Public Affairs

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.
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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).
Elections 25-01-2019

Donations to German parties soar during elections, raising concerns

The financial statements of German political parties for 2017 once again demonstrated that business is particularly generous during elections, with the Union of CDU and CSU benefitting in particular. Critics argue that these donations distort democracy. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 23-01-2019

Polish state company makes eyes to newspaper group Ruch

State-run oil firm PKN Orlen has offered liquidity to newspaper distributor Ruch ahead of a possible plan to take over the company, two sources familiar with the matter said.

Commission puts Czech PM’s old businesses under the microscope

Auditors from the European Commission are in the Czech Republic to take a closer look at EU subsidies for a holding of companies formerly owned by the current Czech prime minister, which might still constitute a conflict of interest. EURACTIV Czech Republic reports.
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Politics 11-12-2018

Transparency and better regulation in the EU

SEAP organised an event focused on the importance to the EU business sector of an effective and robust transparency system operating within the EU institutions.
Politics 03-12-2018

No decline in discrimination against people of African descent in EU

People of African descent born in Europe face systemic racism in the EU, stated a report by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. Moreover, European institutions are struggling to lead by example. EURACTIV France reports.
Politics 26-11-2018

Parliament VP: We cannot ‘copy and paste’ Commission transparency rules

Talks between the European Parliament, Commission and Council about a mandatory transparency register - an attempt to regulate lobbying - have unfolded slowly. Parliament Vice-President Sylvie Guillaume explains her institution's position, after the Commission accused it of dragging its feet.
Economy & Jobs 20-11-2018

Trading away the EU principles in the name of national export interests?

MEPs need to follow the lead of the European Ombudsman and force the European Commission to shine the light on the opaque role of national Export Credit Agencies, writes Antonio Tricarico.
Politics 23-10-2018

Commission urges Parliament, Council to move on transparency

The European Commission is unhappy with the lack of progress in negotiating its proposal for a mandatory transparency register with the European Parliament and Council and has urged the Parliament to consider making "meaningful" proposals before "our next political meeting", according to an official letter seen by EURACTIV.com.
Freedom of thought 05-10-2018

How long can you ignore three million people? Romanians to vote on marriage, finally

Not too long ago, Romania was a country where voting was a mere impossibility. Romanian citizens did not enjoy this privilege. They could not make their voices heard and had no say on important aspects of their society. But things have changed in Romania, writes Adina Portaru.

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