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EFSA chief: EU food safety rules ensure protection against COVID-19

Wed, 2020-04-01 10:53
Although coronavirus can survive on surfaces for a limited time, food safety regulations in EU member states ensure a high level of protection against contaminated food, said the chief of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Bernhard Url in an interview.
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Russia fumes at North Macedonia’s NATO accession

Wed, 2020-04-01 09:31
Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a scathing statement on Wednesday (1 April) seeking to belittle and ridicule North Macedonia's recent accession to NATO. 
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Measures to ‘save’ Croatian agriculture proposed

Wed, 2020-04-01 09:26
Members of the conservative ‘Croatian Sovereign party’ proposed measures on Tuesday (31 March) to save agricultural production and family farms in Croatia, saying the coronavirus crisis could be a turning point for Croatian agriculture. Members warned that the current Government...
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150,000 volunteers signed up to help French agriculture

Wed, 2020-04-01 08:46
France has successfully managed to recruit 150,000 volunteers to help with harvesting and packing. This comes after the Ministry of Agriculture and the trade unions of the profession called on the unemployed to volunteer for seasonal harvests, particularly fruit harvests....
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Romani MEP: Coronavirus shows we need to fight more strongly against racism

Wed, 2020-04-01 06:54
At a time when stricter measures, special checkpoints or additional police are used to keep Romani communities in isolation or quarantine, mostly in Eastern Europe, we must urge politicians to refrain from discriminatory measures and instead, invest in basic infrastructure to protect all from getting infected, writes MEP Romeo Franz.
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Russian plane takes off for US with coronavirus help onboard

Wed, 2020-04-01 06:53
A Russian military transport plane took off from an airfield outside Moscow early on Wednesday (1 April) and headed for the United States with a load of medical equipment and masks to help Washington fight coronavirus, Russian state TV reported.
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Pittella calls on Europe’s northern socialists to finally break their silence

Wed, 2020-04-01 06:43
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about how the Czech government is planning to give the government and prime minister more power in times of crisis, Italian PM Conte urging the EU to show whether it really is a 'common house' and so much more.
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Lajcak to become EU’s special representative for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue

Wed, 2020-04-01 06:42
the former Slovak foreign minister, Miroslav Lajcak, is expected to become the EU’s special representative for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue and the Western Balkans, Radio Free Europe (RFE) has reported. According to a document seen by RFE, Lajcak will assume the...
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ZAGREB – Another set of government measures

Wed, 2020-04-01 06:41
Croatian Finance Minister Zdravko Marić has announced another set of government measures to mitigate the economic fallout from the coronavirus crisis by specifically focusing on liquidity and the preservation of jobs. Marić has said that 52,000 requests have been submitted...
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BUCHAREST – More doctors infected

Wed, 2020-04-01 06:40
Romania’s health system, which is already facing problems due to the lack of medical personnel, is further restrained as more and more doctors are becoming infected with the new coronavirus, while others have chosen to resign, citing lack of adequate...
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‘We are writing history, not an economics textbook’, Conte tells Germans

Wed, 2020-04-01 06:40
In an interview with German TV channel ARD, Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte called on Europe to show it is a "common house" capable of responding to the epoch-making challenge of coronavirus.
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BUDAPEST – Sharing information of the deceased

Wed, 2020-04-01 06:40
On Tuesday (31 March), the coronavirus task force shared the age, sex and underlying health conditions of the 16 people who had died from coronavirus “in order to provide credible information to the general public and the press.” ”While we...
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WARSAW – ‘Anticrisis shield’ approved

Wed, 2020-04-01 06:39
The parliament’s lower chamber, the Sejm, has approvedmeasures known as the “anticrisis shield”, which are supposed to take some of the burden off the shoulders of entrepreneurs. The ‘shield’ envisages, among other things, an exemption from social security contributions for...
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DUBLIN – Union tells staff to stay away

Wed, 2020-04-01 06:38
Fórsa, Ireland’s biggest public service union has instructed members to keep away from workplaces for public health reasons unless required to do so by management. Fórsa had previously advised its 80,000 members to go into work unless alternative arrangements had...
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LONDON – Banks scrap bonus season

Wed, 2020-04-01 06:37
A group of the UK’s biggest banks have agreed to scrap dividend payments, with the cash likely to be used during the coronavirus crisis. With many firms already suffering a major hit as a result of the lockdown imposed to...
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HELSINKI – Constitutional aftermath

Wed, 2020-04-01 06:36
The current coronavirus crisis has planted seeds for a constitutional debate in Finland. The unusual situation and the quick actions needed from politicians, institutions and authorities alike have brought the following questions to the fore: Is the current constitution defining...
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Global hopes for hydrogen economy revived amid EU push

Wed, 2020-04-01 06:35
A common buzzword at the beginning of the century, the hydrogen economy could finally be about to materialise on the back of falling technology costs and growing interest from policymakers, according to a global industry outlook by research firm BloombergNEF.
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‘This is not war, sailors do not need to die,’ warns captain of coronavirus-hit US aircraft carrier

Wed, 2020-04-01 06:35
The captain of the US aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, in a blunt letter, has called on Navy leadership for stronger measures to save the lives of his sailors and stop the spread of the coronavirus aboard the huge ship.
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BERLIN – Spahn advocates COVID-19 smartphone tracking

Wed, 2020-04-01 06:35
On Tuesday (31 March), Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) told a press conference in Düsseldorf that he was in favour of using Big Data, in particular location-tracking smartphones, to help combat the spread of COVID-19. Such surveillance could be of...
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PARIS – France suspends airline tax

Wed, 2020-04-01 06:33
Now that the EU has approved France’s request to postpone a tax for airlines to help the sector survive the coronavirus health crisis, it is now authorised to defer payments of taxes due between March and December 2020. French airline...
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