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Economy & Jobs 20-05-2018

Simplification still the main challenge for EU cohesion policy control

The European Commission will soon present its legislative proposal for the future EU cohesion policy, in the context of negotiations for a new long-term budget. But in order to define new financing instruments, it is important to understand if the existing ones worked or not.
Economy & Jobs 25-04-2018

‘Juncker plan’ mobilises €284 billion in investment

The EU’s investment fund set up in the aftermath of the financial crisis has mobilised €284 billion to date, mostly in private capital, surpassing the halfway point of its 2020 target.
Railways 21-09-2017

Commission hails Greek-Bulgarian railway project as ‘positive development’

The European Commission is satisfied with the recent cooperation between Greece and Bulgaria on a regional railway project and is ready to look into possible financial support, an EU spokesperson told EURACTIV. Earlier this month (6 September) Greece and Bulgaria...
Economy & Jobs 12-05-2017

Brexit will harm EU cohesion policy, regions warn

EU cohesion policy will “suffer heavily” during Brexit given the anticipated halting of payments for certain projects until 2020, the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) warned. EURACTIV Greece reports.
Economy & Jobs 24-03-2017

Greek SME lending platform delays worry Katainen

European Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investments and Competitiveness Jyrki Katainen expressed concern about delays in setting up a Greek platform to provide funding for SMEs. EURACTIV Greece reports.

Romania praised again in EU justice monitoring report but weaknesses remain

The European Commission has released its latest report on Romania's progress under the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism, which puts its judicial system under close surveillance for potential corruption and organised crime. EURACTIV Romania reports.

Energy 13-12-2016

Katainen warns against ‘insane’ push for energy efficiency

Jobs and Growth Commissioner Jyrki Katainen has insisted that the low-carbon transition and energy savings are needed if Europe’s economy is to be modernised. But he warned against pushing for “insane” efficiency targets and putting too much pressure on industry.
Euro & Finance 06-12-2016

Member states support extension of Juncker Plan with EU funds

EU finance ministers on Tuesday (6 December) backed the European Commission’s proposal to expand the investment plan to mobilise at least €500 billion by 2020.
Euro & Finance 29-11-2016

Dijsselbloem tells Commission to focus on budget discipline

Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem on Tuesday (29 November) joined critics of the European Commission’s recent call for fiscal stimulus at eurozone level.
Euro & Finance 22-11-2016

Spain the big winner in EFSI funding

Spain has so far benefited the most from the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI). Its SMEs and infrastructure projects have been injected with over €3 billion to date. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Elections 16-11-2016

Romanian PM praises work of ‘zero government’

Romanian Prime Minister Dacian Cioloş has marked the completion of his first year in office by labelling his technocratic cabinet a “zero government”: “zero corruption, zero populism and zero lies”, in a barb aimed directly at his critics. EURACTIV Romania reports.

Euro & Finance 14-11-2016

Beneficiaries question Juncker Plan’s added value, report shows

The added value of the investment plan for Europe was questioned once again on Monday (14 November) as an independent report warned that “concerns” remain about its additionality and “possible crowding out” of existing investment.

Berlin reluctant to top up Juncker’s piggy bank

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker wants the amount of funding made available by the EU’s investment plan, aka the Juncker Plan, to be doubled. But he faces strong opposition from Germany. EURACTIV’s partner Der Taggespiegel reports.
Euro & Finance 06-10-2016

‘Juncker Plan’ becomes friendlier to poorer EU members

The European Commission plans to improve the geographical reach of its flagship investment scheme popularly known as “the Juncker plan”, after the first year of its operation showed that mainly the richest 15 countries of the 28-nation bloc benefited from it.

NGOs criticise the Juncker Plan’s green credentials

15% of Juncker Plan funding supports fossil fuel projects, according to a report by group of NGOs, which raises serious questions about the investment plan’s consistency with the EU's climate objectives. EURACTIV France reports.
Euro & Finance 14-09-2016

Brussels eyes investment and capital markets to revive weak growth

Against the backdrop of weak output growth in Europe, the European Commission announced on Wednesday (14 September) that it will double the funds for its ‘successful’ investment plan and urged Parliament and the member states to adopt the Capital Markets Union proposals to relaunch the real economy.
Euro & Finance 26-07-2016

Has the Juncker Plan really boosted investment in Europe?

The Juncker Plan has put an end to Europe’s “investment breakdown”, according to the European Commission President. But many of its projects are no different to those normally financed by the European Investment Bank. EURACTIV’s partner La Tribune reports.
EU Priorities 2020 22-07-2016

EU budget for 2017: Cohesion down, security up

Payments for cohesion are down by 23.94% in the 2017 draft budget compared to 2016, but payments for the heading “Security and citizenship” are up by 24.42%. The Parliament is yet to give its opinion on what looks like an unusual budget.
Brexit 28-06-2016

Brexit will end EU investment in the UK

A major contributor to the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) and the main beneficiary of the Juncker Plan, a post-Brexit United Kingdom will have to learn to live without EU investment. EURACTIV France reports.
Euro & Finance 09-06-2016

Berlin finds talk of Juncker Plan extension ‘irritating’

The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) is being lauded by the European Commission and the executive wants to extend the funding arm of the Juncker Plan. But not everyone thinks the billion euro pot has been a complete success. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 03-06-2016

Commission rapped for ‘cheating’ on energy efficiency finance

MEP Claude Turmes (Greens, Luxembourg), sharply criticised the European Commission for disregarding social aspects in energy efficiency and for not providing technical assistance for such projects.
Development Policy 02-06-2016

Commission will ask for an extension of ‘successful’ Juncker Plan

On Wednesday (1 June), the European Commission announced that it will propose extending the Juncker Plan beyond its 2018 deadline, and will seek to replicate its model in developing countries.
Euro & Finance 25-05-2016

Juncker Plan struggles to make inroads in Eastern Europe

One year after its launch, the Juncker Plan has reached 26 of the EU's 28 member states.  But most of the projects are taking place in Western Europe. EURACTIV France reports.

Brussels clears way for China to pour billions into Juncker Plan

The European Commission and China have concluded technical work allowing Beijing to start pouring up to €10 billion under the so-called Juncker Plan, EURACTIV.com has learned.