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Austrian chancellor calls for EU solution to irregular migration

EURACTIV News - 12 hours 5 min ago
The European Union should adopt effective measures to fight irregular migration, said Chancellor Karl Nehammer following calls with Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen and Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, ahead of the two-day European Council summit starting Thursday. In...
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German Defence Minister promises Leopard 1 tanks during Kyiv visit

EURACTIV News - 12 hours 8 min ago
Germany will provide Ukraine with up to 178 Leopard 1 tanks in addition to the already promised Leopard 2 battle tanks, Defence Minister Boris Pistorius said during a surprise visit to Kyiv. Pistorius arrived in the Ukrainian capital on Tuesday,...
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Bulgarian government introduces food price controls

EURACTIV News - 12 hours 15 min ago
Bulgaria will introduce a mechanism to monitor and control food prices across the entire supply chain, caretaker Prime Minister Galab Donev, after a meeting with ministers and representatives of consumer organisations on Tuesday. The mechanism is to track pricing across...
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Czechia wants to avoid EU subsidy race, prefers negotiations with US

EURACTIV News - 12 hours 15 min ago
Entering a subsidy race by loosening state aid rules to compete with the US is something Czech officials, including its industry chief,  want to avoid. The US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), a package that aims to boost US domestic green...
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Finland denies rumours of joining NATO without Sweden

EURACTIV News - 12 hours 16 min ago
Finland will not join the NATO alliance without Sweden, the country’s political leadership said in response to the growing speculationsand rumours about Finland going it alone. Earlier this week, Iltalehti reported – based on its own ”security and foreign policy”...
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Sunak shuffles cabinet to bolster pledges on economy

EURACTIV News - 12 hours 16 min ago
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak reshuffled his cabinet on Tuesday (7 February), breaking up two departments to better suit his pledges to spur the economy, reduce energy prices and turn around his party's fortunes before an election expected next year.
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Unfit for purpose: EU migration system in crisis 

EURACTIV News - 12 hours 19 min ago
As the migration crisis continues to simmer across Europe, EU leaders at a special summit on 9 February are expected to focus on increasing migrant returns rather than seek a comprehensive solution.
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In State of the Union speech, Biden challenges Republicans on economy

EURACTIV News - 12 hours 32 min ago
Joe Biden challenged Republicans to lift the US debt ceiling and support policies that were friendlier to middle class Americans on 7 February in a State of the Union speech that served as a blueprint for his 2024 re-election campaign.
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Startups: EU response to US subsidies must go beyond state aid, tackle procurement rules

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-02-07 18:09
A series of European startup organisations co-signed a non-paper encouraging the European Commission to consider reviewing public procurement rules for SMEs to better support the 'twin' digital and green transitions as the EU adopts its Green Deal Industrial Plan.
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Empowering consumers for a successful green transition

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-02-07 16:30
Rewatch this EURACTIV Hybrid Conference to find out what are the different options for ensuring a level playing field for industry and empowering consumers to achieve a successful green transition.  Addressed questions included: • Could the European Commission’s proposal allow for substantiated company-owned sustainability labels which are proven to be robust? • How will it affect local and small-scale producers in the EU? • What resources are required in order to create a level playing field and a fairer system for everyone in the industry? • What are the main challenges in achieving consumer empowerment, and how can they be tackled?
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Eight EU states demand tougher migration curbs ahead of summit

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-02-07 16:03
Eight EU governments have demanded radical reform of the bloc's asylum system and tougher curbs on “irregular migration” ahead of this week's summit in Brussels which will largely focus on migration.
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AI Act: EU Parliament’s crunch time on high-risk categorisation, prohibited practices

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-02-07 15:52
The European Parliament’s co-rapporteurs proposed compromise amendments to the list of high-risk AI applications, banned uses and concept definitions. EU lawmakers Brando Benifei and Dragoș Tudorache are striving to close the negotiations on the Artificial Intelligence Act in the coming...
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Tackling disinformation requires wide cooperation ahead of next EU election

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-02-07 15:29
The war in Ukraine, COVID-19, and climate change were the main disinformation topics last year. The EU remains a target; countering disinformation around the next European elections will require a multi-stakeholder approach, write Lauri Tierala and Tomasso Canetta.
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The Brief — Buy European!

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-02-07 15:20
Europe is discussing green industrial policy – and once more, new subsidies and new EU debt are on the agenda. But EU countries already heavily subsidise wind parks, solar panels and electric cars with billions – so what is going wrong?
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‘Hydrogen-ready’ boilers – a lifeline for fossil fuel heating in Europe

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-02-07 14:11
The fossil fuels heating industry is trying to push hydrogen boilers as renewable, but at the moment only a very small fraction of hydrogen is green. To halt the greenwashing of heating technologies, legislative clarity is needed, writes Jan Rosenow.
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French minister: International trade faces ‘paradigm shift’, EU industrial plan key

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-02-07 13:54
Trading with international partners at "whatever costs" no longer makes sense, French Trade Minister Olivier Becht said, urging that the EU must react to the US Inflation Reduction Act with an industrial plan.
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Belgium police probe gun drama near EU headquarters

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-02-07 13:45
Belgian police have arrested two suspects after gunmen interrupted a sale of second-hand luxury watches in an underground carpark near the Brussels headquarters of the European Union, prosecutors said Tuesday(7 February).
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France tests EU single market with its own tobacco taxation

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-02-07 12:41
More than two years ago, France became the first EU country to impose higher (€6.61) than the EU average (€3.34) excise taxes on tobacco, in an effort to reduce smoking rates.
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Brussels aims to make night train dreams a reality

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-02-07 12:12
Last week, Transport Commissioner Adina Vălean announced that the EU will throw its support behind 10 rail pilot projects, expanding cross-border train options across the continent.
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Populist rhetoric risks undermining progress on migration and asylum

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-02-07 11:39
We cannot risk another summer of infighting over Europe's borders. That is why we need, first and foremost, European solutions to tackle the evident migration and asylum challenges faced by Europe, and not 'Trumpist' strategies, writes Stéphane Séjourné.
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