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Ukraine reassures EU as Brussels and Kyiv sign loan package

Thu, 2020-07-23 14:26
The European Commission's economy boss, Valdis Dombrovskis, and Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal signed on Thursday (23 July) a large loan package supposed to stabilise the ex-Soviet country's ailing finances amid international concern that its leadership is backtracking on reforms.
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Global Europe Brief: Budget struggles, Arctic race & ceasefire deals

Thu, 2020-07-23 14:15
Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU in the global perspective from our foreign affairs news team: Georgi Gotev and Alexandra Brzozowski. You can subscribe here. /// ARCTIC RACE Four years after the EU adopted its Arctic policy, it...
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With geopolitics in mind, EU opens consultation on future Arctic strategy

Thu, 2020-07-23 13:24
Four years after the EU adopted its Arctic Policy, it is preparing work on a new strategy document. In the meantime, the race for the Arctic accelerates. The EU’s new Arctic Ambassador, Michael Mann, appointed in April, told EURACTIV earlier...
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‘Uptmost importance’ for transparency rules on political ads, EU report says

Thu, 2020-07-23 13:19
It is of the 'utmost importance' for the EU to do more to reign in the unregulated environment of online political advertising by establishing more stringent transparency obligations, said a  European Commission-backed report on media plurality, published on Thursday (23 July).
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Parliament insists on revisiting budget cuts despite Michel, von der Leyen charm offensive

Thu, 2020-07-23 12:46
European Council and Commission presidents tried to gain the European Parliament support on Thursday (23 July) for the recovery plan backed earlier this week by the EU27 but lawmakers insist on negotiating budget cuts. 
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Early stakeholder dialogues crucial for success of rare orphan medicines

Thu, 2020-07-23 10:13
Early dialogue between stakeholders is crucial for the effective development and success of rare orphan drugs, used to treat patients with rare diseases, Anna Bucsics, project adviser at the mechanism of coordinated access to orphan medicinal products (MoCA), told EURACTIV in an interview.
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Ukraine’s government and pro-Russian separatists agree ceasefire deal

Thu, 2020-07-23 10:12
Ukrainian, Russian and negotiators from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) reached an agreement on Wednesday (22 July) for a full ceasefire between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine from 27 July.
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French limits on Huawei 5G equipment amount to de facto ban by 2028

Thu, 2020-07-23 09:05
French authorities have told telecoms operators planning to buy Huawei 5G equipment that they won’t be able to renew licences for the gear once they expire, effectively phasing the Chinese firm out of mobile networks, three sources close to the matter said.
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World leaders to send videos instead of traveling to UN for September assembly

Thu, 2020-07-23 08:38
World leaders will send videos instead of physically gathering at the United Nations in September due to the coronavirus pandemic, the General Assembly decided on Wednesday (22 July), a move that paves the way for people wary of traveling to...
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MINDSET – Moving the Ideas of Non-Discrimination: Supporting an Equality Transformation

Thu, 2020-07-23 07:20
EURACTIV joins forces with EURACTIV Romania, Jeunes Européens Fédéralistes and the Migration Policy Group to raise awareness on racial and ethnic discrimination thanks to MINDSET, a project financed by the European Commission.
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Sacking at Hungary media site fuels press freedom fears

Thu, 2020-07-23 06:50
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about state-owned rail firm SNCF potentially receiving a bailout, Slovakia's parliament holding a special session to dismiss the current prime minister, and so much more.
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EU recovery deal: the summit that will cement Merkel’s legacy

Thu, 2020-07-23 06:43
At the EU summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a U-turn as German advocated for the assumption of joint debts and dissociated itself from the donor countries for the first time and not just for economic reasons. This time, Merkel is fighting for her legacy as a shaper of the EU. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Borrell in three-way call with Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign ministers

Thu, 2020-07-23 06:34
In a three-way call on Wednesday (22 July) with the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia, the EU's top diplomat, Josep Borrell called for an end to armed confrontations following a flare-up of tensions last week along the international state border between the two countries.
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ZAGREB – New parliament constituted

Thu, 2020-07-23 06:34
A total of 151 newly-elected MPs have been sworn in on the first founding session of the 10th Croatian Sabor and Gordan Jandroković was elected as the speaker of the house with 143 votes in favour, none against and one...
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PRAGUE – A letter from Breton

Thu, 2020-07-23 06:33
A national proposal that would oblige Czech stores to sell at least 55% of local foodstuffs by 2021 and 85% by 2027 violates EU law, Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton wrote in a letter addressed to Czech Agricultural Minister Miroslav...
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MADRID – Spain will deliver labour reform plan, without lowering pensions

Thu, 2020-07-23 06:33
The Spanish government said it will fulfill its commitment to change the country’s labour laws and will not lower public pensions after the approval of the EU recovery fund earlier this week, Labour Minister Yolanda Diaz said on Wednesday (22...
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ROME – ‘EU lived up to its history’, PM Conte says

Thu, 2020-07-23 06:32
“It has been an extraordinary meeting, also in terms of difficulty. The agreement represents a key achievement which shows that the European Union lived up to its history”, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told the Senate on Wednesday (22 July)...
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LONDON – Labour’s anti-semitism row reignites

Thu, 2020-07-23 06:31
The opposition Labour party’s civil war over allegations that it turned a blind eye to anti-semitism under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership reignited on Wednesday (22 July) when the party agreed to pay “substantial” damages to seven former employees who sued the...
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HELSINKI – Country confused about EU summit results

Thu, 2020-07-23 06:30
Dark sunglasses, no smiles, no comments. Just a quick and icy walk from the government jet to a limo. The homecoming of Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin after the marathon summit over the weekend was a far cry from the...
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BERLIN – More watchdog funding and more Wirecard revelations

Thu, 2020-07-23 06:29
Following the on-going revelations from the Wirecard scandal, German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) wants more funding for the country’s financial oversight agency (BaFin). “I want a more powerful agency,” he told the newspaper Die Zeit on Wednesday (22 July)....
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