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Why Ukraine should be looking closer to home to solve its gas-supply crisis

Why Ukraine should be looking closer to home to solve its gas-supply crisis

Opinion by James Drew Gazprom, Russia’s largest energy supplier, ceased delivery of natural gas to Ukraine on 1 July, after Ukraine had not paid its advance bill for July. At this level, you pay up front, and there are no gentle reminders. Rather, Gazprom Chief Executive Alexey B. Miller cuts you off immediately, declaring: “Gazprom […]

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Greece referendum: Greeks in decisive vote over debt deal

Greece referendum: Greeks in decisive vote over debt deal

Millions of Greeks are voting in a crucial referendum on whether to accept the terms of an international bailout. Polling stations opened at 7h local time (7h GMT), with the first results expected on Sunday evening. The government has urged a ‘No’ vote, but opponents warn this could see Greece ejected from the eurozone. Greeks […]

Renewable energy start-up seeks to restore balance in maritime sector with innovative business

Renewable energy start-up seeks to restore balance in maritime sector with innovative business

University ‘Start Up Programme’ students from Denmark win top honours at the 2015 European Enterprise Challenge. Competing against 23 other companies from 16 European countries, Gas2Green won the overall award for best enterprise, additionally winning the ‘Hyundai Brilliant Young Entrepreneurs Award’. The team was chosen based on their innovative idea and strong business potential, which […]

Why Ukraine should be looking closer to home to solve its gas-supply crisis

Why Ukraine should be looking closer to home to solve its gas-supply crisis

Opinion by James Drew Gazprom, Russia’s largest energy supplier, ceased delivery of natural gas to Ukraine on 1 July, after Ukraine had not paid its advance bill for July. At this level, you pay up front, and there are no gentle reminders. Rather, Gazprom Chief Executive Alexey B. Miller cuts you off immediately, declaring: “Gazprom […]

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 UN climate talks: Europe’s regions and cities call on the EU to lead by showing true ambition pushing a 50% cut of greenhouse gas by 2050

 UN climate talks: Europe’s regions and cities call on the EU to lead by showing true ambition pushing a 50% cut of greenhouse gas by 2050

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) has set out its commitments for the UN climate talks in Paris in December later this year. Speaking during the World Climate Summit in Lyon, the chairman of the CoR’s climate and energy commission, Francesco Pigliaru, said: “We need less talk and more real commitment. Finding an answer […]

Health literacy: How technology can help to empower patients

Health literacy: How technology can help to empower patients

 Technology can help you to improve your health ©BELGA_EASYFOTOSTOCK Patients are becoming more independent as they can monitor their own health using mobile applications, not only for monitoring serious cases such as kidney failure, but also to quit smoking, drink more water or exercise more. On 1 July the European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options […]

June guest photographer contest topic: Sustainable growth and decent jobs

June guest photographer contest topic: Sustainable growth and decent jobs

Framework by Nati Esmel ©Nati Esmel Take part in our guest photographer contest, inspired by 2015 being the European Year for Development. Until September we will be announcing different topics linked to development. Send us your photo inspired by the theme of that month, along with the submission form and you could be invited to […]

Debate: Should freedom of panorama be introduced all over EU?

Debate: Should freedom of panorama be introduced all over EU?

Paris by night: MEPs are discussing the copyright issues involved with taking pictures of public buildings ©BELGA_EASYFOTOSTOCK Should people have the right to create and share images and photographs of public buildings without having to compensate for the use of copyright? The so-called freedom of panorama already exists in some EU countries, but MEPs are […]

Luxembourg takes over Council presidency: Luxembourg MEPs share their expectations

Luxembourg takes over Council presidency: Luxembourg MEPs share their expectations

Luxembourg took over the Council presidency on 1 July 2015 Starting on 1 July, the rotating six-month presidency of the Council of the EU will be in the hands of one of the smallest, yet most experience member states. Luxembourg will have to deal with many pressing issues, including the Greek debt crisis, an increase […]

Gazprom halts natural gas deliveries to Ukraine

Gazprom halts natural gas deliveries to Ukraine

Gazprom, Russia’s main energy supplier, announced on Wednesday (1 July) that it had ceased deliveries of natural gas to Ukraine over a pricing wrangle. The company had not received advance payment for deliveries of natural gas in July, Alexey B. Miller, the chief executive of Gazprom, announced on Wednesday, and had cut the flow of […]

‘Yes’ or ‘No’ in Greece?

‘Yes’ or ‘No’ in Greece?

Opinion by by Denis MacShane Sitting in Athens airport the wifi access is  fast, free for an hour and much less complicated than most other airports in Europe. Once again the paradox of Greece where so much is better than elsewhere and so much infinitely worse than the rest of the EU.  Clichés about Greek […]

‘We must have a way to deal with breaches of the rule of law in member states’ say S&D MEPs

‘We must have a way to deal with breaches of the rule of law in member states’ say S&D MEPs

On 2 July,  the S&D Group voted in favour of establishing an EU mechanism on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights.  Speaking after the vote on the fundamental rights report in the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee Peter Niedermüller (pictured), the S&D Group shadow rapporteur said: “A big problem we face in the […]

TEN-T Days, Rïga, 2015: The 2030 vision begins

TEN-T Days, Rïga, 2015: The 2030 vision begins

By Colin Moors in Riga The debate is over and the next phase of the TEN-T programme has been officially agreed and passed into EU legislation. The agreement in April this year provided a basis and was signed by all EU heads of state, the final agreement means that routes and maps have been defined. […]

Newsletter for plenary 6-9 July 2015 (Strasbourg)

Newsletter for plenary 6-9 July 2015 (Strasbourg)

  Topics on the Agenda   Newsletter Pre-session press briefing with the EP political groups’ spokespersons at 11h on Friday, 3 July. (“Anna Politkovskaya” EP Press conference room, Brussels) MEPs to debate June European Council outcomes on migration, security, and Greece Luxembourg takes over EU presidency from Latvia TTIP talks: MEPs to table recommendations Copyright: […]

Eurochild urges Luxembourgish EU Presidency to prioritize poverty reduction

Eurochild urges Luxembourgish EU Presidency to prioritize poverty reduction

As Luxembourg takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union at a difficult time in Europe’s history, Eurochild calls for renewed efforts towards reducing poverty. In its recommendations to the Luxembourgish Presidency, Eurochild seeks prioritisation of the Europe 2020 target of lifting 20 million people out of poverty. This is pertinent as […]

UKIP accuses European Commission of ‘breath-taking hypocrisy’ over latest Luxleaks scandal

UKIP accuses European Commission of ‘breath-taking hypocrisy’ over latest Luxleaks scandal

UKIP MEP Steven Woolfe (pictured) says that ordinary  British taxpayers will be outraged by the revelation that a firm involved in one of Europe’s largest tax scandals is now giving tax advice to the European Commission and member states. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), one of the main tax firms involved in the Luxleaks scandal, is on an […]

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