negotiators will discuss whether to devote a chapter of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) to the digital economy, as they have done for small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs).