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Legal expert: ECT withdrawal ‘is the only possible course of action’

EURACTIV News - 9 hours 54 min ago
Following the decision by several EU member states to leave the controversial Energy Charter Treaty, the European Commission must now put proposals on the table for the EU to withdraw collectively, says Lukas Schaugg.
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Bulgaria accused of brutal border pushbacks

EURACTIV News - 10 hours 9 min ago
Bulgaria faces mounting accusations that it is abusing people trying to cross its border with Turkey, with asylum seekers saying they have been pushed back, locked up, stripped and beaten.
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Brussels on tenterhooks for long-awaited Zelenskyy visit

EURACTIV News - 10 hours 24 min ago
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has so far only made one trip abroad since Russia invaded his country almost a year ago -- receiving a hero's welcome in Washington in December.
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‘Fences protect Europe’, Orban says ahead of EU migration summit

EURACTIV News - 10 hours 41 min ago
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Tuesday (7 February) called for European Union financing for border fences, reviving an idea long seen as inadmissible ahead of a summit of the bloc's leaders to discuss curbing irregular immigration.
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Unfit for purpose: EU migration system in crisis

EURACTIV News - 10 hours 43 min ago
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Czech officials opposing the Commission pushing for a loosening of state aid rules, Finland confirming it will continue its NATO membership alongside Sweden, and so much more.
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Moscow intensifies winter assault, Kyiv expects new offensive

EURACTIV News - 10 hours 52 min ago
Russian forces ramped up a winter assault in eastern Ukraine, bringing tens of thousands of freshly mobilised troops to the battlefield, while Kyiv expected Moscow to broaden its offensive as towns in the northeast and south came under fire.
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Gentiloni asks member states to amend recovery plans ‘quickly’

EURACTIV News - 10 hours 57 min ago
EU Economy Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni called on EU member states to summarise the changes of their recovery plans in a single amendment in order to speed up the approval process and the actual implementation. “We strongly encourage member states to...
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Exit from Energy Charter Treaty ‘unavoidable’, EU Commission says

EURACTIV News - 11 hours 3 min ago
The European Commission has told member countries that a joint EU exit from a controversial international energy treaty appears inevitable, according to a document seen by Reuters, with some of them already leaving the accord on climate concerns.
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Concerns over EPP chief’s leadership style, second salary

EURACTIV News - 11 hours 22 min ago
Officials of the conservative European People’s Party (EPP) have voiced concern about Manfred Weber’s leadership style and his attempts to collaborate with Italy’s far-right Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni without prior consultations.
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Traceability and transparency of biofuels markets to reach new heights in 2023 [Promoted content]

EURACTIV News - 11 hours 26 min ago
EWABA is very excited to welcome the newly established Union Database for Biofuels (“UDB”) open for economic operators’ registration since mid-January.
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Italy to use EU funds to become energy hub for Europe, Meloni says

EURACTIV News - 11 hours 27 min ago
Italy intends to use funds coming from the European Union under the so-called REPowerEU plan to completely wean itself off Russian gas and turn the country into energy hub for the bloc, Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said in a statement.
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French strikes cause costly surge in electricity imports from Germany

EURACTIV News - 11 hours 28 min ago
France imported €330 million worth of electricity in order to meet domestic demand in January while only exporting €96 million to Germany during that same time period, data shows.
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Albania close to EU average in renewable energy use

EURACTIV News - 11 hours 34 min ago
In Albania, 21.2% of the energy used for heating and cooling in 2022 came from renewable sources, close to the EU average of 22.9%, according to the latest data from Eurostat. Albania produces almost all of its energy from hydropower,...
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Russian envoy makes veiled threats if Bosnia joins NATO

EURACTIV News - 11 hours 35 min ago
Russia reserves the right to a “proportionate response” should Bosnia and Herzegovina join NATO or any organisation hostile to Moscow, the Russian ambassador in Sarajevo wrote in a Facebook post meant to debunk misconceptions about ‘Russian threats against Bosnia’. In...
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Slovak growth tied to recovery plan’s success

EURACTIV News - 11 hours 41 min ago
Growth will depend on whether Slovakia will be able to absorb EU recovery fund money, according to experts, after the National Bank of Slovakia upped its growth forecast from the previous 0.6% to 1.3%. Historically, Slovakia has had trouble absorbing...
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US to deliver HIMARS systems to Poland

EURACTIV News - 11 hours 43 min ago
The US State Department approved a possible sale to Poland of M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers, and ammunition, the Pentagon’s Defence Security Cooperation Agency announced on Monday. In May 2022, Poland requested to buy 18 HIMARS launchers,...
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Spanish patient associations urge caution as mask rules lifted

EURACTIV News - 11 hours 44 min ago
The Patient Association has called for prudence and respect for the vulnerable while the Society of Epidemiology has recommended the wearing of facemasks in special circumstances as Spain has started to lift mandatory facemask rules in different settings. The government...
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Rescuers dig through rubble as Turkey-Syria quake death toll passes 7,800

EURACTIV News - 11 hours 49 min ago
The death toll of a devastating earthquake in southern Turkey and Syria jumped to more than 7,800 people on 7 February as rescuers worked against time in harsh winter conditions to dig survivors out of the rubble of collapsed buildings.
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Sweden also opposes Russian participation in the Olympics

EURACTIV News - 11 hours 49 min ago
The Swedish government supports regional sports organisations and confederations in their attempts to influence the International Olympic Committee on Russian and Belarusian participation in the 2024 Olympics, Sports Minister Jakob Forssmed said in an interview with Dagens Nyheter. The International...
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Emergency fund to help Dutch low-income households with energy bills

EURACTIV News - 11 hours 50 min ago
Low-income households will receive help to pay off part of their increased energy bills, as a special temporary emergency fund that was agreed on last month is set to come into effect. Like in most European countries, Dutch households have...
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