Public Affairs

Economy & Jobs 01-06-2020

EU trade commissioner Hogan mulling candidacy for WTO chief

European trade commissioner Phil Hogan is considering putting his name forward as a candidate to be the next director-general of the World Trade Organization, his spokesman said on Sunday (31 May).
Politics 21-04-2020

Communication in times of a pandemic

With all events and activities cancelled from March to May (at least), and the planet literally holding its breath following the spread of the virus, what is the role of communication in an organisation that is not standing in the...
Politics 21-04-2020

EU leaders must stand up to protect the news media sector

An open letter to EU leaders from more than 40 MEPs calls for immediate actions to support Europe's news media sector as it faces up to the sudden loss of advertising revenue caused by the COVID-19 crisis.
Politics 06-04-2020

‘We’ll meet again’: Queen Elizabeth invokes WW2 spirit to defeat coronavirus

Queen Elizabeth told the British people on Sunday (5 April) that they would overcome the coronavirus outbreak if they stayed resolute in the face of lockdown and self-isolation, invoking the spirit of World War Two in an extremely rare broadcast to the nation.
Politics 30-03-2020

France moves patients from swamped hospitals as death toll climbs

France used two high-speed trains and a German military plane to move more than three dozen critically ill coronavirus patients on Sunday (29 March) to ease the pressure on overwhelmed hospitals in eastern France.
Global Europe 10-03-2020

Amid migrant crisis, Greece-Turkey conflict plays out on social media

Greeks and Turks are waging a proxy war on social media with photos, video and commentary purporting to show the other side behaving badly in a migrant crisis that has seriously strained already tense relations between Athens and Ankara.
Politics 04-03-2020

MEPs irked by Greta visit despite virus ban

EU lawmakers on Tuesday (3 March) complained that a visit by eco-warrior Greta Thunberg to the European Parliament is set to go ahead despite a moratorium on all outside visits to the chamber.
Politics 29-01-2020

Communications and identity: A make-or-break year for the EU

With one of its important members seceding, the EU is navigating dangerous and uncharted waters and will need to take a more proactive approach in terms of communication to ensure that the ship stays on course, writes Anthony Spota.
Politics 17-01-2020

Revolving door rules must be enforced

The latest case of an EU banking official taking a lobbying job in the financial sector underscores the need to uphold rules to prevent revolving doors, write Luis Garicano and Paul Tang.
Climate change 24-10-2019

Oil and gas giants spent 250m on EU lobbying since 2010: green groups

The five biggest publicly listed oil and gas companies and trade groups representing them spent more than 250 million euros lobbying the European Union to influence climate action since 2014, environmental groups said Thursday (24 October).
Politics 10-10-2019

Proper ethics rules can help bridge gap between citizens and Brussels

Sylvie Goulard’s example illustrates the kind of behaviour which has become unacceptable for European citizens. Europe needs to elevate its conflicts of interest assessment procedure and strictly regulate external activities, writes Manon Aubry.
EU Elections 2019 09-07-2019

Power-sharing puzzle solved: Who will chair parliamentary committees?

EURACTIV has pieced together the names of already designated and potential candidates for chairing the European Parliament’s 20 committees and two sub-committees, before their formal election on Wednesday (10 July).
Politics 19-06-2019

European Elections 2019 – what now for racial diversity?

It is clear that ethnic minorities will remain vastly underrepresented in the European Parliament, and although this election brought a welcome increase in the numbers of racial and ethnic minorities elected, Brexit will roll back most of the gains, writes Sarah Chander.
EU Elections 2019 21-05-2019

Big firms pump up voters for EU polls

From Volkswagen to Spotify to Iberdrola, Europe’s biggest firms are urging people to vote in key European Parliament elections this weekend amid concerns that an anti-EU outcome could disrupt their business and hurt their bottom line. 
Global Europe 18-04-2019

Brunei accused of ‘abusive lobbying’ before critical EU vote

EU officials on Wednesday (17 April) accused Brunei of "rude" and "abusive" lobbying against a resolution condemning the Muslim-majority sultanate for imposing the death penalty for gay sex and adultery.
EU Elections 2019 27-03-2019

MEPs ask next Commission chief to oust Selmayr

After European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker ignored their previous calls, MEPs called on Tuesday (26 March) on the next Commission to review the controversial appointment of Martin Selmayr as secretary-general of the EU executive.
Climate change 23-03-2019

ExxonMobil faces EU Parliament ban after no show at climate hearing

ExxonMobil faces losing its lobby privileges at the European parliament after the company failed to show up for the first hearing into climate change denial. EURACTIV's media partner The Guardian, reports.
Politics 07-03-2019

Beyond #metoo: We need to tackle violence against women and girls

Women and girls in South-Eastern and Eastern Europe live in danger. This is what a new survey published by the OSCE just ahead of this International Women’s Day tells us, says OSCE's Thomas Greminger upon publication of the new report.
Politics 04-03-2019

Coca-Cola’s EU Council sponsorship raises eyebrows

NGO Foodwatch has taken exception to Coca-Cola’s sponsorship of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council. Bucarest says everything has been done transparently and in line with legal criteria. EURACTIV France reports.
Politics 16-02-2019

Health Commissioner Andriukaitis announces run at Lithuania presidency

European Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis announced on Friday (15 February) he would run for president of Lithuania, after some dithering due to his current institutional position.
Politics 11-02-2019

Make lobbying in the EU truly transparent

The Commission is a good example of transparency for other institutions, such as the Parliament and the Council, Frans Timmermans writes.
European Corporate Reporting
Politics 01-02-2019

Importance of national media is rising, according to new survey

Specialised EU affairs media are still the most relevant for Brussels corporations and associations, according to a survey conducted by EURACTIV and EPACA.  The importance of national media is also rising, compared to a 2016 survey.
Politics 31-01-2019

MEPs to decide whether to make lobbying meetings public

MEPs are set to decide on Thursday (31 January) whether to make their meetings with lobbyists public. The centre-right has secured a secret ballot on this issue. EURACTIV France reports.
Politics 31-01-2019

The European Parliament must guarantee full transparency of lobbying

Christian Beck and Sven Giegold explain the stakes of a strategic vote in the European Parliament taking place today (31 January).
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