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Investing post-COVID: Is a green recovery assured?

Wed, 2020-07-15 15:33
As policymakers turn their attention to the economic recovery post-COVID, there is a risk that investments in a green recovery may be side-lined.
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The Brief – North Macedonia’s latest moment of truth

Wed, 2020-07-15 14:44
As we wrote only a few weeks ago, there is a flurry of post-COVID elections across Eastern Europe and now it is the turn of North Macedonia, a country with a chequered history of international relations. The result of today's vote could well determine the next chapter for the Western Balkans EU candidate.
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EU and Saudi Arabia: Common challenges, joint efforts, shared goals

Wed, 2020-07-15 14:39
As the first Ambassador in the diplomatic mission of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the European Union, I am often asked why we have taken the initiative to change our outreach in Brussels by creating a separate Mission to the EU, after more than half a century of diplomatic relations, writes Saad Bin Mohammed Alarify.
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National recovery plan, taxes, subsidised contracts… Macron’s three economic priorities

Wed, 2020-07-15 14:26
In a Bastille Day interview with French media on Tuesday (14 July), President Emmanuel Macron detailed his economic orientation for the final two years of his five-year term. EURACTIV's media partner Ouest-France reports.
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Local action for global goals

Wed, 2020-07-15 14:02
Authorities around the world are putting UN Sustainable Development Goal at the core of their agenda but including local governments in their implementation is key for success, writes Tine Soens.
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At the doorstep of a bright green future [Promoted content]

Wed, 2020-07-15 14:00
The research promises behind the European Green Deal and the motivation behind the buzzword Green Recovery must be transformed into concrete sustainable changes, writes Markus Steilemann.
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Airbus and Boeing sold just one plane in June

Wed, 2020-07-15 12:31
The global aerospace duopoly of Airbus and Boeing managed to sell just one aircraft in June, as the virus outbreak’s economic impact on the aviation industry and the grounded MAX scandal continues to affect order books.
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Commission loses out in Apple-Ireland tax battle, announces tax abuse clampdown

Wed, 2020-07-15 11:23
US technology giant Apple did not unlawfully benefit from state aid as part of corporate tax rulings in Ireland, the general court of the EU said on Wednesday (15 July). The decision annuls the European Commission's bid to claim €13 billion back in unlawful tax advantages.
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A successful energy transition requires a legal certainty that leaves no-one behind [Promoted content]

Wed, 2020-07-15 10:00
Maintaining base electricity production and the security of supply will be indispensable for enabling more renewables in the grid as Europe’s electricity demand continues to grow. This requires the pace of transition to be gradual to avoid stranding assets, which are operating today under existing legislation and market conditions.
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EU states spent more on fossil fuels than clean energy during the crisis, new data shows

Wed, 2020-07-15 09:59
France, Germany and Italy have collectively spent $44 billion on fossil fuels during the coronavirus crisis, compared to $29 billion for clean energy, according to fresh data released on Wednesday (15 July).
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Portugal’s coal phase-out jumps forward by two years

Wed, 2020-07-15 08:41
Portuguese energy utility EDP has announced the closure of its Sines coal power plant, bringing forward the planned shutdown of coal-fired power plants in the country by two years, from 2023 to 2021.
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German satellite maker punches above its weight

Wed, 2020-07-15 08:19
German minnow OHB has carved out a space as a national champion in satellite building, holding its own against aerospace giants like Airbus and French-Italian firm Thales Alenia.
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STEM skills: Mind the gap!

Wed, 2020-07-15 07:42
We often hear from policymakers, media and employer groups that the EU faces a shortage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills. However, what we rarely hear are specific details of what those skills shortages actually are and —...
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Macron announces national recovery plan of ‘at least €100 billion’

Wed, 2020-07-15 06:40
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Croatia's entire education ministry having to self-isolate, Austrian EU Budget Commissioner, Johannes Hahn, predicting there will be an agreement on the MFF and EU Recovery Fund by the weekend, and so much more.
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BELGRADE – Seven NGOs warn of democratic crisis in Serbia

Wed, 2020-07-15 06:37
Seven civil society organisations in Serbia called on the EU on Tuesday to stay true to its founding values and rules and demand concrete results in the implementation of the rule of law and fundamental democratic principles in Serbia. “In...
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WARSAW – German defence minister pours cold water on US troop plan speculations

Wed, 2020-07-15 06:35
A potential transfer of US troops from Germany to Poland must be discussed first by the whole of NATO, German defence minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer clarified on Tuesday (14 July), ahead of her Kramp-Karrenbauer her expected visit to Warsaw later on...
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Green budget rules won’t be the hottest potato at EU summit talks

Wed, 2020-07-15 06:33
Plans to reserve 30% of European Union spending for climate objectives will not be the hottest topic on the agenda when EU leaders meet on Friday (17 July). And that may be good news for the climate.
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BUDAPEST – Parliament: No rule of law conditionality

Wed, 2020-07-15 06:33
The Hungarian parliament, in which Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s ruling Fidesz party has a super-majority, called on the government on Tuesday (14 July) to prevent linking of EU funding to rule of law, which the legislative body called “political and...
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ATHENS – Secret meeting in Berlin

Wed, 2020-07-15 06:32
Upon the initiative of the German EU presidency, representatives of Greece, Turkey and the German government met in Berlin on Monday (13 July) in an effort to take the first step and de-escalate tensions between Ankara and Athens. Berlin does...
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ROME – Anti-coronavirus measures extended until end of July

Wed, 2020-07-15 06:32
Italy’s government will extend its anti-coronavirus decree until the end of July, Health Minister Roberto Speranza announced on Tuesday, adding that “the fight against the virus is not finished, we have to be cautious.” This means that facemasks and quarantine...
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