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Romanian parliament adopts new offshore law

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-05-19 04:56
The Romanian parliament approved a new law on deep oil and gas operations, which is expected to unblock gas projects in the Black Sea, with 249 MPs in favour and 34 against. Last week, the bill was approved by the...
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How Turkey spoiled NATO’s historic moment with Finland, Sweden

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-05-19 04:55
When Finland and Sweden signalled they were thinking of making the historic decision joining NATO, the alliance expected a tough response from Moscow, not from one of its own.
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Bulgaria adopts large-scale measures to tackle record inflation

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-05-19 04:55
Increasing pensions by nearly 20%, significantly upping tax rebates for families with children and implementing huge fuel rebates affecting the purchase of petrol and diesel are all part of the measures the Bulgarian government announced Wednesday to weather record inflation...
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Poles begin universal basic income experiment

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-05-19 04:46
The Association of Warmia and Mazury Borderland Communities will distribute a monthly 1,300 PLN (€280) to thousands of Poles to measure how a universal basic income impacts their lives. The monthly income will be distributed across 5,000 to 31,000 beneficiaries...
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Hungarian Constitutional Court quashes opposition referendum

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-05-19 04:45
Despite previous greenlights from parliament and the Supreme Court (Kúria), Hungary’s Constitutional Court blocked referenda on controversial Chinese university investment and unemployment benefits. In a decision announced on Wednesday (18 May), the Constitutional Court, widely considered by its critics to...
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Orbán’s new ministers chart EU policy focused on funds

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-05-19 04:42
The new ministers assuming office in the reelected Hungarian prime minister’s cabinet are set to focus on EU funds in their relationship with Brussels while attempting to course-correct the bloc’s values. Tibor Navracsics, who served as European Commissioner for Education,...
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Italy backs NATO applications of Finland and Sweden

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-05-19 04:39
Rome favours the NATO applications of Finland and Sweden and pledged to support Finland during the transition period, said Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi after meeting his Finnish counterpart Sanna Marin at Palazzo Chigi on Wednesday. Finland and Sweden formally...
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Export of Lithuanian goods sees huge surge

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-05-19 04:38
The export of Lithuanian-origin goods grew by over 30% in the first quarter of 2022, totalling more than €6 billion in revenue from January to March 2022, Lithuania’s department of statistics reported. “We see that the government’s efforts to diversify...
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Swedish court sentences Belgian, UK nationals for breaking into military base

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-05-19 04:38
The Södertörn District Court sentenced a man from Belgium and the UK who broke into Muskö military base in 2018 for the unauthorised handling of classified information, broadcaster SVT reported on Wednesday. The two men broke into the Muskö base...
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Finland and Sweden submit NATO applications amid strong Nordic support

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-05-19 04:37
The Swedish and Finnish NATO ambassadors submitted their applications to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday as Nordic countries close ranks to ensure their safety. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the Swedish and Finnish ambassadors, Axel Wernhoff and Klaus Korhonen,...
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Nine dead, 24 wounded in clashes in restive Tajikistan region

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-05-19 04:33
Clashes between Tajik security forces and "terrorists" killed nine people and wounded two dozen in a restive region bordering Afghanistan and China, the interior ministry said on Wednesday (18 May).
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Austrian chancellor presents new government after reshuffle

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-05-19 04:32
Austrian chancellor Karl Nehammer presented the new cabinet members to parliament and swore in the new agriculture minister Norbert Totschnig after two ministers resigned last week. This is the 14th government reshuffle since the conservative-Green coalition entered office two years...
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Russia expels Italian, Spanish, French diplomats in ‘retaliation’

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-05-19 04:31
Russia expelled 85 embassy staff from Spain, Italy and France on Wednesday in a tit-for-tat response to the expulsion of Russian representatives over the invasion of Ukraine. Moscow’s decision to expel French, Spanish and Italian diplomats, came 24 hours after...
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Unexpected obstacle blocks formation of Slovenia’s new government

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-05-19 04:29
The party of Slovenia’s outgoing Prime Minister Janez Janša has thrown sand in the works of the emerging left-liberal government by initiating a referendum that will postpone a wholesale reform of cabinet departments sought by Robert Golob, the presumptive new...
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Slovak ministers disagree on Russian oil tax effect on prices

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-05-19 04:28
Finance Minister Igor Matovič (OĽaNO) and Economy Minister Richard Sulík disagree on whether the new temporary tax on Russian oil approved by parliament on Wednesday will affect gas prices. The new temporary tax will be used by the country’s only...
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Portugal worries surge in COVID-19 cases may affect tourism

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-05-19 04:27
The increase in COVID-19 cases could affect the tourism and services sector’s recovery, Economic Minister António Costa Silva said on Wednesday. “The virus can play more tricks on us, as it did before, and that is why it is very...
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Visegrad plays hot potato with Ukrainian Roma refugees

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-05-19 04:26
Many Roma Ukrainian refugees with dual Hungarian citizenship have been shuttling between Visegrád capitals as governments refuse to provide these families with the same aid as other Ukrainians with a single passport. The Czech Republic is experiencing an influx of...
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MEPs aim to stick airlines with steeper carbon bill

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-05-19 04:21
Lawmakers in the European Parliament’s environment committee have voted to include all flights departing from Europe in the EU’s carbon market and to slash free allowances, a move that will force airlines to pay more to pollute. 
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Sinn Fein’s McDonald says ‘bad faith’ UK government boosts united Ireland case

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-05-18 19:00
Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald on Wednesday (18 May) said Britain’s proposals to override some post-Brexit trade rules in Northern Ireland were “astonishing” and yet another move by London that only serves to boost the Irish nationalist party’s quest...
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France effective in combatting financial crime, though some critical gaps remain

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-05-18 17:13
France ranks among the top OECD countries in the effective tackling of financial crime, the Financial Action Task Force’s latest evaluation report claims. However, illicit financial dealings related to drug trafficking in French overseas territories are proving hard to combat.
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