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Ukraine and Russia: On-shore versus off-shore pipelines

Tue, 2019-12-17 07:47
Ukraine's national oil and gas company, Naftogaz, said on Monday (16 December) that no agreement had yet been reached over the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine after 2019. As tensions grow, EURACTIV looked at the details.
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State capture threatens Serbia’s EU integration process

Tue, 2019-12-17 07:46
For years, Serbia has been labelled as one of the frontrunners for EU accession in the Western Balkans, being one of two countries in the region currently negotiating membership. Unfortunately, there is little truth in this perception, write representatives of the Serbian opposition.
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Breakthrough on the German climate package

Tue, 2019-12-17 07:46
Yesterday, the German states and the federal government reached agreement on the core elements of the grand coalition’s Climate Package, a set of new laws for environmental protection. The agreement sets the price of CO₂ at €25 per tonne as...
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Catalan separatists warn socialists that blackmailing ‘won’t work’

Tue, 2019-12-17 07:45
Marta Vilalta, spokesperson of the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) warned on Monday socialist PSOE party that it won’t allow to be blackmailed in order to facilitate the formation of a “progressive” government between the Spanish socialists and leftist Podemos.
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‘Enormous amount at stake’ in Irish murder data appeal case

Tue, 2019-12-17 07:40
There is an "enormous amount at stake" in an appeal against a High Court decision that found the police's capturing of mobile phone metadata in relation to a murder case breached EU law, Ireland's Supreme Court has heard.
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EU seals deal on green finance in breakthrough for climate goals

Tue, 2019-12-17 07:32
Lawmakers in the European Parliament have approved a compromise on the EU’s proposed sustainable finance rulebook, ending a bitter fight with EU member states on whether to recognise nuclear power as “green”.
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France, UK say they look beyond Brexit in Mali cooperation

Tue, 2019-12-17 07:01
Sharing the cockpit of a helicopter on sizzling tarmac, French and British air force chiefs vowed to pursue the joint fight against jihadists in the heart of the Sahel even as the shadow of Brexit looms over their countries.
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Estonia apologises after far-right minister taunts Finnish PM as ‘sales girl’

Tue, 2019-12-17 06:49
Estonia apologised to Finland on Monday (16 December) after Estonia's interior minister mocked Finland's new prime minister -- the world's youngest-serving government leader -- as "a sales girl" and questioned her ability to run the Nordic country.
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Johnson to outlaw extension of EU free trade talks beyond 2020

Tue, 2019-12-17 06:32
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will use the prospect of a Brexit cliff-edge at the end of 2020 to push for the European Union to give him a comprehensive free trade deal in less than 11 months.
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Nicky Morgan to remain UK culture minister – PM Johnson’s office

Mon, 2019-12-16 20:14
Nicky Morgan will stay on as Britain’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Minister, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office announced on Monday (16 December).
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EU to check whether Polish bill on judges undermines court independence

Mon, 2019-12-16 17:27
The European Commission said on Monday (16 December) it would closely examine whether a new Polish draft law undermines the independence of the judiciary, amid tensions between Brussels and Warsaw over democratic standards.
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Clear standards required for development and use of AI in healthcare

Mon, 2019-12-16 15:59
With digital technologies set to irrevocably change the face of our healthcare systems, the ethical concerns surrounding the use of artifical intelligence (AI) are increasingly gaining prominence in policy circles.
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The Brief, powered by Eurogas – A zero-cost goodbye

Mon, 2019-12-16 15:31
A quasi zero-cost timely departure is sometimes better than reaching a zero-sum situation. The European People’s Party (EPP) has now been presented with a great opportunity to be released from the pain of Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party.
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COP25: ‘The European Green Deal gave an important signal. We need more of this’

Mon, 2019-12-16 15:19
The longest in the history of UN climate negotiations, the COP25 ended on Sunday (15 September) with almost no significant decisions being made. Julia Panzer gives her take about the business implications of the Madrid climate talks.
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EU ‘confident’ €100bn green transition fund will see the light

Mon, 2019-12-16 14:30
A draft €100-billion “Just Transition Mechanism” outlined by the European Commission as part of its Green Deal last week will eventually see the light in January, EU officials have said. The amount of “fresh money” under the new fund is however expected to be limited.
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A ‘startup mindset’ is behind battery strategy, says EU official

Mon, 2019-12-16 13:57
The European Commission has been driven into the uptake of a fresh startup mindset in its efforts to develop a value chain for batteries in the last two years, said the Head of Unit for Automotive and Mobility Industries at the DG GROW Joanna Szychowska.
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Frontier researchers to benefit from new Horizon 2020, despite looming budget cuts

Mon, 2019-12-16 12:51
As member states are locked into negotiations over the next EU budget, research has become an easy target for cuts. Meanwhile, EU-funded scientists urge that frontier research is becoming more important than ever with new challenges ahead.
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Turkish drone lands in occupied Cyprus for energy exploration

Mon, 2019-12-16 11:55
A Turkish drone meant to help seek hydrocarbons in the eastern Mediterranean landed at an airport on the divided island of Cyprus on Monday (16 December), a Turkish official said, in a move that could further stoke tensions between Turkey and Greece.
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Aluminium beverage cans show 31% average reduction in carbon footprint over 2006-2016 [Promoted content]

Mon, 2019-12-16 11:00
Higher recycling rates were a key enabling factor for the impressive 31% average reduction in carbon footprint over the 2006-2016 period, as highlighted in a new Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of aluminium beverage cans (25cl, 33cl and 50cl volumes) in...
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How COP25 talks failed on global climate ‘ambition’

Mon, 2019-12-16 08:38
The final text released after a marathon talks harked back to a deal made in Paris that placed no requirement on most countries to raise their targets until 2025. EURACTIV's media partner, Climate Home News, reports.
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