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UK imposes first own sanctions against Saudi, Russian human rights abusers

Tue, 2020-07-07 06:35
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the new French government following Monday's reshuffle, the newly created European Public's Prosecutor's Office (EPPO) saying it will investigate member states that haven't joined, and so much more.
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BELGRADE – Direct payments and tax reliefs

Tue, 2020-07-07 06:34
Serbian Finance Minister Siniša Mali said on Monday (7 July) that direct payments and tax reliefs approved by the government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic supported the Serbian economy and citizens with about €2.3 billion. Heralding the third minimum...
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LJUBLJANA – Criticism of proposed tracing app

Tue, 2020-07-07 06:33
In a debate in the parliament’s labour committee, the opposition accused Janez Janša’s government of “slowly introducing dictatorship”. The debated bill on a new stimulus package provides a legal framework for introducing a mobile tracing app for coronavirus infections, but...
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ZAGREB – Who can count to 76?

Tue, 2020-07-07 06:32
Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, the relative winner of Sunday’s parliamentary elections (5 July), claims to already have the support of 76 MPs necessary for a majority. His ruling HDZ (EPP) won 66 seats, meaning it is 10 short of...
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BUDAPEST – Central European countries like Hungary ‘become very attractive’

Tue, 2020-07-07 06:31
Washington’s Ambassador in Budapest, David Cornstein, told The Cats Roundtable radio programme on Sunday (5 July) that central European countries like Hungary became very attractive despite the world not realising “for a long time” that a “thing called Central Europe”...
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WARSAW – Two separate presidential “debates”

Tue, 2020-07-07 06:30
As the staff of both presidential candidates – incumbent president Andrzej Duda and liberal Warsaw mayor Rafał Trzaskowski – were unable to organise a joint debate before the run-off election scheduled for 12 July, both were questioned separately in two...
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ATHENS – Greeks fume at Spanish socialist MEP

Tue, 2020-07-07 06:30
At a meeting of the European Parliament’s committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, Spanish Socialist MEP Domenec Ruiz Devesa accused the Greek government of “extreme-right” handling of the migration crisis as well as illegal pushbacks. Greece’s Minister of...
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ROME – Quarantine “essential” for non-Schengen travellers

Tue, 2020-07-07 06:29
It is imperative that all measures to ensure travellers entering Italy from outside the Schengen Area are tested negative to the virus are enforced, said Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza, adding that it is the correct approach to “take all...
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BRUSSELS – Belgium mulls quarantine for arrivals from high-risk countries

Tue, 2020-07-07 06:28
Belgian health ministers will discuss on  Tuesday (7 July) whether quarantine and testing for travellers returning from areas with a high COVID-19 risk should be applied nationwide. Travellers returning from a country or region where COVID-19 measures have been tightened...
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Eyeing United States, EU lawmakers seek quicker trade retaliation

Tue, 2020-07-07 06:28
EU lawmakers overwhelmingly backed a proposal on Monday (6 July) to allow the European Union to retaliate more quickly in trade disputes, with a clear eye on the tariffs imposed by US President Donald Trump.
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BERLIN – Debate on masks in shops

Tue, 2020-07-07 06:28
In the north-eastern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the requirement to wear masks in shops could soon come to an end, after the state’s economy minister, Harry Glawe (CDU), came out in favour of scrapping the requirement before 4 August. While...
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LONDON – First own human rights sanctions target Russia and Saudis

Tue, 2020-07-07 06:27
The UK on Monday (6 July) unveiled sanctions on 49 people and organisations behind the most “notorious” human rights abuses of recent years, for the first time independently as previously it has followed EU and UN sanctions regimes. The new...
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North Sea countries vow closer cooperation on offshore wind

Tue, 2020-07-07 06:26
Ministers of the North Seas countries have called for an EU framework to tackle barriers to the deployment of multinational “hybrid” offshore wind energy projects.
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EU INSTITUTIONS – MEPs ask for measures to save the hospitality sector

Tue, 2020-07-07 06:26
23 MEPs from the European People’s Party (EPP), socialist S&D and centrist Renew Europe groups have sent a letter to Commission’s Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis asking him to take specific extraordinary measures to support Europe’s hospitality sector to cope with the...
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EU Commission chews over changes to aviation emissions rules

Tue, 2020-07-07 05:30
The European Commission revealed on Friday (3 July) details about how it plans to adapt climate policy to the aviation sector, by integrating a global offsetting scheme into EU rules and slashing free pollution permits.
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EURORDIS: Rare diseases need more centralised processes within the EU

Tue, 2020-07-07 05:24
Future improvement of the EU Orphan Medicines Regulation (OMP) could involve more centralised processes for all rare diseases at the EU level, the European Organisation for Rare Diseases  (EURORDIS) told EURACTIV in a written interview.
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European justice ministers promise to combat disinformation and racism

Tue, 2020-07-07 05:11
Rule of law as a priority of the German EU Council presidency was an open secret long before the programme was presented. Thus, it was only fitting that the first Council meeting chaired by Germany was that of the ministers of justice. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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French government reshuffle: Environment to be key priority

Tue, 2020-07-07 05:00
France's post-municipal election reshuffle was announced on Monday (6 July) by the Secretary-General of the Elysée Palace, Alexis Kohler. The new Prime Minister Jean Castex from conservative party Les Républicains (LR) confirms his right-wing orientation while signalling he will put the environment at the centre of his priorities. EURACTIV France reports.
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IEA: Most technologies needed to achieve net-zero aren’t yet mature

Tue, 2020-07-07 05:00
Some 75% of the emissions reductions necessary to meet net-zero are dependent on technologies which have not yet reached commercial maturity, new analysis from the International Energy Agency (IEA) has found. EURACTIV media partner, edie.net, reports.
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