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This article about European innovation strategy was published by EurActiv on 29th January 2010. Plans to unveil an Innovation Act in time for the spring meeting of EU leaders have been stalled while the new European Commission beds down and looks at broadening the scope of the strategy. The document is now expected to be… » read more

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The following article about the Spanish Presidency of the EU was published by EurActiv on 28th January 2010. Dismayed by the lack of a social dimension to the European Commission’s draft ‘2020 Strategy’, centre-left MEPs and trade unions told EurActiv that the Spanish EU Presidency was their best hope of securing a genuine social commitment… » read more

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The following article about Commission spokespersons was published on 22nd January 2010 by EurActiv. Despite the EU executive’s efforts to hire a more multilingual and diverse team for its spokespersons’ service, critics condemn the “dangerous” trend in the European institutions towards the linguistic and cultural hegemony of the English language. An internal document seen by… » read more

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This article about EU officials was published by EurActiv on 21st January 2010. Ahead of a confirmation vote in the European Parliament on 9 February, EU commissioners are being asked by their president, José Manuel Barroso, to make their cabinets more multinational and gender-balanced, an internal note seen by EurActiv reveals. The internal note distributed… » read more

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To celebrate his 400th blog post on Blogactiv, EurActiv’s Managing Editor, Daniela Vincenti Mitchener, interviewed Stanley Crossick. She asked him about the outcome of Copenhagen, the EU’s strategy and the ‘new world order’ that is emerging. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/jUJWFlyky9g” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/Uu_qdqeJzsY” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /]

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This story about Barosso II was published by EurActiv on 20th January 2010. Rumiana Jeleva, the embattled Bulgarian commissioner-designate, announced her resignation from all political responsibilities on Tuesday (19 January), following accusations of wrongdoing during a parliamentary confirmation hearing last week. A vote on the new college is now scheduled for 9 February. In a… » read more

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The following article about Rumiana Jeleva was published by EurActiv on 19th January 2010. Commissioner-designate Rumiana Jeleva was the CEO of a company established by the former communist secret services in Liechtenstein, a leading socialist MEP told EurActiv yesterday (18 January) as the European Parliament’s legal service appeared to clear Jeleva of any wrongdoing. Ivaylo… » read more

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The following article about the Ukranian elections was published by EurActiv on Monday 18th January. Ukraine faces a 7 February run-off vote between opposition leader Viktor Yanukovich and populist Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko after a presidential election produced no outright winner, early official results showed on Monday. The election will define how Ukraine, a former… » read more

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This story about EU energy policy was first published on EurActiv on 15th January 2010. Germany’s Günther Oettinger, who has been nominated for the European Commission’s energy portfolio, sought to prove his European credentials at his confirmation hearing by outlining plans to enforce energy solidarity and spelling an end to bilateral energy deals with suppliers… » read more

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The following article about European Commissioner confirmation hearings was published by EurActiv on 14th January 2010. Put in a difficult position by Rumiana Jeleva’s weak performance at her parliamentary hearing earlier this week, the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) is threatening to counter-attack by asking for a socialist head to roll. The EPP group said… » read more

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