About: EU funds

MEPs put pressure on Commission to take position on Czech PM fraud case

MEPs have urged the European Commission to investigate Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš for possible conflicts of interest involving EU funds, after being persuaded by the Czech branch of Transparency International and the Czech Pirate Party.
Future EU 09-05-2018

Conditionality for protecting the rule of law: Will it fly?

The idea of making EU funding conditional with respect of the rule of law seems logical as legislatives changes adopted in Hungary and Poland are worrisome. But will it tackle the root of the problem? Ramona Coman and Nathalie Brack have the answer.
Future EU 27-04-2018

Empire strikes back: EU to combat eastern strongmen with funding threat

The European Union will deploy a new financial weapon next week to try to rein in what Brussels sees as illiberal nationalism rising in the east of the bloc and threatening its democratic foundations.
Global Europe 14-03-2018

Auditors blast EU’s Turkey membership funding

Massive European Union funding to help Turkey's stalled membership bid has "barely addressed" key problems with democracy and the media, the bloc's spending watchdog said today (14 March).
Elections 21-02-2018

Italy fumes against company relocations in bitter election campaign

European Union rules are helping less wealthy nations swipe jobs from their bigger partners, Italy's industry ministry said yesterday (20 February), as plans by a multinational to shift production to Slovakia took centre stage in the national election campaign.
Central Europe 16-02-2018

Poland critical of linking EU funds to rule of law

The European Commission's proposal to link EU budget funds to the rule of law was seen as putting Brussels on a collision course with Poland. Jean-Claude Juncker recognised that there is a chance for rapprochement in the dispute with Warsaw. EURACTIV Poland reports.

A European FBI? Not quite

The European Commission's proposal for an independent body to investigate fraudulent use of EU funds and VAT crimes is long overdue. While not as fully-fledged as an EU version of the FBI, all member states should sign up to it - especially those who have currently opted out, writes Carl Dolan.
Cybersecurity 25-10-2017

Cybersecurity partnership: Europe lacks ‘strategic’ tech muscle

An EU cybersecurity fund could help fill in the “strategic competences” Europe still lacks in the technology sector, according to the head of the EU public-private partnership on cybersecurity.
Central Europe 17-08-2017

Slovak minister under pressure in coalition row over EU funds

Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico said on Wednesday that (16 August) he wants to replace the Education Minister Peter Plavčan, who is a member of junior coalition partner the Slovak National Party (SNS), over alleged mismanagement of EU subsidies in his department.
Energy 19-07-2017

Poland’s cherry picking of EU energy rules makes no sense

When it comes to EU energy policy, Warsaw does not always adhere to the letter and the spirit of EU law and tends to select rules a la carte, adapting them to Poland's narrowly-defined interests, writes Danila Bochkarev.
Enlargement 13-07-2017

EU pledges funds for new Balkan railway, transport projects

This week's summit of the six Western Balkans EU hopefuls and EU leaders fell somewhat short of political expectations but produced concrete results in financing regional transport projects, most notably a railway link between the capitals of Macedonia and Bulgaria.
Euro & Finance 06-10-2016

Parliament secures extra time for Portugal and Spain before freezing EU funds

The European Parliament gave some leeway to Spain and Portugal on Thursday (6) before an expected suspension of EU funds takes place, as MEPs decided to continue their assessment by calling their finance ministers
Agrifood 14-09-2016

EU funds feed Bulgaria’s grain millionaires

The farms of the two old classmates sit side by side in the central Bulgarian countryside. On one, a fleet of tractors ploughs through endless golden fields of wheat. On the other, a woman picks raspberries in the searing sun.
Brexit 08-07-2016

Vaughan: Labour MEPs want to continue work until UK leaves, ‘if it leaves’

Despite the vote on 23 June, British Labour MEPs want to continue having a full and active role in the European Parliament. “We want to continue as much as we can until we leave, if we do leave," Derek Vaughan told EURACTIV Poland.

Refugees: Local and regional leaders call for targeted financing

European institutions and member states need to guarantee the necessary resources, via targeted financing for the towns and regions that host them, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) states in a petition.
Global Europe 20-06-2016

Luxembourg warns of Brexit ‘domino effect’ in Eastern Europe

A British exit from the European Union could trigger similar moves by other member states in Eastern Europe, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said in a German newspaper interview published yesterday (19 June).
28-04-2016

National Front tries to block tighter checks on assistants’ pay

The National Front has moved to block any strengthening of the rules regarding the employment of MEPs’ assistants, even as the party is being investigated for abusing EU funds. EURACTIV France reports.
Climate change 29-03-2016

EU money should not help destroy Bulgaria’s Kresna Gorge

The Bulgarian government is planning to carve a major motorway through the spectacular Kresna Gorge, one of Europe’s richest nature havens, using EU funds. The consequences for wildlife and the local community could be damaging, writes Magda Stoczkiewicz.

Journalists investigating EU funds theft threatened

The Committee to Protect Journalists, an international press freedom organization, has written to the Bulgarian Prime Minister, and top EU leaders, expressing concern that Bulgarian journalists investigating a huge corruption case have been harassed, warning they are at risk of retaliation for their reporting.
Regional Policy 16-01-2015

Romania hopes to end EU monitoring by 2020

The new Romanian President Klaus Iohannis made his first visit abroad to Brussels yesterday (15 January). Speaking alongside Commission President Jean Claude Juncker, he said that his country hoped to get rid of the EU monitoring on its deficient law-enforcement system before the end of their respective five-year mandates.
Regional Policy 16-12-2014

EU millions wasted on white elephant airports, say auditors

Millions of euros of EU money was wasted on too many airports, on airports that are too close together and do not attract enough passengers, the European Court of Auditors has found.
Odysseas Konstantinopoulos [EURACTIV Greece]
Euro & Finance 01-12-2014

Greek minister: ‘We remain permanent interlocutors of all democratic forces in our region’

Despite the difficulties that still exist, Greece is overcoming the crisis and is moving to the next stage, focusing on growth measures, Odysseas Konstantinopoulos, Greece Deputy Minister of Development and Competitiveness told EURACTIV Greece in an exclusive interview.
EU Priorities 2020 25-11-2014

Court of auditors warns of multi-billion EU budget gap

Member states will be required to contribute a further €326 billion to the 2014-2020 EU budget. This may affect the Commission’s ability to meet all the requests for payments, and of countries to pay their dues, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) warned.
Fraud [Georgi Gotev]
Central Europe 11-11-2014

Fraud complainants in Romania face €100,000 bill

SPECIAL REPORT: Romanian public procurement legislation was modified significantly this year by the government, which introduced restrictive conditions for lodging a complaint against suspected fraud. EURACTIV Romania reports.