Greece heads towards second round of presidential elections
Parliament will vote again next week on Greece's next president, but failure to secure a majority vote will make a general election more likely.
Greece’s government parties failed to secure enough support for their presidential candidate Stavros Dimas in a vote in parliament tonight (17 December). Dimas, the candidate of the centre-right New Democracy and centre-left Pasok party, received the support of 160 MPs, whereas 135 MPs voted against and 5 MPs were absent.
Researchers call on the EU to provide the legal framework for research so it can provide reliable answers as rapidly and cost-effectively as possible.
To get an agreement on the Juncker investment package, avoid vague concepts, new rules and new forms of investment, writes the Czech Republic’s secretary of state for EU affairs.
- Human rights for all, 365 days a yearThe European Union should anchor human rights in the post-2015 agenda, writes Jan Wouters, a professor of international law at KU Leuven
- Why did Putin turn?President Vladimir Putin’s policy toward his country's "near abroad" and the West has been badly misunderstood, writes Harold James, a Professor of History at Princeton University.
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The administration reminds me rather of the fusty Polish administration of the 1990s.Elżbieta Bieńkowska, the European commissioner for internal market, industry, entrepreneurship and SMEs, gives a Polish radio station her initial impression of the European commission.
Profile of the chairman of the European Parliament's budgets committee.
At 70 years of age, Jean Arthuis may be a late-comer to the intricacies of the European Parliament, but a long, varied and (mostly) successful career at all levels of finance and politics in France – albeit often below the radar – suggests that opponents would be unwise to underestimate him. As chair of the Parliament’s influential budget committee, Arthuis may finally have found a role in which his public profile matches his influence. Busy of late negotiating with the Council of Ministers over the European Union’s budget for 2015, he also has his sights on the Parliament’s hard-won right to review the multiannual financial framework in 2016.
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Cristina Gallach, head of unit in the media and communications directorate of the Council, has been appointed under-secretary-general for communications and public information at the United Nations. …
This timely special report takes as its starting point the declared ambition of the EU – both the European Council and the new European Commission to create a digital single market, seen as essential for Europe’s economic recovery. The EU seeks to regulate emerging industries in such a way that it encourages a single market and stimulates growth while at the same time safeguarding consumers.
- Regulating the digital economy: in search of a breakthrough
- Who’s who in the digital world
- Walking the tightrope on telecoms infrastructure
The European Commission has suggested ambitious reforms of the EU’s digital sector, but will need a new strategy if it is to push them through.
A rundown of those regulating the digital economy.
Having the physical infrastructure in place is key to creating a digital single market. But investment could come at the expense of competition.
- New tax rules take aim at cross-border digital sales
- Europe’s virtual border-guards create e-commerce roadblocks
- The importance of trust
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Reforms to the way in which the value added tax is paid by digital companies selling their wares across borders are designed to clamp down on tax minimisation ruses. Yet they may also prove a headache for small online businesses.
A borderless Europe is still a dream for companies selling their wares online, with cross-border purchases attracting a range of regulatory and practical obstacles.
With EU citizens expected to conduct so much of their business online, securing personal data is vital.
The European Union is at risk of missing out on this wave of innovation and growth just as it did with the internet revolution.
The US Government’s intention to transition its stewardship of the IANA functions matters to us all.
“The prosperity of Europe requires a positive attitude towards the technical opportunities of the digital world.” Dr Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor of Germany.
Latvia's EU Presidency: a common EU agenda?
21 January 2015 - 6:30-8pm
Résidence Palace, Brussels, BE
On 21 January, European Voice will host a debate to discuss the programme, priorities and preoccupations of Latvia’s presidency of the Council of the EU. The debate …
With: Valdis Dombrovskis, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, Roberts Zīle
Payments: cornerstone of the digital economy
28 January 2015 - 6-7:30pm
Thon hotel EU, Brussels, BE
The ability to make electronic payments safely, quickly and conveniently has become an important part of the digital economy. Every day millions of businesses and consumers pay …
With: Michal Boni, Jörgen Gren, Fernando Herrero, Martin Weiderstrand, Chris Kangas