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Commission is ignoring ‘revolving door’ conflicts of interest, experts say

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-12-07 21:56
The European Commission is underestimating the scale of ‘revolving door’ conflict of interest cases, three university experts stated in a study presented on Wednesday (7 December) at the European Parliament.
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Commission leaves European standardisation body out of AI standard-setting

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-12-07 18:16
The decision to exclude the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) is part of a broader spat between the EU executive and the standardisation organisation, considered to be too driven by the private sector.
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EU countries to reject Spitzenkandidaten and pan-EU election lists

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-12-07 16:37
EU governments are set to use next week’s pre-Christmas summit in Brussels to formally kill off plans for transnational lists and Spitzenkandidaten, or lead candidates, at the next European elections in 2024. 
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Health Brief: Good ol’ health sovereignty

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-12-07 16:18
In its presentation of the external dimension of the European Health Union, the EU executive introduced a new buzzword - 'health sovereignty'. However, once you scratch the surface, little new remains.
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Eyes on Russia’s ally Belarus as Ukraine’s neighbour moves troops

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-12-07 15:51
Russia's ally Belarus said it was moving troops to counteract what it called a threat of terrorism, amid signs Moscow could be putting pressure on its loyal client to open a new front in the war against Ukraine.
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The Brief — Orbán’s unwanted EU end game

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-12-07 15:20
Anybody who thought that December’s pre-Christmas summit would be a perfect opportunity to gently wind down with mulled wine, lebkuchen, and panettone will be cruelly disappointed. Instead, the stage is set for a multi-billion euro battle royale between Hungary and, it appears, the rest of the EU. 
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Commission to suggest ways out of medical device shortage

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-12-07 15:16
With the medical device regulation transitional period set to end in May 2024, stakeholders and politicians warning of potential shortages.
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Proponents “optimistic” about chance of new directive on traineeships

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-12-07 15:00
Some members of the European Parliament (MEP) and stakeholders are pushing for an EU directive to improve pay and working conditions for trainees across the bloc as well as better data collection on the quality of young Europeans' traineeships.
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Explainer: Europe set to import banned Russian diesel without knowing

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-12-07 14:06
European motorists could find Russian diesel in their tanks even after bans take effect because regulators lack tools to trace the origin of fuel when it has passed through other countries.
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EU Commission seeking to strengthen parents’ cross-border rights

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-12-07 13:55
The European Commission proposed new rules on Wednesday (7 December) to make sure parentage links established in one EU member state are recognised anywhere across the Union.
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EU Council moves to exclude software-as-a-service from new cybersecurity law

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-12-07 13:12
A new EU Council’s text puts Software-as-a-Service outside of the scope of the Cyber Resilience Act, while the European Commission clarified the legal basis would not allow for it.
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EU starts WTO action against China over Lithuania, patents

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-12-07 12:23
The EU on Wednesday (7 December) escalated disputes with China to the WTO, requesting panels be assembled to hear cases over trade restrictions on Lithuania and on legal recourses for EU patent holders.
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Lawmakers agree to restrict EU carbon tax to flights within Europe

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-12-07 12:13
A surprise deal struck by EU legislators early Wednesday morning (7 December) affirms that the tax on aviation carbon emissions will continue to apply only to flights within Europe, a blow to environmental campaigners who had lobbied for complete coverage.
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Germany arrests 25 suspected of violent far-right coup

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-12-07 12:00
Germany on Wednesday (7 December) detained 25 members and supporters of a far-right group that prosecutors said were preparing a violent overthrow of the state, with some members suspected of plotting an armed attack on the parliament.
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Strong equality bodies for effective equality enforcement

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-12-07 11:08
Current EU equality rules require establishing national equality bodies in all EU member states, writes Helena Dalli. Helena Dalli is the EU Commissioner for Equality, strengthening Europe’s commitment to inclusion and equality and leading the fight against discrimination. These institutions...
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Canfin MEP: ‘Europe must put in place policies to protect, promote green industries’

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-12-07 10:43
With its upcoming Battery Directive and carbon border tax, the EU has the opportunity to build the foundations of Europe's future green industrial policy and respond to America’s Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), says Pascal Canfin.
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The Green Brief: Farewell tiny shampoo bottles

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-12-07 07:55
Nothing warms the heart of a wannabe kleptomaniac like sneaking all the shampoo bottles from a hotel room into your suitcase at the end of an overpriced stay. But thanks to the EU, we will soon say adieu to our light-fingered dreams of bank-robbing grandeur.
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Green voters in France broadly supportive of nuclear power: survey

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-12-07 07:03
Most French Green party supporters are supportive of nuclear power, notably to secure the country's energy independence, according to a recent survey, which goes against the party's long-held anti-nuclear beliefs.
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At UN, US and Russia accuse each other of no interest in Ukraine talks

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-12-07 06:44
The United States and Russia accused each other on 6 December of not being interested in Ukraine peace talks as calls grow at the UN for diplomacy to end the war started by Moscow's invasion nine months ago.
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French government on high alert over winter power cuts

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-12-07 06:41
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the Italian government wanting to reform wiretapping practices in the country, Austria reiterating its opposition on Schengen accession, and so much more.
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