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The Green Brief, powered by Goldman Sachs – A ‘cloak and dagger’ taxonomy

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 07:55
As Europe waited to welcome 2022, those in the energy policy bubble suddenly found themselves drawn away from the myriad of fireworks by buzzing phones. 
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Kazakhstan security forces on high alert in Almaty amid calls for fresh protests

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 07:35
Security forces blocked several downtown streets and cordoned off one of the squares in Kazakhstan's biggest city Almaty on Wednesday (19 January) as an opposition group planned to stage protests, a Reuters correspondent reported from the scene.
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Germany signals it could halt gas pipeline if Russia invades Ukraine

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 07:29
Germany signalled on Tuesday (18 January) that it could halt the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia if Moscow invades Ukraine, and Western nations rallied behind Kyiv over a Russian troop buildup that has stoked fears of war.
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EMA encourages COVID-19 vaccine developers to target several variants

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 07:00
Marco Cavaleri, the head of vaccines strategy for the European Medicines Agency (EMA), has encouraged vaccine developers to “explore the feasibility” of making multivalent vaccines: those that cross-neutralise COVID-19 virus variants. 
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Austria gears up to fight EU ‘green’ nuclear energy plan

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 06:36
As the EU moves to label energy from nuclear power and natural gas as "green" investments, Austria is gearing up to fight this, including with a legal complaint.
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Slovenia considers closer ties with Taiwan

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 06:27
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the Romanian PM being accused of plagiarism, Finland not joining the diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympic Games, and so much more.
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‘Patriotic millionaires’ call for wealth tax at virtual Davos

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 06:17
A group of more than 100 billionaires and millionaires has issued a plea to political and business leaders convening virtually for the World Economic Forum: make us pay more tax.
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Germany’s ‘hydrogen diplomacy’ under fire in Ukraine

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 06:15
Amidst rising military tensions between Ukraine and Russia, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock’s visit to Kyiv focused on the massive amounts of renewable hydrogen Germany aims to import in the future.
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Albanian President’s impeachment trial postponed over COVID

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 06:14
The impeachment trial of Albanian President Ilir Meta has been postponed to 1 February after the case judge at the Constitutional Court tested positive for COVID. The proceedings were originally scheduled to start on Tuesday. In a historical first, the...
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Kosovo’s electric bills could increase two-fold

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 06:13
Households in Kosovo could see their electricity bills double if a proposal by the Energy Regulatory Office (ERO) is approved. The ERO suggested doubling the price of energy for households that exceed more than 600 kW per hour. If accepted, the hike would hit...
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Croat parties in BiH forward proposal for election reform

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 06:13
Leaders of Croat political parties in BiH Bosnian submitted a proposal to the US and EU administrations on electoral reform, incorporating the relevant rulings of the European Court of Human Rights and the country’s Constitutional Court. The proposal will be...
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Erdogan: Serbia’s support for Bosnia and Herzegovina important for peace

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 06:13
The support that Serbia is giving to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina was essential for peace and stability in the region, Turkish President Rexhep Tayyip Erdogan has said in Ankara. He told a joint news conference...
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Serbian PM: Rio Tinto project has stopped

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 06:11
Rio Tinto’s Jadar project, subject to nationwide protests last year, has been halted because it could not be granted an exploitation field permit, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić said on Tuesday. Brnabić told reporters that it was not just this...
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Croatian ministers disagree on lowering VAT on natural gas

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 06:11
New and higher natural gas prices for most households should enter into force after 1 April on the basis of the Croatian regulatory framework. Prices could be €500 per year more expensive. Asked how the government would respond to the...
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Doctor in Bulgaria attacked by anti-vaxxer

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 06:11
A doctor was attacked on 17 January in a Bulgarian village over a COVID vaccine. One of the attackers was a wouldbe politician, who had been in prison for drug trafficking and participated in the anti-vax protest in front of the...
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Romania again gripped by high-profile plagiarism case

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 06:10
Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca allegedly copied almost a third of his PhD thesis, according to an investigation published Tuesday by Press One. The prime minister denies the plagiarism accusation, saying the work was completed according to the ”legal requirement at the...
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Slovakia agreed to cut down methane emissions without a plan

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 06:10
Slovakia promised to cut down its methane emissions by 30% compared to 2020 levels by 2030 at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, but it currently has no plan on how to achieve this. The same promise was given by...
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Former Czech PM Babis to be stripped of immunity

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 06:09
The Immunity Committee has recommended the Czech parliament remove the parliamentary immunity of former Prime Minister Andrej Babiš. If the parliament follows the recommendation, which is very likely, Babiš will face prosecution over alleged EU subsidy fraud. A vote on...
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Spanish CEOs worried about good management of EU Next Generation funds

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 06:09
A number of Spanish CEOs have expressed concerns over the fair and proper management of EU financial resources to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the country’s battered economy, Spanish media reported. According to data revealed by...
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Italy mulls transferring renewables incentives costs from bills to recovery plan

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 06:09
Italy wants to lower the prices of bills by transferring renewable energy incentive costs from bills to the national recovery and resilience plan, Ecological Transition Minister Roberto Cingolani said during a meeting with the Senate Committee on Industry on Tuesday....
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