Cities, regions try to fill digital gap
Maria Koleva, Brussels
A joint platform that will shore up accessibility of high-speed internet across all European cities and regions, even in the rural areas, was kicked off on 12 October by the European Commission and the European Committee of the Regions.
Lawmakers insist for new law on dual quality goods
Maria Koleva, Brussels
A debate that addressed the issue of the unacceptable practice in the EU of selling products of dual quality under the same brand and packaging, depending on the country, was held by the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO) members with a representative of the Commission.
Spain crisis end remains on hold
The outbreak of the crisis in Spain, surrounding the Catalonian referendum, was postponed for at least a week, it became clear last week, with Madrid posing an ultimatum to the separatists in Barcelona after their "tacit" independence declaration. Catalan Premier Carles Puigdemont announced last Tuesday independence but immediately placed it on hold and demanded talks.
Political corrida riles business
European markets took relief from Catalonia stopping short of declaring immediate independence from Madrid while Spanish stocks and bonds rallied and the euro hit a two-week high last Wednesday, news wires reported.
EU expands North Korea sanctions
The Council of the EU decided last week to further strengthen restrictive measures against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) by transposing the sectoral sanctions imposed by UN Security Council resolution 2375 from 11 September.
New rules to resolve tax disputes greenlighted
The Commission welcomed last Tuesday Member States' formal green light for new rules to better resolve tax disputes.
Debating on EU funds after 2020
The Commission published last Monday its 7th Cohesion report, drawing lessons from cohesion spending during the crisis years and setting the scene for Cohesion Policy after 2020, the EU press service reported.
Tax cuts and renewables on new Dutch coalition plans
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte sealed a deal to form a new government on 10 October, ending months of four-party negotiations and marking a rightward shift along the political spectrum.
Merkel reaches compromise, starts true coalition talks
The exploratory talks for a government coalition between CDU/CSU, the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the Greens will start on 18 October, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said last Monday at a joint press conference with Horst Seehofer, chairman of Christian Social Union (CSU), the sister party of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).
Spirit of doubt on how safe glyphosate is
Environment and Agriculture committees MEPs held in Brussels a public hearing on 11 October concerning the EU risk assessment of the herbicide glyphosate, shedding more light on the so-called “Monsanto Papers”.
Governors, mayors urge for dialogue
Two hours before the sitting of the Catalan Parliament on Tuesday, the members of the European Committee of the Regions held a debate on Catalonia, agreeing on putting this additional topic on their plenary session agenda.
Council of Europe seeks violence investigation
The Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks (pictured) has urged Spain to launch “swift, independent and effective” investigations into alleged police misconduct and disproportionate use of force during the Catalan independence referendum, news wires reported.
Article 155 - atomic bomb in the Spanish constitution
The Popular Party government of PM Mariano Rajoy is “accompanied” by the opposition Socialist (PSOE) Party in its decision to activate section 155 of the Spanish Constitution if Catalan Premier Carles Puigdemont does not renounce his independence declaration.
Crunch time for Spain
Television footage of Spain's Guardia Civil officers in riot gear manhandling Catalonian citizens as they tried to vote in Sunday’s independence referendum have shocked Europe. But what is happening in Catalonia is not a case of a state denying the democratic rights of its people. It is the product of increasingly radical separatism and a constitutional framework that is too rigid to accommodate those demands.