Public Affairs

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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Politics 27-09-2018

Eternal debate continues over having a single seat for European Parliament

For four days a month, the entire European Parliament moves from Brussels to Strasbourg. In his documentary, Le grand déménagement (“The big move”), Olivier Lamour addresses the perennial European debate: should there only be a single European seat in Brussels? EURACTIV France reports.

German coalition brokers weekend compromise over Maaßen

The leaders of the CDU, CSU and SPD are determined not to let the German government coalition burst over the personality of the head of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Hans-Georg Maaßen. EURACTIV Germany’s media partner “Der Tagesspiegel” reports.
Future EU 07-09-2018

The Brief, sponsored by Danfoss – Sound of silence

Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel will be meeting in Marseille late this afternoon, but neither Paris nor Berlin wanted to disclose what will be on the menu - a silence that is louder than words.
Politics 05-09-2018

European Parliament gripes against a France Insoumise MEP

The attempt by the European Parliament administration to exert pressure on a tweet shocked MEP Younous Omarjeee, who condemned this as an attack on freedom of expression. The European Union’s “rebuttal unit” was at the root of the debate. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 04-09-2018

EU Ombudsman raps Juncker over Selmayr’s move to top job

The European Ombudsman has found that the EU executive under President Jean-Claude Juncker failed to follow procedures in appointing his chief aide to run the EU civil service and so undermined public trust.
Elections 06-08-2018

Act on anti-Semitism or face ‘eternal shame’, insists Corbyn deputy

Tom Watson, the deputy leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party increased pressure on its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, over anti-Semitism on Sunday (5 August), saying the party could "disappear into a vortex of eternal shame" unless he tackled a growing crisis.
Politics 31-07-2018

Belgium introduces security check fee for EU journalists

Belgium has introduced an unprecedented fee of €50 per semester for the security check of journalists attending EU summits. Moreover, the fee discriminates against journalists permanently residing in Belgium since those from abroad don’t need to pay the fee.
Elections 31-07-2018

Romanian stirs debate with anti-government licence plates

Romanian police on Monday confiscated the number plates and driving licence of a man who registered his car in Sweden with letters featuring an obscene insult to the left-wing ruling party.

Greek PM Tsipras faces fierce criticism over handling of wildfires disaster

Greece this weekend buried the victims of a devastating wildfire near Athens which killed at least 91 people, and has prompted criticism of the government's handling of the disaster.

Maltese PM says name cleared in Panama Papers probe

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said Sunday (22 July) a year-long inquiry into allegations of financial wrongdoing linked to the Panama Papers scandal had cleared him.
Politics 19-07-2018

Catholic Church tells CSU to show Christian values in immigration policy

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian allies, who are pressing her to toughen up immigration policy, should remember their Christian roots and show a sense of responsibility towards the poor and weak, the head of the Catholic Church in Germany said.
Politics 16-07-2018

UK’s Boris Johnson returns as Telegraph columnist

After resigning as foreign minister last week over Prime Minister Theresa May's compromise plan for Brexit, Boris Johnson is back at his old job as a columnist at the eurosceptic Daily Telegraph newspaper.

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