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Bulgaria looking for ‘green’ and nuclear investments in US

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-02-17 05:33
The Bulgarian government has sent a high-level delegation to the US to secure “green investment”, modular nuclear reactors and the import of electricity storage technologies. The delegation is led by the powerful Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Asen Vassilev....
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EU taxonomy shows the need to reform Europe’s electricity system

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-02-17 05:32
The battle around the inclusion of nuclear and gas in the EU sustainable finance taxonomy shows the importance of EU countries defining their own energy mix, particularly as Europe aims to introduce more intermittent renewables, writes Marc Deffrennes.
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Polish Constitutional Tribunal holds off decision on EU conditionality mechanism

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-02-17 05:30
The Polish Constitutional Tribunal set to review the EU conditionality mechanism linking EU funds’ disbursements with the rule of law decided to postpone its decision indefinitely less than an hour after the EU Court of Justice dismissed a legal challenge...
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IMF welcomes Spanish labour reform, calls for greater fiscal consolidation

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-02-17 05:28
After the European Commission congratulated employment minister Yolanda Díaz on Spain’s labour reform, the IMF has also highlighted the positive effects of the new legislation in its latest country report published Wednesday. The Executive board assessment stated that ”the Directors...
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Berlin, Vienna show united front on Western Balkans, Ukraine

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-02-17 05:27
The EU needs to coordinate its approach during the ongoing Ukraine crisis and provide a European perspective to the Western Balkans, said German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and her Austrian counterpart, Alexander Schallenberg. “We stand for an open, serious dialogue...
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Macron hosts European and African leaders in preparation of Sahel redeployment

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-02-17 05:24
The French president welcomed his European and African counterparts to revisit actions to combat terrorism in the Sahel, confirming that the redeployment of French troops in the region is on the horizon.
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Morocco, Germany renew ties after ‘misunderstandings’

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-02-16 20:59
Morocco and Germany agreed Wednesday (16 February) to overcome "misunderstandings" and renew "close amicable relations" after a year-long diplomatic freeze, including over the issue of the disputed Western Sahara.
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Europe’s bid for AI standard faces long road, EU lawmakers say

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-02-16 20:00
Europe's effort to set a standard for artificial intelligence will likely take more than a year, with the debate focusing on whether facial recognition should be banned and who should enforce the rules, two key lawmakers said on Wednesday (16 February).
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Lead EU lawmaker proposes carbon market rules to respond to price spikes

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-02-16 16:08
The European Parliament's lead lawmaker on reforms to the EU carbon market on Wednesday proposed rules to make it easier for policymakers to intervene in the scheme if prices rise too fast.
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Think-tank: Bulgaria will be a net importer of electricity after 2030

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-02-16 15:50
Bulgaria is likely to become a net importer of electricity after 2030, accounting for about 15% of its needs, said Martin Vladimirov, Director of the Energy and Climate Program at the Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD), a European...
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Open letter: EU must support a just rural transformation in Africa’s Sahel

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-02-16 15:49
Growing instability across Africa’s Sahel threatens the livelihoods of millions, promotes migration across the region and to Europe, and puts at risk the very survival of some states, argue H.E. Mahamadou Issoufou, Chrysoula Zacharopoulou and Catherine Chabaud. H.E. Mahamadou Issoufou...
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The Brief – Smoke, mirrors, rule of law

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-02-16 15:49
It might seem like the penny has dropped, and it's all clear now: Poland and Hungary have lost and will be deprived of millions of euros from EU funds for their rule of law shortcomings. But don't hold your breath just yet.
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Elections 2022: France’s two far-right camps explained

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-02-16 15:25
France's far-right parties have never been so powerful in the polls as they are now, yet the wars being waged within the two biggest camps risk jeopardising the chances of their candidates reaching the second round in the presidential elections. EURACTIV France looks into what distinguishes their electorates.
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European Parliament endorses animal welfare report, paving way for new EU rules

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-02-16 15:24
The European Parliament has voted in favour of a report on on-farm animal welfare that will feed into the EU’s new animal welfare rules, but the report has been lambasted for supporting controversial practices, such as foie gras production, and favouring economic interests.
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The New European Bauhaus – bringing design to the green transition

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-02-16 15:10
As Europe looks to adapt to its green and digital future, there will be no one size fits all solution. Instead, projects like the New European Bauhaus should drive culture and design in a sustainable, accessible and fair way, writes Ciarán Cuffe.
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Hydrogen production in Germany ‘at the ready’ and about to boom

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-02-16 14:40
The German economy and climate protection minister, Robert Habeck, has said hydrogen would soon establish itself as a key component of the energy transition, according to a report carried by Der Spiegel.
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Let’s renew the EU-Africa partnership now!

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-02-16 14:39
The European Union - African Union Summit, which is taking place today, is an important milestone. European and African leaders must underline that we depend on each other. A prosperous African future is a prosperous European future, writes a coalition of MEPs.
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Key lawmaker tables radical overhaul of EU’s renewable energy directive

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-02-16 14:31
Plans to speed up permits for wind farms, promote biofuels in transport, and boost imports of green hydrogen were presented on Tuesday (15 January) by a lawmaker tasked with drawing up European Parliament's position on the EU renewable energy directive.
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Google to change privacy policy on Android under UK’s competition oversight

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-02-16 13:01
Google is expanding its Privacy Sandbox to Android devices and the UK's antitrust watchdog is set to play a crucial role in ensuring that the tech giant does not abuse its market dominance in the process.
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IFAD: EU’s food sovereignty is Africa’s shot to boost agricultural growth

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-02-16 12:48
Europe’s push to decrease over-reliance on third-country food production is unavoidable due to the pandemic. Still, it could come in handy for encouraging African domestic production, according to the president of the UN’s Rome-based International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
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