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French bio-waste finds second life in building insulation

Tue, 2020-01-21 11:00
By using hemp, brewers grains and spelt husk, many French SMEs are starting to manufacture natural insulation materials based on bio-sourced materials and biowaste, which have not previously been 're-purposed'. In other words, they are using 'green' alternative to conventional insulation. EURACTIV France reports.
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Ship slip-up, bad bangers & destination Kosovo

Tue, 2020-01-21 10:03
Welcome to EURACTIV’s weekly Transport Brief – your one port of call for all the news moving the world and much more!
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A Green Deal that works for everyone – Making the renovation wave a reality

Tue, 2020-01-21 09:33
The European Commission’s announced renovation wave offers an opportunity to bring the EU back on track when it comes to energy efficiency measures in buildings, write Marion Santini and Jan Rosenow.
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UK PM Johnson defeated on Brexit legislation for first time since election

Tue, 2020-01-21 08:02
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government was defeated in parliament on Monday (20 January) for the first time since a December election, with the upper chamber voting in favour of a move to protect the rights of EU citizens in Britain after Brexit.
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Chinese embassy’s pressure on media irritates Sweden

Tue, 2020-01-21 07:56
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out about Hungary's joke party winning against Fidesz before the ECHR, Salvini's possible upcoming trial, rising tensions between China and Sweden, and so much more.
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EU’s Breton looking into ‘non-conventional’ measures to finance Green Deal

Tue, 2020-01-21 07:53
The EU's internal market commissioner, Thierry Breton, suggests tapping into the ECB's "easy money" and issuing long-term bonds of up to 50 years in order to unlock the €1,000 billion needed to finance the European Green Deal. EURACTIV France reports.
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SARAJEVO – Extradition from Belgium

Tue, 2020-01-21 07:53
Belgium has extradited a Bosnian national who was linked with terrorist attacks in Paris in 2015 back to Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Dnevni Avaz daily report. A native of Zenica, a city in the central BiH, Abaz was placed in...
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BELGRADE – Reintroducing Belgrade-Priština flights

Tue, 2020-01-21 07:52
Serbia and Kosovo signed an agreement with the Lufthansa airline which will enable the re-launch of the Belgrade-Priština flights after more than 20 years. A Letter of Intent was signed at the US Embassy in Berlin, in the presence of...
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Portuguese authorities start taking the ‘Luanda Leaks’ seriously

Tue, 2020-01-21 07:51
Portuguese authorities said on Monday (20 January) they had started looking into media leaks concerning Angolan billionaire Isabel dos Santos, while a small bank said it had decided to put an end to commercial relationship with entities controlled by dos Santos.
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ZAGREB – What’s with pop singer Miroslav Škoro?

Tue, 2020-01-21 07:51
Pop singer Miroslav Škoro, who came third in the presidential elections with 24.5% of the votes, told jutarnji.hr. that he will be in parliament too. In an interview with jutarnji.hr, Škoro said that there is neither a left or right, but...
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BUCHAREST – ‘Don’t go down the same path as Poland and Hungary’

Tue, 2020-01-21 07:49
MEP Iratze Garcia Perez, the chair of the S&D Group in the EU Parliament, is asking the Romanian government to stop its plans to change the electoral legislation ahead of new polls. “The EPP Romanian government should take note of...
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BUDAPEST – The government lost to the Hungarian joke political party

Tue, 2020-01-21 07:48
On Monday (20 January) the European Court of Human rights in Strasbourg ruled against the Hungarian government for fining the Two-Tailed Dog Party, for breaking rules on fair elections and voting rights during the 2016 national referendum on EU refugee...
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Croatian Presidency praises Kazakhstan for readiness to host ‘difficult’ WTO ministerial

Tue, 2020-01-21 07:48
The Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU on Monday (20 January) praised Kazakhstan for its initiative to host a ministerial conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), at a time when this largest economic body is undergoing a deep crisis.
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WARSAW – Two more presidential candidates

Tue, 2020-01-21 07:47
Two more politicians announced that they will be running in the country’s presidential elections set to take place in May 2020. The progressive MEP, Robert Biedroń, will be representing the two main left-wing parties, while Krzysztof Bosak won the primaries...
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ATHENS – PM announces new national strategy against terrorism.

Tue, 2020-01-21 07:46
“Three months from now, the country will have a National Strategy Against Terrorism and Violent Extremism,” Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced yesterday (20 January).  As part of the strategy, the Citizen Protection Ministry will open a Department of Prevention of...
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MADRID – Spain warns about ‘unfairness’ of EU’s Just Transition Fund

Tue, 2020-01-21 07:45
Spain’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and the EU, Arancha González Laya, expressed on Monday (20 January) Madrid’s concerns that the Just Transition Fund presented by the European Commission to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 was not “fair” towards Spain, EURACTIV’s...
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DUBLIN – Coveney on Brexit free trade deal

Tue, 2020-01-21 07:44
The EU won’t sign a free trade agreement with the UK unless there is “equivalence” on the standards of goods between the bloc and the UK, Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney said Monday (20 January). “There is no way...
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LONDON – Lording it

Tue, 2020-01-21 07:43
The government on Monday (20 January) suffered its first defeats in the House of Lords to its Brexit legislation since the December election, though the Lords’ lack of a veto means that ministers will simply ignore them. The Upper House...
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VIENNA – Kurz wants to tighten rules for unemployment benefits

Tue, 2020-01-21 07:42
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) is worried about people abusing Austria’s welfare system and is calling for more effective sanctions. But what did the opposition have to say about the labour ministry’s plan to cut unemployment benefits? Benefits are meant “for...
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HELSINKI – Words of warning from the IMF

Tue, 2020-01-21 07:41
In its yearly report, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) describes the Finnish government’s programme and the country’s economic outlook as “challenging” because of the country’s economy faster slowdown and belated structural reforms. Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s government of Social Democrats,...
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