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EU needs an ambitious Bio Act, says MEP Weiss [Advocacy Lab Content]

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2024-03-15 02:09
Europe needs a Bio Act according to MEP Pernille Weiss (EPP). Weiss and other expert speakers at the European High-Level Summit on Biosolutions said failing to develop an effective biosolutions framework will lead to a stifling of innovation and growth.
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EU push to make private sector finance key investments is misguided, analysts warn

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-03-14 17:42
The EU’s recent push to encourage the private sector to step in to finance critical investment - especially through the revival of Capital Market Union (CMU) plans -  is both unrealistic and misguided, experts warned.
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EU Commission scrutinises nine big tech platforms over targeted ads and generative AI

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-03-14 17:29
The European Commission requested information on Thursday (14 March) from nine big tech platforms on their use of targeted ads and generative artificial intelligence (AI) to gauge compliance with the Digital Services Act (DSA).
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Commission says new rules on animal welfare postponed in name of strategic dialogue

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-03-14 17:07
After tabling just a small part of the promised overhaul of legislation on animal welfare, the Commission told the European Parliament plenary on Thursday (14 March) that a revision must rely on a strategic dialogue with stakeholders.
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Panama tackling illicit trade [Advocacy Lab Content]

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-03-14 16:29
Panama is increasingly becoming the hub of illicit tobacco trade, costing the country massive loss of public revenues and at the same time, raising questions over the policy response to this phenomenon.
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Von der Leyen campaign’s ‘hot phase’ expected in May – EPP source

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-03-14 16:18
European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen is expected to start an “intensive” EU election campaign in May with several “thematic” events across Europe, a source familiar with the matter from the European People’s Party (EPP) headquarters in Brussels told Euractiv.
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EU humanitarian chief urges Israel to enable better land access to Gaza as famine looms

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-03-14 16:00
Airdrops and a maritime corridor will not be enough to substitute humanitarian aid transported by trucks into Gaza, where people are on the verge of famine, European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič said on Thursday (14 March).
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EU environment chief to address anti-deforestation law concerns on South America tour

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-03-14 15:28
The EU’s Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius is touring Paraguay, Bolivia, and Ecuador this week to address concerns related to the implementation of the world’s first ban on deforestation-linked products, a measure criticised as protectionist by some of the bloc’s trade partners.
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The Brief – Voting under totalitarian rule

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-03-14 15:20
When I think about the Russian elections, particularly the presidential one taking place this weekend, I cannot help but remember the totalitarian voting in which I participated as a youngster.
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EU citizens care about animal welfare, but why is this not being translated into political action? [Promoted content]

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-03-14 15:00
Animal welfare is one of those rare issues that is neither left nor right. Across the political spectrum and irrespective of nationality, you’ll always find politicians who care about the plight of animals; it is certainly not the exclusive domain of the Greens and the Left.
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Hard-fought provision on the AI Act could become obsolete, experts say

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-03-14 14:58
A key provision in the EU's AI rulebook to assess the risks of foundation models such as ChatGPT may become obsolete within a year due to the pace of developing technologies, experts told Euractiv.
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NATO launches charm offensive ahead of US elections

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-03-14 14:00
Support in the US for NATO is high and the Europeans' investment into defence is higher than ever, Secretary-General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday (14 March), in a move to dismiss future criticism from Washington.
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EU Commission investigates AliExpress for potential breach of EU digital rulebook

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-03-14 14:00
The European Commission announced its investigation into AliExpress on Thursday (14 March), about whether the online retail service violated the EU's Digital Services Act (DSA).
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France’s Macron faces backlash over u-turn on legal definition of rape

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-03-14 13:01
In a video seen by AFP on Wednesday (13 March), French President Emmanuel Macron said he was in favour of including the notion of consent in the criminal definition of rape - a significant U-turn, given that France opposed the idea in an EU directive in February.
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Are EU liberals still progressive and pro-European?

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-03-14 12:44
One of the leaders of the liberals in the EU election campaign will be German defence expert Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, whose party in Germany has been obstructing significant legislative proposals related to business and the Green Deal in recent weeks.
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The long and winding road to implement the AI Act

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-03-14 12:15
On Wednesday (13 March), the European Parliament passed its first comprehensive regulation on artificial intelligence (AI), but major questions remain on how the law will be implemented.
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France passes law to protect farmers against ‘townie’ complaints

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-03-14 11:57
On Tuesday (12 March), the French Senate approved a law protecting farmers against growing complaints from new rural residents about the nuisance caused by farm activities, such as the crowing of cockerels in the morning or the smell of manure.
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PM calls on Armenians to discuss EU membership

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-03-14 11:09
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Thursday (14 March) called for broad public dialogue on the prospect of applying for EU membership, as the ex-Soviet country's ties with Russia fray.
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The European aluminium industry’s 5 policy priorities for 2024-2029 [Promoted content]

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-03-14 11:00
As a strategic raw material, aluminium plays a crucial role in the EU's journey towards climate neutrality by 2050 and achieving a green transition ‘made in Europe’. Its applications range from wind turbines and solar panels to electric vehicles and batteries, illustrating its essential role in clean technologies. With forecasts indicating a significant surge in aluminium demand, it is imperative to establish a strong and globally competitive aluminium industry in Europe.
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European Parliament approves relaxed Euro 7 emissions requirements while stakeholders remain divided

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2024-03-14 09:44
The European Parliament formally approved a deal on revised emissions rules for cars, trucks and buses on Wednesday (13 March), tightening microplastic emissions from brakes and tyres but leaving other emissions from cars unchanged from the current exhaust emissions limits.
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