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Senior Liberal Democrats are calling for the sacking of David Cameron’s election strategist, Lynton Crosby, over his links with the tobacco industry. The latest row over the role big money plays in politics in Downing Street follows the government’s decision to shelve plans to introduce plain packaging on cigarettes, which prompted furious reactions from the […]

With today’s approval of the watered down proposals to reform EU Structural Funds in the European Parliament’s committee for regional development (see our press release), EU decision makers have taken a step away from ambitious environmental spending in the future Cohesion Policy. At the same time also national level allocation of the 2014-2020 funds is […]

So far the planning for Latvia’s use of the EU funds for the 2014-2020 period has been a reasonably positive experience from a partnership perspective. Yet the process that has, until recently, been notable for its transparency and high level of public participation is now in danger of being derailed. by Alda Ozola*, cross-posted from […]

An endless refrain of British Governments over the decades has been the need to reform the Common Agricultural Policy, usually delivered above a continuo of the need to make economies in the running of the European Union. It would be logical to deduce therefore that whenever the opportunity to improve the efficiency and the economic […]

Croatia’s new Law on Strategic Investments does not bode well for the sustainable use of EU funds in Croatia, now that the country has become an EU member state. by Marijan Galociv, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog If there’s one thing we can be sure about Croatia’s accession to the European Union on July 1, […]

While the EU’s future common agricultural policy is taking shape in Brussels, it’s not just there that major agri-business interests are flexing their muscles to take the ‘green-ness’ out of EU agricultural spending. Interview with Estonian EU funds campaigner Triinu Vaab, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog As negotiations on the EU budget for 2014-2020 grind […]

III Szczyt Partnerstwa Wschodniego, zaplanowany na listopad bieżącego roku, zwykło się postrzegać głównie w kontekście Ukrainy. I trudno się temu dziwić. Ukraina to w końcu największy kraj objęty tą unijną inicjatywą. Ponad połowa wypracowanego przez region PKB przypada na gospodarkę Ukrainy, a spośród wszystkich państw Partnerstwa Wschodniego 60% mieszkańców to obywatele właśnie tego kraju. Strategiczne […]

A Croation winner of Bankwatch’s Better Ideas contest for sustainable EU Funds has just begun implementing their project. The positive responses from their community and the successful start illustrate that “small is beautiful” can also apply to Cohesion Policy. posted on the Bankwatch blog by Marijan Galovic, Croatian campaigner and resource efficiency expert In the […]

A Bankwatch competition for ideas for EU funds investments that benefit the sustainable development of European communities could offer inspiration for EU and national decision makers. At the final award ceremony in Brussels, the winners told us about their ideas and how EU funding could benefit their countries. Posted on the Bankwatch blog by Patrycja […]

Live from the EU budget negotiations in Brussels … posted on the Bankwatch blog by Markus Trilling, EU funds campaign coordinator EU leaders and their entourages are now inside the Justus Lipsius building, sitting down to negotiate the top agenda item of the latest European Council meeting: the EU budget for 2014-2020. Alongside dinner they […]

Does the up-coming summit about a political union of the EU needs a “do ut des” strategy between the interested member states ? A checklist for possible “political deals” between those leaders who will go ahead ! Imbalances in the single market and in the monetary union need common rules, decisions and coordinated policies, in […]

Athener Schlendrian?

Dürften die Deutschen direkt entscheiden, Griechenland wäre verloren. Kein Cent für Athener Schlendrian, das will die Mehrheit im Lande. Das Prinzip der repräsentativen Demokratie hat dafür gesorgt, dass der Populismus in dieser Frage nicht unmittelbar durchschlagen konnte. Dass die Vernunft regiert. Zum Glück. Die Griechenland-Rettung ist damit jedo Dürften die Deutschen direkt entscheiden, Griechenland wäre […]

We, the respected leaders of the 27 EU Member States failed once again to show to our citizens that we still believe in the European project and that we have understood that only a joint agreement and a commonly agreed budget – as a convincing sign of our good faith – can fight successfully the […]

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