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VW to ditch petrol and diesel cars manufacturing at key factory

Wed, 2020-07-08 06:45
Volkswagen is set to remove production lines for all internal combustion engine vehicles from one of its key factories this year, replacing them with electric vehicle production capacity. EURACTIV's media partner, edie.net, reports.
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BELGRADE – Thousands protest as Serbia reimposes COVID-19 curfew

Wed, 2020-07-08 06:40
In response to the newly announced COVID-19 measures, a group of opposition supporters stormed the Serbian parliament building in Belgrade on Tuesday (7 July) in a protest against a lockdown planned for the capital this weekend to halt the spread...
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BELGRADE – Serbia imposes quarantine for Montenegro

Wed, 2020-07-08 06:36
The Serbian government imposed a 14-day quarantine for all Montenegrin nationals entering Serbia on Tuesday after Montenegro had imposed a mandatory quarantine on travellers from Serbia the day before. The decision on mandatory self-isolation was passed based on the current...
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BUCHAREST – Romania getting close to April peak

Wed, 2020-07-08 06:35
The number of active COVID-19 cases in Romania is getting close to the peak the country had experienced back in April although authorities are almost out of ‘weapons’ to fight a potential second wave of infections. On Tuesday (7 July),...
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ZAGREB – New government by August

Wed, 2020-07-08 06:33
Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković (HDZ) hosted meetings at the government’s headquarters on Tuesday (7 July), both with his incumbent ministers and potential coalition partners. MPs from minority parties, as well as two Liberal MPs, have officially given Plenković their...
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BUDAPEST – Jourova expresses solidarity with Index

Wed, 2020-07-08 06:33
“I have been following the situation of Index with concern. I would like to express my solidarity with the staff of Index who have been working under very difficult conditions,” European Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová, wrote...
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WARSAW – “Back to Normality” with V4

Wed, 2020-07-08 06:32
As foreign ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia met in Wadowice for a first summit under the Polish presidency of the Visegrad Group (V4), which began on July 1, Poland presented the priorities of its V4 presidency,...
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LISBON – Economic forecasts call for agreement

Wed, 2020-07-08 06:31
The prime ministers of Portugal and Italy said on Tuesday that the worsening economic forecasts issued by the European Commission require an agreement between the 27 EU member states at the next European Council meeting. “There was a general downward...
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MADRID – Spanish unemployment rate to ‘skyrocket’

Wed, 2020-07-08 06:30
Unemployment in Spain will rise to 20% in the case of another COVID-19 outbreak, according to the OECD. As a consequence of the collapse of GDP, the calculations indicate that the unemployment rate will rise from around 14% at the...
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Germany eyes breakthrough in EU migration dispute this year

Wed, 2020-07-08 06:30
Germany said on Tuesday (7 July) it wants European Union nations to overcome a deadlock on how to handle refugees and migrants this year, weighing in on a bruising dispute that has divided the 27-member bloc for years.
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ROME – Lockdown heavily impacts family income

Wed, 2020-07-08 06:29
“More than half of the population suffered a drop in family income after the lockdown measures and the impact was particularly severe on autonomous workers,” according to a study conducted by the Bank of Italy, which surveyed Italian families between...
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LONDON – Youth jobs scheme at centre of new stimulus plan

Wed, 2020-07-08 06:28
The government will subsidise six-month work placements for people between 16 and 24, who are at risk of long-term unemployment, as part of a £2bn ‘kickstart scheme’ to create more jobs for young people. The scheme will be announced by...
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BERLIN – Liberal FDP calls COVID-19 restrictions into question

Wed, 2020-07-08 06:28
Germany’s liberal Free Democrats (FDP) want a review of all of Germany’s lockdown measures to determine whether they are proportional. This comes after an administrative court struck down the lockdown measures in Gütersloh on Monday (6 July). The review could...
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Dutch ‘preachers and salesmen’ lead EU frugality drive

Wed, 2020-07-08 06:06
The Netherlands will be at the centre of upcoming talks over European spending on the coronavirus crisis, driven by a mix of traditional Calvinist frugality and political reality, experts say.
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Italy will not accept ‘weak compromise’ on EU recovery fund, PM says

Wed, 2020-07-08 05:47
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Tuesday (7 July) the European Union must act decisively to build a common response to the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, urging that support measures be activated rapidly.
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EU, China and Canada renew pledge for climate action, despite virus

Wed, 2020-07-08 05:42
In spite of the economic crisis posed by the coronavirus pandemic, the EU, China and Canada sent “a clear political signal” on Tuesday (7 July) that they are still committed to the Paris Agreement on climate change. 
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EU to face difficulties without a deal on recovery plan, Budget Commissioner warns

Wed, 2020-07-08 05:32
If EU leaders fail to reach an agreement on a pandemic recovery package next week, “we will enter into difficulties,” the EU Commissioner for Budget, Johannes Hahn, warned during an event in Brussels on Tuesday (7 July).
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EU orphan drugs law and the emergence of SMEs

Wed, 2020-07-08 05:15
The legal framework provided by the current EU orphan drugs regulation has encouraged a number of small and medium sized companies (SMEs) to develop innovative technologies in the fight against rare diseases in Europe, stakeholders told EURACTIV.com.
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Bioenergy: the necessary force to decarbonise buildings [Promoted content]

Wed, 2020-07-08 05:00
The Renovation Wave sets high expectations. Considering buildings’ energy consumption, this initiative provides the perfect framework to address the upscaling of renewables in buildings, with a specific focus on heating and cooling. Bioenergy represents the main source of renewable heat and must be scaled up in order to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
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Virus crisis threatens to set back oil platform decommissioning

Wed, 2020-07-08 04:00
Oil companies are being forced to cut spending due to a fall in global oil prices, threatening funds earmarked to dismantle dated off-shore rigs, despite environmental risks.
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