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Competition 12-12-2019

Businesses aim to move focus on tax transparency beyond income tax

After national capitals blocked a deal to force multinationals to publish the income tax they pay in the EU last month, businesses representatives argued that corporate tax should not be the sole tax transparency target during an event at EURACTIV.
Economy & Jobs 06-12-2019

SMEs are key to climate protection, says Austrian businesswoman

After having represented the interests of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) for four years, Ulrike Rabmer-Koller takes stock, in an interview with EURACTIV Germany, of her successes and discusses her ambitions looking forward in the fight against climate change.
Future EU 04-12-2019

Von der Leyen criticises Finnish presidency’s EU budget proposal

The new European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, did not mince her words at her first press conference on Wednesday (4 December), criticising a recent proposal of the Finnish EU Presidency for the bloc’s 2021-2027 budget and voicing concern "about the severe cuts in the proposal".

Women are doing better in European politics, but still not well enough

Ursula von der Leyen will be the first woman to chair the European Commission and will do it with the most gender-balanced college ever, but even though the participation of women in politics has improved in the EU, it is still not enough.
EU Elections 2019 29-11-2019

Juncker regrets the lead candidate system was not respected in farewell

The outgoing president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, appeared before the press for one last time on Friday (29 November) and said he regretted that the Spitzenkandidaten system that landed him the top job in 2014 was not upheld this time.
Agrifood 27-11-2019

40,000 farmers on tractors block Berlin in protest at new agricultural policy

Tens of thousands of farmers protested in Berlin on Tuesday (26 November) against the government's new agricultural policy. They complained about increasing environmental protection requirements and falling product prices, which are increasingly damaging their business. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future EU 27-11-2019

Incoming Commission set to face final approval vote

Brussels' next top official Ursula von der Leyen presents her top team to the European Parliament on Wednesday (27 November), hoping to finally put a difficult transition behind her.

With new judiciary appointments, Poland further escalates row with Brussels

The Polish Sejm began its new parliamentary term with a controversial approval of three new members of the Constitutional Tribunal, including two members of the ruling party, drawing criticism from the opposition and raising the stakes in the stand-off with Brussels.
Economic governance 21-11-2019

EU concerned over France, Italy and Spain debts

Reduction of public debt should be the main priority for France, Italy, and Spain, which have "failed to put their finances in order" during the economic upswing of recent years, the European Commission warned on Wednesday (20 November) at the presentation of the autumn fiscal package.
Future EU 14-11-2019

Thierry Breton convinces MEPs, avoids same fate as Goulard

Thierry Breton, France's new Commissioner pick for the internal market and defence portfolio, convinced more than two-thirds of the MEPs who were auditioning him today (14 November).
Future EU 13-11-2019

Main EU political groups expected to back France’s new Commissioner pick

The European Parliament will be hearing France's second EU Commissioner candidate, the former CEO of Atos, Thierry Breton. But this time, France has secured the support of the main political groups. EURACTIV France reports.
Future EU 08-11-2019

Von der Leyen promises new migration package in first half of 2020

European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed European policy issues and Germany's Council Presidency in 2020 during a meeting in Berlin. Von der Leyen promised to end the deadlock in asylum negotiations soon with a new proposal. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Climate change 04-11-2019

EU’s new list of energy projects includes 32 gas facilities

The EU says it wants to get out of fossil fuels and become climate neutral as soon as possible. But the European Commission's latest list of energy projects eligible for EU funding nevertheless includes 32 gas projects, including the construction of new LNG terminals, EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 28-10-2019

Commission sets out 2020 fishing quotas in the Atlantic and North Sea

On 24 October, the EU proposed to significantly reduce total allowable catches (TACs) in the North-East Atlantic and the North Sea for cod starting in 2020. EURACTIV's partner le Journal de l'Environnement reports. 
Brexit 24-10-2019

Brexit extension means UK must propose new EU Commissioner, von der Leyen says

A Brexit extension will mean that the UK will have to nominate a member of the new EU executive, incoming Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has confirmed.
Future EU 24-10-2019

Macron proposes replacement Commissioner candidate

French President Emmanuel Macron revealed his substitute pick for France's vacant European Commissioner slot on Thursday (24 October), naming former economy minister Thierry Breton. EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France reports.
Future EU 16-10-2019

Macron prepares counter-offensive for Brussels

French President Emmanuel Macron will only choose the new French candidate for the  European Commission after an EU summit on 17-18 October, where he intends to secure political support from the European Parliament. EURACTIV France reports.
EU Elections 2019 11-10-2019

Commissioner Hearings: Best Of

A compilation of some of the best moments of the 24 hearings.
Future EU 10-10-2019

Why the European Parliament rejected Sylvie Goulard

The parliamentary committees rejected the candidacy of France's Sylvie Goulard for the Commissioner's post, officially on ethical grounds. However, her refusal is also a sign that German conservatives are finding it difficult to trust French President Emmanuel Macron. EURACTIV France reports.

Circling round

The European Commission should impose more stringent measures on producers to protect the environment and consumers. Making producers responsible for their products throughout their whole life cycle benefits us all, writes Oliver Loebel.

MEPs concerned with peace should worry about the new ‘Defence Industry & Space’ unit

At Commissioner-designate Syvie Goulard’s hearing on Wednesday, MEPs should question the over-influence of the arms industry and the impact of the new DG for “Defence Industry & Space” on peace, says Laëtitia Sédou.

After setback, Hungary offers its EU ambassador for Commissioner

Hungary has nominated its ambassador to the EU, Olivér Várhelyi, as its new candidate for the European Commission after the Parliament blocked the first candidate put forward by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Monday (30 September).
Economy & Jobs 30-09-2019

Why don’t women benefit from international trade as much as men?

President-elect Ursula von der Leyen will be the first female Commission president. Not only that, but she has also succeeded in forming the first gender-balanced EU leadership team. Women are back on the EU's agenda, writes Cecilia Malmström.
Economy & Jobs 27-09-2019

The EU should avoid unnecessary labour market regulation

Job creation and productivity growth, not new labour market regulation, should be at the top of the new European Commission's agenda, writes Martin Laurberg.

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