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24.07.2014

European Court: Male civil servants discriminated against in France

The European Court of Justice has pointed the finger at unequal retirement plans between men and women in the French civil service. EurActiv France reports. According to a judgment by the ECJ (17 July), the French retirement...more »


24.07.2014

Oettinger: EU may not help Russia develop Arctic oil, gas

The European Union should not give Russia technical help to develop Arctic oil and gas fields if Moscow fails to help to defuse the Ukraine crisis, EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger said yesterday (23 July). EU officials...more »


24.07.2014

Report: Italy 'overzealous' in reporting EU farm fraud cases

Member states show a mixed record when it comes to reporting irregularities in how EU funds for agriculture and regional policy are being spent. While Italy has been "overzealous" in its reporting, others hardly report any fraud...more »


24.07.2014

EU seeks to ‘balance the pain’ from Russia sanctions

European Union ambassadors will debate proposals today (24 July) on restricting Russian access to Europe's capital markets and defence and energy technology, but are not expected to make a quick decision. A package of measures is...more »


24.07.2014

Brussels puts 30% energy savings target on the table for 2030

The European Commission on Wednesday (23 July) proposed reducing the bloc's energy use by 30% by 2030, leaving it up to EU heads of states to decide whether or not to endorse the target at a forthcoming summit in October.more »


24.07.2014

Ukraine complains about reduced reverse flows from EU

Ukraine said yesterday (23 July) it was receiving less gas via reverse flows from the European Union, which Energy Minister Yuri Prodan blamed on reluctance by firms within the EU to antagonise Russian gas producer Gazprom, a...more »


24.07.2014

Commission swamped by 150,000 replies to TTIP consultation

About 150,000 people have responded to the European Commission’s online consultation on the controversial investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) clause in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). In January,...more »


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