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A ‘Conference on the future of EU’, what next? EU elections 2024

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2020-01-22 19:18
For the moment, no one is talking about the ratification of a possible new treaty following the Conference on European Reform. To avoid failure and to engage citizens, the EU's institutions must be made to work according to the principles of representative democracy, and treaty reform must be the central issue at stake in the European elections of 2024, write Giorgio Clarotti, Oliver Costa and Christophe Leclercq.
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The Brief – ‘Family’ members should not stab each other

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2020-01-22 15:53
Family is usually defined as a group of people who stick together in tough moments. The EU is frequently described as such, especially in times of calm. But the moment we hear the first disturbing noise, windows are closed and ostrichism prevails.
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France’s palm oil tax saga continues

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2020-01-22 15:51
French NGOs and multinational oil and gas company Total continue their arm-wrestling over the tax status of palm oil used in crop-based biofuels. EURACTIV France reports.
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Time to restore our forest heritage, not plant more lonely trees

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2020-01-22 15:23
Donald Trump surprised environmentalists when he announced the US would join the World Economic Forum’s one trillion tree planting initiative, writes Peter Wohlleben. However such schemes can turn into disasters if they aren't implemented the right way, he warns.
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Von der Leyen vows a green, digital, geopolitical EU in Davos

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2020-01-22 15:19
Ursula von der Leyen made her international debut as the European Commission chief as she set out her political agenda before the global economic elite at the World Economic Forum on Wednesday (22 January). 
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Future of Europe: What happens if a majority of citizens asks for ‘less Europe’?

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2020-01-22 14:57
“That’s a very interesting question. If there will be a majority of them, we will follow”, Commission Vice President Dubravka Šuica said on Wednesday (22 January), on what would happen if a majority of citizens would ask for “less Europe”.
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Give EU nationals physical proof of UK status, landlords urge Johnson

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2020-01-22 14:53
Landlords and civil society campaigners have urged Boris Johnson’s government to provide physical proof for EU citizens living in the UK, warning that landlords and employers could otherwise be reluctant to let a home or offer a job to EU citizens.
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LEAK: EU must step up Single Market enforcement, states tell Commission

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2020-01-22 14:47
The European Union must step up the application and enforcement of Single Market law or risk losing ‘credibility and effectiveness’, according to a leaked paper to the EU executive signed by 14 member states.
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Germany’s new coal phase-out plan upsets country’s Coal Commission

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2020-01-22 14:30
Shortly after Germany announced plans to shut down its lignite-fired power plants, eight members of the country's Coal Commission voiced criticism that their work has been discredited and that these plans would result in an additional 40 million tons of CO2 emissions. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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MEP Axel Voss publishes EU digital manifesto, warns of EU’s ‘digital dependency’

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2020-01-22 11:47
Conservative German MEP Axel Voss, also known as the father of the controversial copyright reform, has published a manifesto on European digital policy in which he warns that Europe should not become a "digital colony" of other powers. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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EU Green Deal can help set the tone for CEOs in Davos

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2020-01-22 11:10
The European Green Deal gives CEOs a major opportunity to lead their companies in ways that can build their brands while also cutting carbon. So what, exactly, should they do? Thomas Pellerin-Carlin and Peter Sweatman have three suggestions.
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EU to name and shame climate plan laggards ‘in the coming days’

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2020-01-22 11:02
Just over half of European Union countries have submitted their final national energy and climate plans (NECPs) to the European Commission by the 1 January deadline, a senior official has said and warned that the EU executive will soon publish the full list of countries online.
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Fighting antimicrobial resistance requires action on many fronts [Promoted content]

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2020-01-22 11:00
Koen Laenen, Medicines for Europe, highlights what it takes to tackle the issue of antimicrobial resistance - one of the biggest health threats in Europe and beyond. Measures include ensuring that patient have access to the right antibiotics and reducing antibiotics in the environment.
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The situation of small farms in Europe

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2020-01-22 09:30
What is needed to support small and large farms and what are the possibilities for small-area farms to innovate and better adapt to market needs.
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Finland: A happy but dangerous country for women

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2020-01-22 07:43
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out about the potential stepping down of Five Star Movement leader Di Maio, Hungary's endorsement of nuclear, Finland's poor record of violence against women, and so much more.
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BELGRADE – Serbia’s procurement of weapons is the biggest complaint in Davos

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2020-01-22 07:41
Yesterday, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said that the biggest complaint he heard in Davos was about Serbia’s procurement of weapons from Russia, to which he replied, “quite strongly and convincingly”, that they were for the country’s defence and that Serbia...
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ZAGREB – Open fight in HDZ

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2020-01-22 07:40
Miro Kovač, former minister of foreign affairs and president of the Parliamentary committee for foreign affairs, attacked the president of governing party HDZ and prime minister Andrej Plenković, again. Kovač stressed the need to change the HDZ because “even the...
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PRAGUE – Trade war due to digital tax?

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2020-01-22 07:39
According to EURACTIV.cz’s partner, Hospodářské noviny, the US has threatened the Czech Republic with tariffs on Czech goods in the event that parliament adopts a 7% digital tax on Google, Facebook and other giants.  The Czech government’s proposal of a...
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ATHENS – A letter of US support

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2020-01-22 07:37
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed his country’s full support for Greece in a letter to Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis, released yesterday by the Greek government. “We consider Athens a key ally and a crucial player in the Eastern...
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MADRID – Spain declares ‘climate emergency’

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2020-01-22 07:36
Spain’s government declared a “climate and environmental” emergency yesterday (21 January) and has committed to taking “urgent actions” in its first 100 days in office, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.  As part of the measure, the government plans to present its...
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