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Eastern Europe 22-07-2019

Georgia’s European Economic Area ambitions

As the EU suffers from “enlargement fatigue”, perhaps the European Economic Area membership will prove a useful stepping stone for Georgia in its rightful quest to join the Union, writes Fraser Cameron.
Agrifood 21-05-2019

EFSA boss: Next time we should also assess consequences without glyphosate

The next re-authorisation process for the controversial glyphosate weedkiller should also include an assessment of a potential ban of the substance in terms of food availability, biodiversity and farmers’ income, Bernhard Url told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Air Quality 05-02-2019

Europe’s most deprived areas ‘hit hardest by air pollution’

Europe’s poorest, least educated and most jobless regions are bearing the brunt of the air pollution crisis, according to the first official stocktake of its kind. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.
Brexit 08-02-2018

What freedom of movement means to business

Although the question of European nationals in the UK has been addressed, the fate of UK nationals working in the EEA still remains unknown. It's a pressing topic for EU and UK businesses, writes Robert Glick.
Brexit 16-11-2017

EFTA court boss quits, reducing UK’s post-Brexit chances

One of the main proponents of British membership of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) - a possible option for the UK's post-Brexit trade regime - quit on  Wednesday (15 November) after 14 years at the helm of EFTA’s court.
Brexit 15-06-2017

How should the EU react to Britain’s general election?

The EU-27 can force Britain’s politicians to acknowledge Brexit’s trade-offs, by offering the British four options from which it must choose, write Simon Tilford and John Springford.
Climate change 07-06-2017

UK leads the way on emissions reductions, despite overall increase across the EU

The UK recorded the largest decrease in greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union in 2015, although new research has found the emissions from the bloc increased for the first time in five years. EURACTIV's media partner edie.net reports.
Brexit 03-02-2017

UK’s High Court throws out Brexit EEA case

The UK’s High Court today (3 February) blocked a legal challenge, partly brought by a lobbyist who voted to leave the EU, that hoped to force the government to seek parliamentary approval before pulling out of the European Economic Area (EEA) as a part of Brexit.
Future EU 30-11-2016

Aspaker: Norway wants to be included in Brexit negotiations

Norway would like to help forge a solution to the UK’s single market dilemma, says Elisabeth Vik Aspaker, Norwegian minister of EEA and EU affairs, in an interview with EURACTIV Slovakia.
Elections 22-11-2016

San Marino suffers its own election upset

Protest parties are garnering more and more support across Europe. Even one of the world's smallest countries, San Marino, is not exempt from the trend. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Brexit 26-10-2016

Post-Brexit UK will broker Swiss-style deal with EU, investors say

Once the United Kingdom has left the EU, it will most likely implement a bilateral ‘Swiss model’, according to a survey of institutional investors, which also showed financial passporting rights are of greater concern to them than restrictions on immigration.
Energy 18-10-2016

ETS emissions fall as EU cuts surplus carbon quotas

Greenhouse gas emissions from the main sectors covered by the European carbon market fell between 2014 and 2015, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA). EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
07-07-2016

Italy’s ambassador to the UK: Brexit could have been avoided

Britain’s decision to leave the European Union in a referendum last month could have been avoided had the United Kingdom introduced national reforms to manage freedom of movement for EU migrants, the Italian ambassador to the UK has told EURACTIV.com.

Norwegian minister: ‘We have the same rights and duties as EU member states’

Although Norway is not an EU member, it has agreed on a voluntary contribution of €2.8 billion to promote economic and social cohesion in poorer Eastern European countries. “It’s a win-win situation,” explains Elisabeth Aspaker who adds: “It’s not a rule that we should get something back."
Brexit 15-06-2016

Leinen: Shock of Brexit would draw EU closer together

As the UK's vote on its EU membership looms on the horizon, EURACTIV Germany spoke to Jo Leinen MEP about what might happen if Brexit happened and what kind of relationship the UK could expect with the EU.
Brexit 04-05-2016

UK shouldn’t follow Swiss or Norwegian model

There is no doubt that UK manufacturing and wider business is best served by being in the EU and by continuing to be influential in defining the future direction of the framework conditions for manufacturing companies in the bloc, writes Adrian Harris.
Vidar Helgesen
Brexit 07-05-2015

Norway minister: Brexit debate overlooked impact on foreign policy, security

EXCLUSIVE / The UK debate about leaving the European Union has overlooked its consequences in terms of security, foreign policy and transatlantic relations, says Vidar Helgesen in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.
Brexit 25-02-2015

Norwegian minister: Do not let UK drift to the fringe

Britain's membership in the European Union is vital for the bloc’s foreign and security policies, but it would not be a safer place if it was to leave the EU altogether, warned Vidar Helgesen, Norway’s Minister for EU Affairs.
Vidar Helgesen
Agrifood 07-01-2015

Commission and Norway fight over single market contribution

Norway claims that the European Commission has asked the Scandinavian country to double the amount it gives to the European Economic Area (EEA) over the next five years.
Emissions from a power station. [Stocker1970/Shutterstock].
Climate change 04-06-2014

EU emissions ‘lowest on record’

The European Union’s greenhouse gas emissions have fallen by 19.2% compared to 1990s levels, according to the European Environment Agency.

EU adopts seven-year environment strategy

EU ministers and MEPs have signed into law the seventh environment action programme, setting out the bloc’s long-term policy direction for the environment and climate.
Agrifood 19-11-2013

Norway promises to reduce tax on imported EU meat and cheese

The newly-elected Norwegian government has promised to reduce the tax that the previous government had put on goods imported from the EU, such as cheese and meat. The tax is breaches the rules of the EU's single market, of which the Scandinavian country is a part.
Climate change 22-02-2013

‘Alien’ wildlife in Europe wreak €12 billion damage a year: study

Animals and plants brought to Europe from other parts of the world are a bigger-than-expected threat to health and the environment costing at least €12 billion a year, a study said on Thurday (21 February).
Trade & Society 30-01-2013

EU threatens to punish Norway for breaching EEA agreement

Norway is failing to live up to its obligations as a member of the European Economic Area (EEA), including imposing extra taxes on EU products and not implementing more than 400 directives, according to an EU report to be published later this year.

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