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One Week in Europe: Slovenia chooses fire walking and horse talking entrepreneur as Commissioner

Slovenia chose its new future Commissioner – an entrepreneur who used to walk on fire and talk to horses. A great choice according to President-elect Juncker. EU finance ministers put pressure on France to put its budget in line with EU rules, but at the same time they called for more investments. And the EU Commission decided to screen for Ebola … [Continue]

The vacant post in the Commission - 'U Talking to Me?' with Euranet Plus journalists

The vacant post in the Commission

Who is Violeta Bulc? Euranet Plus asked the Brussels correspondent of radio partner RTV Slovenia to provide some details on the new Slovenian nominee. In the latest edition of "U Talking to Me?," RTV's Matjaz Trost, Artjoms Konohovs (Latvijas Radio) and Yann-Anthony Noguès (BFM Business) looked at how the new European Commission team will be put … [Continue]

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European press roundup: Germany’s own economy criticized while pushing for austerity

The European media mainly criticised how German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been pushing for austerity in recent years, but actually is dealing with an upcoming economic recession in her own country. The Italian newspaper La Stampa even quoted Joschka Fischer, former German foreign minister, as saying “Germany is destroying Europe." Greece: … [Continue]

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Citizens’ Corner debate on the ‘rights of victims’ in EU

Euranet Plus, the leading radio network of EU news, hosted a “Citizens’ Corner” live debate on the “rights of victims” at the European Parliament in Brussels on October 7, 2014.  The debate was jointly produced by Euranet Plus and Castilla y Leon es Radio, Spain, member of the Euranet Plus network, and was moderated  by journalist … [Continue]

"Life Ring" - recycled plastics and metal / Flickr / Mary Anne Enriquez / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Zero waste, the ambitious EU recycling target

The EU Commission has presented legislative proposals for higher recycling rates. The goal is to recycle at least 70 percent of municipal waste by 2030. For packaging this rate is supposed to reach 80 percent. Currently only 40 percent of waste is recycled in the European Union on average. But the recycling rates vary greatly between member states: … [Continue]


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Citizens’ Corner debate on the ‘rights of victims’ in EU

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Herman van Rompuy, Petro Poroshenko and José Manuel Barroso (from right to left) at 10th Asia/Europe Summit (ASEM) / ec.europe.eu

Van Rompuy on Ukraine: ‘There is no political agreement yet’

"The Ukrainian conflict doesn't have a political solution yet. We do not want to hide it, there are different opinions on various issues," underlined the President of the European Council, Herman Van … [Continue]

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European press roundup: Germany’s own economy criticized while pushing for austerity

The European media mainly criticised how German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been pushing for austerity in recent years, but actually is dealing with an upcoming economic recession in her own country. … [Continue]

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Right of a EU member states to say No to GMO crops in question

So far a majority of member states of the European Union would like to ban genetically modified organisms (GMOs) from their territory. This so-called op-out clause is at the centre of a huge … [Continue]

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EU Court of Justice refused petition about citizenship of Hungarian minority in Slovakia

Slovakia does not allow the double citizenship, therefore, members of the Hungarian minority who have received the Hungarian citizenship may lose their Slovak citizenship. In some cases their … [Continue]

Violeta Bulc / Flickr / Jan Sandred / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Slovenia’s new Commission nominee to take on transport

Following the approval of Violeta Bulc, Slovenia's nomination for the European Commission, President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has turned his attention to a cabinet reshuffle. On Wednesday … [Continue]

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EU Commission will screen passengers for Ebola in Africa, but not in EU

The EU Commission will start screening airline passengers in West Africa amid increasing fear of an Ebola outbreak in Europe. But there will not be any coordinated screening inside the EU. The best … [Continue]

EU agrees laws to end banking secrecy announced EU Tax Commissioner Algirdas Semeta / ec.europa.eu

European banking secrecy is dead and buried soon

The European ministers of finance sealed the fate of the banking secrecy by agreeing on the revision of a European directive about administrative cooperation. This is a massive step ahead in the fight … [Continue]

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Nigel Farage has lost his group

Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD), the EU parliamentary faction led by eurosceptic British member of European Parliament (MEP) Nigel Farage, collapsed on Thursday (16.10.2014) after … [Continue]

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EU faces a mountain of unpaid bills

At 26 billion euros the debt of the EU appears to be snowballing, because the budgets adopted by the 28 EU member states are consistently below their requirements or promises. Therefore, the European … [Continue]

Violeta Bulc at 6. VIP večer: Inovativnost in poročanje, Violeta Bulc, Peter Frankl, Andraž Tori, 12. mar 2009 / Flickr / Kiberpipa / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Slovenia’s new candidate for post of EU Commissioner Violeta Bulc met Juncker in Brussels

Slovenia's new candidate for the post of EU Commissioner, Violeta Bulc, met European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels on Tuesday (14.10.2014). Juncker is considering … [Continue]