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Rights NGOs face fresh threats across the EU, agency says

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While ongoing crackdowns in Poland and Hungary have put the spotlight on rights groups, NGOs are now under new political and financial pressure across the EU, the Fundamental Rights Agency said.

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Source: euobserver.com

EIB 'more sensitive' to fraud after Dieselgate, chief insists

Added: 18.01.2018 9:43 | 0 views | 0 comments

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The president of the European Investment Bank, Werner Hoyer, said the bank had high standards - but did not explain why an anti-fraud report on a loan to Volkswagen was being kept secret.

Source: euobserver.com

Storm blasts western Europe, closing airports and schools

Added: 18.01.2018 7:59 | 0 views | 0 comments

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Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport suspended all flights for nearly an hour Thursday and the Dutch national rail service halted trains across the country as a powerful storm battered the Netherlands and lashed other parts of Europe.

Tags: EU, Airports
Source: www.france24.com

EU 'hypocrisy' condemns people to Libya, says NGO

Added: 18.01.2018 7:54 | 0 views | 0 comments

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Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, says the EU's key policy on returning migrants to Libya is condemning them to "nightmarish conditions", and is a hypocritical use of the Libyan coastguard to avoid direct responsibility.

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Source: euobserver.com

[Ticker] EU Parliament to investigate glyphosate-decision process

Added: 18.01.2018 6:57 | 0 views | 0 comments

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The European Parliament's conference of presidents decided on Thursday to create a special committee to investigate the assessment process for pesticides, including the glyphosate weedkiller. The committee, which has a nine-month mandate, will in particular assess "potential failures that might have arisen in the scientific evaluation" and "possible conflicts of interest at all levels".

Source: euobserver.com

[Ticker] 'Mutagenesis' falls outside EU's GMO rules, says EU top lawyer

Added: 18.01.2018 6:55 | 0 views | 0 comments

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The breeding method called mutagenesis is exempt from EU law regulating the authorisation of GMOs, the European Court of Justice's advocate general said on Thursday, in a non-binding opinion. Unlike GMOs, . The case was brought to the court by France after small-scale farmers said mutagenesis carries risks for health and the environment. A formal ruling will follow.

Tags: EU, Genes, France, GM
Source: euobserver.com

[Ticker] Decision on Polish MEP's Nazi-era slur postponed

Added: 18.01.2018 6:49 | 0 views | 0 comments

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The leaders of political groups in the European Parliament on Thursday postponed a decision on whether to schedule an 'impeachment vote' on Polish MEP Ryszard Czarnecki. Four group leaders want to remove his title of parliament vice-president because he . The decision is now scheduled for 1 February. Meanwhile, parliament president Antonio Tajani will meet both Czarnecki and Thun.

Source: euobserver.com

[Ticker] Bad loans in EU decrease to 2014 levels

Added: 18.01.2018 6:32 | 0 views | 0 comments

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The amount of non-performing loans (NPL) - loans that individuals or companies cannot repay to the banks - has reached its lowest level since the end of 2014, the European Commission said. According to a report published on Thursday, the ratio of NPLs was down one percentage point in the second quarter of 2017, compared to a year before, to 4.6 percent. They still represent €950 billion.

Source: euobserver.com

[Ticker] UK demand for EIB loans dropped in 2017

Added: 18.01.2018 6:30 | 0 views | 0 comments

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European Investment Bank president Werner Hoyer said Thursday that in 2017 UK-based demand for loans dropped, compared to the remaining EU-27 - even though UK projects remain eligible until Brexit. Hoyer also said he believed the UK will not be able to immediately offer similar funding opportunities to replace EIB funds. "We will leave a gap in financing in the UK."

Source: euobserver.com

[Ticker] EIB president: Juncker fund has worked

Added: 18.01.2018 6:05 | 0 views | 0 comments

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Werner Hoyer, president of the European Investment Bank, said Thursday the bank was "well on track" to generate €315bn of additional investments from a guarantee of €21bn through the Juncker fund. there was scepticism that the bank could achieve a multiplier of 15. "Some called the plan's ambition ... a delusion, mentioning black magic or financial wizardry," said Hoyer. "We are now vindicated. This has worked."

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Source: euobserver.com

[Ticker] Moscovici calls for more transparency on tax havens list

Added: 18.01.2018 5:53 | 0 views | 0 comments

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EU tax commissioner Pierre Moscovici has called "formally and solemnly" on EU member states to publish as soon as possible the letters of commitment they have received from entities on the EU lists of tax havens. He asked finance ministers to take the decision at their next meeting next Tuesday. "We need citizens, NGOs, parliaments and media to be able to see the process," he said on Thursday.

Tags: EU, Citizen, SPA
Source: euobserver.com

[Ticker] Commission proposes VAT overhaul

Added: 18.01.2018 5:39 | 0 views | 0 comments

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The European Commission proposed on Thursday changing VAT rules in the EU, to allow member states to decide reduced rates on some products without needing an unanimous agreement with other member states. It also proposed simplifying the rules for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in order to reduce the costs of VAT for them. One of the commission's goals is to fight VAT fraud.

Source: euobserver.com

Poland's existential struggle: Abortion debate spurs protests over right-wing shift

Added: 18.01.2018 5:25 | 0 views | 0 comments

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Women across Poland have taken to the streets wearing black as a sign of mourning for their reproductive rights, which they say are under threat from the ruling conservative Law and Justice party. Last week, parliament rejected a proposal to liberalise abortion access and also began work on legislation that would ban abortion of foetuses with severe deformities. Critics say it would amount to a near-total ban in Poland, whose abortion laws are already among the most restrictive in Europe.

Source: www.france24.com

[Ticker] Council of Europe slams Romania's anti-corruption record

Added: 18.01.2018 5:18 | 0 views | 0 comments

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Romania has made "very limited progress" in reforms to fight corruption, the Council of Europe has said. In a, the institution's anti-corruption body, the Greco, said that Romanian authorities have implemented only two of the 13 recommendations it made in 2016. The Greco calls among others for more transparency, and an improvement in MPs' declarations of assets and interests.

Source: euobserver.com

Next year's EU election at risk of Russian meddling

Added: 18.01.2018 3:30 | 0 views | 0 comments

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EU elections in 2019 are likely to be the next big target for Russian propaganda, MEPs have warned, with one asking 'how many seats will Russia get?'

Source: euobserver.com

[Ticker] Macedonia's president blocks Albanian language law

Added: 18.01.2018 3:07 | 0 views | 0 comments

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Macedonian president Gjorge Ivanov on Wednesday vetoed a law that would make Albania a second official language. "This law introduces an expensive parallelism to all levels of administration and leads to their total blockade and dysfunctionality," he said. Ethnic Albanians make up around a quarter of the total population. The law had been passed by parliament. It will now be sent back for a second vote.

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Source: euobserver.com

[Ticker] Sweden threatens army use to fight gang crime

Added: 18.01.2018 3:04 | 0 views | 0 comments

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Sweden's prime minister Stefan Lofven on Wednesday threatened to deploy the army to fight a flare-up of gang violence in the country. "It would not be my first option to bring in the military, but I am prepared to do whatever is necessary to make sure that serious, organised crime is stamped out," he told news agency TT. 106 people were murdered in Sweden last year.

Source: euobserver.com

[Ticker] Poll: Germans prefer Gabriel to Schulz for vice-chancellor

Added: 18.01.2018 3:02 | 0 views | 0 comments

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More Germans would prefer Sigmar Gabriel as vice-chancellor than SPD chief Martin Schulz, according to a YouGov/DPA survey published on Thursday. It found that 33 percent wanted Gabriel to remain deputy to chancellor Angela Merkel in a new coalition government, while only 22 percent wanted Schulz, the former president of the European Parliament, in the post.

[Ticker] UK to pay for beefed up Calais security

Added: 18.01.2018 2:58 | 1 views | 0 comments

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The United Kingdom is set to pay an extra €50 million to beef up security around the . The move comes ahead of a meeting on Thursday between French president Emmanuel Macron and British prime minister Theresa May. The two are set to discuss, among other issues, reforming the 2003 Le Touquet agreement. The agreement allows British border guards to patrol inside French territory.

Source: euobserver.com

[Ticker] Italy deploys troops to Niger

Added: 18.01.2018 2:54 | 0 views | 0 comments

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The Italian parliament on Wednesday backed measures to send 470 troops in Niger as part of a campaign to clamp down on irregular migration and trafficking. Italian prime minister Paolo Gentiloni said the measures were needed to "guarantee stability in the area and fight illegal trafficking of migrants". Another 60 troops will be deployed to Tunisia.

Source: euobserver.com

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