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Spain nearly at pre-pandemic tourism levels

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2023-02-03 05:45
Spain received a total of 71.6 million tourists in 2022, which is 14.3% less than the number of tourists welcomed in 2019, the year before the pandemic broke out, official figures released on Thursday revealed. The recovery of foreign tourism...
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Spanish unemployment rose in January after end-of-Christmas sale.

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2023-02-03 05:44
Spanish unemployment rose by 70,744 people in January, while Spanish Social Security shed some 215,047 contributors at the end of the Christmas sale season when thousands of temporary jobs came to an end, according to data from the Social Security...
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Nine EU countries want low-carbon hydrogen included in bloc’s renewables goals

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2023-02-03 05:42
EXCLUSIVE. Nine EU member states, including France, have called on the European Commission to include low-carbon hydrogen – produced from nuclear electricity – in the EU's renewable hydrogen targets. 
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Norway to take leading role in Ukraine support, reconstruction

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2023-02-03 05:35
Norway will take on a more substantial role in the international support Ukraine receives, Norway’s Prime minister Jonas Gahr Støre declared on Thursday before the Norwegian Storting, advocating for a larger and more long-term Ukraine program financed by oil revenues....
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Sweden, Finland go ‘hand in hand’ as Nordics close ranks against Turkey

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2023-02-03 05:35
Sweden and Finland will continue their journey towards NATO together despite the “frustrating” stall that Turkey is creating for Sweden, Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and his Finnish counterpart Sanna Marin said on Thursday. Erdoğan said he would now only...
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Dutch reinforce migration cooperation with Niger

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2023-02-03 05:34
An agreement to enhance their cooperation to combat irregular migration was announced by Migration Minister Eric van den Burg and Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Minister Liesje Schreinemajer in a joint press release on Wednesday. The agreement concerns human trafficking,...
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Tarabella, Cozzolino’s parliamentary immunities officially lifted

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2023-02-03 05:34
The European Parliament voted to lift the immunities of Belgian MEP Marc Tarabella and Italian MEP Andrea Cozzolino on Thursday, meaning both men can expect to stand before Belgian justice. On Tuesday, the Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) unanimously approved...
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Zemmour-supporting French MEP stripped of parliamentary immunity

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2023-02-03 05:33
Radical right French MEP Nicolas Bay saw his parliamentary immunity waived in a plenary vote at the European Parliament on Thursday, following accusations by French courts of hate speech. Bay, formerly a National Rally (Rassemblement National) MEP, joined journalist-turned-pundit Eric...
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Germany waves pandemic era goodbye, drops mask mandate

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2023-02-03 05:33
Germany is leaving behind the last generally applicable pandemic protection measure as face masks are no longer mandatory on trains as of Thursday. After a number of federal regions dropped the mask mandate on local and regional trains over the...
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Green homes directive would have ‘devastating effects in Italy’

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2023-02-03 05:29
The European Commission’s proposal on the energy efficiency of buildings in exchange for more funds to support renovations would have devastating effects in Italy, said the President of Confedelizia Giorgio Spaziani Testa who called on politicians to defend the savings...
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Most Finns would join NATO without waiting for Sweden

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2023-02-03 05:28
Over half the people surveyed by a Finnish media portal would be ready to proceed with Finland’s NATO application without waiting for Sweden, which is struggling to proceed due to Turkey’s reluctance to ratify it. In a survey commissioned by...
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Neutrality and support for Ukraine: Austria’s tightrope walk

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2023-02-03 05:26
Neutrality has long been at the core of Austria’s post-World War II identity. While the country pledged millions to support Ukraine and has supported the EU sanctions against Russia, it also wants to keep the communication channels with the Kremlin...
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Bulgaria wants EU money for new border fence with Turkey

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2023-02-03 05:23
Bulgaria will not refuse the drones and radars offered by the European Commission to guard the border with Turkey, but it wants the EU to fund a new fence, President Rumen Radev said on Thursday after he meets with Hungarian...
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In defence of the European single market

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2023-02-03 04:52
The EU's greatest strength in competition with the US and China is its single market, and if state aid regulations are permanently loosened, it will be undermined, write Piotr Arak and Konrad Szymański. 
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EU Parliament wants to strengthen European Works Councils

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2023-02-03 04:48
On Thursday (2 February), the European Parliament voted in favour of a report that wants to strengthen the rights of European Works Councils (EWC) in order to reinforce the voice of employees in large European companies.
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‘Putting the war on ‘pause’ would be a major mistake

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2023-02-03 04:41
Any negotiations with Putin's Russia and compromises will put the war on “pause", allowing Russia to re-launch it later on a bigger scale as a major attack against democracy, writes Roman Rukomeda.
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Ukraine renews case for membership to visiting EU top officials

EURACTIV News - Fri, 2023-02-03 04:30
Ukraine's leadership on Thursday (2 February) made an unequivocal plea for European Union membership as top EU officials met their government counterparts in Kyiv in a first-of-its-kind gathering. But for the EU side, the answer remains a delicate balancing act.
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What do we expect from the Swedish Presidency?

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2023-02-02 17:24
Sweden is taking the Presidency of the Council of the EU for the next 6 months.   The Swedish Presidency has a few key priorities that they’re focusing on, including security, competitiveness, green and energy transitions, democratic values, and the...
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EU lawmaker: Electoral law system is frustrating for many of us

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2023-02-02 16:04
When the EU electoral system was established, ahead of the first European Parliament elections in 1979, the bloc had nine member states instead of the current 27 and 410 MEPs, in comparison to the current 705. “[It] is frustrating for...
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EU’s green industrial plan vague on clean tech, finance, critics say

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2023-02-02 15:45
The Commission’s ‘Green Deal Industrial Plan’, unveiled on Wednesday (1 February), promises simplified EU regulation for clean technologies, but critics say it lacks clarity and opens the door to unrestricted subsidies in France and Germany until the end of 2025.
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