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Australia ready to become EU’s ‘energy powerhouse’, climate minister says

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2023-02-02 06:45
Improved dialogue between Australia and the European Union is crucial to achieving global climate goals, according to Chris Bowen, Australia's minister for climate change and energy.
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Budapest sees ‘similarities’ with Meloni’s Italy

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2023-02-02 06:34
In today’s edition of the Capitals, find out more about Finland passing a new transgender law, Bulgaria continuing to export fuels from Russian oil to Ukraine, and so much more.
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EU-Ukraine summit: Between show of support and dimmed accession hopes

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2023-02-02 06:20
This week on the Beyond the Byline podcast we discuss top EU leaders travelling to Ukraine to hold talks with a candidate country,  for the first time ever in an active war zone. Almost a year after Ukraine’s invasion by...
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Greek Watergate: Socialists deny being ‘blackmailed’ by government

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2023-02-02 06:17
The Greek socialist party (Pasok) refuted assumptions by the main opposition Syriza party that the conservative government is blackmailing its leader Nikos Androulakis through a wiretapping scandal to influence post-election coalition talks, Pasok sources told EURACTIV.com. The scandal erupted last...
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EU’s Vestager warns of fragmentation risks, but expands state aid

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2023-02-02 06:07
On Wednesday (1 February), Margrethe Vestager presented a new framework for state aid that will allow member states to subsidise more companies for longer, while also warning that such subsidies were a threat to the integrity of the single market.
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CITA’s view on Euro 7/VII [Promoted content]

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2023-02-02 06:00
CITA welcomes the introduction of Euro 7/VII as a key element of the EU clean air policy. However, integrating PTI as an independent lifetime compliance measure for each individual vehicle could be even stronger. The mutual benefit of an interaction between OBM and PTI should also be considered more clearly. Many technical details still need to be worked out and defined in the implementing rules.
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EU to hold talks in Ukraine, push ‘progressive integration’ as war anniversary nears

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2023-02-02 06:00
More than a dozen top EU officials are set to arrive in Kyiv on Thursday (2 February) with promises of more military, financial and political aid, a symbolic trip meant to highlight support for Ukraine as the first anniversary of Russia's invasion approaches.
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Budapest sees ‘similarities’ with Meloni’s Italy

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2023-02-02 05:57
Hungarian President Katalin Novák travelled to Italy to meet with government leaders, where she spoke of the similarities between both countries in their actions against irregular immigration, enlargement to the Western Balkans, and family values. Novák visited Rome to meet the...
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Albania dismantles hundreds of illegal CCTV cameras amid organised crime crackdown

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2023-02-02 05:56
Hundreds of illegally placed CCTV cameras have been removed from public areas by Albanian authorities over the last two weeks, in a crackdown on organised criminal groups which placed them there to monitor police and gang movements. It has been...
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Bulgaria to continue exporting fuels from Russian oil to Ukraine

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2023-02-02 05:56
The export of petroleum products from Russian oil to Ukraine will continue after 5 February, when the government derogation was due to expire, the Bulgarian government said in a statement on Wednesday. Bulgaria received a derogation from European sanctions in...
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Biden, Zelenskyy likely to visit Poland later this month

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2023-02-02 05:50
US President Joe Biden and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy are likely to visit Poland later this month, as Zelenskyy wants to present his 10-point peace plan, according to Polish media. Biden and Zelenskyy’s plans haven’t been confirmed yet, but...
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Internationals express concern over ex-Slovak PMs foreign policy stance

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2023-02-02 05:49
At the meeting with former prime minister Robert Fico who is currently leading the disinformation scene in Slovakia, ambassadors expressed their concerns about his party´s foreign policy orientation. The ambassadors of EU Member States, the United Kingdom and the United...
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Local communities fight against gigafactory in Czechia

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2023-02-02 05:49
The Czech Republic is finalising its application to the tender for the construction of Volkswagen’s gigafactory – a facility that produces batteries for electric vehicles on a large scale –  but the government faces resistance from local communities, including surrounding...
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Former MEP: Hungary eyes post-war benefits from Russia

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2023-02-02 05:40
The Hungarian government believes that Russia will win the war against Ukraine and therefore avoids sanctions against Moscow, Hungarian politician and former MEP Benedek Jávor told EURACTIV Poland in an interview, adding that Budapest silently hopes there will be a...
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Public opinion on striking teachers may turn negative, warns Portuguese president

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2023-02-02 05:38
President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa warned that the public’s current sympathy towards teachers on strike may turn bitter as the first day of strikes began on Wednesday and minimum services were required in impacted government-run schools. “A time when the...
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Spain, Morocco try to ‘normalise’ relations with high-level summit

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2023-02-02 05:37
A key summit was held in Rabat on Wednesday to normalise the bilateral relations between both nations, which had many shared challenges on the agenda, including how to deal with migration flows. Spain’s socialist Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, and several...
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Spanish government raises minimum wage

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2023-02-02 05:37
The government has agreed to increase the minimum wage by 8% after more than a month of negotiations with trade unions CC.OO and UGT, but without the support of the main employers’ association, CEOE. The left-wing government will increase the...
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Finland passes new transgender law

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2023-02-02 05:34
Finland has passed a new gender recognition law granting the right to legally change gender through the process of self-declaration, removing the need to go through a medical and psychiatric approval process first. The new law was approved by 113...
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Belgium largest energy supplier to EU neighbours in 2022

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2023-02-02 05:33
Belgium played a key role in supplying energy to its main neighbours in 2022, as it was France’s largest electricity supplier and Germany’s main transit country for natural gas. “Belgium helped France and Germany overcame their energy difficulties in 2022....
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Austrian president promises Ukraine further aid

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2023-02-02 05:32
Ukraine will receive additional aid and support of various kinds, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen said during a joint press conference with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv on Wednesday. Van der Bellen arrived in Kyiv on Wednesday...
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