EU Affairs

Agriculture must change too

The European Union’s agricultural framework has been the only true pan-European sectional policy for many years - a positive sign proving that Europeans really can work together. The substance of the agricultural policy...

Energy: Oil prices set to go higher with US jets

With Iraq war looming, EU strives to upgrade oil and gas stocks The European Commission on last Wednesday called for the joint management of the bloc’s emergency gas and oil reserves, saying “geopolitical uncertainties” demanded...

Pragmatic call for EU energy sector

The European Commission took a pragmatic step by calling for the joint management of the bloc’s emergency gas and oil reserves, saying “geopolitical uncertainties” demanded an overhaul in mechanisms designed to safeguard Europe’s access...

Post September 11: Anti-terror drive also means fight against poverty, discrimination – EU

Senior European Union officials commemorating last year’s attacks on the United States last Wednesday promised continuing solidarity with Washington but warned that military action was not enough to stamp out global terror. The bloc’s...

Diplomacy: EU still striving for deal on International Criminal Court

European Union political experts last Tuesday failed to reach agreement on American demands that EU governments sign up for bilateral agreements exempting US soldiers from prosecution by the newly set up International Criminal Court...

Divided we stand

Europeans sans Britain agree over a united foreign policy Following the policy of across the Atlantic alliance rather than across the Channel, British Prime Minister Tony Blair backed US President George W Bush’s determination to...

Diplomacy: EU welcomes Fatah pledge on halting attacks on civilians

The European Union on Tuesday welcomed a promise by the Palestinian mainstream Fatah movement to prevent attacks on Israeli civilians. A statement released in Brussels by the Danish EU presidency said the 15 nation...

Economy: Eurozone domestic product rising, says EU Commission

Eurozone gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 0.3 percent during the second quarter of 2002, the European Commission said last weekend. GDP growth in the wider 15-nation European Union was put at 0.4 percent...

Environment: Europe wakes up to a new reality

Tornadoes in Europe? It’s no fairytale, say scientists For centuries, in Hungary’s Puszta flatlands, peasants have told their children frightening tales about a terrible, high-wind weather monster that uproots trees and kills people. They call...

Diplomacy: Iran rejects preconditions for expanding trade ties

Iran has harshly rejected any preconditions by the European Union for expansion of trade ties, the official news agency IRNA reported last Thursday. “We will not accept any preconditions from the EU for implementing...

Diplomacy: Euro MP condemns Israeli ban on Palestinians attendance

European Parliament member Luisa Morgantini last Monday denounced Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for banning 14 Palestinians from attending a meeting of the Palestinian Legislative Council currently meeting in Ramallah. Sharon’s move was “unacceptable...

Diplomacy: Solana appeals for tranquil end to electoral campaign

European Union foreign policy and security chief Javier Solana appealed to FYROM’s politicians to end their campaign for crucial September 15 parliamentary elections in a tranquil and tolerant atmosphere to secure a bright future...

Green oil for Europe: Environmentally sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels

The EU has recognised that it can no longer depend on oil imports from volatile and unstable states in the Middle East. Following decades of fluctuations in the price of oil (from USD 8...

Social Affairs: EU’s Vitorino: We need legal immigration

The European Union needs legal immigration to make up labour shortages both in the high tech and low-skilled sectors, European Justice and Home Affairs Commissioner Antonio Vitorino said last Tuesday. “The moment has come...

Finance: EU to pressure Swiss on tax information deal

European Union finance ministers meeting in Copenhagen over last weekend sought ways to get Switzerland to agree to an “exchange of information” on the interest that EU citizens make on deposits in Swiss banks....