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Digital 20-04-2018

MEPs and Commission headed for showdown over international phone call rates in the EU

The European Parliament is holding its ground on its controversial proposal to lower the costs of international phone calls within the EU, one week before a make-or-break round of negotiations on a sweeping telecoms bill.
Climate change 20-04-2018

The Brief – Climate dominoes

The EU wants to prove that its climate action credentials are genuine, which means being top of the class in taking the Paris Agreement seriously. That could all hinge on a series of meetings scheduled for next month. So no pressure then…
Global Europe 20-04-2018

Official: EU will not fund Turkish plan to settle refugees in Afrin

Following indications that Turkey would like to bring Syrian refugees to the area of Afrin, which it has controlled since the ‘Olive Branch’ incursion into northern Syria earlier this year, the EU made clear on Friday (20 April) that it would not be part of the game.
Agrifood 20-04-2018

Greenpeace: Risk management tools cannot solve ‘unsustainable’ CAP system

Public policies should not embrace risk management tools that cement the current ecological and economically unsustainable agri-food system, Greenpeace's food and agriculture director Marco Contiero told EURACTIV.com.
Economy & Jobs 20-04-2018

All quiet in the West while the East is advancing, study shows

Statistically, the economic gap between European regions is narrowing. Nevertheless, the abandoned regions remain left behind - and in Western Europe there is stagnation. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Lavrov: After the Western attack, nothing stops us from sending S-300 to Syria

US military strikes on Syria last week removed any moral obligation Russia had to withhold S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems from its ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today (20 April) , according to RIA state news agency.
Politics 20-04-2018

Trans-Europe Express – Macron: A hero yet to prove his mettle

A strange and boring lunch, hosted by Antonio Tajani, took place on the 7th floor of the European Parliament on Tuesday (17 April), when Emmanuel Macron came to Strasbourg to charm MEPs with his visions of Europe.
Economy & Jobs 20-04-2018

Council and Parliament agree on simplification of EU funds

Rules on the so-called Omnibus regulation on EU financial rules, including Cohesion policy, will be simplified, whether they are managed by the Commission, by various organisations and bodies, or jointly with national authorities. The European Parliament is now expected to...
Global Europe 20-04-2018

Greens call on EU governments to stay away from Russia World Cup

Rebecca Harms, an expert on Eastern Europe of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, has initiated an open letter calling on EU governments to stay away from the FIFA World Cup taking place in Russia in June 2018.

Basque terrorist group ETA acknowledges harm caused, apologises to victims

Basque terrorist group ETA acknowledge on Friday (20 April) the harm it had caused, saying it was directly responsible for the suffering of the Basque people and apologised to the victims. EURACTIV’s partner efe-epa reports from San Sebastian, Spain.
Energy 20-04-2018

Greece accepts Snam-led consortium’s offer for gas grid DESFA

Greece has accepted a €535 million offer from a consortium led by Italy's Snam for a majority stake in gas grid operator DESFA, naming it the "preferred investor", its privatisation agency said on Thursday (19 April).
Energy 20-04-2018

Energy transition: EU unity’s missing jigsaw piece?

Decarbonising Europe’s economy and meeting the targets of the Paris Agreement are among the EU’s main priorities. Depending on the level of ambition and the course the EU energy policy ship takes, the result could be either a more united or divided continent.
Freedom of thought 20-04-2018

EU parliament demands independent probe into Slovak reporter’s murder

The European Parliament called Thursday (19 April) on Slovakia to ensure a full and independent investigation into the murder of an investigative reporter while demanding better protections for all journalists in the EU.
Economy & Jobs 20-04-2018

Merkel urges ‘compromise’ on eurozone reform

Germany's Angela Merkel called for a spirit of "compromise" on reforming the euro zone at a meeting on Thursday (19 April) with French President Emmanuel Macron, who pressed for "solidarity" among members of the currency union.
Cybersecurity 20-04-2018

Ansip surprises with proposal to step up work with US on cybersecurity

The European Commission surprised tech policy observers this week when it suggested to amp up transatlantic cooperation on cybersecurity, just as Europe’s relations with the US are under strain following the Facebook data leakage scandal.
Energy 20-04-2018

EU member states warm up to Parliament’s energy stance

An informal meeting of EU energy ministers on Thursday (19 April) revealed that member states are starting to come around to the idea of more ambitious energy targets for 2030, as MEPs raise pressure ahead of fresh talks starting next week.
Armenia 20-04-2018

Armenian president calls for dialogue as opposition chants ‘Say no to Serzh’

Armenian President Armen Sargsyan on Thursday (19 April) called for dialogue, as thousands continued to protest on the streets against the appointment of the new prime minister, who was president for 10 years before switching jobs this month.
Freedom of thought 20-04-2018

EU says it may impose more sanctions on Venezuela if democracy undermined

The European Union said on Thursday it could impose further sanctions on Venezuela if it believes democracy is being undermined there, after the South American country's president called for elections next month that the main opposition has said it will boycott.
Global Europe 20-04-2018

Report: Romania to break ranks with EU by moving embassy to Jerusalem

The Romanian government will follow the United States and transfer its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD) leader said Thursday (19 April). “The decision has been taken (…), the procedures are beginning,” Liviu Dragnea told...
Agrifood 19-04-2018

Spanish agriculture is campaigning for the development of agricultural insurance

Spanish farmers and stockbreeders want the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to redirect its financial resources to a system of agricultural insurance. EURACTIV's partner EFEAgro reports.
Development Policy 19-04-2018

Alert sounds on developing country debt

To fight corruption in the poorest countries, the European Parliament is proposing a code of conduct that makes the granting of loans conditional on monitoring by national parliaments. But the idea has not gone down well in Brussels. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Politics 19-04-2018

The Brief – Ermine-clad soft-Brexit warriors

The House of Lords, with its ermine clad members, is hard to love. Unelected, the members have an average age of 69. A retirement home for political grandees and business moguls, it makes the House of Commons seem like a beacon of multi-cultural modernity.
Economy & Jobs 19-04-2018

Polish deputy finance minister: Euro in Poland yes, but not yet

Joining the eurozone is not a solution for the present day, Poland's deputy finance minister Leszek Skiba told the Polish parliament on Wednesday (18 April). But he admitted that a stable euro area is in Poland's interest and joining it at the right time could prove to be beneficial. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Economy & Jobs 19-04-2018

Regions in transition are most at risk due to economic stagnation, no innovation

European regions want an enhanced and inclusive Cohesion Policy that will make use of structural funds and more complementary mechanisms to address the current problems at their core. At the same time, the Committee of the Regions is asking for a concrete plan before the European elections in May 2019.