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‘Faster progress’ needed to meet UN climate goals, EU warns

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2021-10-20 05:45
World nations are moving too slowly in implementing carbon-cutting pledges made at the landmark Paris climate summit six years ago, EU policymakers have said ahead of the COP26 conference opening in Glasgow on 31 October.
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Brussels relaunches EU fiscal reform, aims to boost green investments

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2021-10-20 05:37
The European Commission on Tuesday (19 October) took another step towards reforming the EU’s much-discussed fiscal rules, including the bloc's strict debt and deficit limits enshrined in the Stability and Growth Pact.
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Bulgarian elections marked by radicalisation of ethnic Turkish party

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2021-10-20 05:31
A sanctioned Bulgarian businessman and media tycoon will run for parliament in the November elections on the slate of the predominantly ethnically Turkish “Movement of Rights and Freedoms” (DPS), whose leader Mustafa Karadaya is in the race for president. Pundits say both moves mark a radicalisation of the party. EURACTIV Bulgaria reports.
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Ukraine: China’s new bridge to Europe?

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2021-10-20 05:30
One of the reasons behind the recent rapprochement between Ukraine and China is related to the transformation of Ukraine into one of the gate countries of the Belt and Road Initiative, writes Yunis Sharifli.
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What Germany’s likely coalition has in store for digitalisation

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2021-10-20 05:28
Germany's Social Democrats (SPD), the business-friendly FDP and the Greens, who are soon to hold coalition talks, have pointed to digitalisation as one of the top priorities in a preliminary coalition agreement. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Next German government ‘game changer’ in EU-Poland row

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2021-10-20 05:26
The stance of the new German government on EU rule of law matters will be critical in the escalating row between Brussels and Warsaw, EU Director Forefront Advisers Christopher Glück told EURACTIV. “A significantly more hawkish line on the rule...
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Albanian opposition party calls for vetting of politicians

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2021-10-20 05:22
Albania’s main opposition, the Democratic Party, has submitted a proposal to parliament demanding the vetting of all politicians and changes to the electoral code. The proposals include constitutional amendments that would see all politicians being vetted, redrawing of the country’s...
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EU countries to ‘explore the potential’ of a joint cyber unit

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2021-10-20 05:21
EU member states have opened to the Commission’s proposal for a Joint Cyber Unit while remaining cautious to avoid overlapping existing initiatives.
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Western Balkan countries urged to ‘rein in’ Serbia

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2021-10-20 05:19
Countries in the Western Balkans have been asked to counter Serbia’s possible threats to regional stability and security by Kosovo’s top diplomat. Foreign Minister Donika Gervalla-Schwartz urged her Albanian counterpart Olta Xhacka and other countries in the region to coordinate...
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Dodik is losing support of opposition and Vucic

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2021-10-20 05:17
Opposition parties in BiH’s Republika Srpska (RS) entity “strongly oppose” any activity that endangers security in the country. This includes the initiative of Serb BiH Presidency member Milorad Dodik to unilaterally transfer competencies from the state level to that of...
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Green, digital transition have strong transformative effect on Croatian economy

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2021-10-20 05:15
Green and digital transition can have a strong transformative effect on the Croatian economy, Finance Minister Zdravko Marić said at the conference ‘Possibilities of the European Green Deal’ in Zagreb organised by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and its Croatia...
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Leader of Croats: We have a solution for electoral reform in BiH

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2021-10-20 05:13
Croatia has received support from many EU member states for its position that it is necessary to pass legislation reforming election law in BiH to eliminate discrimination, Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlić Radman said on Monday. “We are...
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Leaked tape casts shadow on Slovenia’s environment minister

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2021-10-20 05:10
Slovenia’s embattled government has a new scandal on its hands. A recording leaked by a TV station appears to show Environment Minister Andrej Vizjak, a close aide of the prime minister, cosying up to a businessman in 2007 and offering...
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Romanian president steps in as pandemic gets out of control

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2021-10-20 05:06
President Klaus Iohannis has called a meeting of all health authorities involved in the management of the coronavirus pandemic as the death toll hit a new record high of 574 COVID-related deaths on Tuesday (19 October). “The lack of concrete...
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Hungarian government will renovate churches in Slovakia without Slovak consent

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2021-10-20 05:03
The Hungarian government of Viktor Orbán will send over €4 million to Slovakia for the reconstruction of churches despite the Slovak government not being involved in the programme. The culture and foreign ministries found out about Hungary’s intentions from the...
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How essential is microbial control for the functioning of society? [Promoted content]

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2021-10-20 05:00
Within its Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, the European Commission will design criteria to phase out the most harmful chemicals for non-essential societal use. In this article MCEC builds a case on why microbial control technologies are essential.
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Portugal among group of six countries to adopt measures to tackle energy prices

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2021-10-20 04:59
Portugal is one of six EU countries that have put forward support measures to address the energy crisis after guidance from the European Commission to curb rising costs, an EU source told Lusa. Days after Brussels presented a “toolbox” of...
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Italy makes final adjustments to belated draft budget plan

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2021-10-20 04:57
Italian lawmakers have unanimously approved the Drat Budgetary Plan worth 24-€25 billion. The plan, approved on Tuesday (19 October) afternoon, sets out the main points of the upcoming budget law for 2022. The new budget law should include a new...
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Travel to Finland not recommended as country turns ‘red’ on EU COVID travel map

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2021-10-20 04:55
The coronavirus situation in Finland has deteriorated at an alarming pace with an incidence rate of 138 per 100,000 residents. As a result, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDchangeding the country’s listing from yellow to red, meaning...
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Ireland slows rollback of pandemic restrictions as cases climb

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2021-10-20 04:55
Due to rising infection rates, the Irish government has announced that some COVID-19 measures will be extended beyond their planned end later this week. Following a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced that several measures would remain, including wearing...
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