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This story about Catherine Ashton’s proposals for the new European External Action Service was published by EurActiv on 22nd March 2010. The European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, will unveil her long-awaited proposal for setting up the European External Action Service during the course of the week. With the… » read more

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This story about the Europe 2020 strategy was published by EurActiv on 19th March 2010. In a meeting with the president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, the Spanish, Belgian and Hungarian labour ministers, representing the current and upcoming rotating presidencies of the EU, discussed the fundamental differences between EU social and finance ministers,… » read more

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This story about the proposed European Monetary Fund was published by EurActiv on 18th March 2010. Policymakers are debating whether a proposed ‘European Monetary Fund’ would require changes to the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, as predicted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The EU executive believes it would, while politicians on the margins say it would not.… » read more

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This story about the 3% R and D target was published by EurActiv on 17th March 2010. EU finance ministers are fighting against the European Commission’s target of spending 3% of GDP on research and development (R&D), demanding a new “outcome-oriented” measure of success. The 3% figure is one of five headline goals of the… » read more

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This story about Catherine Ashton’s deputies was published by EurActiv on 15th March 2010. Catherine Ashton, the EU’s recently-appointed foreign policy chief, will be able to trim her busy work schedule and counter criticism of her lack of visibility thanks to the assistance of three EU commissioners, who will act as her deputies. Štefan Füle,… » read more

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This story about trading renewable energy was published by EurActiv on 12th March 2010. Only five EU member states are planning to buy renewable energy from other countries, while the EU as a whole is on track to exceed its 20% collective target, the European Commission said yesterday (11 March). Italy will have the biggest… » read more

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This story about a proposed EU bank tax was published by EurActiv on 11th March 2010. 536 MEPs yesterday asked the European Commission to finish its report on ‘innovative financing’ before the June G20 talks, so world leaders can come up with specific proposals on which banks will be taxed and how. Just 80 MEPs… » read more

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