LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – EU foreign ministers promised on Monday to do more to stop migrant deaths in the Mediterranean by increasing rescues and catching traffickers, stung by a weekend tragedy that killed up to 700 people off the Libyan coast.
Many European governments have long been reluctant to fund rescue operations in the Mediterranean for fear of encouraging more people to make the crossing in search of a better life in Europe, but they now face outrage over the refugee deaths.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European governments should support action to protect migrants in the Mediterranean after one of the worst migrant boat disasters at the weekend, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said.
As many as 700 people were feared dead after a fishing boat packed with migrants capsized off the Libyan coast overnight.
BRUSSELS, April 14 (Reuters) – China’s top diplomat in
Brussels warned the European Union on Tuesday not to disregard
changes to global trade rules set to favour Beijing and which
European companies fear will open the bloc to a flood of cheap
World trading powers including Europe are in a bind over how
to interpret a World Trade Organization protocol that treats
China as a more market-based economy from late 2016 — a status
that will make it harder for the EU to protect local industry.
BRUSSELS, April 14 (Reuters) – European importers of
minerals from conflict zones should be forced to certify their
goods “blood-free”, an influential group of EU lawmakers said on
Tuesday, seeking to toughen a proposal to prevent the financing
of warlords in Africa.
Much of the gold, tantalum, tin and tungsten used in
electronics and lighting is mined in areas of civil conflict in
Africa and the European Commission, the EU executive, last year
presented a plan for a voluntary certification scheme.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European fears of being forced to lower tariff defenses against cheap Chinese imports have grown following a confidential warning from the EU’s own lawyers, who say the bloc should not ignore changes to global trade rules set to favor Beijing.
In a draft letter seen by Reuters, the head of the European Commission’s Legal Service, Luis Romero Requena, warned the head of the trade directorate that the EU would not have a good case to disregard the effects of the World Trade Organization viewing China as a more market-based economy — a status that will make it harder for other powers to justify current high tariffs.
BRUSSELS, April 1 (Reuters) – European fears of being forced
to lower tariff defences against cheap Chinese imports have
grown following a confidential warning from the EU’s own
lawyers, who say the bloc should not ignore changes to global
trade rules set to favour Beijing.
In a draft letter seen by Reuters, the head of the European
Commission’s Legal Service, Luis Romero Requena, warned the head
of the trade directorate that the EU would not have a good case
to disregard the effects of the World Trade Organization viewing
China as a more market-based economy — a status that will make
it harder for other powers to justify current high tariffs.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Confidence in the euro zone’s economy rose for a fourth straight month in March to its highest since July 2011, a European Commission survey showed on Monday, suggesting the weak euro and lower oil prices are spurring the recovery.
The European Commission’s economic sentiment indicator rose by 1.6 points to 103.9, better than the 103.1 economists had forecast in a Reuters poll and building on a recovery that began in December. Business morale improved by 0.14 points to 0.23.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – International lenders are delaying plans to offer Ukraine billions of dollars on concerns Kiev cannot yet prove the cash will not vanish into a corrupt economy which EU officials fear could remain a “bottomless pit”.
Ukrainian authorities are still preparing a much-anticipated donor conference for April 28 but EU officials told Reuters that Western governments and agencies are now expected to meet in Kiev only late in the year, giving Ukraine longer to draw up more detailed proposals for how it would spend the money efficiently.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union nations can deny benefits to EU migrants unless they have previously worked in their host country, the EU’s top lawyer said on Thursday, in a case brought by Germany and keenly watched in Britain.
Even actively seeking work is not enough of a justification to claim benefits at the same time, European Court of Justice Advocate General Melchior Wathelet said.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday he was ready to discuss the “mission impossible” of changing the European Union’s treaty to accommodate the British prime minister’s calls for radical reform of the 28-country bloc.
Tusk, who chairs EU summits and represents EU governments in managing the bloc, has made plain the difficulty of accommodating David Cameron’s promise to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with Europe, saying in a recent interview the demands were akin to the ‘Mission: Impossible’ action movies.