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Europe’s biggest solar farm to open in Portugal

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-02-01 06:12
Iberdrola and Prosolia Energy obtained an environmental license to build the largest photovoltaic project in Europe in São Domingos near Santiago do Cacém with 1,200 megawatts (MW) of installed capacity, the companies announced on Tuesday. In a statement, Spanish company...
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Spain’s bid to return exiled Catalan politicians boosted by EU Court judgement

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-02-01 06:11
The grounds on which member states can reject European arrest warrants were limited by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on Tuesday in a move that could boost Spanish efforts to return Catalan politicians who fled in...
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US readies $2 billion-plus Ukraine aid package with longer-range weapons

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-02-01 06:09
The US is readying more than $2 billion worth of military aid for Ukraine expected to include longer-range rockets for the first time as well as other munitions and weapons, US officials briefed on the matter said on 31 January.
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Spain shows ‘clear signs’ of corruption risk, warns NGO

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-02-01 06:07
The level of corruption perception in Spain has worsened for the second year in a row as the country scored 60 out of 100 points in 2022, falling by one point compared to 2021, a report by NGO Transparency International...
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Finland ranked second least corrupt country

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-02-01 06:00
Finland was ranked as the second least corrupt country in the world by Transparency International, with a total of 87 out of 100 points, marking the country as one of the most “clean” out of 180 countries worldwide. A non-profit...
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Common rail investments in the Three Seas Region [Promoted content]

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-02-01 06:00
The Railway Direction Days 2023 (RDD) congress, which was held on 18 and 19 January in Warsaw, was aimed at the countries of the Three Seas Initiative. 
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EU ministers to curb Commission’s ambition on curbing livestock emissions

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-02-01 06:00
EU agriculture ministers want fewer farms to abide by the Commission's proposed emission reduction rules, suggesting a higher threshold for their application which will keep family and small farms off the count.
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French MEPs concerned over EU-Mercosur deal amid regional push

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-02-01 06:00
Over 20 years in the making, the EU-Mercosur deal is edging closer to implementation, with the region's leaders, including Brazil's freshly elected President Lula, pushing for swift ratification. However, French EU lawmakers reiterated concerns over environmental standards.
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Buildings directive: EU Parliament moves to save mandatory energy performance standards

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-02-01 06:00
The European Parliament's political parties have agreed to a joint position on the reform of the EU’s buildings directive, saving EU-wide minimum energy performance standards while opening the door to contentious hydrogen-based heating.
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Nordic journalists’ unions resign from International Federation

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-02-01 06:00
The Union of Journalists in Finland announced its withdrawal from the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on Tuesday, following Denmark, Norway, and Iceland’s journalists’ unions. after the organisation failed to follow up on administrative problems. In the Finnish Union’s press...
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Qatargate: Parliament JURI committee greenlights Tarabella, Cozzolino’s immunity waiver

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-02-01 05:52
The European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) unanimously approved the reports recommending the waiver of Belgian MEP Marc Tarabella and Italian MEP Andrea Cozzolino’s immunities on Tuesday. During an extraordinary meeting yesterday morning, the JURI committee, composed of 23 members,...
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US says Russia violating New START nuclear arms control treaty

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-02-01 05:48
The United States on Tuesday (31 January) accused Russia of violating the New START Treaty, the last major pillar of post-Cold War nuclear arms control between the two countries, saying Moscow was refusing to allow inspection activities on its territory.
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Austria slips further down in international corruption ranking

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-02-01 05:48
Austria is becoming more and more corrupt, as the 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) published on Tuesday gave the country 71 out of 100 points, thus ranking 22nd, closely followed by countries such as Seychelles, Taiwan and the United Arab...
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‘War profiteers’ double rent prices in Serbia

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-02-01 05:43
Rent prices in Serbia have been driven to astronomical heights due to the large influx of Russian and Ukrainian citizens pressuring many locals to either pay far more on rent or vacate the apartments they had been renting. The practice...
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Young Italians emigrate amid high unemployment rates, few prospects

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-02-01 05:43
Masses of young Italians under 35 are emigrating abroad as the labour market remains in crisis with a high unemployment rate and disappointing retirement prospects. Istat (National Statistical Institute) data in November 2022 show an employment rate of 60.3%, unemployment...
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Hungarian FM says Sweden should act ‘differently’ to join NATO

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-02-01 05:41
The Swedish government must act differently if it wants to secure Turkey’s support for its NATO bid, Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Tuesday, in reference to the Qur’an burning that took place last weekend. After a meeting with...
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French pension protestors take to streets, Macron won’t back down

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-02-01 05:40
Protestors took to the streets for the second time in two weeks against President Emmanuel Macron’s pensions reform, putting the government’s stability at risk as it intends to push through the bill, come what may. According to the Interior Ministry’s...
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HRW raps Ukraine for alleged use of banned landmines

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2023-02-01 05:37
The US-based NGO “Human Rights Watch” on 31 January asked Kyiv to investigate what it claims to be the use by the Ukrainian army of anti-personnel mines. Ukrainian rights defenders deplored the claims, which they said "support the enemy".
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European Parliament readies position on the Data Act

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-01-31 17:25
EURACTIV provides an overview of the main changes EU lawmakers introduced to the new data law ahead of the EU Parliament’s key votes.
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Auditors highlight failures in EU bid to integrate electricity markets

EURACTIV News - Tue, 2023-01-31 16:01
Despite high ambitions, the European Union has made “slow progress” in integrating the electricity markets of its 27 member states and has so far failed to ensure access to cheap power for consumers, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) said in a report published on Tuesday (31 January).
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