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Parliament drafts energy poverty definition as part of EU social climate fund overhaul

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2022-01-21 07:02
The two lawmakers in charge of drafting the European Parliament’s position on the EU's new social climate fund have gone a step further than the European Commission's initial proposal by drafting a definition of both energy and transport poverty.
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Russia proposes ban on use and mining of cryptocurrencies on its territory

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2022-01-21 06:42
Russia's central bank on Thursday (20 January) proposed banning the use and mining of cryptocurrencies on Russian territory, citing threats to financial stability, citizens' wellbeing and its monetary policy sovereignty.
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‘Too early’ to revise Europe’s bioenergy rules, EU countries say

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2022-01-21 06:30
A coalition of 10 EU member states, led by Sweden, have written to the French EU Council Presidency and the European Commission to warn against the planned revision of sustainability criteria for bioenergy, saying it is too early to do so.
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French troops in Romania a bid to clarify ‘misunderstandings’

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2022-01-21 06:29
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UK to warn Russia of Ukraine ‘quagmire’

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2022-01-21 06:22
Russia risks becoming embroiled in a "terrible quagmire" if it invades Ukraine, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will warn Friday (21 January) in a speech in Sydney.
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Macron emphasises technology transfer in fight against vaccine shortages

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2022-01-21 06:20
French President Emmanuel Macron proposed pressuring pharmaceutical companies to share their knowledge to fight vaccine shortages worldwide, as an alternative to waiving intellectual property (IP) rights. 
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EU re-establishing ‘minimal presence’ in Kabul

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2022-01-21 06:06
The European Union on Thursday (20 January) announced it had begun re-establishing a "minimal presence" in Kabul to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid in Afghanistan.
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Athens and Pristina discuss energy cooperation

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2022-01-21 06:03
Foreign Minister Donika Gërvalla-Schwarz met his colleague Nikos Dendias on Athens on Thursday and discussed how to strengthen relations between Athens and Pristina. “In this direction, moreover, we upgraded your office here in Athens last May, renaming it the “Kosovo...
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Police violence against journalists continues in Albania

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2022-01-21 06:03
Yet another case of Albanian police violence against journalists has been condemned by Reporters Without Borders following an assault at a protest in Tirana on Wednesday 19 January. This is the third incident of police violence against a journalist this year. Fax...
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‘It’s Time’ campaign launched for National Cancer Strategic Framework

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2022-01-21 06:01
The public health campaign called “It’s Time” has been presented in Zagreb to encourage the implementation of Croatia’s National Cancer Strategic Framework, which has been delayed for a year. During that time, 15,637 people died of cancer, equivalent to 20%...
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French candidate Hidalgo ‘profoundly’ pro-European

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2022-01-21 06:00
Anne Hidalgo, candidate for the Socialist Party in the French presidential elections, unveiled her programme on 13 January. As opposed to the populists in the race, her ambitious proposals all assert the primacy of EU law. EURACTIV France reports.
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Lawmaker proposes raising EU green jet fuel target to 100% by 2050

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2022-01-21 06:00
A draft European Parliament report calls for greater ambition in the EU’s proposed green jet fuel law, including a higher percentage of mandatory sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for planes refuelling in the bloc.
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Germany wants to attract 400,000 skilled workers from abroad each year

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2022-01-21 06:00
Germany's new coalition government wants to attract 400,000 qualified workers from abroad each year to tackle both a demographic imbalance and labour shortages in key sectors that risk undermining the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
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The EU and its member states must impose a diplomatic boycott on the Beijing Olympics

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2022-01-21 06:00
The EU and its member states must adopt statements in advance of the Beijing Olympics and boycott the games at the political level, a group of MEPs and national MPs write in a letter sent to EURACTIV.
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Montenegrin parliament announces special sessions for no-confidence vote

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2022-01-21 05:59
Parliament Speaker Aleksa Bečić called three special sessions due to the initiative for the no-confidence vote against the current government. At the request of the government, the first will be held on 3 February at 11 am, and the agenda...
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Bulgaria negotiating purchase of two submarines amid Ukraine crisis

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2022-01-21 05:56
Bulgaria wants to buy two submarines to re-establish its submarine fleet. The last Bulgarian submarine “Fame” was decommissioned 10 years ago and is now a museum. Since 2011, the Black Sea state has not had a submarine fleet, but in...
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EU should advance foreign intelligence-gathering capacity, EU lawmaker says

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2022-01-21 05:53
The EU should develop its own foreign intelligence services to provide itself with credible information about possible foreign threats, according to an upcoming European Parliament proposal, previewed to EURACTIV.
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Russia to hold major navy drills involving all its fleets

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2022-01-21 05:50
Russia announced its navy would stage exercises involving all its fleets this month and next from the Pacific to the Atlantic, the latest show of strength in a surge of military activity during a standoff with the West.
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Slovak economy minister against prolonging Crimea sanctions

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2022-01-21 05:49
In a December interview, economy minister Richard Sulík stated that he does not consider sanctions effective and thinks Russia will not return Crimea to Ukraine. The latter part of the statement recently caused tension between Ukraine and Slovakia. Sulík’s statement...
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Justice Minister: European left is interfering in Hungarian elections

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2022-01-21 05:48
Justice Minister Judit Varga has accused the European left of interfering in the country’s decisions after 62 MEPs sent a letter to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) asking for a full-scale mission to monitor the Hungarian...
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