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Digital 12-01-2018

EU scrambles to finish digital single market in 2018

The European Commission has set a tough goal for 2018 of wrapping up legal negotiations on all 25 of the digital single market proposals that it announced since 2015. It will be an uphill battle: there are 13 files still open and fights are simmering over several contentious issues.

Energy and environment in 2018: A preview

2018 looks set to be a defining year for energy and environment policy in Europe, as important legislative files move towards becoming EU law.
Electricity 08-01-2018

As it happened: Ministers hash out future of EU energy policy

EU energy ministers met on Monday (18 December) in an attempt to find a common position on three crucial energy laws, ahead of fierce negotiations with the European Parliament expected early next year. Here is how EURACTIV reported on the latest developments.
Electricity 22-12-2017

Political intrigue casts shadow over EU’s latest Energy Council

When EU ministers gathered in Brussels on Monday (18 December) to hammer out an agreement over a set of clean energy laws, the elephant in the room was a proposal from the European Commission to cap subsidies going to coal-fired power plants.
Digital 21-12-2017

Ministers sign off on fast-track EU data flow deal

The EU took a step towards finalising a key piece of digital single market law on Wednesday (20 December) after EU diplomats agreed to scrap rules that require data to be stored only in a certain country.
Energy 20-12-2017

EU deal sets off race to renovate Europe’s building stock

After a third round of talks, EU lawmakers reached an agreement Tuesday (19 December) on the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), firing the starting gun to renovate Europe’s entire building stock by 2050 so that it becomes “nearly zero emissions”.
Electricity 19-12-2017

EU ministers stumble towards joint position on future energy laws

Energy ministers on Monday (18 December) took well over 15 hours to agree common positions on four clean energy draft pieces of EU legislation ahead of a final round of talks in 2018 with the European Parliament and Commission.
Digital 15-12-2017

Estonia seeks deal on data flows to cap tech-focused Council presidency

Estonia wants to seal an agreement next week between member states that would allow data to move easily across the EU, a priority file that the Baltic country pushed for throughout its six-month role leading legal negotiations.
Digital 13-12-2017

Bulgaria makes telecoms overhaul a focus during Council presidency

Bulgaria will focus its attention on speeding up negotiations on a major telecoms bill when it takes over the six-month, rotating presidency of the Council of ministers in January.
Digital 05-12-2017

Telecoms ministers snub Commission’s spectrum overhaul in 5G strategy

Telecoms ministers from EU countries agreed on a plan to set up fast 5G internet networks by 2025, five years after the European Commission's original proposal, and snubbed a proposal to reform rules for selling off radio spectrum.
EU Priorities 2020 01-12-2017

EU budget 2018 finally adopted, socialists abstain

The Council and the European Parliament separately approved on Thursday (30 November) the deal reached on 18 November 2017 in the conciliation committee on the 2018 budget. Thus the budget is finally adopted, with the abstention of the S&D group in Parliament.

Estonia aims to resuscitate EU refugee quotas

Estonia on Wednesday (29 November) presented a compromise proposal on the relocation of refugees, which it said would be "fair" to all EU member states, deeply divided over how to deal with asylum seekers arriving in Europe.