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  • Georgieva teaches Juncker college a masterclass

    News | EU Priorities 2020 02-10-2014

    Bulgarian Commissioner-designate and Vice President responsible for budget and human resources Kristalina Georgieva made a strong and convincing case to MEPs of her priorities in the Juncker Commission, her steady performance contrasting with the tormented hearings of several of her colleagues.

  • Jacek Dominik: EU budget is ‘hostage to national politics’

    News | EU Priorities 2020 25-09-2014

    EU budget commissioner Jacek Dominik said yesterday (24 September) that it was “very dangerous” that over the last few years, the EU budget has become hostage to national politics, and that a “hardcore” of net payers were saying “no” to whatever proposals the Commission was making.

  • EU’s long-term budget bedeviled by details

    News | EU Priorities 2020 18-10-2013

    As member states bickered over details, MEPs yesterday (17 October) postponed a vote on the 2014-2020 EU budget for the November session, raising doubts about the implementation of the €960 billion package by the planned 1 January 2014 deadline.

  • Breakthrough announced on slimmed-down Connecting Europe Facility

    News | Digital 28-06-2013

    Ireland's transport minister announced yesterday (27 June) a “significant breakthrough” with the European Parliament on a new regulation that will see almost €30 billion in EU funding targeted at enhancing the transport, energy and telecoms networks, under the so-called Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

  • Live coverage: EU summit kicks off with budget deal

    News | EU Priorities 2020 26-06-2013

    Having managed to reach deals on banks and the long-term budget, EU leaders have started their two-day summit somewhat relieved, as they embark on talks to tackle youth employment, finance much-needed investments and boost growth. EURACTIV obtained the draft conclusions. Read our live coverage, below.

  • EU ministers want budget talks concluded by end of June

    News | EU Priorities 2020 22-05-2013

    EU ministers are pressing to conclude negotiations on the EU’s 2014-2020 budget before the term of the Irish presidency ends in June.

  • Tiny Lithuania prepares to wrestle with heavy EU dossiers

    News | Banking union 25-04-2013

    Lithuania, the tiny Baltic country that will take over the rotating EU presidency on 1 July, will have to deal with extremely heavy dossiers, such as the adoption of the 70 items of legislation needed to implement the EU budget for the next seven years, as well as preparation for the Eastern Partnership summit, diplomats told EURACTIV.

  • European Parliament rejects EU long-term budget

     Video | Promoted content | EU Priorities 2020 14-03-2013

    MEP's on Wednesday rejected the next long-term EU budget deal agreed by European leaders earlier in February.
    Adopted by an outstanding majority, the resolution will give European Parliament's President Martin Schulz enough room to negotiate and obtain concessions from EU leaders.
    "The Parliament wants to be taken as a serious partner. We are prepared to negotiate; this is an offer now, from the EP to the Council, to come to compromises and to improve the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF)', said European Parliament's president Martin Schulz.

  • EU budget summit aftermath: ‘Everyone’s a winner’

    News | Central Europe 15-02-2013

    National leaders were quick to portray last week's budget summit agreement as a victory for their country. But one week after the dust has settled, the picture looks more nuanced. The EURACTIV network brings you an overview from Britain, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Spain.

  • Piebalgs urges EU countries to fill the gap on development aid

    News | Development Policy 14-02-2013

    INFOGRAPHIC / Andris Piebalgs, the European development commissioner, has called on EU member countries to compensate the aid cuts from the bloc's long-term budget that were agreed by EU leaders at a summit last Friday.

  • EU budget: Deal done, mission not accomplished

    Opinion | Sustainable Development 12-02-2013

    Now that a budget deal has been brokered between EU heads of states and governments, NGOs intend to be uncompromising in tracking the spending decisions at national level, writes Markus Trilling .

  • Baltic farmers sing for EU budget equality

     Video | Promoted content | Agrifood 07-02-2013

    This is traditional Baltic music. The singers are farmers from from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia
    As European leaders gather on Thursday to discuss the next long-term EU budget, Baltic farmers travelled to Brussels to protest against what they believe is an unfair treatment from the EU. The agricultural funding they get currently is much less than the EU average.

  • MEPs threaten to veto EU budget deal

     Video | Promoted content | Future EU 06-02-2013

    Only two days before EU leaders will hold talks on the next 7-year EU budget, MEPs on Tuesday threatened to veto the eventual agreement if further cuts are made.
    Some member states, like the UK, the Netherlands and Sweden, have expressed their wish to slash the budget by an additional 30 billion euros. They argue that EU expenditure should be in line with national austerity policies.
    "Today's proposal is actually an act of political resignation, and we are going to reject it", EPP leader Joseph Daul said.

  • As EU pares budgets, Turkey and Korea step up aid spending

    News | Development Policy 06-02-2013

    EU candidate Turkey and South Korea, nations that have watched their own fortunes surge in a generation, are ramping up aid programmes for poor nations at a time when such spending in Europe is under threat, a EURACTIV analysis of aid statistics shows.

  • Ireland wants bank debt deal by June

     Video | Promoted content | Banking union 11-01-2013

    European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and his team of EU commissioners travelled to Dublin on Thursday to mark the start of the Irish presidency.
    Prime Minister Enda Kenny wants to use his presidency term to clinch a deal on restructuring Ireland's bank debt and successfully exiting the bailout programme.
    Banking supervision and reaching a deal on the EU budget will also be amongst Dublin's priorities.

  • Georgieva vows to protect EU humanitarian aid funding

    News | Development Policy 09-01-2013

    INTERVIEW / Kristalina Georgieva, the European Union's humanitarian aid commissioner, told EURACTIV she was reasonably confident that the EU’s aid funding would not fall victim to the push by some EU member states to slash the EU budget for 2014-2020. But she also vowed to fight to preserve humanitarian aid, with “no apologies” made to detractors. 

  • Schulz: Development aid is a success story the EU can be proud of

    Interview | Development Policy 09-01-2013

    The EU budget heading ‘Global Europe’, which allows the EU to be a player on the global stage, may suffer more than other spending areas, because development aid and humanitarian action don't have the advocates among member states like agriculture and regional aid do, European Parliament President Martin Schulz tells EURACTIV.

  • Van Rompuy opposes direct election of the EU’s top leaders

    News | Future EU 30-11-2012

    Directly electing the European Commission President at the 2014 EU elections would “organise the disappointment in advance”, said European Council President Herman Van Rompuy. Directly electing his own successor would be “even more absurd”, he added in comments that are likely to irritate proponents of increased democracy in the European institutions.

  • Hahn: Cohesion Policy is Greece’s main public investment

    Special Report | News | Regional Policy 22-10-2012

    Cohesion Policy will be the main public investment instrument for Greece in the foreseeable future, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn told Greek regional governors in Athens. EURACTIV Greece contributed reporting for this article.

  • A budget for the eurozone?

    Opinion | Euro & Finance 16-10-2012

    The attempt by the UK government to instrumentalise the need for further integration in the eurozone in an attempt to dismantle parts of the Union is highly unlikely to succeed, argue Fabian Zuleeg and Janis A. Emmanouilidis.

  • EU budget debate: Some one trillion euro questions and answers

    Opinion | EU Priorities 2020 11-10-2012

    Keti Medarova-Bergstrom and Pawel Swidlicki put their heads together to identify why and where EU budgetary spending has got it wrong in the past and propose how roughly €1 trillion can better serve Europe's environment, economy and people in the next funding period.

  • Regional funds: It’s not the quantity, it’s the quality

    Opinion | Regional Policy 09-10-2012

    Western and Eastern European governments fighting over some billions less or more to the EU's next multi-annual budget (2014-2020) would better focus on how to spend this precious resource, writes Miroslav Mojžiš.

  • One country still needed to launch FTT

    News | Euro & Finance 09-10-2012

    As EU finance ministers meet in Luxembourg today (9 October), Germany and France will step up a diplomatic drive to convince more EU countries, even outside the eurozone, to join them in setting up a financial transactions tax (FTT).

  • Barroso preaches better spending to ‘Friends of Cohesion’

    News | Regional Policy 05-10-2012

    Leaders of the “Friends of Cohesion” group gathered in Bratislava on Friday (5 October) to discuss tactics ahead of the battle for the EU budget. Commission President José Manuel Barroso said the “Friends of Cohesion” should join the “Friends of Better Spending” in what he called “The Friends of Growth”. EURACTIV Slovakia contributed to this article.