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The Brief – Don’t ask too much of the Erasmus generation

Wed, 2020-02-12 16:10
The suggestion of an ‘internal’ Italian Erasmus, put forward by the 'sardines' grassroots movement, has garnered mixed reactions in the Italian public, ranging from hilarity to praise.
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Parliament backs EU list of energy projects, ignoring Greens

Wed, 2020-02-12 15:46
The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday (12 February) against a motion to reject a proposed list of priority energy projects, ignoring the demands of Greens and leftists who warned against funding new gas infrastructure that risks being stranded as Europe moves to a zero-carbon economy.
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‘Too early to assess’ the impact of coronavirus, Commission says

Wed, 2020-02-12 15:38
The European Commission will not factor in the coronavirus in its updated growth forecast on Thursday (13 February), as it considers that it is too early to estimate the impact of the virus on the region’s output, EU sources told EURACTIV.
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UK broadcasting watchdog proposed as online harms regulator

Wed, 2020-02-12 14:54
The UK government has announced plans to grant the country's broadcasting authority, Ofcom, broad new powers in regulating the spread of harmful content across social media platforms.
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North Macedonia ratifies NATO accession protocol, but still waiting for Spain

Wed, 2020-02-12 14:50
North Macedonia's parliament unanimously ratified NATO's accession protocol on Tuesday (11 February),  taking Skopje a step closer to becoming the military alliance's 30th member in the coming weeks.
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In Paris, organic farming takes over fallow parking lots

Wed, 2020-02-12 13:58
In Paris, as in many European cities, the number of cars is declining, which is leaving a vast amount of underground car parks empty. With its start-up project called "La Caverne", Cycloponics is reclaiming these urban territories using them as a way of growing plenty of organic vegetables. EURACTIV France reports.
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How the EU’s Green Deal could help trigger a historic EU-ASEAN trade deal

Wed, 2020-02-12 13:16
There has been much fanfare over the EU’s new Green Deal, a three-decade plan to make the EU climate neutral by 2050. Lauded as “revolutionary”, “visionary” and a “game-changer”, it has been applauded across the globe. Understandably so: the stated goals are nothing short of commendable, writes Teresa Kok.
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Commission warns of Green Deal failure if Transition Fund not well financed

Wed, 2020-02-12 12:51
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen warned on Wednesday (12 February) that the  European Green Deal would fail if member states declined to provide the necessary funds to workers and regions affected by the climate transition.
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EU Commission to withdraw draft measure for quotas in the Adriatic Sea

Wed, 2020-02-12 12:02
The European Commission has decided to withdraw its draft measure which was designed to introduce quotas for small pelagic fish in the Adriatic Sea, something that MEP Ruza Tomasic campaigned strongly against.  In 2018, Tomasic succeeded in preserving the measures...
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MEPs to greenlight UK trade talks, von der Leyen baffled by ‘Australia’ comparison

Wed, 2020-02-12 11:51
EU lawmakers are expected to greenlight on Wednesday (12 February) EU plans to open talks on a post-Brexit partnership with the UK but warned that it will come with strings attached.
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EU lawmakers slam Trump’s Middle East peace plan

Wed, 2020-02-12 11:43
A majority of EU lawmakers harshly criticised Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan during a plenary session on Tuesday (11 February), denouncing it as going against international law and being biased in favour of Israel.
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After Clearview AI scandal, Commission ‘in close contact’ with EU data authorities

Wed, 2020-02-12 11:41
The European Commission is in consultation with EU data protection authorities following the news that US technology firm Clearview AI has scraped more than three billion facial images from social media sites including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, without obtaining the permission of users.
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UK approves new high-speed line despite rising costs

Wed, 2020-02-12 11:33
Britain said Tuesday (11 February) it will begin full construction work on its new high-speed railway line in April following years of delays, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson backed the project despite soaring costs.
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New EU regions president: ‘Citizens feel left out from the European process’

Wed, 2020-02-12 11:26
Apostolos Tzitzikostas (EPP), the governor of Central Macedonia (Greece), has been elected as the new president of the European Committee of the Regions. He talked to EURACTIV about his main priorities, which include a bottom-up approach to shaping European policies as the only way to overcome the "democratic deficit".
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Controversy over new limits on spraying pesticides

Wed, 2020-02-12 10:43
Agricultural unions have met French president before the annual salon de l’agriculture, starting on February the 22nd in Paris, to discuss a new law banning the spraying of pesticides within 5 or 10 metres of homes. The organisations oppose the...
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Spanish farmers to block roads in demand of urgent measures for the sector

Wed, 2020-02-12 10:27
Cooperatives and farmer’s associations in Spain will continue their nationwide protests this week to demand fair prices for agrifood products and for urgent Government measures to boost the sector’s profitability. Farmer’s associations in Extremadura (southwest) and Valencia (east) have planned...
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Tax on animal products proposed to improve animal welfare in Germany

Wed, 2020-02-12 10:09
The livestock welfare has been a recent topic of conversation, as environmental activists have decried the low meat prices that can only be maintained through dismal living conditions for the animals. On Monday (11 February), a commission led by former...
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New study provides ‘robust evidence’ that sugar tax effective health measure

Wed, 2020-02-12 09:01
Soft drinks manufacturers in the UK have lowered the sugar levels in their drinks after the government introduced the Soft Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL) in April 2018 to help combat childhood obesity and related conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, researchers have found.
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Gazprom hopes bulk of US LNG flows to be diverted to China, not Europe

Wed, 2020-02-12 08:21
Russian gas giant Gazprom hopes China rather than Europe will take the bulk of US LNG volumes after a trade deal between Washington and Beijing, a company official said.
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Google vs EU: a decade-long saga goes to court

Wed, 2020-02-12 08:06
Google and the EU have a big day in court Wednesday (12 February) as the search engine giant enters a new phase of a legal saga that began a decade ago.
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