By Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain may be required to channel more money than expected into the European Union budget after it leaves the bloc because EU liabilities are going up driven by higher pension costs and financial guarantees, EU data released on Thursday show. Under a draft agreement reached in March with EU partners, Britain committed itself to honour liabilities and debt assumed by the EU until the end of 2020. The British government has estimated the total Brexit bill to be 39 billion pounds after the draft financial deal was agreed with Brussels. But now new data show EU debts are growing, a trend that could translate into a larger tab for Britain. The European Court of Auditors (ECA) said in a report released on Thursday that EU's pension liabilities have grown to 73.1 billion euros ($84.29 billion) in 2017 from a previous estimate of 67.2 billions. EU states contribute to the common budget in proportion to their economic output. The president of the … [Read more...] about Brexit bill could go up as new data show rise in EU budget liabilities
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By Daphne Psaledakis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU governments are failing to comply with air quality limits that are already weaker than the World Health Organization's recommendations, the bloc's auditors said on Tuesday. The findings by European Union's watchdog come as Brussels is taking half a dozen member states to court over their failure to enforce the bloc's air quality laws. Respiratory illness caused by pollution result in some 400,000 premature deaths a year, costing governments heavily in health care expenses, the European Court of Auditors found. "There are still considerable impacts on public health," said Janusz Wojciechowski, one of the report's authors. As many as 23 out of the bloc 28-nations are failing to comply with the existing limits on harmful pollutants such as nitrogen oxide and particulate matter, according to EU data. Responding to the report, the EU executive said it was stepping up action to reduce pollution and defended its policy record, pointing to … [Read more...] about EU failing on pollution limits, auditor warns
So far German cities and counties have only spent a fraction of the federal funds set aside for building faster internet. Since 2015, the federal government has set aside €3.5 billion for internet projects, according to the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure's response to a query by the Green party. But by the end of May only €26.6 million had been spent - or 0.8 per cent. "Most of the funds are expected to be spent by the end of 2021," the ministry claimed. But the Green party has accused former Transport & Infrastructure Minister Alexander Dobrindt of the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) of creating a labyrinthine application process for the funds which has bottle-necked access. "He made the programme so complicated that smaller states and municipalities are understandably overwhelmed with the applications", says Green politician Oliver Krischer. "The grants for broadband internet are stuck at the starting line", added Green MP … [Read more...] about Germany’s slow internet: only fraction of government funding has been spent
The European Court of Auditors has estimated that 18 per cent of legal residents in the European Union — over 90 million people — are first- or second-generation migrants. The Court estimated that around 4 per cent of the population — 21 million people — were first-generation legal migrants from outside the EU, with the jump to 18 per cent when second-generation migrants are taken into consideration, highlighting how mass migration continues to transform receiving nations beyond the initial influx. It issued its extraordinary estimates in a briefing paper on “integration”, which conceded the bloc faces the significant “challenges” integrating the many newcomers, and highlighted the alarming increase in the number of migrants arriving via the asylum route claiming to be refugees. However, the briefing paper notes that the plurality of the migrant population living in the EU without EU citizenship — 39 per cent — has … [Read more...] about European Court Estimates Over 90 Million EU Residents Are First- or Second-Generation Migrants
TOMORROW the European Union will be celebrating Europe Day across the globe 68 years on from the first proposal that helped unite it. Delegates will be running events to bring people closer to the EU's cultural heritage - but what does the day actually celebrate? Here's everything we know about the celebration.. What is Europe day? Europe day celebrates peace and unity in Europe each year and is the equivalent of a national day for the European Union. It was established in 1964 to celebrate the Schuman Declaration. The deceleration proposed the pooling of French and West German coal and steal industries, which lead to the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community. The day is also known as Schuman Day in some countries in memory of the French Political Robert Schumann who was behind the creation of the treaty. Germany has gone beyond the traditional day celebration to have a Europe Week centred around May 9. Europe Day was formally recognised by the European Parliament in … [Read more...] about When is Europe Day 2018, why is held in memory of Robert Schuman and what happens on May 9?