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Bioeconomy in the CAP’s nine objectives

Mon, 2020-01-20 14:13
Bioeconomy will play a crucial role in delivering the European Union's environmental and climate neutrality agenda. The farm sector is no exception and at least half of the nine objectives of the post-2020 EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) relate directly to this concept.
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‘International alignment’ required on future AI rules, Google chief says

Mon, 2020-01-20 14:11
Google chief Sundar Pichai has called for 'international alignment' and 'an agreement on core values' in the future regulation of Artificial Intelligence. But positions of the EU and the US on the issue diverge, following the recent leak of European Commission papers detailing a crackdown on facial recognition technologies.
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EU bets on bioeconomy to deliver farming aspects of the Green Deal

Mon, 2020-01-20 14:03
The European Commission and the member states intend to use the concept of bioeconomy as a tool to achieve political priorities at the core of the bloc's new environmental flagship policy when it comes to agriculture.
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‘Jury is still out’ on EU’s carbon border tax, Hogan says

Mon, 2020-01-20 13:31
The European Commission will not reveal its approach on the EU’s proposed carbon border tax until late 2020 or early 2021, when it concludes a detailed feasibility analysis, said Phil Hogan, the EU’s trade commissioner.
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Investing in consumer ‘proximity’ to produce biodiesel from UCO

Mon, 2020-01-20 12:54
A Greek company says it has found a way to collect much more effectively used cooking oil for biodiesel production: by making it easier for consumers to find nearby collection points and avoid simply pouring the used oil down their kitchen sink,
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Could bacteria help recycle greenhouse gases in the future?

Mon, 2020-01-20 12:05
Could bacteria assist in the recycling of greenhouse gases in the future instead of releasing them into the atmosphere? European researchers are working to reverse the metabolism of intestinal bacteria that feed on CO2 so that they form products that can be used at an industrial level. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Ukraine PM Honcharuk given one more chance

Mon, 2020-01-20 12:02
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy rejected on Friday evening (17 January) the prime minister's resignation letter and told him to stay on and tackle the unpopular issue of high salaries of some public officials and multimillion-dollar bonuses paid to executives at the state gas company.
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Iran says it may pull out of nuclear treaty over Europe dispute

Mon, 2020-01-20 10:53
Iran said Monday (20 January) it will consider withdrawing from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) if a dispute over its atomic programme goes before the UN Security Council.
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Air pollution-busting ship fuel in climate backlash

Mon, 2020-01-20 10:27
New rules aimed at reducing air pollution from shipping may end up worsening the sector’s climate impact, according to new research, which warns that low sulphur fuels could end up producing more climate-bashing emissions, known as black carbon.
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Spaniards bicker over ‘parental veto’ on education

Mon, 2020-01-20 07:55
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out about Ireland giving the Apple chief a reward, a long-time minister of Slovenia resigning from his post as defence minister, clashes between Spanish parties over parental controls in schools, and so much more.
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PODGORICA – “Night Wolves” support Serbian church in Montenegro

Mon, 2020-01-20 07:53
The head of the pro-Kremlin Russian bikers group, the Night Wolves, has lent strong support to pro-Serbian protesters in Montenegro in a video published on Facebook, in protest against a new law on freedom of religion passed by the Montenegrin...
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LJUBLJANA – Defence minister leaves government

Mon, 2020-01-20 07:52
Hours after former Defence Minister Karl Erjavec and long-time party leader of the pensioner’s party (DeSUS-Re) lost the party presidency to Agriculture Minister Aleksandra Pivec on Saturday (18 January), he announced his resignation on Sunday, adding he would also be...
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ZAGREB – Candidate to become prime minister

Mon, 2020-01-20 07:51
Davor Bernardić, the leader of the Social-Democratic Party (SDP) has said that he would be the party’s only candidate to become prime minister despite him having never had any executive political or business position. Bernardić’s announcement comes at a time of...
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UK PM Johnson seeks post-Brexit deals at Africa summit

Mon, 2020-01-20 07:49
Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets 16 African leaders at an investment summit Monday (20 January) that will see Britain cast out a net for trading partners in its new life outside the EU.
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BELGRADE – Energy Community launches procedure against Serbia

Mon, 2020-01-20 07:49
With nine of 16 large combustion plants in Serbia not fulfilling the Large Combustion Plan Directive (LCPD), the Secretariat of the Energy Community (EC) has launched a preliminary procedure against Serbia for incomplete implementation of the directive giving the government...
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WARSAW – President Duda attacks European institutions

Mon, 2020-01-20 07:48
Following the opinion of the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission criticising the country’s judicial reforms and the European Parliament’s resolution calling on the EU to set concrete demands and deadlines regarding their judicial independence situation, President Andrzej Duda took aim...
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ATHENS – Greek ‘hopes’ in Libya

Mon, 2020-01-20 07:47
Ruling New Democracy lawmaker Evangelos Syrigos said the Turkish president’s goal is to keep Faiez el-Serraj as an ally in the new Libyan government. “In this way, he wants to prevent the denunciation of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) he...
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EU sidelined as Berlin summit thrashes out shaky Libya ceasefire

Mon, 2020-01-20 07:45
World powers at a Berlin Conference on Sunday (19 January), attended by the main backers of the rival Libyan factions, committed to end military support for the civil war parties and uphold an existing UN arms embargo.
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DUBLIN – Apple chief gets award from Varadkar

Mon, 2020-01-20 07:45
Tim Cook, head of the US tech giant Apple, will be presented with an award by Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in Dublin today (20 January). Cook will receive the accolade in recognition of Apple’s 40 years of investment in...
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LONDON – Doubt of Africa

Mon, 2020-01-20 07:44
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will not be the headline attendee at a UK-Africa investment conference starting on Monday, a small diplomatic blow to the UK government as it first big pitch for post-Brexit trade deals with African countries. The...
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