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Euro & Finance 17-11-2016

Slovak presidency brokers the EU’s 2017 budget

The Slovak presidency brokered the EU budget for 2017 overnight (16-17 November), setting aside more funds for making Europe more competitive and secure. More money will go for the reception and integration of refugees and to addressing the root causes of migration.
Future EU 12-09-2016

EU Parliament ‘Grand Coalition’ is at risk, party leaders admit

A dispute over who should be appointed as the next President of the EU Assembly as well as disagreement about austerity-driven policies have put the two biggest political parties in the European Parliament on a collision course that endangers the 'grand coalition', EURACTIV has learned.

Global elites descend on Swiss Alps amid rising inequality

Politicians and business leaders gathering in the Swiss Alps this week face an increasingly divided world, with the poor falling further behind the super-rich, and political fissures in the United States, Europe and the Middle East running deeper than at any time in decades.
EU Priorities 2020 28-09-2015

Spain’s King Felipe VI calls to eliminate ‘excesses’ of economic growth model

Spain's King Felipe VI, who is expected to deliver a speech in the European Parliament next week, called on Friday (25 September) to eliminate the "excesses" of the current model of growth, while preserving its strengths.
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EU Priorities 2020 28-11-2014

French, German economists offer plan to counter EU ‘stagnation’

Warning that Europe risks a "stagnation trap", leading French and German economists proposed reforms and investments to revive growth in the eurozone's two biggest economies, but Berlin swiftly dismissed a key proposal to boost its public investment.
Jean-Claude Juncker arrives in the European Parliament for political group hearings, Brussels, 8 July 2014 ["© European Union 2014 - European Parliament]

Socialists, Liberals bicker over Juncker’s multi-billion investment plan

As European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker prepares to unveil a €300 billion plan to boost investment in the Union, the liberal ALDE and the Socialists in Parliament tabled alternative proposals, stoking controversy amongst themselves.
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Socialists to hold major summit on economy in December

French President François Hollande announced a major summit of Europe’s Socialists, to take place before this year's final European Council meeting on 18 December.  EURACTIV France reports.
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Italian jobs summit fails to impress

The EU summit on jobs and growth, organised by Italy's Matteo Renzi, took place in Milan yesterday (8 October), without any concrete measures being taken to deliver jobs and combat youth unemployment. EURACTIV Italy reports.

Smooth hearing for Dombrovskis

Valdis Dombrovskis tried to emphasise social issues during his European Parliament hearing. But he failed to clarify how he'd work with Pierre Moscovici.

Renzi calls confidence vote on labour reform

The Italian government is to call a confidence vote on Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's labour reform plans, sources said yesterday (6 October), angering leftist members of his Democratic Party who are against moves to ease restrictions on firing workers. The vote may coincide with a EU conference on employment in Milan tomorrow.
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EU Priorities 2020 02-10-2014

Juncker’s EU investment plan ‘cannot change the picture’, warns Finnish PM

Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb believes that developing the EU's internal market and focusing on trade agreements will provide a more effective boost to the European economy than any kind of public investment plan, EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 23-06-2014

EU leaders set vague ‘priorities’ for next five years

EXCLUSIVE/ At the 26-27 June summit, EU leaders will adopt a four-page strategic blueprint which outlines the big political priorities for the next five years. EURACTIV has read the draft document.

ILO: recovery will come through investment in high quality jobs

With 199.8 million people unemployed globally, in its latest report, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) proposes paths to economic growth, and issues recommendations to reduce poverty and inequality.
Trade & Society 26-02-2014

EU’s re-industrialisation dream ‘hostage’ of high energy prices

Business representatives were unimpressed by last week's meeting of EU industry ministers, who backed a “European industrial renaissance” without tackling the issue of high energy prices. Hopes are fading that the European Commission can match “nice words” with action, EURACTIV was told.
Elections 18-12-2013

France praises new German coalition as ‘growth-oriented’

French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici welcomed the formation of a growth-oriented governing coalition in Germany yesterday (17 December), saying the previous administration had placed far too much emphasis on budgetary austerity in Europe. He added that the mandate of the next European Parliament should be not one of austerity but of growth. 
Trade & Society 19-09-2013

Despite crisis, European ‘hospitality’ sector remains healthy

The hotel and bar sector in Europe has continued to create jobs across the continent, in particular among under-35s, despite the raging economic crisis, a new report shows.

Brussels: EU countries should shift from austerity to reform

The European Commission will further shift the EU's policy focus from austerity to structural reforms to revive growth when it presents economic recommendations for each member state tomorrow (29 May), officials said.
EU Priorities 2020 06-02-2013

Hollande seeks to defuse European Parliament time bomb

French President François Hollande positioned himself as a promoter of growth and solidarity and tried to woo MEPs on the EU's long-term budget as he spoke to the European Parliament in Strasbourg yesterday (5 February). EURACTIV France reports.

Tajani wants more entrepreneurs to revive growth

More entrepreneurs are needed to boost growth and employment, the European Commission said yesterday (9 January) in unveiling an action plan to "revolutionise entrepreneurial culture in Europe".
Euro & Finance 14-12-2012

Hollande: EU confidence can now return

At a press conference held late on the first day of the 13-14 December EU summit, French President François Hollande said Europe had won back confidence thanks to the measures adopted in the last six months.
Euro & Finance 29-06-2012

Question marks over €120 billion EU ‘growth pact’

EU heads of state agreed a "European Growth Pact" worth €120 billion at a summit in Brussels, which closed on Friday (29 June). But doubts have been raised about how fresh the money will really be as at least half of the sums will be recycled from existing regional policy funds. EURACTIV France reports.
Euro & Finance 22-06-2012

Big four meet for pre-summit talks to exit crisis

The leaders of Germany, France, Italy and Spain will try to find common ground in Rome today (22 June) to restore confidence in the eurozone ahead of a full EU summit next week.
Euro & Finance 23-05-2012

Eurobonds set to divide summit for growth

The informal “summit for growth” to take place today will discuss several controversial options for injecting confidence into financial markets, including a call for Eurobonds that is likely to divide member states.
EU Priorities 2020 16-05-2012

LIVE: European growth initiative slowly takes shape

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is opposing economic stimulus policies that rely on new debt, amid calls to relax austerity measures from centre-left opponents in Germany and newly elected French President François Hollande.