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Estonia seeks deal on data flows to cap tech-focused Council presidency

Fri, 2017-12-15 06:11
Estonia wants to seal an agreement next week between member states that would allow data to move easily across the EU, a priority file that the Baltic country pushed for throughout its six-month role leading legal negotiations.
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Climate change means meat taxes are ‘increasingly probable’

Fri, 2017-12-15 06:09
Investors claim that the implementation of the Paris Agreement will lead to some governments introducing a "livestock levy" that cuts meat consumption from diets, in a move that could avoid up to $600 billon in climate damages by 2050. EURACTIV’s partner edie.net reports.
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‘Bad news for enemies’: EU leaders officially launch defence pact

Fri, 2017-12-15 06:01
Flanked by soldiers in combat dress, European leaders inaugurated on Thursday (14 December) a landmark defence cooperation pact that EU Council President Donald Tusk said was "bad news for our enemies".
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Tweets of the Week: Brexit, kebab, and diversity

Fri, 2017-12-15 05:59
Welcome to Tweets of the Week. Brexit talks are looking drab, MEPs love a kebab, and EU diversity needs big rehab.
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Tensions flare over migration at EU summit

Thu, 2017-12-14 23:30
EU heads of state ended the first day of a summit with no sign of tensions thawing amid recent disagreements on migration.
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May tells EU Brexit on track despite vote disappointment

Thu, 2017-12-14 17:00
British Prime Minister Theresa May sought to brush off a humiliating parliamentary defeat as she arrived at a Brussels summit on Thursday (14 December) insisting that Brexit was on track as EU leaders prepared to move talks onto the next stage. May said she was “disappointed” that members of her Conservative party had rebelled late […]
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Zero emissions from forest sector by 2030 with new EU deal

Thu, 2017-12-14 16:37
The European Council reached a preliminary agreement with the European Parliament on the land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) regulation on Thursday (14 December), closing the trilogues ahead of a plenary vote in January.
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EU must not burn the world’s forests for ‘renewable’ energy

Thu, 2017-12-14 15:55
A flaw in Europe’s clean energy plan allows fuel from felled trees to qualify as renewable energy when in fact this would accelerate climate change and devastate forests, warn a group of scientists from the world’s leading universities.
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In Focus: Sinclair Davidson on plain packaging

Thu, 2017-12-14 15:51
Professor Sinclair Davidson from RMIT University in Australia joins EURACTIV's Brian Maguire to talk about the plain packaging policy for tobacco products introduced in Australia five years ago.
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The Brief: On three big issues, the EU stands united

Thu, 2017-12-14 15:51
It was a big surprise to see an institutional crisis unfold this week, with the harsh and undiplomatic reaction of Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos to a letter by Council President Donald Tusk. But this glitch aside, one has to praise the leaders of the EU countries for their unity over three other difficult issues.
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New Polish PM Morawiecki makes summit debut

Thu, 2017-12-14 13:21
Poland's newly appointed Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will attend his first  European summit in Brussels on Thursday (14 December), where leaders and policymakers hope he will be more cooperative than his predecessor Beata Szydło, who resigned this week.
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A charter for the world’s metastatic breast cancer patients

Thu, 2017-12-14 13:14
The world’s leading metastatic breast cancer (MBC) experts and advocates came together in Lisbon in November to welcome the ABC Alliance Global Charter. Marc Beishon explains.
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‘Greenwashed oil’ set to win from renewable transport targets, biofuel industry claims

Thu, 2017-12-14 13:00
Biofuel producers in the Visegrad countries plus Lithuania and Bulgaria have warned that a phase-out of biofuels will lead to a phase-in of ‘greenwashed’ fossil fuels under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), as it currently stands in the Council’s proposal.
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Europe must look beyond the Circular Economy Package

Thu, 2017-12-14 12:23
The EU’s Circular Economy Package is delivering some important progress on supporting business resource efficiency. But the circular economy will need to remain top of the agenda for many years to come if the EU is to see a step change in resource productivity, argues Nick Molho.
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EU shouldn’t allow Greek violation of environmental legislation

Thu, 2017-12-14 12:19
It is no secret that the Public Power Corporation (PPC) heavily influences the Greek government, but the EU institutions should step in to prevent a violation of European environmental legislation, writes Nikos Mantzaris.
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Member states give green light to Commission’s plan on endocrine disruptors

Thu, 2017-12-14 11:49
EU member states backed on Wednesday (13 December) the European Commission’s new plan to regulate endocrine disruptors, disappointing environmentalists. The Commission won support to regulate chemicals which can potentially disrupt the body’s hormones, expressing hope it can take effect next year. Member state experts endorsed a proposal from the commission, the EU executive, that revises […]
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EU expected to mount pressure on Minsk over illicit ‘cheap whites’

Thu, 2017-12-14 11:32
The rising illicit tobacco trade and particularly of the so-called cheap whites from Belarus to the EU will be discussed at the next EU-Belarus meeting on 19 December, an EU official told EURACTIV.com.
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France, Portugal and Spain to attend mini energy summit

Thu, 2017-12-14 11:07
Portugal will organise early next year a summit dedicated solely to energy interconnectors, as lawmakers work to end the Iberian peninsula’s energy market isolation.
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Italy condemned again for failing to recognise same-sex marriages

Thu, 2017-12-14 10:50
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) condemned Italy on Thursday (14 December) for failing to recognise same-sex marriages, a ruling that will result in a token financial compensation for the plaintiffs and more negative publicity for the country.
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With freedom of thought under fire, Poland drifts away from democracy

Thu, 2017-12-14 10:20
When I think about the past two years in Poland, the infamous poem by Władysław Broniewski - "Word about Stalin", written on the occasion of the Soviet dictator's 70th birthday - comes to my mind, writes Bartosz T. Wieliński.
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