EU Priorities 2020 Archives

  • Coffin-carrying migrants march on European Council

    Global Europe 23-04-2015

    “I am an undocumented immigrant, like many of the people here, and we are here to tell the European Parliament and the European Parliamentarians that the situation is a problem they created and they can solve it. So we want them to save these people that are dying in the Mediterranean sea.”

  • Juncker’s slap tickles Cañete


    European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker gave Miguel Cañete a playful slap on the cheek after the Spanish Climate Commissioner bowed to his king in Brussels earlier today (15 April).

  • Commission midday briefings are funny, actually


    Juncker spokesperson Margaritis Schinas announced on Thursday (8 April) that all members of the EU family have the same worldview.

  • Commission steps up fight against corporate tax evasion

    Promoted content | Economy & Jobs 18-03-2015

    The European Commission presented new plans to tackle corporate tax avoidance and harmful tax competition on Wednesday (18 March).

  • Will Energy Union give business to abusers of human rights?

    Promoted content | Energy 26-02-2015

    Turkey, Algeria, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and “other potential suppliers in the Middle East and Africa” were named in yesterday’s (25 February) Commission communication on Energy Union. EURACTIV understands that Iran and Iraq is also part of the Commission’s long-term thinking, as it searches for alternative suppliers of gas to Russia.  

  • Šef?ovi? hopes to convince Orbán to disclose energy agreements

    Promoted content | Energy 25-02-2015

    On Wednesday (February 25th) the European Commission launched its Strategy for a Resilient Energy Union. One of the key elements of the Energy Union is that member states’ energy deals with non-EU nations should be scrutinised on a mandatory basis by the European Commission before they are signed. Russia has always insisted that those deals are confidential.

  • MEPs approve 2018 carbon market reform, despite NGOs concerns

    Promoted content | Climate change 24-02-2015

    MEPs voted on Tuesday to start implementing reforms to the EU's Emissions Trading System by the end of 2018, three years earlier than the Commission's proposal.

  • Merkel avoids confirming amnesty for MH17 attackers

    Promoted content | Europe's East 13-02-2015

    “There is no general commitment as yet that minds each and everyone, which covers each and everyone, for example, those that are guilty. But we need the results of the investigation,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters in Brussels after an EU leaders meeting on Thursday.

  • Hollande: “Ukraine agreement is a ray of hope”

    Promoted content 13-02-2015

    “We reached an agreement; we could have failed. But the agreement does not guarantee an enduring success in the days to come. We must continue to be vigilant, to apply pressure and to continue the movement that has been started thanks to the initiative that the Chancellor and I have been able to launch.

  • Rajoy: Spain has no money to spare, expects Greece to repay Spanish loans

    Promoted content | Economy & Jobs 13-02-2015

    Speaking to journalists after the European Council meeting on Thursday, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said the Spanish government expects Greece to repay the 26 billion euro loan that Madrid granted Athens.

  • Merkel signals willingness to compromise with Greece

    Promoted content | Economy & Jobs 13-02-2015

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters upon her arrival at the informal EU summit in Brussels on Thursday that she was looking forward to her first meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

  • EU leaders give ‘cautious support’ to Ukraine’s peace plan

    Promoted content | Economy & Jobs 13-02-2015

    On Thursday, EU leaders welcomed the ceasefire agreement to end fighting in eastern Ukraine, but said they gave it 'cautious support.'

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