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OECD official: 20% of all health spending in Europe is pure waste

Wed, 2020-09-16 05:40
Europe’s current health systems have been facing long-standing malfunctions which have led to almost 20% of health spending in Europe being “pure waste”, a senior official of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development told EURACTIV in an interview.
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How the EU could snatch defeat from the jaws of victory on climate

Wed, 2020-09-16 05:39
The European Commission's commendable move to aim for emission reductions of "at least 55%" by 2030 risks being completely undermined if the target also takes into account “reductions and removals” from forest growth and tree planting schemes, warns Bert Metz.
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Ammonia: hydrogen’s green soulmate?

Wed, 2020-09-16 05:36
A chemical traditionally used in the fertiliser industry, ammonia is now also entering the realm of energy as a way to store and transport hydrogen, or as an alternative transport fuel in its own right.
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America’s international standing takes a further plunge – poll

Wed, 2020-09-16 05:30
International perception of the US has sunk to new record lows, according to a new poll from Pew Research covering 13 countries, which highlighted a lack of trust in President Donald Trump's decision-making on foreign policy, as well as the country's inadequate coronavirus response.
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Sustainability in livestock farming is a matter of balance [Stakeholder Opinion]

Wed, 2020-09-16 05:00
Sustainability is a balancing act. This goes for every sector, but none more so than the livestock sector, one of Europe’s key focus areas in the EU Green Deal. Roxane Feller is the Secretary-General of AnimalhealthEurope. Repeating comments by Germany’s...
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US will prevent Iran from getting Chinese, Russian arms

Tue, 2020-09-15 14:56
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed Tuesday (15 September) that Washington would prevent Iran from purchasing "Chinese tanks and Russian air defence systems" as the end to a UN arms embargo against Tehran approaches.
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#SOTEU: Von der Leyen takes stock and looks to the future

Tue, 2020-09-15 14:52
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will give her first State of the European Union address later on Wednesday (16 September). Stay tuned for live coverage and analysis of the speech.
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MEPs agree to chart shipping’s ETS course

Tue, 2020-09-15 14:50
The European Parliament on Tuesday (15 September) voted in favour of including greenhouse gas emissions from the maritime sector in the European Union's carbon market from 2022, throwing its weight behind EU plans to make ships pay for their pollution.
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The Brief, powered by Eurogas – The UN session, a missed opportunity

Tue, 2020-09-15 14:49
Held every year in September, the annual week-long session of the UN General Assembly in New York is the milestone of global politics. This year’s session, opening on 22 September, is special for two reasons. But it is also likely to be a missed opportunity.
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Macron slams anti-5G proponents as ‘Amish’, causing uproar in France

Tue, 2020-09-15 14:41
French President Emmanuel Macron defended 5G technology in his speech to a French startup gathering on Monday (14 September), providing a clear answer to a moratorium on the rollout of the super-fast broadband network wanted by leftist and green parties.
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Top EU court backs net neutrality rules in landmark Hungarian case

Tue, 2020-09-15 13:01
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has taken a stand in support of EU net neutrality rules in a case probing 'zero-tariff' deals, which give preferential treatment to the use of certain popular web applications, such as Spotify, Netflix and Facebook.
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Carbon market’s free perks need rethink, insists EU watchdog 

Tue, 2020-09-15 12:48
The EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) of offering free pollution permits needs to be reviewed and aligned more closely with climate policy if the bloc wants to reap its full benefits, the European Court of Auditors said on Tuesday (15 September).
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France unlocks €100 million to develop its plant-based protein production

Tue, 2020-09-15 12:42
The French government intends to allocate €100 million to develop the country's plant-based protein production. The decision, however, is based more on commercial rather than environmental concerns. EURACTIV France reports.
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Empires are back, Borrell tells EU lawmakers before crucial EU summit

Tue, 2020-09-15 11:59
The EU has reached a critical junction in its relations with Turkey, its chief diplomat, Josep Borrel, said on Tuesday (15 September), urging Ankara to back down from conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean and uphold basic human rights in the country.
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Poor investment in digitising health hit Europe back with COVID-19

Tue, 2020-09-15 11:10
The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded Europe that its piecemeal approach to investing in the digitisation of health systems comes at a cost, but not all countries and policymakers have yet learned the lesson, the chairman of the European Connected Health Alliance told EURACTIV.
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MEPs want Commission to enter the veggie burger fray

Tue, 2020-09-15 10:07
European Parliament lawmakers are considering asking the European Commission to step in and help nix any doubts about the terminology used for plant-based meat substitutes, which are gaining in popularity across the EU.
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Power Barometer 2020: high pressure to ramp up electrification [Promoted content]

Tue, 2020-09-15 10:00
The CO2 emissions from the power sector are plummeting faster than anticipated. Renewables dominate the generation mix, while our reliance on polluting fossil-based generation continues to drop. This year’s Power Barometer, a set of key industry indicators, leveraging a data-driven approach...
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Dombrovskis and McGuinness hearings scheduled for 12 October 

Tue, 2020-09-15 09:56
Commissioners-designate Valdis Dombrovskis and Mairead McGuinness will face their European Parliament hearings to take over Trade and Financial Services on 12 October, with EU lawmakers to decide on their nominations the following week.
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Swiss-Austrian alliance plans night-train boost by 2024

Tue, 2020-09-15 09:10
New night-train services linking Switzerland with Amsterdam, Barcelona and Rome are going to roll out by 2024, a Swiss-Austrian rail operator alliance announced on Tuesday (15 September).
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Shipping back on the market, space hydrogen & vaccine logistics

Tue, 2020-09-15 09:03
Welcome to EURACTIV’s weekly Transport Brief – your one port of call for all the news moving the world and much more!
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