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Commission: EU’s new blood directive to address dependency on US plasma

Fri, 2021-05-07 07:49
The ongoing revision of the European legislation on blood, tissues, and cells offers an opportunity to tackle the highly problematic dependency on plasma collected in the US for manufacturing plasma-derived medicinal products (PDMPs), according to an EU health official.
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In search of social Europe ‘in practice’ at Porto summit

Fri, 2021-05-07 06:34
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the Finnish parliament accusing Brussels of pressuring it to accept the EU stimulus package, Spain's new measures to reach eligibility for EU funding, and so much more.
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In search of social Europe ‘in practice’ at Porto summit

Fri, 2021-05-07 06:25
Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa hopes that the Social Summit in Porto on Friday will be a milestone in the EU history with the achievement of a general agreement subscribed by European institutions and, for the first time, social partners....
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G7 Western Balkans statement: BiH territory will not be undermined

Fri, 2021-05-07 06:23
Following their meeting in London, the G7 leaders have issued a statement on the Western Balkans, stating that “unwarranted speculation about border changes along ethnic lines is no solution to the challenges faced by the region.” “Such changes would constitute...
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Slovak farmers concerned over lack of plan for agricultural subsidies

Fri, 2021-05-07 06:17
The largest Slovak agricultural association, the Slovak Agriculture and Food Chamber (SPKK), is has raised concerns that Agriculture Minister Ján Mičovský (Ordinary People Party – OĽaNO) may have failed to prepare a strategic plan under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP),...
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EU approves implementation of new methodology in pre-accession talks with Serbia, Montenegro

Fri, 2021-05-07 06:16
EU member states have approved the implementation of the new, revised methodology in the pre-accession negotiations with Serbia and Montenegro,  EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi announced on Thursday. “Very pleased that Member States gave green light to the application of our...
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Croatian president attacks public broadcaster HRT

Fri, 2021-05-07 06:15
Croatian President Zoran Milanović has stated that Croatia’s public broadcaster HRT “tricked” Zlata Đurđević, who is aspiring for the position of Supreme Court President, during a broadcast on Wednesday evening, by inviting an open critic of Đurđević to its show....
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Cyprus to push for gender equality at Porto summit

Fri, 2021-05-07 06:15
Cyprus will prioritise women’s role in the post-COVID era at the EU social summit in Porto, according to a non-paper seen by EURACTIV.com.
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Budapest left out of revenue compensating COVID-19 funds

Fri, 2021-05-07 06:15
Budapest and all districts of the Hungarian capital were excluded from the €64 million (HUF 23 billion) in state support meant to alleviate the budgetary pressure caused by the government’s decision to support businesses struggling with the pandemic-induced economic hardships...
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Slovenia’s coal power plant may shut down earlier than expected

Fri, 2021-05-07 06:15
Slovenia aims to phase out coal by 2033 under current plans, but the country’s only remaining coal-fired power plant, in Šoštanj, may be forced by the soaring price of emission coupons to shut down even earlier. “The situation on the...
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Merkel’s last climate summit fails on finance for poor nations

Fri, 2021-05-07 06:14
The 12th Petersberg Climate Dialogue, hosted in Berlin on Thursday (6 May), failed to deliver on expectations of increased financial support for poorer countries.
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Land baron tells MPs about Borissov’s fat birthdays, gold ingots

Fri, 2021-05-07 06:13
A mega-scandal erupted during a meeting of a Bulgaria’s temporary parliamentary audit committee on Wednesday (May 5th). One of the biggest land barons in Bulgaria, Svetoslav Ilchovski, made revelations about the mafia-type pressure exerted on him by people from the...
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Poland’s disciplinary mechanism for judges violates EU law

Fri, 2021-05-07 06:13
The disciplinary system of judges recently adopted in Poland is “contrary to EU law” because it allows for disciplinary proceedings to be taken against judges based on the content of their decisions, the EU Court’s Advocate General Evgeni Tanchev said...
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Brussels official pressured Finnish parliament to accept EU stimulus package

Fri, 2021-05-07 06:11
As the Finnish parliament is set to have the required two-thirds majority to approve the EU’s stimulus package worth €750 million on Wednesday, a Brussels official has reportedly been pressuring Finland to approve the package, claiming that failure to approve...
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EU Recovery Fund will create 25,000 jobs in Austria, says study

Fri, 2021-05-07 06:09
The measures that the Austrian government plans on implementing with the money from the EU recovery fund will create 25,000 additional jobs and will increase Austria’s GDP by 1.21%, the Vienna-based Institute for Advanced Studies has estimated. The Austrian government...
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Irish PM: Any move away from Stormont House Agreement a ‘breach of trust’

Fri, 2021-05-07 06:09
A unilateral move away from the Stormont House Agreement, which deals with legacy issues of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, would be a “breach of trust, Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin has said. This comes after reports from UK media...
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Social justice and climate action are two pieces of the same puzzle

Fri, 2021-05-07 06:00
Politicians attending the Porto Social Summit this week must understand that social justice and climate action go hand in hand and are key to preventing the loss of a generation, writes Tea Jarc and Adélaïde Charlier.  
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EU leaders to give strong backing to new social targets at Porto summit

Fri, 2021-05-07 05:53
The 27 heads of EU national governments will commit to “closely following” progress towards new jobs, skills and poverty reduction targets and will be open to adding new indicators to the GDP to measure national progress, according to the latest draft of the Porto social summit declaration seen by EURACTIV.
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EU Council chief expects an ‘important new chapter’ with India

Fri, 2021-05-07 05:52
Charles Michel, the president of the European Council, said on Wednesday (5 May) he hoped that the summit between leaders of the EU and India would open an "important new chapter" between Brussels and New Delhi, despite the "dramatic scenario" of the pandemic.
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Bringing nature back to life

Fri, 2021-05-07 05:50
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said that biodiversity needs a Paris Agreement - COP15 in autumn this year is the world's chance to achieve that, writes Bas Eickhout.
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