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  • MEPs, NGOs hail Tobin tax proposal

    Euro & Finance 29-09-2011

    The European Commission officially presented its proposal for a Financial Transactions Tax (FTT) yesterday (28 September), to the acclaim of the European Parliament's largest political groups, trade unions and development NGOs. The business community and British Conservatives were among those who voiced their opposition in the absence of a global FTT.

  • Union faces huge crisis of confidence, admits Barroso

    Euro & Finance 28-09-2011

    In his annual "State of the Union" speech today (28 September), Commission President José Manuel Barroso admitted that the EU was confronted with the most serious crisis of confidence in its history and outlined proposals for moving toward an economic union, calling EU leaders to support further integration.

  • Rehn admits Commission failings

    Euro & Finance 05-08-2011

    Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn today (5 August) apologised for “bad communication” that might have added fuel to the burning euro zone crisis. In a lengthy speech laced with explanations he attempted to mollify capitals irritated by a recent letter by his boss, Commission President José Manuel Barroso.

  • Barroso asks leaders to stand firm on pledges

    Future EU 04-08-2011

    Commission President José Manuel Barroso voiced support yesterday (3 August) for Italy and Spain – both under attack on financial markets – but acknowledged that as EU leaders have been slow to deliver on promises, investors now doubt whether the euro zone can overcome its sovereign debt woes.

  • EPP summit fails to discipline Greek opposition on austerity

    Euro & Finance 24-06-2011

    Antonis Samaras, the leader of Greece's main opposition party, the centre-right 'New Democracy', said yesterday (23 June) that he remained opposed to backing the country's austerity plan, seen as crucial for bailing out Greece and saving the euro.

  • Barroso draws Commission’s red lines ahead of summit

    Justice & Home Affairs 21-06-2011

    In a letter sent to EU heads of state and government, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso has laid down his services' red lines regarding to the EU's priorities ahead of a summit on 23-24 June.

  • EU-Russia ‘vegetable summit’ leaves bad aftertaste

    Global Europe 15-06-2011

    A compromise agreement reached between European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to allow imports of European vegetables to Russia following the E.coli crisis appears only to have further complicated the problem rather than helped solve it. 

  • Barroso warns Denmark on border checks

    Justice & Home Affairs 16-05-2011

    The European Commission has strongly warned against plans by Copenhagen to introduce controls at its ports and airports, the EU executive announced.

  • Barroso: Schengen reform is not ‘knee-jerk’ reaction

    Justice & Home Affairs 11-05-2011

    Seeking to strike a balance between France and Italy's calls for border controls within the Schengen border-free area to be reintroduced on demand and federalist views, according to which such a move would undermine the EU, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso admitted that such checks could be reinstated as "a last resort".

  • EU chiefs line up for John Paul II beatification

    Languages & Culture 28-04-2011

    Sunday's (1 May) beatification ceremony of Pope John Paul II will be attended by EU officials at the highest level, with Herman Van Rompuy, José Manuel Barroso and Jerzy Buzek all expected in Rome to mark the occasion. By contrast, most EU heads of state have instead chosen to mark Labour Day.

  • EU helps finance new Chernobyl sarcophagus

    Energy 19-04-2011

    Ukraine is looking to the world today (19 April) to pledge more funds to help it contain the consequences of history's worst nuclear accident. The EU, which has so far committed the lion's share to Chernobyl-related projects, committed another €110 million for a new sarcophagus, sealing the damaged reactor at least until the end of the century.

  • EU hoists its sails as Arab winds of change grow stronger

    Brexit 03-03-2011

    Ahead of a special EU summit on Libya and the South Mediterranean next week, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso described the unfolding events as "a rendez-vous with history". Hours later, UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg spoke of "the biggest geopolitical event of the last decade".

  • Putin outwits EU’s South Stream opponents

    Global Europe 25-02-2011

    On the sidelines of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's visit to Brussels yesterday (24 February), Moscow won the European Union's blessing to hold a promotional Brussels event to showcase the South Stream gas pipeline, which is largely seen as a competitor to the EU-favoured Nabucco pipeline.

  • Barroso: ‘We cannot afford to be passive spectators’

    Global Europe 24-02-2011

    European Commission President José Manuel Barroso said the EU executive "cannot afford to be passive spectators" of the popular revolutions sweeping through North Africa, which he described as "historic". Meanwhile, EU diplomats are preparing sanctions against the regime of Muammar Gaddafi. 

  • Barroso vows to fight for ‘Community method’

    Future EU 10-02-2011

    One year into his second term, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso has vowed to fight back against attempts by member states to put EU affairs back on a purely intergovernmental basis.

  • Hungarian PM receives frosty reception in Strasbourg

    Future EU 20-01-2011

    Members of the European Parliament gave a frosty reception to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán yesterday (19 January) in Strasbourg, where he came to deliver the traditional presentation of his country's EU presidency programme.

  • Barroso: Media freedom is ‘our sacred principle’

    Public Affairs 06-01-2011

    Media freedom is "a sacred principle" of the European Union, José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, stated ahead of a visit alongside all his commissioners to EU presidency holder Hungary. Budapest is under fire over a controversial media law adopted recently.

  • Socialists to name ‘winning candidate’ for 2014

    Elections 06-12-2010

    Vicious cold and deep snow did not discourage European socialists meeting in Warsaw from agreeing a strategy to elect a "winning candidate" to replace José Manuel Barroso at the helm of the European Commission in 2014. EURACTIV Poland reports.

  • Barroso cools down Croatia’s accession fervour

    Enlargement 26-10-2010

    European Commission President José Manuel Barroso made it clear yesterday (25 October) that Croatia's accession talks to join the EU may be completed by the end of 2011 rather than in the spring, as initially targeted by Zagreb.

  • Verhofstadt seeking to revive EU election hopes

    Elections 06-10-2010

    Guy Vehofstadt, leader of the liberal ALDE group in the European Parliament, would be "very pleased" to appear on the first-ever transnational list at the 2014 European elections in order to revive his chances of becoming the next president of the European Commission, EURACTIV has learned.

  • EU unveils new budget discipline rules

    Regional Policy 30-09-2010

    The European Commission yesterday (29 September) proposed tough new sanctions for countries who fail to follow the EU's rules on reining in deficits and cutting public debt, in an attempt to prevent a repeat of the Greek sovereign debt crisis.

  • Barroso urges ‘smart’ budget cuts ahead of summit

    Central Europe 10-09-2010

    EU countries have to consolidate their budgets, but must opt for smart cuts that do not inhibit future growth, argued European Commission President José Manuel Barroso in Poland ahead of a summit of EU leaders next week. EURACTIV.pl reports.

  • In Poland, Barroso predicts ‘Europe 2020’ success

    Central Europe 10-09-2010

    Speaking at the 20th Economic Forum for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) in Krynica, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso said he was confident that the 'Europe 2020' economic strategy would succeed where its predecessor had failed. EURACTIV Poland reports.

  • Wanted: EU chief scientist

    Science & Policymaking 26-08-2010

    The EU executive has yet to appoint a chief scientific advisor, almost one year after European Commission President José Manuel Barroso announced plans to recruit a top scientist to offer advice on controversial issues including climate change and genetically-modified food.