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Romania’s energy ministry prepares calls for energy projects

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-02-17 06:10
The Romanian Energy Ministry is preparing to launch calls for green energy projects funded from the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP). ”We put up for public debate several guides for funding of hundreds of millions euros from the NRRP,”...
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France confirms ‘European climate conference’ for 7-8 March, with objectives still unclear

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-02-17 06:10
Less than a month before a European Climate Conference in Nantes, one of the highlights of the French EU Council presidency, it is still unclear who will attend or what the conference's objectives will be, with one official positioning the event as a "mini-COP". EURACTIV France reports.
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The ‘social economy’ is about sharing power, says French minister

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-02-17 06:08
Before European ministers gather for an informal meeting to promote a more social and solidary economy in Paris today (17 February), the French state secretary for the social economy Olivia Grégoire fleshed out her view of the social economy in...
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Slovenian Left withdraws motion for referendum on income tax changes

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-02-17 06:04
The Left, currently in opposition, has formally withdrawn its motion for a pre-emptive referendum on changes to the income tax act after the government parties indicated the referendum could be held on the same day as the general election, making...
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Slovak households energy prices stabilised until 2024

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-02-17 06:01
Electricity prices for Slovak families will not increase until 2024, the government and Slovenské elektrárne a.s., the largest electricity producer in Slovakia, has agreed. The government claims that the state will enable households to save more than €1 billion. The...
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Car emissions law delay will harm air quality for years to come

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-02-17 06:00
The release of a new EU proposal setting car emission standards has been pushed back again, with a date now fixed for July 2022. This delay will lead to dirtier cars on the road, exacerbating air pollution levels for years to come, writes Anna Krajinska.
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Whatever is done for Africa, without the African people is not for Africa [Promoted content]

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-02-17 06:00
A joint declaration of Social Movements and Peasant farmers, Faith-Based Organizations and CSO delivered at the “African People’s Summit” ahead of the 6th EU-Africa Summit, demanding more space for CSO and measures to guarantee land justice and agroecology.
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Changing the lives of Bulgaria’s mountainous communities

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-02-17 06:00
The Bulgarian mountain region of Dzhebel is bucking the trend of depopulation and citizens are looking forward to a bright future fuelled with tourism and innovation. In an interview with EURACTIV Bulgaria, Mayor Nedzhmi Ali explained what he has in store for the gem of the Rhodopes in the short, medium, and long term.
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Moderna eyes COVID booster by August, not clear yet if Omicron-specific needed

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-02-17 06:00
An Omicron-specific booster could be ready by August, the CEO of U.S. biotech firm Moderna told Reuters, but the firm is still gathering clinical data to determine whether that vaccine would offer better protection than a new dose of the existing jab.
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EU states agree on need to build own satellite constellation

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-02-17 06:00
European Union ministers, meeting on space policy in Toulouse, on Wednesday (16 February) agreed that the bloc needed an autonomous satellite constellation infrastructure for high-speed internet access, France's Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said.
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Portugal may lift some restrictions, says minister

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-02-17 05:58
Portugal may move forward with lifting COVID-19 restrictions as the country has entered a new phase of the pandemic, Health Minister Marta Temido said on Wednesday. “As quickly as possible and as slowly as necessary,” Temido told journalists about the...
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Russian billionaire Abramovich not contacted about Portuguese nationality enquiries

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-02-17 05:58
Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich has not been contacted about ongoing investigations into his acquisition of Portuguese nationality as a descendant of Sephardic Jews and maintains he has complied with the law, a spokeswoman told Lusa on Wednesday. “As we stated...
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CoFoE: Citizens ask for harmonised EU approach to migration

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-02-17 05:58
Citizens contributing to the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE), the EU's democracy engagement project, have issued their recommendations on migration following the conference's fourth panel in Maastricht.
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Italy invests €30 billion of its recovery plan in education, research

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-02-17 05:56
Italy will invest more than €30 billion of the national recovery and resilience plan in education and research, Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced Wednesday during a visit to the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (Infn) at Gran Sasso. “We want...
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SNCF breaks agreement with Renfe for railway between Spain and France

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-02-17 05:55
SNCF and Renfe, the main railway operators in France and Spain, will no longer be partners in the cross border lines from December onwards. On Wednesday, the French company announced that it would not renew the agreement with its Spanish...
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Lawmaker calls for referendum to enshrine principle of Irish neutrality

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-02-17 05:49
An Irish lawmaker on Wednesday called for the country’s longstanding principle of neutrality in international affairs to be enshrined in the Constitution via a public referendum. The call, issued by TD John Brady during a debate in the Dáil on...
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Most Finns want country’s strict alcohol policy to change

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-02-17 05:48
75% of Finns would allow wine to be sold at food shops  – which are only allowed to sell alcoholic drinks below 5.5% proof –  a survey commissioned by the Finnish Grocery Trade Association shows. In Finland, drinks with more alcoholic...
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Russia threat to eclipse EU-Africa summit

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-02-17 05:45
EU leaders are gathering for a summit with African counterparts on Thursday (17 February), which is likely to be overshadowed by discussions on the ongoing tensions between Russia and Ukraine.
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Truss takes hawkish message to Kyiv

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-02-17 05:45
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will visit her counterparts in Ukraine and Poland on Thursday as the UK seeks to cement its position as one of the more hawkish allies of Ukraine. Truss will meet her Ukraine counterpart, Foreign Minister Dmytro...
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France lifts most COVID-19 measures

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-02-17 05:44
Most COVID-19 measures have been lifted in mainland France since Wednesday, although some remain recommended. Health Minister Olivier Véran hopes to lighten the vaccine pass currently in force by mid-March. The schedule put in place by the government in recent...
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