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Industry bosses demand EU action on soaring energy prices

28.02.14 @ 10:37

EU leaders must address rising energy prices and climate policies which are crippling the bloc's manufacturing sector, according to a manifesto signed by more than 100 industry bosses. One hundred and thirty seven chief ...

EU commissioner clashes with Germany on energy subsidies

18.02.14 @ 09:29

Germany is on collision course with the European Commission over subsidies to energy-intensive industries which Brussels says run counter to EU goals on promoting greener sources by 2020. In a rare move, competition ...

OpinionCredit card companies are pocketing dazzling profits

14.02.14 @ 17:10

Payment card companies such as Visa and Mastercard and the banks that issue their debit and credit cards have been pocketing dazzling profits as a result of unfair competition. After years the European Union is finally ...

EU hosts majority of 'notorious' pirate websites

13.02.14 @ 09:27

Ten of the world’s 23 most “notorious” pirate websites are based in EU countries, while another five are in Russia or Ukraine, the US government says. The report, published on Wednesday (12 February), by The Office of ...

Leading EU party wants to ditch EU-US data agreement

29.10.13 @ 18:33

The European Parliament’s largest political group, the centre-right EPP, wants to end an EU-US data exchange agreement known as Safe Harbour. German centre-right MEP Manfred Weber, who is the group’s vice-president, ...

OpinionThe real agenda behind cutting red tape

29.10.13 @ 09:00

One of the worrying issues that emerged from last week’s European Council in Brussels is the ‘cut red tape’ initiative promoted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron. The proposal, which was welcomed by other EU leaders, ...

OpinionHave some faith in our politicians

14.10.13 @ 15:33

It is no secret that there is a big divide between EU decision-makers and the public. This divide risks widening further by misinformed theories on how powerful lobbyists have replaced elected politicians in deciding EU ...

OpinionFinancialisation is on the march again

08.10.13 @ 12:15

It is very much open to question whether Albert Einstein could have got his head around the exotic financial instruments, the notorious ‘casino’ paraphernalia, that brought the global economic house down in 2008. But ...

OpinionEurope’s new challenge: Eroding foreign investment

26.09.13 @ 17:19

Today foreign direct investment (FDI) is driven by emerging nations and the impending unwinding of US monetary stimulus. In Europe, the lingering debt crisis is reflected in the dramatic plunge of FDI inflows. In the ...

InvestigationEUobserver investigative reports

19.09.13 @ 08:50

A growing number of EU countries use private security firms to guard migrant detention centres and handle visa applications, raising questions of accountability if things go wrong. EUobserver looks at the rise of a new ...

Eurozone edging towards economic recovery

25.07.13 @ 09:27

The eurozone appears to be edging towards economic recovery, according to data published on Wednesday (24 July). Statistics firm Markit revealed that its purchasing managers' index (PMI), which measures economic ...

Oil and gas giants forced to publish payments under new rules

12.06.13 @ 19:01

Oil and gas giants will be required to publish all payments they make to governments, under EU transparency rules backed on Wednesday by the European Parliament. The reforms, which are included in the EU's Accounting ...

EU summit backs shale gas 'revolution'

22.05.13 @ 20:12

EU energy policy must shift towards diversifying supply, with natural shale gas likely to be part of the mix, EU leaders said at a summit in Brussels on Wednesday (22 May). UK Prime Minister David Cameron offered robust ...

OpinionEU's flagship climate policy is sinking fast

16.04.13 @ 16:57

The Emissions Trading System (ETS) is the EU’s flagship climate policy and it is sinking fast. The stated aim is to put a price on carbon, providing a financial incentive for companies to cut their pollution and, ...

Demand for forced labour increasing in EU

15.04.13 @ 16:45

The economic crisis is leading to a rise in the number of people being trafficked for sex, hard labour or organ donation, the EU commission said Monday (15 April,) but the vast majority of member states have failed to ...

OpinionWhy are our medicines so expensive?

12.04.13 @ 09:15

In the lead-up to an inter ministerial meeting between EU and India next week, European trade negotiators continue to pressure India and other developing countries to accept so-called “free trade” agreements that favour ...

Campaigners hail 'game-changing' EU deal on oil and mining corruption

10.04.13 @ 09:29

MEPs and ministers have agreed groundbreaking rules requiring oil and mineral companies to report payments made to third world governments. The new rules agreed on Tuesday (9 April) will require extractive firms to ...

EU to agree transparency rules for oil and mining firms

09.04.13 @ 17:43

EU officials will meet Tuesday evening (9 April) for what are expected to be the final talks on radical new rules cracking down on corruption between extractive companies and third world governments. Under the deal ...

FocusAcademics line up to defend EU data protection law

12.03.13 @ 08:59

Leading academics across Europe are signing an online petition to support the European Commission’s draft data protection regulation in protest at industry lobbying to weaken it. “They decided they had to do something ...

Traceability of goods must improve, says EU

13.02.13 @ 18:57

Any non-food product sold in the EU must be traceable and labelled with the name and address of its manufacturer. The rules are part of a larger safety and market surveillance package put forward on Wednesday (13 ...

EU anti-sexism law kicked into November

23.10.12 @ 20:19

Disagreement among top officials and legal worries have come close to killing a high-profile EU gender quota law. The latest version of the bill - drafted by justice commissioner Vivianne Reding - is to force publicly- ...

InvestigationList of EU lobby firms by income

03.10.12 @ 17:15

EUobserver's list of lobby companies based in Brussels or nearby was put together by trawling through industry registries and speaking to contacts in the sector. The financial figures are annual turnover or EBITDA ( ...

Barroso fights to keep investment pot in EU budget

02.10.12 @ 16:51

The European Commission has started banging the drum for new €50bn pot of money that it says will reinvigorate Europe's economy amid fears that penny-counting member states will give it the chop. With just weeks to go ...

Public works to drive new spending, says EU executive

03.08.12 @ 21:40

The European Commission wants the European Investment Bank and member states to back stimulus measures on public works and infrastructure projects in a bid to kick-start the European economy. In a paper released earlier ...

OpinionMoving the single market for online music

11.07.12 @ 09:14

Music is everywhere, and the digital age has only increased its presence. Today, (11 July) I am proposing a modernised system of collective rights management that will use the single market – the EU's most powerful ...

OpinionEU fisheries: little learned 20 years later

11.06.12 @ 09:25

EU ministers will gather in Brussels on Tuesday (12 June) for a crucial vote on the general approach for the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The developments of these last few weeks indicate that the ...

Europeans cannot shake suicidal habit

31.05.12 @ 09:16

It killed 695,000 people in the EU last year. But despite restaurant bans and gruesome health labels, the number of smokers is hardly going down. A European Commission survey published for the UN's international anti- ...

EU takes aim at Israeli settler products

15.05.12 @ 09:22

EU foreign ministers have "warned" Israel they will take a tougher approach to exports originating in illegal settlements on Palestinian land. The ministers in a statement on Monday (14 May) detailing Israel's long-term ...

VideoWikipedia founder: European red tape hampering growth

09.05.12 @ 08:34

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales tells EUobserver why entrepreneurs do better in America: in the US, you can start your own business in five minutes. In Greece, it can take up to 10 months.

FocusEU should keep out of innovation's way, Wikipedia-founder says

08.05.12 @ 19:57

To encourage innovation in Europe, policy-makers should just keep out of the way, Wikipedia-founder Jimmy Wales has said. "I agree with the idea of streamlining and simplification. The only thing is that I would be much ...

FocusInnovation

08.05.12 @ 11:59

As the EU continues to struggle with the effects of the economic crisis, the importance of investing in innovation and research is increasingly been emphasized. But how much money is enough and where should it be spent? ...

FocusEU innovation efforts unknown

08.05.12 @ 11:57

The efforts of the EU to turn the old continent into an “innovation union” are largely unknown to business leaders, according to a survey released on Tuesday (8 May) by global accounting firm Ernst & Young. Not more ...

FocusSighs of relief as new EU innovation fund replaces the old

08.05.12 @ 11:57

Industry leaders, academics and MEPs have all warmly welcomed a recent proposal for a new, seven-year EU fund for research and innovation - if only because it is nothing like its predecessor. “The change is clear. The ...

FocusThe Acta debate - will innovation be stifled?

08.05.12 @ 11:57

Opponents of Acta, the controversial anti-counterfeiting treaty up for vote in the European Parliament in July, say, among other things, that it would stifle innovation. Advocates say the exact opposite. According to ...

FocusEU commission's doomsday talk on innovation 'exaggerated'

08.05.12 @ 11:57

Europe is facing an “innovation emergency”, according to the European Commission. But researchers and industry leaders - and the facts - paint a less gloomy picture. The first time EU research commissioner Maire ...

FocusEU scientists 'suppliers for the economy'

08.05.12 @ 11:56

Barbara van Dyck, a young bio-engineer from Belgium, will on Tuesday (8 May) appear before a judge in the Flemish town of Dendermonde to refute the public prosecutor’s allegations of conspiracy, destruction of property ...

OpinionScandalous double standards in Repsol affair

20.04.12 @ 09:26

When Argentine President Cristina Fernandez announced she was ordering the partial nationalisation of oil company YPF (Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales) - owned by the Spanish oil company Repsol (16 April) - she reaped ...

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 ...

FocusEU to delay decision on Sony and Universal EMI take-over

29.03.12 @ 21:07

The battle for the future of the music publishing industry is set to run until the summer after the European Commission revealed its plan to delay judgment on the take-over of British music publishing giant EMI until ...

FocusEU to re-write cinema subsidy rules

16.03.12 @ 08:46

The European Commission on Wednesday (14 March) launched plans to re-writer EU rules on state aid for cinema this year. Member States across the EU provide around €3bn per year in support for film production, with the ...

FocusE-health business is good business

09.03.12 @ 09:46

Early investors in Zenicor, a Swedish medical technology company founded in 2003, are probably congratulating themselves on their foresight. "Over the last three years, we have had an annual growth of more than 50 ...

EU ignores journalists in future-of-media brainstorm

08.12.11 @ 20:21

The European Commission on Wednesday (7 December) held its first in a round of consultation meetings about the future of the European media industry. But despite requests from journalists to join the discussion, they ...

InvestigationCongo's conflict minerals divide EU opinion

18.11.11 @ 18:09

Branching off the main Goma-Bukavu road on the shores of Lake Kivu, an earthy track climbs high into the mountains of Africa's Great Rift Valley, switchbacking incessantly through the lush green landscape before ...

Commission fast-tracks EU 'project bonds' to spur growth

19.10.11 @ 17:59

The EU commission on Wednesday (19 October) proposed that "project bonds" worth €230 million be kicked off next year instead of in 2014, so as to help investments in transport, energy and broadband connections as ...

OpinionInternational trade: Israel should not be discriminated against

06.10.11 @ 09:54

Last week the European Parliament voted to approve trade preferences to the Palestinian Authority that will allow agricultural and fisheries products from West Bank and Gaza to enter the EU without duties and almost ...