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High Noon for the Conference on the Future of Europe

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-26 08:57
Last weekend, the Conference on the Future of Europe entered a new phase. With most participatory elements of the Conference, including the European Citizens Panels (ECPs), about to conclude, the process enters its hot political phase. A Conference Plenary will discuss citizens’ recommendations and ultimately transform them into the initiative's outcome, writes Johannes Greubel.
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French streaming platform Salto calls for change of pro-US TV remotes

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-26 08:45
France's leading streaming service Salto is urging public authorities to tackle the "crazy competitive asymmetry" between major platforms and national publishers, including by changing remote controls that often have a Netflix or Amazon Prime button.
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Italy’s presidential election still wide open as the political stalemate continues

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-26 08:37
The Italian centre-right coalition has proposed their first shortlist of candidates for the presidential elections, keeping their best cards in their pocket as the political deadlock continues.
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The Green Brief: Who wants to kill the EU taxonomy?

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-26 07:55
While Germany’s reaction to the EU’s green finance taxonomy proposal attracted much attention in Brussels, officials at the European Commission are likely more nervous about reactions in the European Parliament. If not, they should be.
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Ukraine diplomat sees little chance of war ‘in country with 15 nuclear reactors’

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-26 07:28
Ukraine is committed to seeking a diplomatic solution to the current tension with Russia, its ambassador to Japan, Sergiy Korsunsky, said on Wednesday (26 January), adding that he saw little chance of all-out war, although there might be smaller conflicts.
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Lithuania considers modifying Taiwan representation name to defuse row with China

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-26 07:16
Lithuanian officials, seeking to defuse a row with China, are discussing whether to ask their Taiwanese counterparts to modify the Chinese translation of the name of Taiwan's de-facto embassy in Vilnius, two sources said.
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Executive pay must be linked to sustainability objectives

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-26 07:01
Part of the variable remuneration of executive directors must be linked to the achievement of sustainability objectives, a group of CEOs writes in an exclusive op-ed for EURACTIV.
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Report into PM Johnson lockdown party allegations expected anytime soon

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-26 06:53
An internal inquiry into allegations of lockdown parties at Boris Johnson’s Downing Street office could be published as soon as Wednesday (26 January), delivering findings that might determine the prime minister’s future after police also launched an investigation. Johnson is fighting for...
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Bratislava, Prague prepare for influx of Ukrainian refugees

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-26 06:44
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the united approach to the Ukraine crisis advocated by Chancellor Olaf Scholz and President Emmanuel Macron, President Zoran Milanović saying troops will not be sent there, and so much more.
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EU green label for gas ‘not necessary’, says Germany’s Habeck

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-26 06:32
In a visit to Brussels on Tuesday (25 January), the German Vice-Chancellor reiterated Germany's opposition to nuclear's inclusion in the EU's sustainable finance taxonomy, saying “we don’t need” a green investment label for nuclear power or for gas either.
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Albania falls six places in corruption perception index

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-26 06:26
Albania has fallen down the list of the world’s most corrupt countries, coming in at 110 out of 180. This marks a decline of 27 places since 2016, and six places since 2020, according to Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index for 2021....
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Bomb explodes outside home of football chief involved in political spat

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-26 06:24
A suspected bomb exploded on Monday (24 January) night at the home of the head of the Albanian Football Federation (KSHF), Armand Duka, following threats against his life and a public spat with the Mayor of Tirana Erion Veliaj over upcoming elections....
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Pro-Serbian DF wants to join new Montenegrin government

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-26 06:21
The pro-Serbian and pro-Russian Democratic Front (DF) would like to be part of the new government Dritan Abazović, the civic movement URA leader, is trying to form, Andrija Mandić, one of the party’s leaders told Serbian agency Tanjug. Mandić has one...
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Petkov and Kovacevski brand recent Skopje-Sofia meeting a success

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-26 06:21
The prime ministers of Bulgaria and North Macedonia, Kiril Petkov and Dimitar Kovačevski met on Tuesday in Sofia in a new attempt to defuse tensions between the two neighbours. “We are here because we are not afraid of crises and...
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Recycling pro: Design standardisation is ‘way forward’ for flexible packaging

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-26 06:20
Greater standardisation in design "has to be the way forward" in order to make it worthwhile economically to recycle lightweight packaging such as crisp packets. In practice, this also means reducing the variety of packaging available to the food and drink industry, says Joachim Quoden.
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Croatian president calls Croats in favour of sanctions against Dodik traitors

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-26 06:17
President Zoran Milanović has once again defended the Serb member of the tripartite BiH presidency, Milorad Dodik, calling any Croat voting for EU sanctions against him a traitor. “If someone from Croatia votes for those sanctions, for me, they will...
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Borrell: No place in EU for genocide deniers, supporters of war criminals

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-26 06:16
Senior EU officials Josep Borrell and Oliver Varhelyi hailed on Tuesday Serbia’s progress toward gaining EU membership by opening Cluster 4 of the membership negotiations. The EU’s chief diplomat also warned that there was no place in the EU for...
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Latvia accuses Russia of Covid ‘pretext’ to cancel arms control inspections

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-26 06:16
Latvia's defence ministry on Tuesday (25 January) accused Moscow of using the "pretext" of Covid to cancel a scheduled arms inspection in two regions in western Russia this week.
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Serbia scores lowest in corruption perception index for second year in a row

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-26 06:13
Serbia scored 38 points in the corruption perception index for 2021, retaining its lowest ever ranking for the second year in a row, Transparency International said on Tuesday. Serbia ranked 96th among180 countries and territories on the corruption perception index...
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Slovenia’s corruption ranking worst since 2013

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-26 06:12
Slovenia placed 41st out of 180 countries in Transparency International’s latest Corruption Perception Index. Down six spots compared to last year, this is the country’s poorest showing since 2013 – a performance the justice ministry dismissed as “not necessarily reflecting...
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