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LONDON – First own human rights sanctions target Russia and Saudis

Tue, 2020-07-07 06:27
The UK on Monday (6 July) unveiled sanctions on 49 people and organisations behind the most “notorious” human rights abuses of recent years, for the first time independently as previously it has followed EU and UN sanctions regimes. The new...
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North Sea countries vow closer cooperation on offshore wind

Tue, 2020-07-07 06:26
Ministers of the North Seas countries have called for an EU framework to tackle barriers to the deployment of multinational “hybrid” offshore wind energy projects.
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EU INSTITUTIONS – MEPs ask for measures to save the hospitality sector

Tue, 2020-07-07 06:26
23 MEPs from the European People’s Party (EPP), socialist S&D and centrist Renew Europe groups have sent a letter to Commission’s Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis asking him to take specific extraordinary measures to support Europe’s hospitality sector to cope with the...
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EU Commission chews over changes to aviation emissions rules

Tue, 2020-07-07 05:30
The European Commission revealed on Friday (3 July) details about how it plans to adapt climate policy to the aviation sector, by integrating a global offsetting scheme into EU rules and slashing free pollution permits.
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EURORDIS: Rare diseases need more centralised processes within the EU

Tue, 2020-07-07 05:24
Future improvement of the EU Orphan Medicines Regulation (OMP) could involve more centralised processes for all rare diseases at the EU level, the European Organisation for Rare Diseases  (EURORDIS) told EURACTIV in a written interview.
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European justice ministers promise to combat disinformation and racism

Tue, 2020-07-07 05:11
Rule of law as a priority of the German EU Council presidency was an open secret long before the programme was presented. Thus, it was only fitting that the first Council meeting chaired by Germany was that of the ministers of justice. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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French government reshuffle: Environment to be key priority

Tue, 2020-07-07 05:00
France's post-municipal election reshuffle was announced on Monday (6 July) by the Secretary-General of the Elysée Palace, Alexis Kohler. The new Prime Minister Jean Castex from conservative party Les Républicains (LR) confirms his right-wing orientation while signalling he will put the environment at the centre of his priorities. EURACTIV France reports.
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IEA: Most technologies needed to achieve net-zero aren’t yet mature

Tue, 2020-07-07 05:00
Some 75% of the emissions reductions necessary to meet net-zero are dependent on technologies which have not yet reached commercial maturity, new analysis from the International Energy Agency (IEA) has found. EURACTIV media partner, edie.net, reports.
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MEPs ban nuclear from green transition fund, leave loophole for gas

Tue, 2020-07-07 05:00
The European Union is split over which fuels deserve support from the bloc's flagship green transition fund, after lawmakers on Monday (6 July) called for rules that could allow the money to be spent on some fossil gas projects.
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Gas boom risks ‘perfect storm’ for climate, economy: report

Tue, 2020-07-07 04:35
Global natural gas capacity under construction has doubled in a year according to new analysis that warned Tuesday (7 July) the investment boom in the world's fastest-growing fuel risks a "perfect storm" of climate chaos and stranded assets.
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Farm to Fork: In search of a solution-oriented approach

Mon, 2020-07-06 14:52
The debate on targets has inevitably prompted extensive attention before and after the launch of the Farm to Fork strategy (F2F) and other crucial aspects, like its practical implementation, have been neglected so far.
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Huawei waits it out on possible UK ban

Mon, 2020-07-06 14:51
Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has said it is remaining patient in light of media reports that the UK government is charting a gradual phase-out of its equipment in 5G network infrastructure, which could lead to a blanket ban.
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EU farmers: Unlock potential of agricultural drones or risk falling behind

Mon, 2020-07-06 14:47
Agriculture stakeholders are calling on the European Commission to update the sustainable use of pesticides directive (SUD) and allow the use of drones for aerial spraying of pesticides.
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The Brief, powered by BSEF – Ursulala Land

Mon, 2020-07-06 14:33
Ursula von der Leyen may well have opened up a Pandora’s Box when it comes to her institution’s role and its relationship with governments, after an ill-judged foray into national politics at the weekend. Surely the Commission president has more important matters to attend to?
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France, Germany seek to unfreeze stalled Kosovo-Serbia talks

Mon, 2020-07-06 13:00
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will host together with the EU a video summit on Friday (10 July) between Serbia and Kosovo aimed at easing tensions between the Balkan rivals.
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German government criticises Turkey’s Syria invasion

Mon, 2020-07-06 12:21
The Turkish invasion into the Kurdish region lacked "legitimacy under international law". Berlin's development ministry wants to help in northern Syria because of COVID-19. EURACTIV's media partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
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Kazakhstan: recovery and renewal

Mon, 2020-07-06 11:57
As Kazakhstan faces a new wave on the pandemic that forced authorities to reimpose a two-week quarantine, the country ponders its future in a post-COVID-19 world.
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Kazakhstan’s Nazarbayev turns 80 amid celebrations marred by new lockdown

Mon, 2020-07-06 11:56
Kazakhstan's veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev turns 80 on Monday (6 July) but the streets in the Central Asian country are set to be empty as a new period of lockdown begins and celebrations of his birthday and the 'national capital day', have been cancelled or moved online.
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LEAK: ‘Efficiency first’ is top priority of draft EU energy strategy

Mon, 2020-07-06 10:49
Efficiency must be at the core of Europe’s energy policy, the European Commission says in a draft policy document outlining its vision of a more agile, low-carbon energy system powered chiefly by renewable electricity.
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