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Brexit 18-06-2019

Carve out Brexit deal on citizens’ rights, UK urges Barnier

The UK’s Brexit minister has urged the EU’s Michel Barnier to have a reciprocal agreement guaranteeing citizens’ rights in the event of a No Deal Brexit.
Brexit 18-06-2019

The Brief, powered by ADF – The Union not forever?

Pollsters YouGov have taken time out from examining how voters look at the field of Conservative leadership candidates, to survey the party’s activists and the scale of their commitment to Brexit. The results are striking. By roughly 60-30 margins, Tory members...

EU expert group drives sustainable finance’s mainstreaming two steps ahead

European sustainable finance got an additional boost on Tuesday (18 June), following the release of three reports by the Technical Expert Group on sustainable finance (TEG) focusing on taxonomy, green bonds standards and climate benchmarks.
EU Elections 2019 18-06-2019

Brexit party at ‘high risk’ of donor fraud, says UK elections regulator

The UK’s Electoral Commission said on Tuesday (18 June) Nigel Farage’s Brexit party must account for all donations it has received since it was set up in March because it was open to a "high risk" of fraudulent donations.

Hungary says ‘no climate neutrality’ without nuclear but backs EU target

Hungary quietly lent its support to the EU’s 2050 carbon neutrality goal on Monday (17 June). It is now among 22 countries to do so, but its support comes with a caveat: Budapest sees nuclear power as the main way of meeting the target.
Climate change 18-06-2019

Climate cash cow: Where EU countries can get their funding

Europe’s green ambitions will largely hinge on being able to finance a transition away from polluting energy sources. But where will the money actually come from?
Transport 18-06-2019

Toll trouble, big-bang batteries & plane progress

This is your weekly EURACTIV Transport Brief, the one port of call for all the news from the world of mobility and much more!
Enlargement 18-06-2019

Transforming words into deeds – the Visegrad Group and Western Balkans’ EU integration

All Visegrad Group countries vocally support the enlargement of the EU and NATO, with a focus on integrating the Western Balkan (WB) countries. But how can those words be transformed into deeds?
Elections 18-06-2019

Slovak ex-president Kiska launches pro-EU party to challenge ruling Smer

Former Slovak president Andrej Kiska launched a new pro-EU political party on Monday (17 June), promising to provide a voice for voters disillusioned with the ruling Smer party and to challenge it in next year’s parliamentary election. Kiska, whose five-year...
Agrifood 18-06-2019

Overfishing lurks in flagship EU subsidy scheme

A meeting of EU agriculture ministers today (18 June) will be entirely dedicated to fisheries. Ministers are expected to reach a tentative deal on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) post-2020, the main EU fund that supports fishing communities.
Politics 18-06-2019

Salvini wears the American hat as Warsaw receives 1,000 additional US troops

The Capitals brings you the latest news from across Europe, through on-the-ground reporting by EURACTIV’s media network. You can subscribe to the daily newsletter here. /// ROME/ WARSAW Salvini, the “American”. Italy’s vice-premier Matteo Salvini flew to Washington to meet US vice-President Mike...
Global Europe 18-06-2019

Chizhov: Juncker might be interested in meeting Putin in Osaka

Commission President Jean Claude Juncker may be interested in sitting down with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Osaka on 28-29 June, according to Russian ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov. 
Elections 18-06-2019

Investigated for VAT fraud, Tusk accuses PiS of abuse of power

EU Council President Donald Tusk on Monday (17 June) accused the governing conservatives from his home country of Poland of exploiting state institutions for political purposes and propaganda.
Central Asia 18-06-2019

Iran-US tensions dominate two Central Asia summits

Two regional summits held in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan last week had a common denominator: the support from Russia and China to Iran in the face of US threats after two oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman.
Economy & Jobs 18-06-2019

Malmström: Mercosur trade deal within reach but ‘not at any price’

EU trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said on Monday (17 June) that a trade agreement with Mercosur countries could be concluded by the end of this mandate but “not at any price” as other trade partners await the outcome with “great attention”.
Climate change 18-06-2019

National energy and climate plans will not meet targets, EU warns

UPDATE: The European Commission warned EU countries today (18 June) that draft national plans for the coming decade are insufficient to achieve the bloc’s 2030 energy and climate targets. "Substantial" gaps have been identified on renewables and energy efficiency.
EU Elections 2019 17-06-2019

The Brief, powered by ADF – The EU conclave

The decision-making for the top jobs in the European institutions bears some similarity to how Roman Catholic Cardinals elect the new Pope. There is a lot of unpredictability and a long wait for the outcome of a less than transparent process.
Africa 17-06-2019

EU deplores ‘systemic failings’ in Nigerian election

"Systemic failings" marked by serious operational and transparency shortcomings, electoral security problems and a low turnout was the verdict of the European Union’s election observers on February’s presidential, parliamentary and governorship elections.
EU Elections 2019 17-06-2019

Strache prepares his political comeback following Austrian corruption scandal

The guessing games have come to an end as Austria's former Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache announced on Monday (17 June) he will remain politically active in Vienna and won't take up his MEP seat in Brussels. An analysis by Herbert Vytiska for EURACTIV Germany.
Digital 17-06-2019

MEPs to join forces against disinformation

A number of newly elected members of the European Parliament committed to joining forces in the upcoming five-year term in fighting disinformation, during an event organised by EURACTIV foundation.
Energy 17-06-2019

Slumped economic growth will mean oil oversupply next year, IEA says

Slower oil demand growth in 2019 is expected to lead to a glut of oil next year, which could have significant impacts on energy prices in Europe.

Next-generation European fighter jet cooperation ready for take-off

Germany, France and Spain inked on Monday (17 June) a framework agreement for the joint construction of Europe's largest arms project to date, the so-called Future Air Combat System (FCAS).
Agrifood 17-06-2019

Transport decarbonisation targets will be revised if needed, EU official says

Although the new renewable energy directive (REDII) set compromise minimum targets helping to decarbonise the transport sector, the EU executive reserves the right to take action on the matter again if necessary, a Commission official has said.
Transport 17-06-2019

Is Madrid really about to kill Europe’s most successful clean air zone?

Madrid’s clean air zone could be axed by the city’s new mayor, despite the reported benefits. Jens Müller urges the new leadership to take a look at the hard facts. 

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