BRUSSELS, March 11 (Reuters) – The European Commission
agreed on Tuesday to give nearly 500 million euros ($685
million) worth of trade benefits to Ukraine, which had been
teetering towards default even before pro-Western unrest in Kiev
revived Cold War tensions.
The Commission plans to remove duties on a wide range of
agricultural goods, textiles and other imports in an effort to
support the Ukrainian economy, which is heavily dependent on
Russian energy supplies and running critically short of foreign
currency to meet debts or finance imports.
BRUSSELS, March 11 (Reuters) – Russia’s seizure of the
Crimea region of Ukraine is spurring the European Union to renew
efforts to end decades of dependence on Russian gas by
developing its own energy supplies and pushing for greater
access to abundant U.S. resources.
Ukraine is an important transit route for shipping Russian
gas by pipeline to the EU, which relies on Moscow for about a
third of its supplies.
BRUSSELS, March 11 (Reuters) – European ministers haggled
over how to build a safety net for failing banks on Tuesday,
redoubling efforts to avoid an embarrassing delay to the euro
zone’s centrepiece crisis reform.
The protracted talks over a scheme to close troubled lenders
to complement European Central Bank supervision illustrates the
politically charged nature of the plan to disentangle states and
the banks from which they borrow.
BRUSSELS, March 5 (Reuters) – Importers of minerals from
conflict zones will be able to certify their goods have not
financed warlords under a European scheme proposed on Wednesday,
which would also help manufacturers show products are free of
Much of the gold, tantalum, tin and tungsten used in
electronics and lighting is mined in areas of civil conflict in
ATHENS (Reuters) – Ukraine would see the economic benefits of a free-trade deal with the European Union within weeks of signing the accord, helping the near-bankrupt nation’s standing in the eyes of its creditors, the EU’s trade chief said on Friday.
Despite the upheaval since pro-EU Ukrainians drove the Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovich from power, EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht told Reuters that Brussels’ offer of a comprehensive trade deal was Ukraine’s for the taking.
ATHENS (Reuters) – Free-trade talks between the United States and the European Union are in danger of being derailed by populist groups opposing everything from globalization to multinationals, EU ministers and business leaders said on Friday.
The rise of anti-EU parties, reports of U.S. spying in Europe and accusations that a trade pact would pander to big companies have combined to erode public support for a deal that proponents say would dramatically increase economic growth.