During Vladimir Putin's visit to Brussels last week, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso did little else than whisper a shy question about human rights prior to a press conference. The EU certainly can and should do more.
Small and medium-sized companies in Eastern Europe and candidate countries will receive almost half of the money for crisis loans disbursed by the European Investment Bank, according to data released today (22 February).
As tensions are flaring up in EU's southern neighbourhood and the dealings with eastern petro-states are politically embarassing, the 27-strong bloc is looking for inspiration in the Scandinavian energy market and considering a north-south gas corridor.
As a consultation on biowaste recycling targets has just come to a close, a member of environmental group CEE Bankwatch Network in Croatia says that a biowaste directive is the only way to implement the EU waste hierarchy in eastern countries.
EU plans to finance start-ups must be accompanied by more transparency from the European Investment Bank, writes Isabella Besedova of the CEE (Central and Eastern Europe) Bankwatch Network in an exclusive commentary for EurActiv.
EU funding for a controversial coal-powered energy plant in Slovenia has reignited debate over the EU's Emission Trading System (ETS), with environmental activists saying the case represents an extreme case of EU policy conflict.