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Politics 18-12-2020

Germany’s EU Presidency: Merkel had to fix it

The turn of the year marks the end of the German presidency of the EU Council. When Angela Merkel's government took over in July, it was already clear that all previous plans had gone up in smoke and there was only one priority left: dealing with the pandemic. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 09-12-2020

Polish PM says extra summit may be needed to unblock EU budget

The European Union may need to hold an extra summit to secure agreement on its planned economic recovery fund and budget, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday (8 December).

‘It’s not gonna work’, Orbán says about Polish veto retreat

Hungary and Poland have committed to supporting each other's position in the budget row, and attaching a declaration to the rule of law regulation does not work for Budapest, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in a weekly radio interview on Friday (4 December), following news that Poland may be softening its position on the veto.
Economy & Jobs 26-11-2020

Poland, Hungary propose two-track way out of EU budget deadlock

Poland and Hungary reaffirmed on Thursday (26 October) their opposition to tying EU finds with the rule of law in member states and instead offered their own proposal for breaking the deadlock that is holding back the EU's €1.81 trillion seven-year budget and the recovery fund.
Politics 20-11-2020

Tweets of the Week: Rule of Law, Brexit mascot and vaccine efficacy claims

Hungary and Poland scupper rule of law aims, Brexit talks seem to be going down in flames, and vaccines efficacy sparks spurious claims!
18-11-2020

Slovenia PM backs Hungary, Poland in EU rule of law row

Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa on Wednesday (18 November) backed the criticisms made by Poland and Hungary when they vetoed the EU budget over plans to tie funding to respect for the rule of law. “Some political groups… are openly...
Economy & Jobs 10-11-2020

EU institutions strike deal on bloc’s long term budget

The European Parliament and Council reached a final deal on the EU's next seven-year budget, worth €1.0743 trillion, on Tuesday (10 November), agreeing to add an additional €16 billion to the budget, mostly for health and education and introduce a roadmap for new European levies and biodiversity targets.
Economy & Jobs 06-11-2020

EU budget chief sees deal on bloc’s long-term finances on Monday

The European Parliament and the bloc's national governments are likely to reach a deal on the EU's €1.1 trillion long-term budget for 2021-2027 on Monday (9 November), the European Commission's Budget Commissioner Johannes Hahn said.
05-11-2020

EU institutions strike budget deal on rule of law mechanism

The European Parliament and the Council representing the EU27 reached a preliminary deal on linking the disbursement of EU funds to rule of law after five rounds of talks, clearing a major hurdle in the wider negotiations on the bloc's budget.

Financing mechanisms for the energy sector

Climate neutrality translates into commitments undertaken by various industries, communities and other stakeholders. The European energy sector is already committed to be carbon neutral before 2050. However, some countries are already fully decarbonised in terms of power generation, while others...
Politics 03-11-2020

The EU’s Rule of Law Approach Explained

EU leaders are fond of talking about the bloc’s values but a much more fundamental question is whether we should have common rules about the way in which our governments are built, how power is exercised and maintained in check....

Europe urged to align budget with green finance rules

The EU’s sustainable finance taxonomy should be systematically applied to track green investments in the bloc’s next long-term budget and coronavirus recovery fund, which together amount to €1.8 trillion over the next seven years, according to a new report launched on Wednesday (28 October).
Politics 27-10-2020

EU budget deal ‘virtually impossible’ without face-to-face talks

Reaching an agreement over the EU's €1.8 trillion seven-year budget and recovery plan will be "virtually impossible" without face-to-face meetings, warned the German EU Presidency.

European citizens support linking EU funds to rule of law – survey

More than three out of four Europeans think that the EU should only distribute funds to member states that implement rule of law and democratic principles, according to a new survey commissioned by the European Parliament.
Politics 16-10-2020

Erasmus celebrated worldwide as MEPs push for more funding

As Europe celebrates its flagship educational mobility programme, lawmakers in the European Parliament are fighting to increase the budget for what is widely regarded as one of the EU's greatest achievements.
Economy & Jobs 15-10-2020

Divisions over economic criteria in cohesion policy negotiations

Negotiations on cohesion policy between the European Parliament, Commission and Council will take place on Thursday (15 October), focusing on how strictly the flow of money is regulated and whether it should be distributed according to economic criteria. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 08-10-2020

EU budget talks: Parliament sees the ball in German presidency’s court

Negotiations on the EU's long-term budget will enter their seventh round on Thursday (8 October). The European Parliament, which demands more money for EU programmes and clarity on the rule of law, views the ball in the German Council Presidency's court. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 23-09-2020

EU must openly discuss Turkey sanctions, says Austria’s EU minister

At the next European summit, Austria wants to speak openly about sanctions against Ankara, including the possibility to break off accession talks with Turkey, the country's EU Minister Karoline Edtstadler told EURACTIV Germany.
Economy & Jobs 03-09-2020

MEP Olbrycht: Member states may thwart recovery fund over rule of law

The European Parliament will fight to have a say in the oversight of the EU's €750-billion stimulus package, alongside the Council, MEP Jan Olbrycht, co-rapporteur on the EU's next seven-year budget (MFF), told EURACTIV Italy in an interview.

Parliament demands rule of law mechanism before signing off on EU budget

Leaders of the four major political groups in the European Parliament warned on Wednesday (26 August) that they would not sign off on the bloc's next long-term budget unless there was a formal deal on linking EU funds to rule of law, in the latest signal that lawmakers would not back down on conditionality.
Agrifood 28-07-2020

Unpacking the CAP: exploring the most common concerns

The EU’s common agricultural policy, or ‘CAP’ as it’s known, aims to support farmers and improve agricultural productivity, ensuring a stable supply of affordable food and that the EU’s farmers are able to make a reasonable living while also safeguarding...
Future EU 23-07-2020

EU recovery deal: the summit that will cement Merkel’s legacy

At the EU summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a U-turn as German advocated for the assumption of joint debts and dissociated itself from the donor countries for the first time and not just for economic reasons. This time, Merkel is fighting for her legacy as a shaper of the EU. EURACTIV Germany reports.

The budget deal and EU defence cooperation: What are the implications?

Most headlines on the EU budget deal will focus on the response to Covid-19. But the new budget will include billions for new EU defence initiatives, writes Niklas Novaky.
Economy & Jobs 22-07-2020

German industry pleased with EU summit result

German business associations are cheering the deal EU leaders reached at a marathon summit that ended on Tuesday morning (21 July), and they have every reason to do so, explains economic researcher Jürgen Matthes. But some observers are displeased with cuts in funding for innovation, research or defence. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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