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The Brief — Show me the money

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2021-09-07 14:45
Fining countries for refusing to comply with EU law is one of the little-used sticks at the European Commission’s disposal. The success in using it so far has been mixed. There are numerous cases when the country in question has simply refused to pay up.
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Blockchain might be the solution to the digital identity hurdle

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2021-09-07 14:31
The European Commission proposed before the summer an EU-wide framework to enable all EU citizens to have a digital identity but it did not urge countries to use blockchain in the process, although the technology seems quite fitting
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Commission ups the ante, asks court for financial penalties against Poland

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2021-09-07 13:22
In a highly unusual move in its ongoing legal spat with Poland, the European Commission asked the top EU court on Tuesday (8 September) to impose a daily financial penalty for Warsaw's non-compliance with temporary measures European judges put in place in July.
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Western Balkans pressed to tackle deadly air pollution from coal

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2021-09-07 11:53
The Europe Union needs to put more pressure on the Western Balkans to decarbonise their coal-fuelled energy system as pollution levels remain well above compliance thresholds, according to a report published on Tuesday (7 September).
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Open source software boosted the EU economy by ‘between €65 to €95 bn’ – report

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2021-09-07 11:52
Open source software boosted the European Union’s GDP by between €65 to €95 bn in 2018, a new report published by the European Commission on Monday (6 September) has shown, but warned that the EU should do more to actively promote open technologies.
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The cycling elite – coming for your cars?

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2021-09-07 10:57
Somehow bicycles, which are relatively cheap and cost virtually nothing to run, have come to symbolise an eco-conscious elite, while cars, which are expensive and cost a lot to run, are seen as the choice of the people.
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Trust, not control: Germany, EVs and the power of consumer choice

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2021-09-07 09:00
Faced with the challenge of integrating electric vehicles without jeopardising power system reliability, Germany's federal energy ministry started work with distribution system operators on a new tariff design. What followed is a cautionary tale, write Andreas Jahn, Jaap Burger, Jan Rosenow.
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German far left courts SPD and Greens for three-way coalition

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2021-09-07 06:41
Germany's far-left Linke pitched themselves on Monday (6 September) as would-be coalition partners for the Social Democrats and Greens after the 26 September election, arguing they offer the two larger parties the best chance of delivering their social policies.
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France mourns ‘national treasure’ Belmondo

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2021-09-07 06:25
Jean-Paul Belmondo, a star of France's New Wave cinema after his breakthrough performance in Jean-Luc Godard's "A bout de souffle" ("Breathless") in 1959, has died. He was 88.
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Czech minister: Russia discredits EU mission in Mali

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2021-09-07 06:12
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the Czech deputy minister warning of Russia's activities in Mali, Norwegian newspaper Barents Observer attempting to maintain its readership there, and so much more.
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Serbia to continue cooperation with German development bank on energy

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2021-09-07 06:10
Serbian Energy Minister Zorana Mihajlović met with representatives of the German KfW development bank Monday to discuss the continued cooperation in the energy sector, where the total value of completed, ongoing or planned common projects was almost €1.5 billion. The...
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El Salvador leads the world into cryptocurrency, adopting bitcoin as legal tender

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2021-09-07 06:09
El Salvador became the first country in the world to adopt bitcoin as legal tender, a real-world experiment proponents say will lower commission costs for billions of dollars sent home from abroad but which critics warned may fuel money laundering.
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Slovenia expands recovered-tested-vaccinated rule

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2021-09-07 06:08
The recovered-vaccinated-tested rule, currently Slovenia’s main tool in combating a surging fourth COVID-19 wave, has been expanded to broad areas of services activities amidst rising case numbers and hospitalisations. All those who come into contact with other persons or are...
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Croatia has an infertility problem

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2021-09-07 06:07
“Infertility is constantly rising, globally and in Croatia. It is estimated that in 10 years about 30% of couples in most of the world will be infertile,” Večernji List daily quoted gynaecologist Velimir Šimunić, a human reproduction subspecialist and in...
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USR PLUS leaves Romanian government

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2021-09-07 06:06
All USR PLUS ministers are set to submit their resignations from the Romanian government on Tuesday, meaning the government will lose its majority in parliament. The party is nevertheless insisting it would like to remain in the coalition with PNL...
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Man accused of sending death threats to parliament chair under house arrest

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2021-09-07 06:06
A court has placed 26-year-old Lyubomir Yakov under house arrest on Monday after he was arrested by police on suspicion of threatening to assassinate Bulgarian National Assembly President Iva Miteva. Yakov’s lawyer said his client had not yet given explanations...
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Activists, investors clash over construction of LNG terminal in Slovakia

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2021-09-07 06:05
As activists from Greenpeace Slovakia and other organisations protested the construction of a new LNG (liquified natural gas) terminal in Bratislava over the weekend, with investors arguing that the terminal would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help make the shipping...
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Commission urges Polish regions to drop anti-LGBT declarations

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2021-09-07 06:04
The European Commission sent letters to five regions controlled by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, urging them to remove the anti-LGBT declarations adopted by their local governments. The five regions received the letters last week and now have...
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Greece offers booster dose as thousands of health workers suspended

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2021-09-07 06:03
As from 14 September, Greek citizens will be able to receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, health authorities announced on Monday. Meanwhile, the government has decided to impose heavy fines after a scandal of thousands of fake vaccination...
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G20 health ministers sign ‘Rome Pact’ for vaccine distribution worldwide

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2021-09-07 06:00
G20 health ministers meeting in Rome have unanimously signed the ‘Rome Pact’, committing to increase the support of poor nations and send them more COVID-19 vaccines in order to meet a 40% vaccination target for the global population by 2021....
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