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Germany will likely ‘miss its 2022 and 2023 climate targets’, Vice-Chancellor says

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-01-11 15:34
Germany missed its climate target for 2021 and is likely to miss them again this year and next, according to Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck who said the country “must triple the pace of emission cuts” to reach its 2030 goals.
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Lawmaker drafts ‘complete overhaul’ of EU carbon border levy

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-01-11 14:16
The EU lawmaker in charge of negotiating Europe’s upcoming levy for carbon-intensive imports has recommended drastic changes, including a quicker rollout and adding more products to the scope of the draft legislation.
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Tough EU car emission rules ‘necessary’, says leader of key German state

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-01-11 13:49
The European Union's proposed package of energy and climate laws received surprise backing from the leader of Baden-Württemberg, an influential German state which is renowned worldwide for its cutting-edge automotive industry.
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EU institutions kick-off negotiations on law targeting Big Tech

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-01-11 13:43
EU lawmakers held their first political discussion on the proposed Digital Markets Act, a key piece of the EU's digital legislation, on Tuesday (11 January), expressing their intention to reach an agreement by the end of March.
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Taiwan announces further $1 billion investment for Lithuania amid Beijing pressure

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-01-11 13:00
Taiwan announced the launch of a $1 billion credit programme to fund joint projects between Lithuanian and Taiwanese companies in six business categories, a Taiwan government minister said on Tuesday (11 January).
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To avoid more COVID-19 variants, we must vaccinate Africa

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-01-11 12:46
The rapid spread of the Omicron variant has reminded us that the pandemic will not be over until all countries have vaccinated their people. The EU should focus its attention on vaccinating Africa, writes Professor Alberto Mantovani.
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David Sassoli: A great pro-European and a great president of European Parliament

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-01-11 12:38
With David Sassoli, we have lost a great President of the European Parliament and a personality who is part of the Italian pro-European tradition writes Roberto Castaldi.
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Cutting transport emissions in the shadow of COVID

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-01-11 11:01
By the end of 2022, the path that the EU intends to take to achieve low-carbon mobility promises to be much clearer.
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State of play in eurozone enlargement

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-01-11 10:08
The euro has existed for over 20 years, but many EU member states still have not joined the eurozone. While Bulgaria and Croatia could soon, other member states remain hesitant, mainly for economic and political reasons.
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Biden administration calls in on Democrat senators ahead of Nord Stream 2 vote

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-01-11 09:21
Several Democratic US senators said late on Monday (10 January), after meeting with Biden administration officials, that they believe sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline backed by Republican Senator Ted Cruz could harm relations with Germany. Under Secretary of...
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Russia-led troops to start leaving Kazakhstan

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-01-11 08:15
A Russia-led military bloc will begin withdrawing its troops from Kazakhstan in two days' time after fulfilling its main mission of stabilising the Central Asian country after serious unrest, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said on Tuesday (11 January).
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EU delays deadline on green investment rules for nuclear and gas

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-01-11 07:38
The European Commission said on Monday (10 January) it has delayed to later this month the deadline for experts to give feedback on divisive plans to allow some natural gas and nuclear energy projects to be labelled as sustainable investments.
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US gas stocks normalise, warm winter allows LNG exports to Europe

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-01-11 07:34
US natural gas stocks returned to normal by the end of last year as a result of an exceptionally mild start to the heating season and high prices, which encouraged coal-fired power generation rather than gas burning.
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Recycling of packaging waste: the collection conundrum

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-01-11 07:18
The EU has a goal to increase packaging waste recycling, but reaching it will depend on whether local authorities increase and improve collection.
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With peak yet to come, Europe’s healthcare groans under Omicron’s swift spread

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-01-11 07:12
Europe's healthcare systems are being strained by the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, with large numbers of key staff ill or self-isolating and experts predicting the peak of infections is yet to come.
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Boris Johnson’s staff invited to ‘bring own booze’ during COVID lockdown party

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-01-11 06:57
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's staff were invited to a "bring your own booze" party in the garden of his Downing Street residence during the first nationwide coronavirus lockdown in 2020, according to a leaked email seen by broadcaster ITV.
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Spain wants EU to manage COVID as ‘common flu’

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-01-11 06:38
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Czech farmers divided over the country's CAP strategic plan, Romania selling or donating almost 6 million of its COVID-19 doses, and so much more.
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The Commission must push for green transition in shipping

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-01-11 06:33
We cannot stop shipping. So EU institutions and industry must work together to find solutions that will drastically reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases, write Tiemo Wölken and Pernille Weiss.
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US reports 1.35 mln COVID-19 cases in a day, shattering global record

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-01-11 06:31
The United States reported 1.35 million new coronavirus infections on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, the highest daily total for any country in the world as the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant showed no signs of slowing.
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Greece silently admits the death of East Med project

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2022-01-11 06:30
The market and not governments decide the economic viability of energy projects, the Greek government now says a day after a US State Department statement suggested that Washington has lost its interest in the EastMed gas pipeline project. Asked by...
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