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18.07.2014

EU agrees on trade deal with Ecuador

The European Union completed negotiations on Thursday (17 July) on a trade deal with the Ecuador that will eliminate tariffs for most of its exports to its top trading partner, the Andean nation's trade minister said. Francisco...more »


18.07.2014

Kohl encourages Merkel to pursue EU unity

In a letter congratulating German Chancellor Angela Merkel on her 60th birthday Thursday (17 July), former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl encouraged her to focus on policy that brings Europe closer together, and emphasised the...more »


18.07.2014

Parliament aims to reinvigorate European Youth Initiative

Unemployment rates in Europe have not fallen, despite the European Youth Initiative coming into force in January 2014. MEPs have raised the alarm, and called for greater financial resources. EurActiv France reports. Although the...more »


18.07.2014

Calling time on TTIP

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Needs to reformulate its priorities and base itself on the founding values of the European Union, writes Emma Woodford.more »


18.07.2014

Downed Malaysian plane: ‘War has gone beyond Ukraine’

War has gone beyond the territory of Ukraine, the country’s President Petro Poroshenko has stated following the shocking news that the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was brought down...more »


18.07.2014

EU mulls geographical indications for non-food products

The European Commission is considering legislation protecting the geographical origin of non-agricultural products, such as Murano glass and Scottish tartans. The names of a number of European agricultural products, such as Parma...more »


18.07.2014

Shift taxes from labour to environment, EEA tells ministers

Hans Bruyninckx, he director of the European Environment Agency, has urged ministers to carry out fiscal reforms, such as moving tax from labour, to activities that damage the environment. The EEA issued environment and...more »


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