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Slovak parliament discusses proposal to ban gender reassignment surgery

Thu, 2021-03-18 07:02
Far-right group Our Slovakia has brought a legislative proposal to the national parliament banning gender reassignment surgery and forbidding same-sex couples from being acknowledged as parents. The legislation was supported by 44 members of parliament. Beside the far-right members of...
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Sensitive Czech security data hacked

Thu, 2021-03-18 07:01
The Czech interior ministry’s medical facility, which is used to store private data on the security forces, was attacked by hackers this month, findings of weekly Respekt and website Aktuálně.cz show. The attack is part of an operation that has...
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Don’t impose new tax reporting burden on EU businesses

Thu, 2021-03-18 07:01
The competitiveness of European businesses is at risk if EU introduces unilateral public country-by-country reporting, writes Krister Andersson.
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Polish government to tighten COVID-19 restrictions nationwide as third wave hits

Thu, 2021-03-18 07:01
The restrictions currently in force in four of Poland’s 16 regions will apply to the whole country from Saturday, only allowing grocery stores, pharmacies, hairdressers, and other services deemed essential to operate until 9 April. The introduction of the wider...
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Vaccines will still determine progress on tourism, despite certificates

Thu, 2021-03-18 07:01
The EU green digital certificate to facilitate travel will be adopted soon, but it seems it will not be the main factor to determine the progress of the next summer season. An expert in Greece insists that safety protocols should...
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Australian-Finnish mining company finds cobalt deposit in Finland

Thu, 2021-03-18 07:00
Australian-Finnish mining company Latitude 66 Cobalt announced on Wednesday that it has found the fourth-largest cobalt deposit in Europe, with the highest cobalt density in the EU, in the eastern part of Lapland in Finland. The new discovery strengthens the...
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Chemical weapons in Baltic Sea an ‘urgent threat’

Thu, 2021-03-18 07:00
A group of MEPs has called on Brussels to take action to tackle the issue of the chemical and conventional weapons laying dormant on the Baltic seabed. “We express our deep concern about the threat that is still posed by...
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Irish tourism sector welcomes COVID-19 green certificates

Thu, 2021-03-18 07:00
The Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) has shown its support for the COVID-19 green travel certificates, calling it a welcome move towards safe travel. It is a “first step towards a common path to a safe and sustained re-opening of...
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UK Health service warns of vaccine supply slowdown

Thu, 2021-03-18 07:00
The NHS has warned of a “significant reduction in the weekly supply” of coronavirus vaccines next month in a letter to local health organisations, a move set to slow down the UK’s vaccination programme. Although the UK has already given...
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German government approves lobby register law

Thu, 2021-03-18 06:59
Germany’s governing coalition has approved the introduction of a transparency register that will require Bundestag members to declare any interests they represent in a public directory and state whether their lobbying work is carried out regularly, is long-term, or is...
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Belgium eyes suspended AstraZeneca jabs surplus

Thu, 2021-03-18 06:59
Belgium has asked AstraZeneca for the surplus vaccine doses from European countries that have temporarily put the jabs on hold over concerns about possible side effects. “I contacted AstraZeneca and asked if it is possible to use the extras, if...
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EXCLUSIVE: Commission’s ballooning bill with consultancy firms revealed 

Thu, 2021-03-18 06:42
The European Commission spent more than €462 million between 2016 and 2019 in contracts with the ‘Big Four’ consultancy firms, according to estimates made by EURACTIV based on official documents.
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Tanzanian president Magufuli confirmed dead following health speculation

Thu, 2021-03-18 06:36
Tanzania's President John Magufuli has died aged 61, the country's vice-president announced on Wednesday (16 March) following several weeks of growing speculation and conspiracy theories about his health and whereabouts.
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Spain set to allocate €10 billion to combat ‘rural exodus’

Thu, 2021-03-18 06:33
The Spanish government will allocate about €10 billion of the total EU ‘post-COVID-19’ recovery funds approved for the Iberian country, to combat rural depopulation. EURACTIV's partner EuroEFE reports.
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Industry coalition calls for hydrogen blending into gas

Thu, 2021-03-18 06:30
More than 90 energy companies, equipment manufacturers and gas network operators have called on the European Commission to consider hydrogen blending into natural gas for parts of Europe that cannot yet afford a dedicated hydrogen network.
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EU to extend Libya arms embargo mission to 2023

Thu, 2021-03-18 06:30
The EU will extend for two years its military mission in the Mediterranean policing the UN arms embargo on conflict-wracked Libya, senior EU officials said Wednesday (17 March). The bloc’s member states are set to “adopt a decision next week...
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Intelligent transport systems

Thu, 2021-03-18 06:29
Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) are promoted by the European Union as a way to  increase road safety and tackle Europe's growing emission and congestion problems. In this event report, EURACTIV looks at where the EU stands with ITS deployment, and identifies the roadblocks still lying ahead.
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EU official: Road digitalisation will lead to safer and greener highways

Thu, 2021-03-18 06:29
EU funding is supporting member states to integrate digital technology into European highways, making travelling by road smarter. Intelligent Transport Systems have the potential to increase road safety and efficiency, cutting emissions and potentially saving lives, says Pieropaolo Tona.
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EU Court bans controversial French bird hunting practice

Thu, 2021-03-18 06:25
In a ruling on Wednesday (17 March) the EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg banned the traditional French bird-hunting practice that consists of using so-called glue traps because it was "likely to cause other than negligible damage to non-target species caught". EURACTIV France reports.
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Pro-Europe Dutch politician Kaag books gains in election

Thu, 2021-03-18 06:21
Former diplomat Sigrid Kaag, who heads the largest left-leaning party in the Netherlands, booked major gains at a national election after campaigning on a cosmopolitan pro-Europe platform that stands in contrast with Prime Minister Mark Rutte's euroscepticism.
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