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EU governments paid €3.5bn in investor claims

04.12.14 @ 09:30

EU governments have been forced to pay out more than €3.5 billion in compensation to firms under controversial investor protection rules according to new research published on Thursday (4 December). The survey, by the ...

EU-Canada deal to remain unchanged, trade chief tells Germany

11.11.14 @ 10:37

An EU-Canada trade agreement will include controversial investor protection clauses, the EU's new trade commissioner has confirmed. Following a meeting in Berlin on Monday (10 November) with Sigmar Gabriel, leader of ...

Ombudsman: 'Now the hard work begins'

01.10.14 @ 18:58

Emily O'Reilly marked her first year in office as the European Union's Ombudsman on Wednesday (1 October) but her gloves are only coming off now. The Irish woman has launched more investigations than any of her ...

OpinionThe rollback of transparency

23.09.14 @ 09:07

Transparency, once a 'conditio sine qua non' for democracy and good governance, is suffering a clear backlash in Europe. In a post-Occupy, post-Wikileaks world, transparency has nestled in the public consciousness. ...

AnalysisFrom trade tariffs to trust – TTIP a year on

28.07.14 @ 10:14

When political leaders on both sides of the Atlantic gave negotiators the green light to start talks on a Transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP), it was widely seen as an economic 'win-win' - a debt free ...

Commission rejects citizens' campaign to ban stem cell funding

29.05.14 @ 09:16

The European Commission has dismissed a campaign to scrap funding for stem cell research and reproductive health services. The demand was made by the 'One of Us' campaign, the second citizens' initiative to reach the 1 ...

AgendaCorporate governance on the agenda this WEEK

07.04.14 @ 09:33

New legislation on the rights of shareholders and corporate governance is set to top the agenda of a quiet week for the EU's institutions. On Wednesday (9 April) the European Commission will table plans to re-write the ...

EU commission to rewrite water laws after citizens' campaign

20.03.14 @ 09:52

The EU is set to re-write its legislation on access to drinking water, the European Commission said Wednesday (19 March), in response to a pan-EU campaign backed by 1.8 million people. "We will launch an EU-wide public ...

First EU citizens' initiative calls for right to water

17.02.14 @ 20:47

EU law should guarantee the right to water and sanitation, the first valid EU citizens’ initiative has said. It also called for water services not to face liberalisation, collecting 1.8 million signatures after a ...

FocusBerlin citizens keen to buy their electricity grid

01.11.13 @ 19:52

People living in Berlin are heading to the polls on Sunday (3 November) in a referendum on buying back the city's electricity grid from Swedish energy giant Vattenfall. Vattenfall means "waterfall." The state-owned ...

EU to extend welfare rights, despite UK warning

08.05.13 @ 17:59

European Commission vice-president Viviane Reding has proposed to extend EU nationals' welfare rights despite a warning on "benefit tourism" by major EU countries. Ministers from Austria, Germany, Netherlands, and the ...

VideoActivists barge in on EU's economic headquarters

15.03.13 @ 15:14

While EU leaders met in Brussels for their traditional spring summit, thousands of trade unionists staged an afternoon of events to protest against austerity measures.

OpinionHappy New European Citizens' Year?

04.01.13 @ 08:33

The "European Year of the Citizens" in 2013 will put a spotlight on one of the hardest-fought-for EU reforms, the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI). This new instrument - which says that if 1 million EU citizens from ...

OpinionCitizens Initiative risks being strangled by EU commission

22.06.12 @ 11:04

The expectations attached to the EU’s new participatory democracy tool are high. The European Citizens Initiative (ECI), allowing citizens to influence EU law-making, is seen as the most significant democratic reform in ...

VideoPirate MEP: Acta treaty would punish young people

24.05.12 @ 09:47

Swedish Pirate party MEP Christian Engstrom has little interest in economics or foreign affairs. The former computer engineer is concentrating his energy on stopping the EU parliament from adopting the Acta treaty on ...

No compromise in sight on EU document secrecy

23.05.12 @ 09:20

Negotiators remain far apart on new rules to govern which internal EU documents can be released for public scrutiny. Jakob Alvi, the Danish EU presidency spokesman, told EUobserver on Tuesday (22 May) that member states ...

VideoCrisis has hit a raw nerve, says Ombudsman

21.05.12 @ 20:33

The economic crisis has shaken citizens' trust in EU institutions, says Ombudsman Nikiforos Diamandouros, who recently hosted a conference designed to give citizens access to the Union's key decision-makers. An Athens ...

OpinionEurope Day: Hard challenges, soft democracy

09.05.12 @ 10:46

There is no doubt that history was made on Europe Day in 2012. It marked the first time a direct, transnational and digital tool of formal citizen participation came into operation. But the first European Citizens ...

Video'We still want change'

30.04.12 @ 08:50

People from all over the world are expected to take to the streets on 12 May to celebrate the first anniversary of the Spanish 'indignado' movement protesting economic austerity measures. Brussels-based 'indignados' ...

Officials, diplomats want even more EU secrecy

12.04.12 @ 18:19

Most member states and EU institutions are keen to draw a new veil of secrecy over how they appoint top officials and enforce EU law. The rights of journalists, NGOs and average people to get access to internal EU ...

VideoEuropean citizens' initiative becomes a reality

02.04.12 @ 09:10

On 1 April a new participative democracy tool came into effect in the European Union. The European Citizen's Initiative is being hailed as a potential breakthrough moment for relations between the Union and citizens. ...

AgendaThis WEEK in the European Union

23.03.12 @ 17:40

The European Commission will on Wednesday (28 March) unveil plans for the setting up of a European cybercrime centre meant to identify the most dangerous cyber threats as well as support member states work in the area ...

First citizens' petition set to be on water

21.03.12 @ 17:43

The first formal attempt by European citizens to have a say in EU policy-making is likely to centre around securing a promise from Brussels to never privatise water. "We are planning to launch on the 1st April at ...

VideoOver 2 million say No to anti-counterfeit treaty

01.03.12 @ 10:08

Two and a half million people signed a petition this week urging the European Parliament to say 'no' to the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement, Acta. The multinational treaty - which among other things aims to protect ...

Online petitions to put EU under public scrutiny

27.01.12 @ 08:44

With just weeks until to go until the EU dips its toe into the unpredictable world of participatory democracy, internet giants are warning the European Commission it had better be prepared for scrutiny by a critical and ...

VideoEurope is not working right now, says new Liberal party leader

07.12.11 @ 10:18

Europe is entering a very difficult period in its history, says newly elected Liberal Democrat and Reform Party leader, Sir Graham Watson, but Germany has the power to stop the eurozone crisis.

OpinionDemocracy at a discount

18.11.11 @ 09:01

The eurozone crisis is yet again a painful reminder of how challenging it is to reconcile democracy and capitalism when the political institutions are lacking. It is now the self-appointed troika - the IMF, the European ...

VideoGreek protestors call for Papandreou to step down

23.10.11 @ 19:21

"Greek people don't want any more loans", says Yiorgos Vassalos from the Greek solidarity movement in Brussels. Belgian police have water canons parked a stones throw from the protesters, who have been joined by some of ...

VideoAfter 2000km, 'indignants' receive frosty welcome in Brussels

11.10.11 @ 09:19

After walking for two and a half months, about 300 "indignados" arrived in Brussels this weekend to lobby the European institutions and protest against unemployment and welfare cuts. Although the original plan was for ...

OpinionEuropean parliaments' body facing 'identity crisis'

03.10.11 @ 09:28

The largest meeting to take place under the Polish Presidency will in all likelihood be a group you have never heard of. Hundreds of participants gather in Warsaw Monday (3 October) for the plenary meeting of COSAC, the ...

VideoThe current state of the European project

07.07.11 @ 01:56

The euro and the border-free Schengen area: two of EU´s major achievements have been under severe strain this year. What are the consequences of the euro crisis and the moves to re-establish border checks on the future ...