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Orange-MásMóvil merger ‘approved with very good remedy’, says EU’s Vestager

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 15:21
The European Commission accepted on Tuesday (20 February the €18.6 billion deal between Orange and MásMóvil in Spain, provided that spectrum bandwidths are divested to the Romanian mobile operator Digi.
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Belgian party system designed to keep newcomers out, Dutch MEP warns

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 15:16
New parties joining the Belgian political system face an uphill battle to establish themselves alongside well-funded and already-established groups, MEP Sophie in ’t Veld, running with Volt Belgium, told Euractiv in an interview.
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Spain’s main parties clash over EU trade policy as farmers take to the streets

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 15:16
Spanish farmers on Wednesday (21 February) staged their biggest rally yet since protests began two weeks ago, as the ruling Socialist party and the centre-right opposition clashed in parliament over border controls and ‘mirror clauses’ in EU trade deals.
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EU deal on improved air quality fails to align with WHO standards

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 15:13
The provisional agreement on new rules for air quality across the EU is hailed as a step forward despite not aligning with World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations.
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Food corporations call for EU corporate due diligence law to be finalised

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 15:08
While the EU's Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD) is currently being blocked by Germany and Italy, high-profile food corporations are calling for its swift adoption to allow for "coherent and harmonised legislation" at EU level.
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The EU expects US to remove “fully and promptly” the duties on Spanish olives

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 14:20
The World Trade Organisation confirmed that the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties imposed by the US on ripe olives from Spain are not consistent with international trade rules and the EU expects Washington to take action to comply, with limited “scope for compromise”, an EU Commission note seen by Euractiv stated.
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Connectivity package: Commission opens consultation, commits to post-quantum cryptography recommendation

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 13:01
The Commission announced a consultation on EU's telecom market, open until June and committed to a post-quantum cryptography recommendation, when presenting its connectivity package.
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EU disease control centre picks Austrian centre-left lawmaker for top job

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 12:58
Retired Austrian centre-left lawmaker Pamela Rendi-Wagner has been chosen for the top job at the Stockholm-based EU disease prevention centre, an appointment bringing the accomplished tropical disease expert back to her roots.
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EU targets Chinese firms, North Korea in new Ukraine war anniversary sanctions package

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 10:15
EU member states on Wednesday (21 February) agreed to ban exports to three mainland Chinese firms and blacklist North Korea's defence minister in new sanctions for the second anniversary of Russia's war on Ukraine.
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Commission, MEPs call on members states to act jointly on fishing bans

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 09:55
In the wake of a dispute between France and Spain over a fishing ban in the Bay of Biscay, the European Commission and MEPs reiterated the need for such bans but called for coordination between member states when enforcing them. 
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From Luxembourg to Poland: an unequal landscape in contraception

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 09:00
When talking about health, we often mention inequalities in Europe. The word usually appears when we're addressing the workforce crisis, medicine shortages, and mental health strategies.
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Anger as France slashes green transition budget by €1.4 billion

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 08:17
Environmental groups were quick to criticise French government plans to cut the green transition budget by €1.4 billion, including for energy-efficient home renovations, while others called the move "pragmatic".
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Climate investment gap looms over next EU mandate

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 07:55
A gap of €406 billion remains to be filled annually in order to meet the EU’s 2030 climate goals, according to new research published on Wednesday (21 February).
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LEAK: The Belgian Presidency’s plan to unblock the EU’s energy taxation directive

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 07:51
Euractiv got hold of the Belgian Presidency's plan to unblock the EU Energy Taxation Directive, which is currently stuck because of the unanimity rule applying to tax matters. Wood for heating and charcoal will be exempted from the scope under the proposal.
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Yulia Navalnaya tells West to refuse to recognise Russia’s March election

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 07:40
Yulia Navalnaya, the widow of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, has asked the European Union to refuse to recognise Russia's March presidential election, in a step that sharply escalates her campaign against Vladimir Putin.
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Ukraine seeks to expand its military ‘drone coalition’ with allies

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 07:11
Ukraine is seeking to expand its military "drone coalition" with allies, to include at least 20 new countries to help supply drones, cooperate on technology, and strengthen its military as the war with Russia enters its third year.
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Bulgarian far-right visit Moscow at invitation of Putin’s party

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 06:57
In today’s edition of the Capitals, find out more about the French right opposing von der Leyen’s re-run for EU Commission, the special EU fund for coal regions looking good but being costly, and so much more.
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EU’s democratic safeguards on financial aid fall short, auditors say

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 06:46
EU conditions for ensuring rule of law among member states before they can receive financial aid are not strong enough to completely rule out a backsliding in democracy, the 27-nation bloc's auditors said on Wednesday (21 February).
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Salvini under pressure to show cancelled deal with Putin’s party after Navalny remarks

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 06:39
Liberal Action party (Renew Europe) leader Carlo Calenda slammed far-right Lega party leader Matteo Salvini on social media on Tuesday, demanding an account of the 2017 agreement with Putin’s United Russia party and evidence that the deal between both parties has been cancelled.
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Vučić reiterates refusal to sanction Russia: ‘A friend in need is a friend indeed’

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 06:16
Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić will continue to refrain from imposing sanctions on Russia despite pressure from the West, he told the TASS agency, adding that when it comes to relations between Serbian and Russian citizens, a friend in need is a friend indeed.
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