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Towards a tech future free from human rights abuses

Thu, 2017-06-08 14:48
Minerals are vital for many cutting edge technologies but often they leave a legacy of conflict and slavery. Responsible sourcing and human rights must be placed at the heart of modern business ethics, write Nele Meyer and Lucy Graham.
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Twenty EU countries sign off on new anti-fraud prosecutor

Thu, 2017-06-08 14:27
The European Commission welcomed on Thursday (June 8) a decision by 20 member states, including heavyweights Germany and France, to set up an independent EU public prosecutor's office which will combat cross-border tax evasion and fraud in the bloc.
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Berlin Plus: EU signals Western Balkans still a priority

Thu, 2017-06-08 12:43
Sigmar Gabriel hopes his new Berlin Plus plan will receive a warm welcome. Intended to dispel fears in the Western Balkans that the Union is preoccupied with domestic crises, Belgrade worries Berlin Plus is an excuse to leave Serbia in the "EU waiting room". reports.
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Lessons from Iraq and India on building ‘resilient’ recovery after disasters

Thu, 2017-06-08 11:43
Examples of how to rebuild resilient societies in the wake of natural disasters and man-made conflicts, from countries are varied as Iraq and India, were on offer during the second day of the EU Development Days conference in Brussels on Thursday (8 June).
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New Macedonia PM signals willingness to tackle row with Greece

Thu, 2017-06-08 11:23
Macedonia's new Prime Minister, Zoran Zaev, has signaled a possible shift in the country's sour relations with neighbouring Greece, which have blocked Skopje's efforts to join the European Union and NATO.
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Scared of scarcity: Electricity utilities question EU free market plans

Thu, 2017-06-08 11:16
At an event hosted by Eurelectric yesterday (7 June), a senior European Commission energy official told electricity firms that “if you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen”, when faced with concerns about proposals expressly designed to create frequent price spikes.
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Biofuels and sustainability: Decarbonising transport and fuelling food security

Thu, 2017-06-08 10:06
As part of a broader reform of the Renewable Energy Directive, the European Commission has proposed phasing out “food-based” biofuels in the EU – terminology that implies the production of crop-based biofuels in Europe is directly affecting food prices and availability.
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Fighting climate change needs green investment to go mainstream

Thu, 2017-06-08 10:05
Ad hoc measures won’t be enough to fight climate change. The EU needs to step up and the ECB should start pumping some of its €60 billion monthly investments into green projects, insists MEP Neena Gill.
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Commission moves to simplify complaints, compensation against non-EU airlines

Thu, 2017-06-08 10:02
The European Commission adopted a package of regulations on Thursday (8 June) which will provide EU airlines with a simpler, more efficient way to file complaints concerning state subsidies and other unfair competition measures against third countries and their operators.
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The Clean Energy package: Towards a smart and sustainable heat market

Thu, 2017-06-08 09:42
The European Commission’s long-awaited “Clean Energy for all Europeans” package of legislation was presented at the end of last year and is now being discussed in the European Parliament and Council for later approval.
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Rethinking current approaches to terrorism in Europe

Thu, 2017-06-08 09:38
Europe should stop treating Islamist terrorism as some deep-rooted, imported and irreversible trend and begin addressing it as a domestic societal phenomenon, argues Solon Ardittis.
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Austria divided over idea of EU army

Thu, 2017-06-08 09:36
The idea of creating a powerful EU army continues to divide opinion in neutral Austria. Critics of the plan say its neutrality is incompatible with joint military cooperation. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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European Development Days focus on private sector

Thu, 2017-06-08 06:33
The ‘European Development Days’, often called ‘the Davos of Development’ opened yesterday (7 June) in Brussels, with many of the VIP speakers stressing that in a difficult international context, the public sector cannot go it alone and therefore the role of the private sector is key.
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Soft drink cold chain delivers vaccines to Africa’s most remote corners

Thu, 2017-06-08 05:06
A bright idea turned into reality: vaccines are getting to where they are needed, even in the most remote places in several African countries, thanks to specialised refrigeration support from Coca-Cola.
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Greek PM calls for EU investment to break debt deadlock

Thu, 2017-06-08 05:00
Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday (7 June) urged the EU to commit to investment aimed at boosting Greek growth in order to break a deadlock between European creditors and the IMF over the nation's debt.
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Croatia to build bridge around Bosnia

Thu, 2017-06-08 04:30
Croatia will move forward with building a bridge linking the two parts of its Adriatic coastline, which should cut travel times for tourists, after the EU on Wednesday (7 June) approved €357 million euros in financing.
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African states compete in TV-style ‘Dragon’s Den’ for foreign investment at Dev Days

Thu, 2017-06-08 04:17
Three developing African states copied the reality-TV format of Dragon’s Den to compete for foreign businesses from a panel of a nearly a dozen investors, at the EU’s Development Days conference on Wednesday (6 June).
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ECB to keep taps open as economic outlook uncertain

Thu, 2017-06-08 03:45
The European Central Bank is likely to keep the money taps fully open at its meeting today (8 June) as inflation remains below its target despite stronger economic growth in the eurozone.
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The UK will crash out of the EU without a trade deal, predicts OECD

Thu, 2017-06-08 03:44
UK economic growth will slow sharply next year before Britain leaves the EU in 2019 without a trade deal, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.
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On eve of election, May tries to put focus back on Brexit

Thu, 2017-06-08 03:00
On the eve of an election Prime Minister Theresa May returned to her core message that only she can deliver a good Brexit deal, moving on from a heated national debate over security after two deadly Islamist attacks.
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