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Czechia to collect significantly less windfall tax than expected

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-11-15 06:18
While the Czech Finance Ministry originally predicted that the windfall profits tax could bring CZK 85 billion (€3.5 billion) to the state budget, the ministry has now admitted that the actual amount will be much less than expected, as only...
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Healthcare: Critical for voters, ‘hot potato’ for parties in Dutch elections

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-11-15 06:17
Healthcare is considered a crucial topic for Dutch voters ahead of the national elections, however political parties have been reluctant to address it in their manifestos. Dutch voters will head to polling stations on 22 November after Mark Rutte’s coalition...
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Left party pushes to ease Poland’s strict abortion laws

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-11-15 06:16
The liberalisation of abortion up to the 12th week of pregnancy and the decriminalisation of the performance of abortions were the legislative proposals tabled by MPs of the Left in an effort to liberalise the country’s strict abortion law. The...
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Exclusive interview with Maroš Šefčovič about made-in-Europe electric vehicles and the competition with China

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-11-15 06:11
Just recently, the European Commission launched an investigation into cheap Chinese electric vehicles ‘flooding’ our market. This is just one of the challenges that Europe is facing in its transition towards electric mobility and reducing CO2 emissions. On 17 November,...
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Big ‘left divorce’ reshuffles political cards in Athens

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-11-15 06:09
Although public anger is mounting due to skyrocketing prices in basic goods, the leftist main opposition Syriza party is not picking up electorally as their internal clashes make a credible governance alternative seem like a midsummer night's dream.
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Israel raids Gaza’s Al Shifa Hospital, urges Hamas to surrender

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-11-15 06:03
The Israeli military said it was carrying out a raid on Wednesday (15 November) against Hamas militants in Al Shifa Hospital, having urged them to surrender with thousands of Palestinian civilians still sheltering inside Gaza Strip's biggest hospital.
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Reform and court cases; Spain’s political crisis intensifies

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-11-15 06:01
A reform that would allow the Chamber to delay the approval of the government’s controversial amnesty law for at least two months to benefit those responsible for the 2017 secessionist attempt in Catalonia was approved by the Spanish Senate –...
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Portuguese economy minister rules out possibility of resignation

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-11-15 05:54
Economy Minister António Costa Silva has denied that he had any contact with the consultant Lacerda Machado and ruled out the possibility of resigning with reference to the investigation that mistook him with former prime minister António Costa, adding that...
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Italian economy minister defends new controversial budget bill

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-11-15 05:53
Italian Economy and Finance Minister Giancarlo Giorgetti has vigorously defended the 2024 budget bill against criticism from representatives of the Bank of Italy and Confindustria about the vulnerability of a budget manoeuvre in deficit and about its lack of support...
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Leak of confidential Israel memo sparks outrage in Dutch parliament

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-11-15 05:48
The leak of a confidential memo from the Dutch embassy in Israel, in which Israel is accused of using ‘disproportionate force’ against civilians in Gaza to showcase military strength, has sparked outrage among left-wing Dutch lawmakers, with a plethora of...
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Veteran Luxembourg foreign minister quits stage after two decades

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-11-15 05:33
In his nearly 20 years as Luxembourg's top diplomat, Jean Asselborn has grappled with countless crises around the globe at more than 200 meetings with a stream of European Union counterparts.
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Spanish rule of law battle engulfs Brussels, Sánchez called ‘Orbán of the south’

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-11-15 05:31
Spain’s political turmoil continues to engulf EU institutions as the Commission is trapped in the middle of a cross-fire letter frenzy between political forces demanding action, prompting debates and division among EU Parliament groups ahead of a key debate next...
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Commissioner Schmit eyes socialists’ EU elections top job

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-11-15 05:25
Luxembourgish Jobs and Social Rights Commissioner Nicolas Schmit expressed interest in becoming the Party of European Socialist lead candidate for the EU elections in June, acknowledging his name ‘is being circulated’. The socialists started to address the selection of an...
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French Senate hardens stance on economic, illegal immigration

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-11-15 05:25
The government’s immigration bill was voted through the French Senate with a large majority on Tuesday after most of the key provisions were hardened, access to work visas for long-term immigrants curbed, and medical help for irregular migrants slashed entirely....
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DigiEduHack and the challenges of digital education

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-11-14 19:12
Taking stock of the COVID-19 pandemic, which showed the importance of digital skills, the Commission launched a digital skill initiative targeted to the youth – the annual Digital Education Hackathon event. The 2023 Digital Education Hackathon is the initiative’s third...
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EU Commission’s digital education policy undergoes ‘reality check’

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-11-14 19:07
During the closing event of the annual Digital Education Hackathon on Monday (13 November), debates were held on the EU's lack of communication, protection of multilingualism,  support for digital education and innovation and EU competencies.
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EU countries mull options on AI law while foundation model stalemate looms large

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-11-14 18:21
The Spanish presidency of the EU Council asked for feedback on a series of less controversial points after the negotiations on the AI Act with the European Parliament hit a wall on foundation models.
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Navigating Risks of De-risking: A Call for China-EU Collaboration [Promoted content]

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-11-14 17:00
EU's shift towards de-risking from China faces scepticism and repercussions. Despite challenges, CCCEU report suggests 170 recommendations for improvement, aiming for shared prosperity. Chinese companies express optimism but acknowledge obstacles. The 20th anniversary marks a pivotal moment for Sino-EU collaboration.
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Siemens Energy: Germany to bail out key green transition player for €7.5bn

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-11-14 16:58
The struggling energy transition giant Siemens Energy has successfully petitioned the German government for a guarantee worth €7.5 billion, with parent company Siemens pitching in as well.
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Nuclear, windfall profits in focus as EU electricity reform talks near finishing line

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-11-14 16:46
Financing for nuclear and the redistribution of potential windfall profits made by electricity operators is coming under close scrutiny as EU legislators prepare for talks on Thursday (16 November) to reform the bloc's electricity market.
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