Juncker defends lobby-friendly restructuring of commission services

Today @ 09:29

Juncker has defended his decision to shift the health technology and pharmaceutical policy services back to the more lobby-friendly internal market directorate.

Highlights

Investor clauses could be left out of EU-US trade deal

29.09.14 @ 18:50

The EU's likely next trade commissioner has signalled that controversial investor protection rules could ultimately be left out of a US free trade deal.

Ukraine wary of EU's Russia gas deal

29.09.14 @ 18:12

The EU is keen for Ukraine to accept a winter deal on Russian gas, but Ukraine is wary of the terms and of broader EU-Russia energy ties.

New commissioners file written replies ahead of EU hearings

29.09.14 @ 09:45

Spain's Canete has said he wants a mandatory lobbyists' register, while Sweden's Malmstrom wants more transparency on US trade in written answers ahead of EP hearings.

Oettinger's digital plans focus on better infrastructure

Today @ 10:32

The EU’s incoming digital commissioner, Gunther Oettinger, emphasised infrastructure as key to Europe’s so-called digital economy at a hearing with MEPs on Monday.

Malmstrom rejects accusations of working with US to weaken data laws

29.09.14 @ 18:19

EU commissioner for home affairs Cecilia Malmstrom on Monday rejected allegations she colluded with the Americans to water down EU data protection rules.

Spain to block referendum, after Catalonia signs decree

29.09.14 @ 08:51

A giant clock in Barcelona has started counting down the days to a referendum on independence. But Madrid says it will not go ahead.

'I could back No vote' on EU, Cameron says

29.09.14 @ 09:21

Cameron has suggested he would campaign for Britain to leave the EU if he is unable to renegotiate the country's membership terms.

Belgrade gay pride a 'milestone'

29.09.14 @ 09:25

Gay people in Serbia held a march in Belgrade on Sunday in what has been described as a “milestone” in the country's history.

Russia threatens EU states with gas cut-offs

26.09.14 @ 09:40

Russian energy minister Novak has warned that EU states which re-export gas to Ukraine will face cut-offs, with Hungary already stopping its reverse flow.

Rescued migrants disembark from cruise ship after stand off

26.09.14 @ 09:29

Several hundred rescued migrants on a cruise liner in Cyprus have agreed to disembark following a tense stand off with authorities.

Focus

EU wakes up to its chronic disease problem

22.09.14 @ 17:01

The European Union is beginning to take the problem of chronic diseases seriously.

UK commissioner deprived of power to oversee bankers' pay

27.09.14 @ 09:19

The European Commission has played down suggestions that it had stripped the UK's commission candidate of responsibility for policing the EU's bank bonus rules, insisting that the decision had been taken before he was nominated.

MEPs prepare 'lively' hearings for new commissioners

25.09.14 @ 07:52

MEPs are preparing "lively" hearings for the new commissioners-to-be, with the Spanish, British, Slovenian, and Hungarian candidates likely to have the hardest time of it.

EU-Canada pact faces German opposition over investor clauses

25.09.14 @ 18:25

Provisions allowing companies to sue governments to protect their investments must be taken out of an EU-Canada trade agreement, German chancellor Merkel's coalition partners have said.