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BUCHAREST – No new restrictions, for now

Thu, 2020-07-09 06:52
The Romanian government announced that it does not intend to introduce new restrictions, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban has said, adding that the increase in COVID-19 infections is due to people not observing sanitary protection rules. The PM also said he...
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EU unveils blueprint for a more efficient energy system

Thu, 2020-07-09 06:52
The European Commission on Wednesday (8 July) unveiled its “energy system integration strategy” which aims to link different energy carriers, infrastructure and consumption sectors together in order to boost renewables and reduce carbon emissions.
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BUCHAREST – Romania hits new peak

Thu, 2020-07-09 06:51
On Wednesday (8 July), the number of confirmed coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours rose to 555, the highest daily figure since the start of the pandemic, public authorities confirmed. The previous peak was reached on 11 April (523...
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ATHENS – Greek government exposed over COVID-19 awareness funds

Thu, 2020-07-09 06:50
Media group ALTER EGO has decided to return almost €1 million of public funds it received from the government as part of a campaign to raise awareness over the pandemic due to lack of transparency in the process of distributing...
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ECB’s Lagarde to pursue ‘every avenue’ to fight climate change

Thu, 2020-07-09 06:49
European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde on Wednesday (8 July) said she would consider "every avenue available" to tackle climate change, signalling that the bank could use its massive stimulus scheme to target green bonds.
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LISBON – MP to block Centeno from becoming Bank of Portugal governor

Thu, 2020-07-09 06:44
Liberal Initiative MP, Cotrim Figueiredo, said on Wednesday (8 July) that he will issue an injunction to prevent the appointment of Mário Centeno as governor of the Bank of Portugal before the parliamentary legislative process on the issue is concluded. “Out...
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ROME – Conte calls for EU Recovery Fund to be approved by July’s end

Thu, 2020-07-09 06:43
The EU Recovery Fund must be approved before the end of July, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told a press conference after meeting Spanish counterpart Pedro Sanchez, adding that “we must be bold. The single market is in danger, it...
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HELSINKI – Finland’s faces EU’s slowest recovery

Thu, 2020-07-09 06:42
Economic growth in Finland in 2021 will be even slower than was predicted in spring as forecasts released by the European Commission this week predict that the Finnish economy will shrink by 6.3% in 2020 and for growth in 2021...
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BRUSSELS – Confusions over new COVID-19 travel rules

Thu, 2020-07-09 06:42
Belgium will issue a formal travel ban to areas in the Schengen zone that have been put back in lockdown and are considered a high health risk area. However, the legal ramifications are still unclear and regions have announced their...
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Cities at the forefront: cooperation as an opportunity for towns to internationalise

Thu, 2020-07-09 06:00
Cities across the world have chosen to go beyond fulfilling their citizens’ needs and contribute to development by engaging in international cooperation. EURACTIV has looked into local and regional leaders’ motivation to do so. 
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Election day: Calviño and Donohoe neck and neck in Eurogroup race

Thu, 2020-07-09 05:47
Eurozone finance ministers are split on whether to pick their Spanish colleague Nadia Calviño or Ireland’s Paschal Donohoe as the next Eurogroup president during a videoconference on Thursday (9 July), EU sources and diplomats told
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The EU must take a stand against Turkey’s aggression

Thu, 2020-07-09 05:45
It is encouraging that the German government has finally taken a stand on Turkey’s aggressive foreign policy, writes Robert Ellis and argues that Thursday’s debate in the European Parliament on Turkey’s negative role in the Eastern Mediterranean and Monday’s Foreign Affairs Council meeting will indicate which way the wind blows.
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German financial watchdog under fire following Wirecard scandal

Thu, 2020-07-09 05:39
The balance sheet scandal surrounding the payment company Wirecard raises many questions. Politicians are currently vigorously pursuing one of them: Where were the supervisory authorities? EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Airbus ponders hydrogen’s flying future

Thu, 2020-07-09 05:30
European aerospace giant Airbus sees hydrogen power as “one of the most promising technologies available” to decarbonise air travel and is looking to utilise it as part of plans to roll out a zero-emission aircraft by 2035.
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MEP: A common EU tool to incentivise production and availability of orphan drugs

Thu, 2020-07-09 05:20
When it comes to rare diseases and 'orphan drugs', technology is there to support an “objective” EU tool that could provide the pharma industry with the necessary incentives to research and produce orphan drugs and simultaneously avoid exhausting ailing health systems, MEP Stelios Kympouropoulos told EURACTIV in an interview.
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US to start Cyprus military training, defying Turkey

Thu, 2020-07-09 05:00
The US said Wednesday (8 July) it plans to conduct military training with Cyprus for the first time, defying NATO ally Turkey, which warned of destabilization.
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Kazakhstan well poised to tackle digital learning but challenges remain

Wed, 2020-07-08 17:39
Kazakstan’s education and skills policies will be crucial for the Central Asian country’s economic recovery and efforts to avoid the digital divide, experts say. Some 78% of Kazakhstan’s population are internet users and the country has one of the lowest...
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Merkel asks EU Parliament for ‘willingness to compromise’ ahead of mini-summit

Wed, 2020-07-08 17:09
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was set to take part in a "mini-summit" with the leaders of the EU institutions in Brussels on Wednesday evening (8 July). It is her first trip abroad since the coronavirus crisis started, testifying to how seriously she is taking her second and last German presidency of the EU Council. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Croatian agricultural chamber urges consumers to buy locally

Wed, 2020-07-08 16:06
The Croatian Chamber of Agriculture (HPK) has called on consumers, buyers, and traders to help domestic vegetable producers and buy their vegetables to help relieve an unenviable market situation in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. “Unfortunately, tourism and tourist...
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Putting all pieces together is Farm to Fork’s nitty-gritty

Wed, 2020-07-08 15:23
Reconciling all the numerous policy areas involved in the Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy within one coherent framework has become one of the toughest challenges in the implementation of the EU's new flagship food policy.
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