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  • 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.

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