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EU’s historic migration pact passes amidst divisions and far-right fears

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-04-10 17:57
Despite a nerve-wreaking buildup leading up to the vote on Wednesday (10 April) afternoon, and the final agreement to no one’s liking, the EU’s asylum and migration pact ultimately passed with a thin majority on certain parts of the package. 
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European Commission registers European Citizens’ Initiative to support safe and accessible abortion

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-04-10 17:52
The European Commission has registered a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) for safe and accessible abortion. The decision is the starting shot for the ‘My Voice, My Choice’ movement to collect one million signatures in support of their cause. The group hopes to become the fastest ECI to achieve this target, with the aim of meeting it before the European elections in June.
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Switzerland to host Ukraine peace conference in June, without Russia

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-04-10 17:00
Switzerland said Wednesday (10 April) it would organise a high-level peace conference for Ukraine in mid-June, but without Russia, which promptly slammed the event as a US-orchestrated plot.
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EU sets out plan for lasting Ukraine security commitments

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-04-10 16:45
The EU has put together a framework document, based on the bloc’s existing and ongoing efforts, to give Ukraine lasting security commitments, according to a draft by the bloc’s diplomatic service (EEAS), seen by Euractiv.  The draft document, dated 8...
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Parliament approves rules to curb fraud in honey, promote higher fruit content in jams

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-04-10 16:35
The European Parliament voted on Wednesday (10 April) to improve consumer information on certain ‘breakfast’ foods, including more transparency in the labelling of the origin of honey, new categories for reduced-sugar fruit juices, and an increased fruit content in jams. 
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Germany pitches international private investment fund to boost Ukraine recovery

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-04-10 16:30
Germany is lobbying EU allies to set up a private investment fund to help lift the immense cost of rebuilding Ukraine after the war as part of several German measures to boost private investment.
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French government approves assisted dying bill

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-04-10 15:41
The French government adopted the bill on assisted dying on Wednesday (10 April), and Labour and Health Minister Catherine Vautrin outlined the details of the future law that will allow terminal patients suffering from long-term illnesses to decide to end their life.
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Finland’s Stubb wants to better structure EU and NATO defence tasks

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-04-10 15:33
Finland's new President Alexander Stubb said on Wednesday (10 April) he wants a clear distinction between EU and NATO on defence matters, with industrial policy and funds on one side, and military planning and threat countering on the other.
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Final draft of Council working group conclusions calls for ‘policies and instruments’ for influencers

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-04-10 15:00
The final draft of the Council of Europe's audiovisual working group does away with a line on a "coordinate" approach.
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MEPs probe Commission about AI Office recruitment strategy

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-04-10 14:53
Recruitment for the AI Office is key to the implementation of the EU's landmark law.
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Pet ownership is harder, costs are rising, says vet federation VP [Advocacy Lab Content]

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-04-10 14:40
The rising costs of pet food and pet healthcare are making pet ownership harder, says Ann Criel, VP of the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations. Euractiv spoke in-depth with Criel at the EU Companion Animals Stakeholder Summit.
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The Brief – Europe’s new industrial climate spin takes shape

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-04-10 14:20
The EU is embracing an industrial competitiveness deal for the rest of the decade, with key actors floating proposals like deeper European integration or just wholesale deregulation, while key conflicts are resurfacing.
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EU top court annuls sanctions on two Russian tycoons

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-04-10 12:55
An EU court on Wednesday (10 April) annulled sanctions on two Russian businessmen, Petr Aven and Mikhail Fridman, after finding that the reasons invoked by Brussels were invalid.
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US Biden expected to attend Ukraine Peace Formula Summit talks in June

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-04-10 12:25
US President Joe Biden is expected to attend a high-level Ukraine war peace conference which is expected to be held in Switzerland in mid-June, Swiss media reported on Wednesday (10 April).
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EU Commission defends proposal on gene-edited plants against French food safety agency

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-04-10 10:13
The European Commission vindicated the scientific robustness of the new legislation on new genetic techniques bred-plants at a hearing before the European Parliament's Environment Committee on Tuesday (9 April), countering the critical remarks of French food agency Anses.
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Food retail sector sees first signs of recovery after years of tight spending, report says

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-04-10 10:06
The European food retail sector is showing early signs of recovery after years of tight spending due to inflation, though consumer behaviour remains divided, according to a report by McKinsey released on Wednesday (10 April).
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Raw Materials Mining in Europe: Responsible, Necessary and Ready to deliver [Promoted content]

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-04-10 10:00
Europe is at a critical junction, one with significant impacts on its ability to achieve its Critical Raw Materials Act (CRMA) objectives, key enablers of the twin sustainability and digital transition.
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France divided over ‘no-show tax’ for patients failing medical appointments 

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-04-10 08:46
Every year in France, 27 million medical appointments are reportedly missed, according to the Académie nationale de médecine and the Ordre des médecins (professional French doctors organisations).
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Asylum and Migration Pact faces tight last vote in EU Parliament

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-04-10 08:04
If the European Parliament endorses the Asylum and Migration Pact on Wednesday (10 April), the EU will get closer to a revamped scheme for processing irregular migrants and asylum seekers at EU borders, but lawmakers and civil society are unhappy with the final text, heralding a complicated implementation. 
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LIVE NOW! Media Partnership – Beneath the Surface: The Essential Role of Generic Medicines in Ensuring Supply Security in Europe

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2024-04-10 07:30
For the last three decades, the availability of cost-effective generic medicines has driven increased access to life-saving treatments for millions of patients in Europe. Today, generic medicines are an integral part of the healthcare system and demand for these products continues to increase worldwide.
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