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18-07-2019

Signed, sealed, delivered: Important files closed by Romania

Romania’s EU presidency was partly defined by factors beyond its control, such as the European elections and the ongoing Brexit issue. But the first-time Council chair still managed to do its job: broker agreements on EU legislation. Here are some of the most notable hits.
17-07-2019

Disinformation in the EU presidency’s crosshairs

Arguably the most crucial EU elections in recent history took place under Romania’s watch in May. How did the holder of the rotating EU presidency tackle the growing challenge of disinformation, an issue that has already tainted several recent ballots?
16-07-2019

Strategic success from the Sibiu summit

On 9 May, EU leaders gathered in the Transylvanian city of Sibiu to discuss the future of Europe. What conclusions did heads of state and government reach in the Romanian hills? And what will be the summit's legacy for the EU in the years to come?
16-07-2019

How Romania’s EU presidency survived its baptism of fire

The world of tennis was stunned on 13 July, when Romania’s Simona Halep won the first Wimbledon title for her country. But it wasn't the country's only international success this year - just two weeks earlier, Romania brought the curtain down on its maiden six months at the helm of the EU’s rotating presidency.
EU Elections 2019 03-07-2019

AS IT HAPPENED: The summit that decided on EU top jobs

EU leaders meet in Brussels 20-21 June to try and decide who should get the top institution jobs. Stay tuned here for the main developments from the summit.
Future EU 11-06-2019

LEAK: EU’s five-year plan doubles down on protecting borders

EU leaders want to focus on migration and protection of external borders, or the "integrity of our physical space", over the next five years, according to a draft of the so-called strategic agenda obtained by EURACTIV. Economy and climate action rank second and third.

Timmermans: A green candidate in the red corner

Frans Timmermans, the Socialists’ leading candidate, has promised a sustainable Europe if he is given the nod to lead the next European Commission. But how sustainable are the Dutchman’s green credentials?

Climate change efforts set for disappointing EU summit in June

A small group of EU countries is pushing for the European Council to come down hard on climate change at an EU summit in June, EURACTIV.com has learned. But chances are slim that it will be a defining moment for the bloc’s environmental credentials.

Juncker insists 2030 climate target is EU’s top priority, not 2050 plan

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Thursday (9 May) that the EU should “concentrate on immediate and urgent” climate policies for 2030 rather than a proposed 2050 target defended by eight EU countries to reach net-zero emissions.
09-05-2019

Spitzenkandidaten survives Sibiu, Tusk calls summit for 28 May

Europe’s leaders on Thursday (9 May) agreed to attend an emergency summit immediately after the EU elections on 28 May, as European Council President Donald Tusk said he wanted to have the distribution of the bloc’s top jobs decided in June.
09-05-2019

EU heads adopt vague declaration on future of Europe

Heads of state and government from the EU-27 signed off on broad-brush 'ten commitments' for Europe in the next five years on Thursday (9 May), as they adopted a vague Sibiu Declaration during the opening stages of an informal summit dedicated to the bloc's future.

Germany, Poland snub EU appeal for greater climate ambition

The governments of France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Portugal and Luxembourg have launched an appeal to boost EU climate action ahead of a major summit on the future of Europe taking place in Romania next Thursday (9 May).
06-05-2019

The Brief, powered by CITA – Taboo talk in Transylvania

EU leaders gather in the Romanian city of Sibiu this week to talk about the future of Europe but what kind of chat will be off limits over coffee and cake?
Future EU 24-04-2019

Is Macron’s approach to the EU the right one?

The Franco-German approach spearheaded by Emmanuel Macron’s government did not work. Does France’s policy on the EU need a profound rethink? Even two years after the election of the French President who was eager to change Europe, this question continues to divide. EURACTIV France reports.
18-03-2019

In Bucharest, local leaders call to rebuild the EU from the bottom

Hundreds of European local and regional leaders demanded a bottom-up approach to rebuild the EU, during the 8th Cities and Regions summit in Bucharest, ahead of the informal European Council on the future of Europe in Sibiu in May. 
22-02-2019

The Brief – Sibiu, the right cradle for a new Europe?

Sibiu was intended to be the synonym of a ‘new hope’ for Europe. But the landmark summit to take place in the Romanian city in May is increasingly overshadowed by the tricks and faults of the host country. Romania’s rotating...
Politics 21-02-2019

Romania investigates Timmermans and Jourova, Commission says they have immunity

The relations between Bucharest and Brussels hit an all-time low on Thursday (21 February) as the Romanian press reported that the Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans and Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová are under investigation for “falsification” of the last Cooperation and Verification report (CVM).

MEPs in dust-up over EU’s climate plan

European lawmakers are locked in a dispute over a landmark climate plan that is meant to drag the EU into compliance with the Paris Agreement, as parliamentary committees tussle over who should take the lead.

Commission warns Romania against amnesty plans for corrupt officials

The European Commission warned Romania on Tuesday (22 January) against passing a decree that would provide an easy legal tool to overturn corruption convictions for politicians, including the strongman Liviu Dragnea, leader of the ruling PSD party.

Seven EU nations miss climate and energy plan deadline

Seven EU member states have missed an end-of-2018 deadline to submit draft energy and climate plans to the European Commission, which are essential to the bloc’s overall targets for 2030, as well as commitments made under the Paris Agreement.
11-01-2019

Dreams of Schengen haunt Romania’s EU presidency bow

Romania should be granted membership of the Schengen passport-free travel zone during its EU presidency stint, according to European Parliament President Antonio Tajani. But persistent concerns about the rule of law mean it is far from a done deal.

Romania glosses over presidency preparedness concerns

As Romania formally launched its six-month-long presidency of the EU, its foreign affairs chief insisted that the country was prepared to helm the Council ship for the very first time.
10-01-2019

Movers and shakers of Romania’s EU presidency

Romania's first presidency of the EU Council kicks off in earnest on Thursday (10 January), with the entire Commission swooping on Bucharest for the traditional opening ceremony. But who are the people behind the presidency and who are the main figures in Bucharest setting the Council's agenda for the next six months?
Future EU 28-12-2018

Requiem for a year of hope

The political impetus and the economic momentum filled with optimism the early stages of the year ending. But divisions among member states killed the ambition once felt. Hope turned into fear and protests. The EU braces for a very troubling period.

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