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Economy & Jobs 28-05-2020

‘A quantum leap’: German MEPs welcome EU debt for recovery plan

Until recently, the German government resisted taking on joint EU debt. Now, Germans are heaping praise on the recovery plan presented today by the EU Commission. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Defence and security win battle but not war, in EU budget plans

While the new EU budget proposal charts an improvement from the European Commission’s previously planned outlay for the bloc’s defence initiatives, it still remains far from original ambitions. On Wednesday (27 May), the European Commission increased the total financial firepower...
Future EU 26-05-2020

Volt MEP: Abolishing unanimity is key to making the EU more effective

The coronavirus crisis has once again shown that reforms of "the basic structure" of the EU are necessary, including abolishing unanimity in the European Council, to strengthen the EU's ability to act, German MEP Damian Boeselager (Volt) told EURACTIV Germany in an interview.
Economy & Jobs 26-05-2020

2020 will go down in history as the EU’s turning point thanks to COVID-19

In the two months since mid-March, the European Union has seen a change of course that was unthinkable at the start of the year. Entrenched taboos are falling away, and things that had been awaited for more than 20 years are happening within days and weeks. We must not waste this historic moment, writes Luca Jahier.
Economy & Jobs 23-04-2020

The day after

The EU's next seven-year financial framework will be the budget that rebuilds Europe or shatters it irreparably. And the current proposal on the table is too far from what we really need, write MEPs Eider Gardiazabal Rubial and Margarida Marques and explain the proposals offered by the Socialists and Democrats.
Economy & Jobs 21-04-2020

Centeno: ‘The old books by which we governed are of no use in this period’

In an interview with the Portuguese newspaper Público, the President of the Eurogroup, Mário Centeno, shared some leads about the EU’s recovery plan. He believes that the new recovery plan should have its “own, appropriate and innovative funding mechanism”.
Economy & Jobs 19-04-2020

ESM chief: Europe needs at least €500 billion from EU institutions for recovery

Europe will need at least another €500 billion from European Union institutions to finance its economic recovery after the coronavirus pandemic, on top of the agreed half-a-trillion package, the head of the euro zone bailout fund said.
Economy & Jobs 31-03-2020

Brussels seeks ‘consensual’ economic response to COVID-19 crisis, shifting away from coronabonds

With "all options on the table", European Commission president Ursula Von Der Leyen is looking at a consensual response among member states to the economic fallout from the COVID-19 crisis, her spokesman said on Monday (30 March), shifting away from controversial debt mutualisation advocated by Italy.
Economy & Jobs 26-03-2020

COVID-19 emergency makes EU budget deal more urgent than ever

The seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak makes hefty cuts to cohesion policy in the EU's next long-term budget all the more unjustified, writes Enrico Rossi, the governor of Italy's Tuscany Region.
Future EU 17-03-2020

Linn Selle: Coronavirus may have a long impact on German presidency

There are only a few months left until Germany will take over the EU Presidency. But the ongoing corona crisis could really upset the plans, says the president of the European Movement Germany. What can the EU actually do in these turbulent times?

Eastern Europeans want more EU funds for military mobility

The EU should provide more funds to enable faster movement of military forces across Europe, defence ministers from four eastern European member states said on Tuesday (10 March), two weeks before the bloc starts a new round of divisive talks over the next seven-year budget.
Global Europe 25-02-2020

Europe’s military mobility: latest casualty of EU budget battle

The Commission's latest budget non-paper threatens to hamper flagship defence initiatives more than previous proposals. It was put forward on Friday (20 February) in an attempt to bridge the growing differences among EU leaders over the bloc's next seven-year budget.
Future EU 19-02-2020

Pressure mounts on EU leaders to reach MFF deal within days

The tight calendar, the urgent priorities awaiting the EU and the risk of post-Brexit talks affecting the negotiations are adding pressure on EU leaders to reach an agreement within days on the bloc’s long-term budget. Otherwise, a senior EU official warned, Europe risks facing a “horror scenario” in January next year.
Economy & Jobs 12-02-2020

Commission warns of Green Deal failure if Transition Fund not well financed

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen warned on Wednesday (12 February) that the  European Green Deal would fail if member states declined to provide the necessary funds to workers and regions affected by the climate transition.
Economy & Jobs 06-01-2020

The battle of numbers that will shape EU’s future

It might not be the sexiest debate but how the EU will look in the next seven years will depend on the outcome of one of the toughest upcoming fights in 2020: the negotiation over the bloc’s next long-term budget. 
Politics 20-12-2019

The Year in Review: Challenges and Choices of 2019

It’s been a very busy European election year and most of us are heading for a well-deserved Christmas break. Meanwhile, if you do fire up your browser, here you can catch up on our 30 most read stories that made waves in 2019.
Agrifood 19-12-2019

Commission, Finnish presidency clash with member states over CAP convergence

A group of member states opposed to retaining external convergence in the next Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), have criticised the Finnish Council presidency for not even considering scrapping the concept.
Economy & Jobs 16-12-2019

Frontier researchers to benefit from new Horizon 2020, despite looming budget cuts

As member states are locked into negotiations over the next EU budget, research has become an easy target for cuts. Meanwhile, EU-funded scientists urge that frontier research is becoming more important than ever with new challenges ahead.
Economy & Jobs 13-12-2019

EU Council chief takes over budget negotiations

The European Council handed over the negotiation of the next EU long-term budget to its president, Charles Michel during the first round of the December summit on Thursday (12 December). 
Economy & Jobs 12-12-2019

Parliament puts its trust in Michel for progress on EU budget

As European Council president Charles Michel takes over the negotiations on the EU's long-term budget, the Parliament hopes this will give a new impetus to the slow-moving talks, lawmakers in charge told a press briefing on Wednesday (11 December).
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".
Economy & Jobs 25-11-2019

MEPs ready to fight against member states on EU budget

The European Parliament will not accept a "take it or leave it" agreement on the EU's next long term budget (2021-2027), co-rapporteurs Jan Olbrytch and Margarida Marques have told EURACTIV. 
Economy & Jobs 08-11-2019

EU finance and education ministers hold ‘historic’ meeting to boost skills investment

Ministers for Finance and Education of the EU member states met on Friday (7 November) for the first-ever joint Council with the aim of discussing the importance of education for a strong economy. 
Economy & Jobs 06-11-2019

EU faces budget deadlock as national positions drift further away

The Commission's proposal for the EU's new long-term budget has been caught in the crossfire as net contributors criticise the idea of having to pay more while a number of southern and eastern member states have joined forces to oppose planned cuts in traditional policies. 
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