Europe-East

Articles from December 19

Energy : Eu Increasingly Dependent on Russian Oil
According to the latest statistics published by Eurostat on 'the oil economy in 2005,' nearly a third (32 %) of all crude oil imports in the EU in 2005 came from Russia, with this percentage constantly increasing over the past few years. Russia's share...
Energy Piebalgs Inaugurates : Energy Community
Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs inaugurated on 17 November the Energy Community - a new initiative that aims to extend the EU's internal energy market to the south-east European region. The energy ministers of 34 countries participating in the...
Enlargement/environment : Bulgaria and Romania Get Pat on the Back from the Commission
Romania and Bulgaria will be full members of the European Union from 1 January 2007. In order to achieve this objective, the two countries have, like all other candidate countries, been required to make an enormous effort to integrate the European...
Eu/belarus : Eu Sends Message to the People of Belarus
'Our message is that as soon as the country indicates its willingness to move towards true democracy, human rights and rule of law, we will be ready to enter into a full partnership with Belarus within the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy,'...
Eu/black Sea/caspian Sea : Ministers Agree to Step Up Energy Cooperation
The EU and the governments of the Caspian and Black Sea regions agreed to enhance energy cooperation at the second ministerial conference of the Baku Initiative held in Astana, Kazakhstan, on 30 November. Ministers and European Energy Commissioner...
Eu/caucasus : Ministers Agree on a Road Map for Energy Cooperation
The Energy Ministerial Conference of the Baku Initiative of Astana (Kazakhstan) agreed on 30 November on a new Energy Road Map setting out a long-term plan for enhanced energy cooperation between the EU countries and their partners in the Caspian and...
Eu/fyrom : Macedonia Still Not Ready to Open Negotiations with the Eu
'Macedonia needs to regain its reform impetus as was observed in 2005,' said Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn on 20 November after a meeting with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) Foreign Affairs Minister Antonio Milososki. 'There...
Eu/mediterranean : Commission Takes Stock of Enp Progress
Two years down the road from the launch of its European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), the EU wants to show that it is an effective tool supporting reform south of the Mediterranean. The European Commission highlights the progress made in one year by...
Eu/mediterranean : Euromed Environment Conference Highlights the Lack of Means
The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership's 3rd ministerial conference on the environment, organised in Cairo on 20 November, finished with the adoption of a declaration in which ministers emphasise the fact that the environmental needs in the region exceed...
Eu/mediterranean : Euromed Partners Show Solidarity in Tampere
For once, countries from the north and south of the Mediterranean, members of the Barcelona Process, appeared united. EU foreign ministers and their colleagues from the south Mediterranean agreed unanimously on the conclusion texts of the 8th Euromed...
Eu/moldova/ukraine : Implementation of Reforms Lags Behind in Moldova and Ukraine
After nearly two years of participation in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), Ukraine and Moldova have received a fairly positive assessment of their progress in introducing economic and political reforms in line with EU standards. The progress...
Eu/montenegro : Europe's Youngest State Looks to Brussels
Barely six months after securing independence, Montenegro, the last child of the former Yugoslavia to cut the cord, is setting its gaze firmly on EU membership. It already uses the euro as its currency and is working diligently to meet the Maastricht...
Eu/neighbouring Countries : Commission to Give European Neighbourhood Policy a Boost
From January 2007, the EU's cooperation with sixteen neighbouring countries under the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) will be given renewed impetus. On 4 December, the European Commission presented a communication laying down a set of new rules...
Eu/norhtern Dimension : New Northern Dimension Policy Launched
The Northern Dimension policy has been transformed into a common regional policy. At the Northern Dimension summit in Helsinki on 24 November, the EU, Iceland, Norway and Russia adopted two new documents replacing the Second Northern Dimension Action...
Eu/poland/russia : Warsaw Examining Finnish Presidency Proposal
Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen has failed to convince Poland to lift its veto on the EU mandate for negotiations on the new agreement with Russia. "We did not get any resolution," said Vanhanen, after a meeting with Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw...
Eu/romania/bulgaria : Ep Finalising Accession Procedure for Bulgaria and Romania
The last stages of the EU accession procedure for Bulgaria and Romania are slowly being concluded. On 23 November, the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET) adopted reports on the accession of the two countries to the EU. This paves...
European Commission : Kuneva Recommends Total Harmonisation of Targeted Areas
The Consumer Protection Commissioner designate, Bulgaria's Meglena Kuneva, plans to make her future portfolio "more visible". "I will be taking decisions on the basis of an open dialogue with Members of the European Parliament and with other interested...
European Commission : Orban Ready to Act to Protect and Promote Minority Languages
The EU's Romanian commissioner candidate for multilingualism, Leonard Orban, told MEPs on 27 November that he would make sure that "minority languages are properly protected, defended and promoted", adding that EU funding for 2007-2013 is an area where...
European Commission : Two Years of the Barroso Commission as Seen by Parliament
On 18 November 2004, the European Parliament voted in plenary on the investiture of the European Commission led by centre-right former Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Manuel Barroso. The first 25-member College was approved by 449 votes to 149 with...
European Council/enlargement : Eu Leaders Adopt Stricter Rules for Future Enlargement
The EU's leaders, meeting at the European Council, agreed on 15 December to apply new tougher rules on countries which intend to join the bloc in the coming years. They decided that no date of accession will be given to any candidate state unless it...
Eu/russia : Agreement at Last on Siberian Overflight Payments
The negotiations were tough right up to the end, but the outcome is positive: the EU and Russia reached an agreement, on the sidelines of the Summit held in Helsinki on 24 November, on the abolition of Siberian overflight payments. Transport Commissioner...
Eu/russia : Cooperation Moves Forward on Energy Efficiency Initiative
At the second meeting of the Permanent Partnership Council (PPC) on energy in Moscow on 8 December, the EU and Russia agreed to work together to enhance energy efficiency, recognising the huge mutual challenge and potential for energy savings that...
Eu/russia : Ep Debate on Eu-Russia Summit Dominated by Polish Ban
The debate on the recent EU-Russia summit at the European Parliament on 29 November was an opportunity for MEPs to voice their opinions and concerns on the current state of the EU's relations with Moscow. MEPs were very disappointed with the outcome...
Eu/russia : Helsinki Summit Still a Good Opportunity for Progress
The launch of negotiations on a new agreement with Russia is a priority goal for the Finnish Presidency. Helsinki is therefore doing it utmost to persuade Poland to waive its veto. Finland and the European Commission are in close contact with the Russian...
Eu/russia : Meps, Activists Discuss Human Rights Situation in Russia
'It is very important that Europe looks beyond its economic and political interests when dealing with Russia,' said Svetlana Gannushkina, addressing members of the European Parliament's Sub-Committee on Human Rights on 21 November. Gannushkina,...
Eu/russia : Meps Say Eu Must Speak with One Voice on Russia
Following frank discussions on the results of the EU-Russia summit on 24 November, the European Parliament adopted on 13 December a joint resolution which strongly condemns the Kremlin for using trade policy sanctions as a political tool and for violating...
Eu/russia : Moscow Threatens to Extend Its Dispute with Poland to Entire Eu
The conflict between Moscow and Warsaw on veterinary and plant protection product imports could well spread. EU Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner Markos Kyprianou does not believe a settlement is possible before 24 November. That is the date...
Eu/russia : Talks Still Stuck in a Rut
Following the failure of the EU's efforts to agree on a negotiations mandate for talks on a new Partnership and Cooperation Agreement agreement with Russia, top EU officials met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on 24 November to achieve...
Eu/switzerland : Bern Contributes to Integration of New Eu Members
Switzerland has agreed to pay 1 million Swiss francs at a rate of SF100 million per year over a period of ten years to help finance specific development projects in Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Slovakia, Latvia, Estonia, Slovenia,...
Eu/turkey : Ankara Willing to Break Cyprus Deadlock
"An important step" - this is how the European Commission commented on the offer made by Turkey to open up a port and an airport to ships and planes from Cyprus, which leaked out to the press on 7 December. "We hope to hear more on the proposal...
Eu/turkey : Economy Left Behind in Cyprus Debate?
With the Cyprus issue currently dominating the discourse surrounding Turkey's bid to join the EU, the question of how Europe would cope with integrating an economy as big as Turkey's has been receiving far less attention. This is a big mistake on the...
Eu/turkey : Eu Ministers Reach Balanced' Agreement on Turkey
EU foreign ministers agreed on 11 December on a partial suspension of accession negotiations with Turkey. After a long day of intensive discussions, foreign ministers unanimously backed an unprecedented Commission recommendation that proposes to freeze...
Eu/turkey : Europe Divided over Commission's Recommendation
The Commission's recommendation,aannounced on 29 November, to partially suspend accession negotiations with Turkey has drawn mixed reactions across Europe. The Commission proposed freezing eight of the 35 chapters into which negotiations are divided...
Eu/turkey : Turkish Train Will Slow Down, but Won't Stop, Says Rehn
After long and intensive discussions, the College of Commissioners agreed on 29 November on the wording of a recommendation on the further handling of the EU's accession negotiations with Turkey. "We confirm these negotiations must continue although...
Eu/us/turkey : Washington Insists It's Not Meddling in Cyprus Row
The United States has not taken steps to resolve the current impasse in Turkey's EU accession talks and has no plans to do so, a senior State Department official has told Europolitics. "We cannot intervene now. Things are at endgame stage and there...
Eu/western Balkans : Eu Ministers Decline to Resume Partnership Talks with Serbia
Although Western Balkan states' progress towards EU integration is assessed on individual merits, the fight against organised crime and corruption as well as the reform of judicial and public administration are common concerns for the whole region....
EU/WESTERN BALKANS : PROSPECT OFaEU INTEGRATION CRUCIAL FOR WESTERN BALKANS
Just a few days ahead of the General Affairs and External Relations Council meeting on 11 December, which was predominantly devoted to enlargement, the leaders of western Balkan countries delivered a clear message to the EU that the prospect of EU...
Fisheries : Council Secures Deal on Mediterranean Regulation
The Finnish EU Presidency has succeeded where predecessors failed, on 21 November, and secured a deal on the Mediterranean Regulation, which sets out management measures for the sustainable exploitation of fish in the Mediterranean Sea. There were...
Labour Mobility : Mass Migration a Myth in an Enlarged Europe, New Report Says
Only 4% of European citizens have ever moved to another country in the European Union and less than 3% to another country outside the EU, a study on Mobility in Europe by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions...