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Commission ponders a tax on online sales

The Commission will suggest on Wednesday alternatives to tax companies operating on Internet, including a withholding tax on online sales of non-resident companies or a levy on revenues coming from digital services or advertising, according to a document seen by EURACTIV.

CETA goes live, but not without foes

On Thursday , the EU-Canada trade agreement enters provisionally into force, sparking a rehash of old claims.

The Brief: Head in the sand

The refugee crisis got the EU by surprise, mainly because the Union was blind to conflicts in its neighbourhood. It still is.

EU moves to extend grip on financial sector after Brexit

The European Commission proposed on Wednesday transferring some powers to oversee the financial sector from national capitals in a move to extend the EU's grip on the industry as the bloc prepares for the departure of London, its main financial hub.

Merkel's EU-policies: Paris can wait

Merkel keeps a low profile in the election campaign regarding European issues, trying not to alienate voters as well as potential coalition partners.

The OECD must return to its founding principles

In a world beset by fake news, where facts are all too often subordinated to politics, smart policymaking requires independent institutions that can provide objective research and analysis, grounding political debate in science and reason, writes Justus Haucap.

New law on weightloss products could escalate obesity in Europe

New EU regulation on total diet replacement will take effect by early October, after MEPs voted in September to increase the protein and fat requirements in meal replacements, but the industry has warned that it may be ineffective and further aggravate the problem of obesity.

Commission readies further restrictions to neonicotinoids

The European Commission plans to propose further restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, an EU official told EURACTIV on Wednesday , amid a continuing tug of war between environmental groups and pesticide producers.

L'EASA fête ses 25 ans à Bruxelles le 19 octobre

Depuis 25 ans, l'Alliance Européene pour l'Ethique en Publicité a favorisé la promotion d'une meilleure publicité grâce à une autorégulation efficace.

Tusk to meet May next week to discuss Brexit

European Council President Donald Tusk will discuss Brexit with British Prime Minister Theresa May in London next Tuesday , only days after she is due to make a key speech on how she sees the UK's future ties with the EU.

Falling youth unemployment is not a reason for complacency

Europe needs to better integrate young people into the labour market if it is to address youth unemployment effectively, writes Denis Pennel.

Innovation fuels Europe's leadership on shared mobility

European cities are stepping up their efforts on shared mobility to reduce traffic jams and pollution while generating the most profitable business in this field on the planet.

Hungary set for another 'national consultation' targeting Soros

Hungary is set to launch another "national consultation" about US financier and philanthropist George Soros, the government said on Tuesday , paving the way for fresh attacks on the man portrayed as the public enemy before next year's elections.

Scrapping old cars and boilers: Hulot's first measures for decarbonising France

The French minister for ecological transition and solidarity fleshes out four measures of his climate plan. EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.

Hungary set for another 'national consultation' targeting Soros

Hungary is set to launch another state "national consultation" about US financier and philanthropist George Soros, the government said yesterday , six months before expected general elections.

No EU money for Eurosceptics!

We should not be filling the coffers of anti-European extremists,' said Jean-Claude Juncker. It was the first time European political parties were mentioned in the European Commission President's annual address and it did not go unnoticed, writes Wouter Wolfs.

At UN, Macron casts himself as Trump's antithesis

French President Emmanuel Macron cast himself as the antithesis of Donald Trump at the United Nations yesterday , a position that could enable him to play the honest broker in international conflicts.

Van Rompuy: Juncker's single EU president idea 'cannot deliver'

A week after the landmark State of the Union speech by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the first president of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy told EURACTIV.com that merging the two functions at the EU helm could run into legal and political obstacles.

German election 'off road': Merkel potato soup, beer and nudism

Boring? What's boring? The punters may have already placed firm bets on Chancellor Angela Merkel to win her fourth term on Sunday , but Germany's general election is still turning up surprises.

Environmentalists find renewed hope in 'industrial' CCS

Considered almost dead and buried a few years ago, carbon capture and storage is enjoying renewed support among environmentalists, providing fresh hopes that the much decried technology may finally be coming of age and play its part in the fight against climate change.

The EASA is celebrating its 25th anniversary in Brussels on 19 October

For 25 years, the European Advertising Standards Alliance has been successfully promoting better advertising through effective self-regulation.

Oslo Mayor: Here's how we plan to become a carbon neutral city

The city of Oslo surprised observers last year by announcing plans to introduce a carbon budget' with the objective of halving its global warming emissions by 2020 and becoming carbon neutral by 2030. The city's Mayor, Raymond Johansen, told EURACTIV.com how he intends to achieve this ambitious ...

At UN, Erdogan demands Iraqi Kurds call off referendum, warns of 'consequences'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday demanded that Iraqi Kurds call off a referendum on independence, hinting at consequences if they go ahead.

Emissions Trading System failures sour energy policy efforts

Doubts about the effectiveness of the European Union's Emissions Trading System resurfaced on Tuesday at an energy conference in Estonia, as a low carbon price continues to stymie energy market efforts.

Migration and Europe: The view from Turkey

European governments seem to be treating Turkey like a game on a football pitch, pushing the ball of inclusion around, but never really having the intention of allowing it to become an equal player on their field, writes Egemen Bağış.

Britain to offer €20 billion for Brexit divorce bill

British Prime Minister Theresa May will promise to pay a Brexit divorce bill of at least €20 billion, $24 billion), according to officials cited by the Financial Times.

Estonian presidency champions energy market digitalisation

Ahead of an informal meeting of EU energy and transport ministers in Estonia on Wednesday , politicians and industry representatives signed the Tallinn e-energy declaration, with the aim of digitising the market even further.

Why is world hunger on the rise?

Hunger is on the rise for the first time in a decade, warns a report by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations . EURACTIV France reports.

Anti-biofuel ideologues support the oil status quo

Anti-biofuel ideologues claim to be pro-climate and pro-development. But their positions, in fact, support the oil status quo, the concentration of power in the energy sector in the hands of large multinationals and the decline of the EU farming sector, writes Eric Sievers.

Estonia's top tech official: EU states should integrate their digital systems

Estonia is trying to convince European ministers to agree on the once only' principle. That means that if one member state has information about a citizen, another member state should not ask for it again, the country's chief information officer told EURACTIV Slovakia.

Commission to publish encryption report on 18 October

The European Commission is trying to pull together member states' differing views on security and privacy before it publishes a report on encryption technologies on 18 October.

The Brief: Should climate really end up on EU's back burner?

You'd be hard-pressed to find someone in Brussels, or in any part of Europe for that matter, who isn't worried about climate change. So why isn't the EU putting all its efforts into fighting this immense threat?

French pigs and Greek honey gain new quality labels

The European Commission approved last week three applications for geographical indication labels for products from France and Greece, continuing its drive to ensure quality and origin of food produced in the EU.

With age comes wisdom: Shifting the debate on living longer

Ministers and experts from more than 50 countries meet in Lisbon this week for a major conference on realizing the potential of living longer'. Olga Algayerova explains why Europe must carefully review what living longer means for how we live and work together.

Post-election Germany: An iron chancellor with a liberal sidekick?

If the liberal FDP enters a coalition with the conservative CDU in Berlin, Merkel and Schäuble will have to adapt their plans for the future of the European Stability Mechanism . EURACTIV Germany's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

EU firms hope China will make good on pledges to open market - report

A top European business lobby said on Tuesday that EU companies were suffering from "promise fatigue" caused by China's failure to follow through on pledges to open its market.

The EASA is celebrating its 25th anniversary in Brussels

For 25 years, the European Advertising Standards Alliance has been successfully promoting better advertising through effective self-regulation.

Youth employment: What challenges and solutions for Europe?

Youth unemployment is a complex phenomenon affecting millions of young Europeans, their communities and the future of all Member States.

Britain to end love affair with coal and cash in on health savings

Britain has announced the phase-out of coal-fired power plants by 2025, ending its 250-year-long love affair with coal, in a move welcomed by health practitioners

Cetaceans are under fresh threat in the EU

Cetacean bycatch has been a major conservation and animal welfare concern in the EU for decades, but moves are afoot to potentially water down protections for such sensitive marine species. Sarah Dolman, Sarah Baulch and Jo Swabe argue that better monitoring and mitigation measures in new ...

Farmers warn against 'devastating' impact of Mercosur on EU beef

European farmers' unions are urging the European Commission not to allow a surge in beef imports from South America's Mercosur trading bloc, saying it would have a devastating impact' on rural jobs and EU food standards.

Budapest in ire as EU inspectors call at Orbán's village

With an extravagant football stadium and an EU-funded narrow-gauge train famed for its lack of passengers, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's home village of Felcsut makes for an offbeat tourist destination.

Catalonia: Vote and let vote

On 11 September, a crowd of one million people gathered again in the streets of Barcelona, calling for independence for Catalonia. And once again it was all conducted in a peaceful and civil manner, writes Jordi Solé, an MEP from Catalonia who supports the planned independence referendum.

EU must cut emissions and adapt to climate change now, auditors urge

A wide-reaching report on the European Union's climate action has urged Brussels to step up emissions cuts and adapt more quickly to climate change because its current efforts were not sufficient.

UK fishermen see Brexit bonanza, but there's a catch

What Brexit gives with one hand, it can also take away. European fishermen want Brussels to use its trump card - continued access to the essential EU market - in negotiations on how to divvy up the seas.

Build batteries or lose jobs, auto bosses tell Europe

Europe shouldn't rush to abandon the combustion engine and must build up its own production of electric car batteries to compete with China, auto suppliers and manufacturers said at the Frankfurt motor show.

The EASA is celebrating its 25th anniversary in Brussels on October 19th

For 25 years, the European Advertising Standards Alliance has been successfully promoting better advertising through effective self-regulation.

More than 40 million people trapped in slavery: New global estimate

More than 40 million people were trapped as slaves last year in forced labour and forced marriages, according to the first joint effort by key anti-slavery groups to estimate the number of victims worldwide of the international crime.

Britain wants post-Brexit security treaty with EU

Britain called yesterday for a new security treaty with the European Union after Brexit to try and prevent terror attacks, days after a bomb exploded on a London Underground train.

Turkish asylum applications in Germany jump 55% this year, many rejected

The number of Turks seeking asylum in Germany is up sharply this year and has been rising steadily since last year's failed military coup in Turkey, German government data showed on Monday .