BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The incoming head of the EU executive, Jean-Claude Juncker, is under pressure to drop one of his team and reshuffle nominees in a deal with parliamentary leaders to get his line-up confirmed in office, sources in the EU legislature said on Tuesday.
The prime casualty, several sources said, could be former Slovenian prime minister Alenka Bratusek, who would be replaced by a compatriot. The deal may also see Tibor Navracsics of Hungary given a smaller portfolio after a parliamentary committee voted to reject him over his civil rights record.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A European Union plan to label tar sands oil as highly polluting in its fight against climate change has been abandoned after years of opposition led by major producer Canada.
A proposal published by the European Commission on Tuesday removes an obstacle to Canada exporting tar sands crude to Europe and comes at a time when tensions between the EU and top oil supplier Russia are running high.
BRUSSELS, Oct 7 (Reuters) – The European Commission on
Tuesday proposed scrapping a mandatory requirement to label tar
sands oil as highly polluting after years of industry
The new proposal abandons one obstacle to Canada shipping
crude from tar sands to Europe and is likely to draw strong
criticism from environmental campaigners and Green politicians.
BRUSSELS, Oct 3 (Reuters) – A landmark deal to use British
taxpayers’ money to build a 16 billion pound ($25.6 billion)
nuclear power station has triggered opposition from a quarter of
EU policy-makers, who want to overturn approval from the top
European regulator, EU sources said.
The European Commission, the EU executive, said last month
it would approve the British scheme involving French utility EDF
, confirming a Reuters report.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A European Union deal to cut fuel use and increase renewable energy would be a better punishment on Moscow than more sanctions as it would clearly show the EU means to cut reliance on Russian gas, Denmark’s foreign minister said on Thursday.
In a telephone interview, Martin Lidegaard told Reuters it was not the time to strengthen or weaken economic sanctions imposed on Moscow by the EU over Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – France’s Pierre Moscovici struggled to convince European Union lawmakers on Thursday that he could enforce budget rules that his own country has repeatedly breached, as the formation of a new European Commission turned into a bitter political battle.
The Socialist, who was finance minister in Paris until six months ago, promised to apply the bloc’s deficit rules equally to all euro zone states, including his own, if confirmed as economic and monetary affairs commissioner.
BRUSSELS, Oct 2 (Reuters) – The formation of a new European
Union executive hit trouble on Wednesday as splits among EU
lawmakers held up confirmation of British and Spanish nominees
and threatened to disrupt approval for France’s choice to run
British Conservative Jonathan Hill, named to oversee the
finance sector, was summoned back to a new grilling next week,
and Greens and the left delayed Spaniard Miguel Arias Canete
securing the energy and climate brief, prompting a threat from
his centre-right allies to block approval for French Socialist
Pierre Moscovici at an economics committee hearing on Thursday.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union regulators will provide more details on Tuesday of their reasons for launching in-depth inquiries into tax arrangements reached by Ireland with Apple and by Luxembourg with a Fiat subsidiary.
The European Commission has launched a similar investigation into the Dutch government’s tax treatment of Starbucks, but details of that will be published later, Antoine Colombani, spokesman for European Union Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia, told reporters.
BRUSSELS, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Anger among left-wing EU
lawmakers at the choice of a Spanish conservative to run the
bloc’s climate change policies could disrupt the process of
installing a new executive for the European Union in the next
Miguel Arias Canete is among several of incoming European
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s 27-strong team who
may face a rough ride in parliamentary confirmation hearings
next week in Brussels. A veto on any of them could hold up the
installation of the whole executive, due on Nov. 1.
BRUSSELS, Sept 25 (Reuters) – The European Commission on
Thursday ordered Germany to stop using a banned car refrigerant
within two months or face court action and possible fines.
The EU executive’s decision follows months of investigation
by the Commission after German luxury carmaker Daimler
refused to stop using a highly polluting coolant and
won backing from German authorities.