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First case of Omicron variant identified in Ireland

EURACTIV News - 8 hours 40 min ago
The first case of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 has been found in Ireland, it was announced on Wednesday.  The discovery was described by the director of Ireland’s National Virus Reference Laboratory, Dr Cillian de Gascun, as having involved...
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EU ready to solve medicines supply question

EURACTIV News - 8 hours 41 min ago
The European Commission is ready to unilaterally secure the supply of medicines between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Commission Vice President Maros Šefčovič told lawmakers on Wednesday. “I would 100% prefer if we can present this good solution as a...
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Macron commits to defending rule of law, media freedom in Europe

EURACTIV News - 8 hours 43 min ago
Defending the rule of law will be one of the major challenges when France takes over the rotating EU Council presidency in January, said President Emmanuel Macron. He was invited by the European Committee of Regions (CoR) to debate democracy...
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Potential leaders of German conservatives enter the ring

EURACTIV News - 8 hours 45 min ago
After its crushing defeat in the German federal election in September, the conservative CDU is looking for a leader to bring the party back on track. The three candidates who are running for party chairman faced each other in a...
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Nearly half of Bulgarians refuse to get jabbed

EURACTIV News - 8 hours 49 min ago
About 45% of Bulgarians firmly refuse to get COVID-19 jabs, and their reluctance to be vaccinated is likely to remain, despite the introduction of green certificates. This is according to the “The COVID-19 Crisis and the Future of Liberal-Democratic Constitutional...
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Romania sends plane to repatriate citizens stranded in Morocco

EURACTIV News - 8 hours 49 min ago
Romania will send a special flight on Thursday to repatriate around 180 Romanians and other EU citizens, the country’s foreign ministry has announced. By Wednesday afternoon, 127 Romanian citizens had asked to return to Romania, the ministry said. The government...
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Croatian PM calls for shift from crisis management to competitiveness

EURACTIV News - 8 hours 49 min ago
“Ahead of us is the task to increase the Croatian economy’s competitiveness by shifting our activities from crisis management, which has been going on for nearly two years now, to competitiveness and job creation,” Prime Minister Andrej Plenković told the...
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Others punish, Slovakia incentivises elderly to get vaccinated

EURACTIV News - 8 hours 49 min ago
Unlike Austria and Greece, which decided to punish unvaccinated citizens with heavy fines, Slovakia seems to be exploring another way: incentivising people over-60-years-old with €500 if they get the COVID-19 jab. Meanwhile, EU sources explained to EURACTIV the logic behind...
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Croatian largest retail chain accepts cryptocurrencies as payment

EURACTIV News - 8 hours 50 min ago
It will be possible to pay using cryptocurrency from 1 December when shopping on the webshop of Konzum, the country’s biggest retail chain and part of the Fortenova Group. This will make Konzum Croatia’s first retail chain to allow payment...
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Slovenia’s interior minister denies pushbacks, says Croatia ‘instructed’ migrants to enter

EURACTIV News - 8 hours 50 min ago
Croatian police were “instructing” migrants to request international protection in Slovenia, Interior Minister Aleš Hojs has said, claiming the allegations made by NGOs about Slovenian police officers being involved in pushbacks are false. “The information I have shows that the...
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Serbia’s parliament speaker calls for referendum to amend Constitution

EURACTIV News - 8 hours 51 min ago
Serbian Parliament Speaker Ivica Dačić has called for a referendum on amending the country’s Constitution to be held on 16 January 2022. Dačić signed the Decision to call a nationwide referendum on confirming the Act on Amending the Constitution following...
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Croatian Foreign minister: NATO and EU membership precondition for stability in BiH

EURACTIV News - 8 hours 51 min ago
BiH’s membership in NATO and the European Union is a precondition for stability not just on the Croatian borders and beyond, Croatia’s Foreign and European Minister Gordan Grlić Radman has said. Croatia’s border with BiH, which spans 1,000 kilometres, is...
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North Macedonia government official optimistic about Bulgarian veto

EURACTIV News - 8 hours 51 min ago
North Macedonia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Artan Grubi, believes Bulgaria could be set to greenlight the country’s EU accession, suggesting the veto could be lifted. Bulgaria has refused to allow North Macedonia to progress to the first intergovernmental conference, marking the...
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North Macedonia could extend state of energy crisis for six more months

EURACTIV News - 8 hours 52 min ago
The government will ask Sobranje, the local parliament, to extend the state of the energy crisis for six more months due to difficulties in power supply and the current situation on the energy markets. This will allow the government to...
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Faster rail connection between China and Finland

EURACTIV News - 8 hours 52 min ago
With the help of an improved rail connection, freight between China and Finland will be delivered in six or seven days rather than the current ten, according to the plans of United Transport and Logistics Company-Eurasian Rail Alliance (JSC UTLC...
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EU members agree more sanctions against Belarus targets

EURACTIV News - 8 hours 52 min ago
EU diplomats agreed Wednesday (1 December) to add 28 individuals and bodies to its Belarus sanctions list in response to the alleged channelling of migrants to the bloc's borders.
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What Christmas trees can teach us about fair supply chains [Promoted content]

EURACTIV News - 8 hours 57 min ago
In light of new supply chain laws, an effective due diligence and corporate responsibility is becoming of even greater importance for many companies. The case of Christmas trees shows which aspects are key to implementing fair supply chains.
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Last location with press access to Hungary’s ruling party closed

EURACTIV News - 9 hours 6 min ago
The street in front of the prime minister’s office and site of most cabinet meetings, the last place with meaningful press access to leading government figures in Budapest, has been cordoned off, Telex reported via 444.hu. On 25 November, the entire length of...
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Report: Violence systematically increased at Poland-Belarus border

EURACTIV News - 9 hours 8 min ago
A calendar of events describing the actions of Belarusian and Polish officials show a systematic increase in violence since the start of the crisis in the second half of August, a new report published by the NGO Grup Granica based...
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Austrian super-minister Gewessler kills €2 billion highway project

EURACTIV News - 9 hours 9 min ago
A highway project near Vienna has failed to pass the “climate check” of the climate, environment and transport ministry, the ministry’s chief, Leonore Gewessler, has announced. Her ministry had also blocked another expressway in Lower Austria. “I don’t want us...
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