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Politics 18-04-2018

Mysterious Martin, Sinister Selmayr

Selmayr will have no role in the choice of the next European Commission president, but for Eurosceptics, it was a gift from heaven to read a long attack on Selmayr as proof of how the EU is run by a secret cabal of unelected power-holders who dictate what the EU is and does, writes Denis MacShane.
Economy & Jobs 23-01-2018

What Europe’s millennials want in 2018

A future priority for the EU needs to be empowering the younger generation who want to make a difference, writes John Hewko.
Energy 23-03-2017

New energy labels on household appliances could save hundreds on energy bills

An agreement on draft legislation of energy labels for household appliances was reached by the European Parliament and the Council of the Ministers on Tuesday.
Future EU 18-02-2016

Cameron’s lose-lose strategy

This will go down in history as the losers’ European Council. David Cameron has fashioned a lose-lose  game plan in which both the UK and the EU will emerge weaker from his plebiscite politics, writes Denis MacShane.
Günther Oettinger, German Commissioner for energy, 2009-2014 [European Commission]
Energy 24-07-2014

Brussels puts 30% energy savings target on the table for 2030

The European Commission on Wednesday (23 July) proposed reducing the bloc's energy use by 30% by 2030, leaving it up to EU heads of states to decide whether or not to endorse the target at a forthcoming summit in October.
Guntram B. Wolff [Bruegel]
EU Priorities 2020 10-07-2014

#EU2DO: Creating growth while preparing an EU treaty reform

EU leaders have to put forward a two-handed approach in the next five years, focusing on policy action on the one hand while framing these policy actions in a broader treaty reform context on the other, writes Guntram B. Wolff.
Regional Policy 23-03-2012

Barroso sees ‘green’ Danish cities as an example for Europe

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso has called for an end to “artificial” growth, fuelled by “irresponsible financial behaviour”, and asked for Europe's cities to follow the example of green capitals such as Copenhagen.
Energy 02-03-2011

Parliament battle lines drawn over energy targets

The chair of the European Parliament's environment committee has warned the EU executive that it will face a fight over enforceable energy-efficiency limits.
Energy 08-02-2011

Energy summit grapples with fossil fuel habit

EU leaders agreed to merge and strengthen energy networks at their first ever energy summit on 4 February, giving a boost to the renewable energy industry and helping to curb Europe's growing reliance on fossil fuels.
Energy 31-01-2011

Oettinger tells Europe: It’s double or quits on renewables

Europe will have to double its spending on renewables if it wants to meet its 2020 energy commitments, EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger has said.
Energy 06-01-2011

Commission urges ‘concrete progress’ on energy efficiency

The European Commission signalled yesterday (5 January) that it would press member states hard to deliver "concrete steps" towards the EU's goal of a 20% improvement in energy efficiency by 2020.
Climate change 05-01-2011

EU on track to meet 2020 renewables targets

Europe is set to beat its target of drawing 20% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, according to an analysis of national action plans by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).
Energy 23-12-2010

Top official: ‘EU unlikely to meet energy-efficiency goals’

The EU is unlikely to meet its target of reducing energy consumption by 20% by 2020, but the decreasing cost of renewables means that an EU-wide approach to its funding could be envisaged, says Marie Donnelly, director of energy efficiency and renewable energy at the European Commission.

EU unveils innovation blueprint

Patent reform and new sources of finance are at the heart of the EU's new innovation strategy, published today (6 October) by the European Commission. The EU has also announced the first 'Innovation Partnership', which will begin next year and is dedicated to healthy ageing.

Germany wants EU to plug ‘innovation gap’

The EU's new innovation strategy must do more to link research, education and entrepreneurship if it is to tackle Europe's "innovation gap", Dr. Georg Schütte, Germany's junior minister for education and research, told EURACTIV in an interview.

German minister: EU faces ‘innovation gap’

The EU's new innovation strategy must do more to link research, education and entrepreneurship if it is to tackle Europe's "innovation gap", Dr. Georg Schütte, state secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, told EURACTIV in an interview.
EU Priorities 2020 17-06-2010

EU warned about erecting new barriers to growth

Austerity measures to cut public debt and rein in speculation on the euro, while necessary in some countries, are threatening to kill Europe's fragile economic recovery, policymakers warned ahead of a summit today (17 June) aimed at strengthening budget discipline in the European Union.
EU Priorities 2020 16-06-2010

EU leaders to end dispute over 2020 targets

After months of quarrelling, EU member states are set to agree on numerical targets to improve the European social economy by 2020, including education and poverty, according to the draft conclusions of tomorrow's EU summit, obtained by EURACTIV. 
EU Priorities 2020 15-06-2010

MEPs attack Merkel and Sarkozy ahead of summit

A united European Parliament came out all guns blazing today, tearing into EU leaders for attempting to bypass MEPs and the European Commission in the power struggle over new economic governance measures.
EU Priorities 2020 04-05-2010

INSEAD dean: Europe needs to ‘play collective’ in crisis

Frank Brown, Dean of INSEAD business school, says Europe must get its act together if it wants to emerge stronger from the economic crisis. He spoke to EURACTIV ahead of this year’s European Business Summit (EBS).
EU Priorities 2020 04-05-2010

Governments ‘paying lip service’ to EU on economy

Frank Brown, dean of INSEAD business school, says Europe must get its act together if it wants to emerge stronger from the economic crisis. He spoke to EURACTIV ahead of this year's European Business Summit (EBS).
Central Europe 15-04-2010

Prague urges reality check on ‘Europe 2020’ plan

The EU's draft ten-year economic strategy, dubbed 'Europe 2020', needs to be ambitious in the face of global competition but must first and foremost be a ''realistic document'', Czech Minister for European Affairs Juraj Chmiel told EURACTIV.cz in an interview.
EU Priorities 2020 26-03-2010

EU leaders delay deal on ‘2020’ targets

The European Commission's new strategy for growth and jobs is on the ropes after EU leaders failed to agree hard targets on education and poverty – two of the five headline goals set out in the original proposal.

Finance ministers want 3% R&D target ditched

EU finance ministers are fighting against the European Commission's target of spending 3% of GDP on research and development (R&D), demanding a new "outcome-oriented" measure of success.
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