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Smart thermostats prove their worth, leading the way to smarter homes

Thu, 2019-01-31 05:58
Advanced thermostats have seen a steady uptake and are reaching a higher level of market maturity. They have potential for setting a precedent for smart tech in the future, writes Paige Leuschner.
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Romania keeps giving state aid to coal even as it holds EU presidency

Thu, 2019-01-31 05:56
Romania is continuing to prop up its ailing coal sector, blatantly ignoring EU state aid rules, even as the country claims to be defending EU values while holding the rotating presidency of the bloc, writes Alexandru Mustață.
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Irish ‘backstop’ must stay, EU leaders tell UK

Wed, 2019-01-30 21:09
EU leaders stuck to their guns on Wednesday (30 January), insisting that the Brexit Withdrawal agreement rejected by UK MPs would not be renegotiated.
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EU will eliminate industrial tariffs only if US lifts metal duties

Wed, 2019-01-30 16:55
The European Commission has made clear to the US administration that the elimination of industrial tariffs will depend on Washington lifting duties it imposed on EU steel and aluminium last summer.
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EU revises energy efficiency targets in view of Brexit

Wed, 2019-01-30 16:31
The European Union revised its 2030 energy consumption objectives on Wednesday (30 January) in order to take account of the United Kingdom’s anticipated departure from the bloc.
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Construction: The least digitised sector in Europe

Wed, 2019-01-30 16:09
Construction sites across the globe are developing rapidly as firms seek to take advantage of the technologies of tomorrow. However, the construction industry is the lowest ranked economic sector in terms of digital uptake globally, and more needs to be done, according to a leading EU industry organisation.
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The Brief – Commissioners in campaign

Wed, 2019-01-30 16:00
Why is Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič taking unpaid leave to run in the Slovak presidential election, while First Vice President Frans Timmermans, who is the Spitzenkandidat for the European elections, is keeping his seat at the Berlaymont? Timmermans is far from...
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Digitising the EU’s construction industry

Wed, 2019-01-30 15:45
In terms of digital uptake, the construction industry is the lowest ranked economic sector in Europe. Following recent calls from those at the heart of the sector, EURACTIV is producing a special report on an oft-overlooked area of EU investment: digitisation in construction.
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ECR’s Zahradil: Orban is happy where he is in the EPP

Wed, 2019-01-30 15:31
European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) will not only survive the loss of their UK MEPs this year but hope to be even stronger after the European elections in May, Jan Zahradil, the ECR's Spitzenkandidat, said during a debate organised by the Union of European Federalists (UEF) in Brussels last week.
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Budapest: This EU Parliament should stop deciding on migration and rule of law

Wed, 2019-01-30 14:53
The current European Parliament should make no decision on issues related to migration and rule of law as it does not represent the will of EU citizens, a high-ranking Hungarian government official told EURACTIV Croatia in an interview.
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US spy chiefs break with Trump on threat assessment

Wed, 2019-01-30 13:49
China and Russia pose the biggest risks to the United States, and are more aligned than they have been in decades as they target the 2020 presidential election and American institutions to expand their global reach, US intelligence officials told...
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Can the EU do more for a healthy media sector?

Wed, 2019-01-30 12:24
Healthy democracies need a healthy media sector. Yet, faced with multiple attacks and challenges, notably technological and financial, the sector needs a coordinated response.
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Circular economy must remain a priority for Europe beyond the 2019 elections

Wed, 2019-01-30 11:52
The Circular Economy Package and Plastics Strategy have set a high-level framework to improve the resource efficiency of the European economy. But to be effective, this framework must remain a policy priority for the next European Commission and Parliament, writes Nick Molho.
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Big agri-food industry aims to kill ‘End The Cage Age’ initiative

Wed, 2019-01-30 11:45
The Big Agri industry has launched a multi-pronged attack on the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) to End The Cage Age – a direct democracy tool that enables European citizens to request an end to the use of cages for farm animals, writes Olga Kikou.
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Europe Day initiative calls for 9 May to become public holiday

Wed, 2019-01-30 09:58
Various MEPs and civic groups gathered in the European Parliament on Tuesday (29 January) to promote an initiative for 'Europe Day' as a holiday across the bloc aimed at boosting a positive European sentiment, with MEP Maite Pagazaurtundua saying it would "most probably be passed” in the February plenary session.
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Fallout from the Kaczynski Twin Towers scandal

Wed, 2019-01-30 08:48
The public image of Poland’s political mastermind Jarosław Kaczyński and his ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party was shattered by revelations published by the Gazeta Wyborcza daily on Tuesday (29 January). Piotr Kaczyński (unrelated to the PiS leader) looks into the fallout.
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Renewable energies chip away at coal power, stats show

Wed, 2019-01-30 07:57
New wind, solar and biomass power generation displaced hard coal last year – especially in Germany, France and the UK – according to a 2018 review of European electricity statistics by two leading energy policy think tanks.
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EU Commission hits out at Facebook’s disinformation report

Wed, 2019-01-30 07:56
European Commission Security Chief Julian King criticised the "patchy, opaque and self-selecting" reporting provided by Facebook and other tech giants following their bids to comply with the EU's code of practice against disinformation on Tuesday (29 January).
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EIB and Commission defend Juncker plan following auditors’ criticism

Wed, 2019-01-30 07:32
The European Investment Bank and the European Commission were forced to defend their flagship 'Juncker' investment plan, following a report of the European Court of Auditors published on Tuesday (29 January) that questioned its usefulness.
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