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Juncker statement on EU free movement of people puts Cameron between rock and hard place

Juncker statement on EU free movement of people puts Cameron between rock and hard place

Opinion by Denis MacShane Any hopes that David Cameron might have that the new centre right dominated European Commission would help him on the question of EU citizens living and working in Britain evaporated when the new European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker said he “would not compromise on free movement of people as a […]

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Local and regional governments ready to deliver EU 2030 climate and energy deal

Local and regional governments ready to deliver EU 2030 climate and energy deal

The Committee of the Regions (CoR) has cautiously welcomed the outcome of the 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework. CoR President Michel Lebrun said: “Despite the wide ranging positions on the climate and energy package to 2030, we welcome the fact that a compromise has been reached. In this sense, the European Union has today […]

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
Cameron: €2bn EU bill ‘completely unacceptable’

Cameron: €2bn EU bill ‘completely unacceptable’

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has angrily insisted that the UK will not pay the £1.7 billion (€2bn) being demanded by the European Union by December. “If people think I am paying that bill on 1 December, they have another thing coming,” the prime minister said in Brussels. “It is not going to happen.” He […]

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
European Day of Justice 2014

European Day of Justice 2014

The European Day of Justice will be celebrated on 25 October 2014. The initiative aims to bring justice closer to all European citizens, by informing them on their rights and of the available tools in place for facilitating access to cross-border justice, as well as raise awareness of EU law among legal professionals through communication […]

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
Schulz: ‘We need targeted investment to stimulate the economy’

Schulz: ‘We need targeted investment to stimulate the economy’

Europe needs an investment package to overcome low growth and high unemployment, European Parliament President Martin Schulz warned government leaders at the European Council summit on 23 October. Schulz also pointed out that investment levels were still below what they were before the crisis. “Our economy is slowing down, a clear warning to which we […]

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
Things we learned in plenary: New Commission, Sakharov Prize and the EU’s 2015 budget

Things we learned in plenary: New Commission, Sakharov Prize and the EU’s 2015 budget

The October plenary saw the new European Commission led byJean-Claude Juncker receive the Parliament’s approval to start its five-year term, while outgoing president José Manuel Barroso gave his farewell speech to MEPs. The Parliament also voted against cuts proposed by EU governments to the EU’s budget for next year, as MEPs want to preserve spending […]

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
Human rights: Closing down of Russian Memorial NGO; Uzbekistan; Mexico

Human rights: Closing down of Russian Memorial NGO; Uzbekistan; Mexico

The European Parliament passed three resolutions on Thursday (23 October), calling on the Russian authorities not to close down the Memorial civil rights NGO; urging the Uzbek authorities to take immediate action to protect human rights; and calling for the immediate arrest of all those responsible for the disappearance of 43 students in Mexico. Closing […]

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
Oxfam: Europe must review climate targets after weak climate package deal

Oxfam: Europe must review climate targets after weak climate package deal

On 23 October, European leaders met in Brussels to agree an EU climate and energy package up until 2030. Leaders decided to curb C02 emissions by at least 40%, increase the amount of renewable energy in the mix to at least 27%, and set a non-binding target to reduce energy demand by at least 27%. […]

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
Europe’s banks face moment of truth from ECB review

Europe’s banks face moment of truth from ECB review

Photo Credit: Reuters/Ralph Orlowski By Laura Noonan & Eva Taylor The eurozone’s 130 biggest banks received the European Central Bank’s final verdict on their finances on Thursday after a review aimed at drawing a line under persistent doubts about the health of the region’s banking sector. Most lenders already had a good idea of how […]

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
European Parliament will not gain people’s trust by continuing to contribute to burden of chronic disease in form of tobacco subsidies

European Parliament will not gain people’s trust by continuing to contribute to burden of chronic disease in form of tobacco subsidies

Amid all the furore yesterday (22 October) about the new Commission, the European Parliament also quietly voted against ending EU subsidies to tobacco crops. While on the one hand many MEPs so supportive of legislating in favour of health with regards to pharmaceutical products, it seems that over half of the European Parliament is happy […]

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
October 2014: Flash consumer confidence indicator

October 2014: Flash consumer confidence indicator

In October 2014, after four months of decline, the DG ECFIN flash estimate of the consumer confidence indicator increased slightly in the EU (by 0.6 points to -7.4) and remained broadly stable in the euro area (+0.3 points to -11.1) compared to September. Computation of Flash CCI To compute the flash consumer confidence indicator for […]

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
New European Commission: The commissioners and their portfolios

New European Commission: The commissioners and their portfolios

The new European Commission, led by Jean-Claude Juncker, has now been formally elected by the European Parliament in Strasbourg with 423 votes in favour, 209 against and 67 abstentions. It will starts its five-year term on 1 November. Find out more about its composition, the new commissioners and their portfolios in the infographic in the […]

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
MEPs prolong Ukraine’s duty-free access to EU market

MEPs prolong Ukraine’s duty-free access to EU market

Plans to prolong a largely duty-free access to the EU market for Ukraine’s exports until the end of 2015 were backed by the European Parliament on Thursday (23 October). MEPs voted by 497 votes to 78, with 56 abstentions, to take over the original Commission proposal and prolong the measure without amending it. “Given the […]

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
Kobane: MEPs call on Turkey to do more to help Syrian city under threat by IS

Kobane: MEPs call on Turkey to do more to help Syrian city under threat by IS

Turkey should do more to help Kurds fight off the IS threat in Kobane, many MEPs said in a debate on the besieged Syrian city on 22 October. They also condemned the violence by IS and said more should be done to tackle the terrorist group and help its victims. Some also raised the potential […]

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
Tripartite Social Summit: EU leaders and social partners stress need to stimulate investment to create more and better jobs

Tripartite Social Summit: EU leaders and social partners stress need to stimulate investment to create more and better jobs

EU leaders and social partners have agreed this morning (23 October) on the urgent need to stimulate investment and create more jobs in order to meet the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, the EU’s long-term growth and jobs plan. During the twice-yearly Tripartite Social Summit ahead of the European Council today, workers’ and employers’ […]

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

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