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French centre-right contenders in final push ahead of presidency choice

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2021-12-01 06:05
Five contenders from France's conservative Republicans party crossed swords in a final debate on Tuesday (30 December) ahead of party members choosing its candidate to take on President Emmanuel Macron in next year's elections.
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EU Council presidency pitches significant changes to AI Act proposal

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2021-12-01 06:00
The Slovenian Presidency circulated a compromise text on the EU's draft AI Act, including major changes in the areas of social scoring, biometric recognition systems, and high-risk applications, while also identifying future points for discussion.
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Glass Recycling: If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It [Promoted content]

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2021-12-01 06:00
Glass is a success story for Europeans and for European recycling rates. Almost 8 out of 10 glass bottles put on the European market are already collected for recycling around Europe – a figure that should reach 90% by the end of the decade.
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Chief EU auditor defends himself against mismanagement allegations

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2021-12-01 06:00
In response to an investigation by a French newspaper, Klaus-Heiner Lehne of the European Court of Auditors defended himself and his colleagues against the allegations in front of the budget control committee of the European Parliament. He did not rule out taking the case to court.
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Kazakhstan plans to model new ETS on EU’s scheme, say lawmakers

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2021-12-01 06:00
Kazakhstan plans to align its revamped carbon emissions trading scheme closely with the EU’s as part of its domestic green transition plans, its lawmakers said at a conference hosted by EURACTIV.
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Fake COVID passports flourish in southeastern Europe

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2021-12-01 05:57
While the European Commission and EU countries struggle to contain the latest surge in coronavirus infections, thousands of vaccine-averse Europeans are paying for fake COVID passes while not getting the jab. EURACTIV network reports. The media have reported the issue...
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Polish president signs law to keep away journalists, NGOs from Belarus border

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2021-12-01 05:48
Poland's president on Tuesday (30 November) signed into law legislation that will limit the access of aid charities and journalists to its border with Belarus as the country grapples with a simmering migrant crisis.
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Belgium, UK agree to strengthen immigration cooperation amid Channel crisis

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2021-12-01 05:39
Belgium and Britain said on Tuesday (30 November) they will cooperate more closely to fight illegal migration, days after France snubbed Britain and said it needed to get serious before talks on the matter could resume.
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Greece to fine non-vaccinated over-60-year-olds €100 per month

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2021-12-01 05:30
People who do not schedule a vaccination appointment by 16 January will pay an administrative fine of €100 each month. The announcement has already resulted in an increase in appointments for the first dose among citizens over 60. Given the...
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Whatever happened to the world’s best education system?

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2021-12-01 05:29
Finland, which previously topped global education rankings, has seen its level of education among young people compared to 38 OECD countries drop to mid-table, a recent survey shows. The survey, compiled by the Finnish Federation for Social Affairs and Health...
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Far-right Zemmour makes Le Pen look normal

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2021-12-01 05:28
After several months of artificial suspense, radical right Eric Zemmour officially entered the 2022 French presidential election race to “save” the country on Tuesday (30 November). His rhetoric makes Marine Le Pen look normal, a political analyst told EURACTIV France....
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Africa’s revenge to West’s greed

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2021-12-01 05:28
Northern and Eastern Europe are currently in the grips of the fourth COVID-19 wave, and governments are resorting to harsher measures to encourage the uptake of vaccinations. We were praying for a vaccine just under two years ago, but today,...
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Genetic resources strategy unveiled

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2021-12-01 05:20
A genetic resources strategy for Europe was presented in Brussels on Tuesday (30 November) as part of Slovenia's EU presidency.
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Eastern neighbours trio make rounds in Brussels before summit

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2021-11-30 18:55
Prime ministers of the self-designated trio of the EU's Eastern neighbours hoping to one day join the bloc came to Brussels on Tuesday (30 November) in an effort to chart a way forward for their cooperation.
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Health Brief, powered by European Diabetes Forum: The parallel (pharma) universe

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2021-11-30 16:13
A ruling by the EU's top court last week reopened a portal to the mysterious world of parallel trade in drugs.
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The Brief, powered by ELF — Nobody is safe until EU stops being hypocritical on vaccines

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2021-11-30 15:45
The mantra of EU officials that “nobody is safe until everybody is safe” is meaningless as long as the EU does not do enough to get vaccines to everybody. South Africa is the most recent victim of this hypocrisy.
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UK watchdog orders Facebook owner Meta to sell Giphy

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2021-11-30 14:45
Facebook owner Meta has been told by the UK competition watchdog to sell popular animated images platform Giphy in Britain’s first such move against so-called Big Tech in its efforts to bolster regulation of the sector. The Competition and Markets...
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EU to start measuring ‘embodied’ carbon emissions from buildings

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2021-11-30 14:00
The European Commission is considering a new EU-wide requirement to measure the carbon emissions associated with construction materials throughout their whole lifecycle but is expected to stop short of regulating for now.
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Near-total ban on lead ammunition: at what price for workers and companies? [Promoted content]

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2021-11-30 13:53
The impact of the near-total ban on lead ammunition will be severe for both industry and society: up to €4 billion and over 16,000 jobs could be lost, with associated public assistance costs totaling €1.4 billion in the EEA.
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Research centres act as ‘matchmakers’ to modernise Spanish agriculture

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2021-11-30 13:50
From matching farms with tech start-ups to pairing vegetable producers with school canteens and families, new EU research programmes are playing matchmaker to spur innovation and reinforce agriculture modernisation in Spain. EFE Agro reports. 
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