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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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Croatian president slams PM Plenkovic as ‘liar and faker’

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 06:15
Croatian President Zoran Milanović launched his strongest invective to date against conservative Prime Minister Andrej Plenković on Tuesday, calling him a “liar and a political faker who deceives Croatian citizens”.
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EU summons Russian envoy, demands independent investigation into Navalny’s death

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 06:14
The European Union summoned Russia's representative to the EU and called for an independent international investigation into the death of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the EU's diplomatic service said on Tuesday (20 February).
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Croatia working to limit foreign labour, may result in higher imports, warns analyst

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 06:14
The Croatian Interior Ministry (MUP) is working on changes to the laws that should limit the import of labour into Croatia, a move that could result in a significantly larger import of labour ‘in the grey zone’ than now, independent labour market analyst Predrag Bejaković warned Euractiv.
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Romanian far-right party leader wants to destabilise Chişinău, warns Moldovan PM

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 06:12
AUR party leader George Simion is involved in “destabilising efforts in Moldova”, accused Moldovan Prime Minister Dorin Recean, which resulted in Moldovan authorities extending the party leader’s ban from entering the country.
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Special EU fund for coal regions looks good but is costly, warns Czech study

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 06:04
Creating a new European fund to support coal regions – the Just Transition Fund – may look like a positive step for disadvantaged areas, but its administration is complex, costly and threatens its effective use, warns a new Czech study based on interviews with officials.
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Poland takes first step to withdraw Article 7 procedure

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 06:03
Polish Justice Minister Adam Bodnar presented EU ministers with an action plan to restore the country’s rule of law, which EU Commissioner Věra Jourová described as a first step for the Commission to withdraw the Article 7 procedure against Warsaw.
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Extra €406bn needed annually to hit EU’s 2030 climate target: report

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 06:01
Even though green investments have gained momentum in recent years, 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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Finally, a Cohesion Policy that (truly) leaves no one behind? [Promoted content]

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 06:00
Two years after the process was launched by European Commissioner for Regional Development Elisa Ferreira, and a year-long series of meetings and exchanges with academics and experts, the Group of High-Level Specialists on Future of Cohesion Policy has released their long-awaited report “Forging a sustainable future together: cohesion for a competitive and inclusive Europe”.
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EU not prepared to include country at war in EU, says former Commission chief Barroso

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 05:59
The European Union is not ready to accept the inclusion of a country at war, Former EU Commission President and former Portuguese Prime Minister José Manuel Durão Barroso warned on Tuesday, calling instead for an eventual understanding that would prevent the conflict in Ukraine from spreading.
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Madrid braces as farmers extend protests

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 05:57
Madrid is bracing for traffic chaos on Wednesday as thousands of farmers are expected to protest against the latest government proposals, which they say are insufficient to maintain the economic viability of their farms and reduce the bureaucratic burden of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) processing aid, among other demands.
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Leading liberal breaks ranks with government, sides with opposition over Taurus missile delivery delay

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-02-21 05:53
Dissatisfied with Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s reluctance to deliver Taurus missiles to Ukraine, the EU lead candidate for the German liberals will side with the conservative opposition party in an upcoming motion, putting another strain on the coalition’s fragile bond.
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