Commission pushes for concluding Mercosur deal by end of year

Euractive general - Ven, 20/10/2017 - 19:00
Despite France’s concerns about an EU-Mercosur deal, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker insisted on Friday (20 October) on reaching an agreement by the end of this year because it is “the most important” trade deal for Europe.
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Italy seeks EU’s help on migration

Euractive general - Ven, 20/10/2017 - 17:46
Italy's Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni sought member states' support for stemming migrant flows at this week's EU summit and called for an EU mission to police Niger's border with Libya.
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France and Poland hope for posted workers breakthrough

Euractive general - Ven, 20/10/2017 - 17:21
After this week's European Council summit in Brussels, EU leaders are already preparing for their next meeting, which will take place in Sweden next month and focus on social issues. It's a divisive area and member states still have one major hurdle in their way before they reconvene.
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The Brief: More EU money for Turkey’s civil society

Euractive general - Ven, 20/10/2017 - 17:12
The toughest discussions EU leaders had during the two-day summit that just ended was on Turkey, multiple sources said.
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Source: Malicious act suspected in Europe building poisoning

Euractive general - Ven, 20/10/2017 - 17:04
Investigations have been conducted in the Europa building in Brussels to make sure that no poisonous material was maliciously placed inside the ventilation system, a source told EURACTIV on Friday (20 October), after two incidents were reported there in the past week.
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Commission sends blitz inspection to BMW to look into cartel concerns

Euractive general - Ven, 20/10/2017 - 16:52
The European Commission sent its officials to the premises of BMW this week for an unannounced inspection, amid concerns of a possible violation of EU antitrust rules by "several German car manufacturers".
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#EUCO wrapup: EU summit agrees on ‘Leaders agenda’ despite Brexit

Euractive general - Ven, 20/10/2017 - 15:53
EU leaders wound up two-days of high-level talks in Brussels on Friday (20 October). Digital single market, migration, defence, but also Catalonia and Turkey, were discussed on Thursday. On Brexit, the leaders welcomed 'some progress' in the talks, but said it was not enough to move to phase two, postponing that assessment for December.
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Development banks join forces to tackle climate change

Euractive general - Ven, 20/10/2017 - 15:06
Director general of French development agency (AFD) was appointed to lead the International Development Finance Club (IDFC), uniting credit institutions worth $3,000 billion. Their objective: to throw their weight behind sustainable development. EURACTIV France reports.
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Farage: Leaders support Madrid because Catalan separatists dislike EU

Euractive general - Ven, 20/10/2017 - 14:58
Nigel Farage is one of the very few voices who spoke in favour of the Catalan pro-independence movement. After the EU leaders’ strong backing for Mariano Rajoy at the European Council, Farage says the EU supported the idea of Scotish independence but is wary of Catalonia because "Catalonia's separatists don't like the EU".
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Facial recognition gains grounds in Europe, among big-brother fears

Euractive general - Ven, 20/10/2017 - 14:14
Facial recognition is gaining ground in Europe. But this technology, used to achieve common security objectives on the ground, raises questions about human rights. EURACTIV France reports.
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Trans-Europe Express: Brussels supports Rajoy as everyone wants sanity between Madrid and Barcelona

Euractive general - Ven, 20/10/2017 - 12:05
The escalating tension between Spain’s central government and its counterpart (Govern) in Catalonia has followed the expected script.
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Truckers from western Europe break posted workers rules, Czech border checks show

Euractive general - Ven, 20/10/2017 - 11:30
Employers from the western EU Member States don’t stick to the rules when it comes to posted workers, a series of checks conducted by the Czech Republic has shown.
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Climate change may take a heavy toll on Greek GDP, land

Euractive general - Ven, 20/10/2017 - 11:14
The total reported economic losses caused by weather- and climate-related extremes in the 33 EEA member countries between 1980 and 2016 amounted to more than €450bn, according to a recent study released by the European Environment Agency. EURACTIV Greece reports.
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Warsaw keeps an eye on neighbouring Czech elections

Euractive general - Ven, 20/10/2017 - 10:53
Czechs will elect their new parliament on Friday and Saturday (20-21 October), with former deputy Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, an anti-migrant Eurosceptic and one of the wealthiest men in the country, set to win the most votes, according to the latest opinion polls.
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Companies and fake news: How to prepare for crisis communication [Sponsored]

Euractive general - Ven, 20/10/2017 - 09:49
Brendan Hodgson, Strategy Director at H+K Strategies Belgium, provides tips to companies on how to anticipate and react to crises and, more specifically, the growing risk of fake news.
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Juncker: Member states contributed too little to Africa Fund

Euractive general - Ven, 20/10/2017 - 09:08
Speaking to the press after the first round of talks of the EU summit yesterday (19 October), Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned that the EU action was “reaching its limits” due to insufficient financing.
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May pleads for Brexit deal she can sell at home

Euractive general - Ven, 20/10/2017 - 08:00
British Prime Minister Theresa May pressed EU leaders on the first day of the EU summit yesterday (19 October) for a Brexit deal she can "defend" at home as her counterparts said at a summit in Brussels that there were encouraging signs of progress in the talks.
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Juncker: No EU unity for Russia Nord Stream 2 talks

Euractive general - Ven, 20/10/2017 - 08:00
The European Commission on Thursday (19 October) said that despite a lack of unity among member states over Russia's plans for a new gas pipeline to Germany, it would press ahead to seek support for talks with Russia on its objections.
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‘Community’ energy projects in Greece under threat, activists warn

Euractive general - Ven, 20/10/2017 - 07:51
Two pioneering solar PV projects in Greece that enable renewable electricity benefits to be shared across local communities are coming under threat from draft EU rules on renewable energy “self-generation”, Greenpeace has warned.
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Serbia is moving forward, PM says after 100 days in office

Euractive general - Ven, 20/10/2017 - 07:44
Serbian citizens eagerly awaited Prime Minister Ana Brnabić to present her cabinet's first 100 days in office, not because they wanted to be reminded of what the government had done but to find out how much their pensions and salaries would be raised. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
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