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EU Waste Regulation – Blazing a trail for circular consumer packaging?

Mon, 2019-12-02 06:50
Consumers appreciate recyclates in packaging as long as it doesn’t affect the quality, functionality and price of the product. But how do companies remain competitive in view of added costs for high-quality recycling and the low price of virgin plastics? Michael Laermann tries to find the answer.
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Russia cements role as gas ‘kingpin’ with three new pipelines

Mon, 2019-12-02 06:42
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping launch Monday (2 December) a gas pipeline that is the first of three ambitious projects intended to cement Moscow's role as top gas exporter.
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Turkey and Azerbaijan mark completion of TANAP pipeline to take gas to Europe

Mon, 2019-12-02 06:22
Turkey and Azerbaijan formally marked the completion of the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) on Saturday (30 November), a milestone in a major project to help reduce Europe’s dependence on Russian gas.
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Failure to unite blunts anti-Brexit threat in UK election

Mon, 2019-12-02 06:18
Caroline Hegey and Emma Kelland both want to stop Brexit but will back different parties in the medieval city of Canterbury when they vote in Britain's election next week.
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Opening ceremony of the Europe Enacted exhibition [Promoted content]

Mon, 2019-12-02 06:00
On 13 November, the Council of the Notariats of the European Union held the opening ceremony of the Europe Enacted exhibition at the European Parliament, in the presence of representatives of the 22 notariats of the European Union, the European institutions and the Member States.
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Health campaigners praise Finnish presidency’s focus on well-being

Fri, 2019-11-29 15:59
Finnish presidency approach on the economy of wellbeing was a milestone for a successful reorientation of health services towards a multisectoral approach in designing, building and delivering people-centred care, said Anna Żakowicz, Director of Programs at AHF Europe.
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The Brief, powered by BP – The trade elephant in the room

Fri, 2019-11-29 15:21
Ursula von der Leyen’s speech in Strasbourg this week touched on the idea of a ‘geopolitical Commission’ without specifically mentioning Africa. But that’s not a surprise or a slight.
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Juncker regrets the lead candidate system was not respected in farewell

Fri, 2019-11-29 14:40
The outgoing president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, appeared before the press for one last time on Friday (29 November) and said he regretted that the Spitzenkandidaten system that landed him the top job in 2014 was not upheld this time.
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Michel vows to push for a more assertive Europe

Fri, 2019-11-29 14:00
The new European Council President Charles Michel called on Friday (29 November) for a more assertive role for Europe in the world, and promised to be “more cautious” on Twitter than his predecessor Donald Tusk.
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Six European countries join EU-Iran financial trading mechanism INSTEX

Fri, 2019-11-29 13:10
Finland, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden will join the INSTEX mechanism for trade with Iran, the six countries declared in a joint statement on Friday (29 November) ahead of further talks between parties to the Iran nuclear deal in Vienna next week.
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Will Germany’s sheep farming industry die out?

Fri, 2019-11-29 12:24
Since the German government abolished the mother sheep premium in 2005, shepherds have been suffering financially. But given that 22 other EU member states still award such a premium and since Germany could reintroduce such a bonus at any given time, shepherds continue to protest. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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LEAKED: Brussels’ draft proposal for a European Green Deal

Fri, 2019-11-29 12:04
The incoming European Commission of Ursula von der Leyen is preparing a raft of new climate and environmental laws as part of a European Green Deal due to be unveiled on 11 December. EURACTIV got hold of a first draft, which is still subject to change.
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No time to waste – #EUindustry calls new Commission to action [Promoted content]

Fri, 2019-11-29 11:00
Orgalim Director General Malte Lohan shares the views of Europe’s technology industries as new Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and her team take office – calling for a strategy that puts industrial innovation at the heart of the EU’s...
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‘Heat our homes, not the planet’: EU clean air forum takes heating to task

Fri, 2019-11-29 10:10
Heating’s huge impact on the EU’s air quality and greenhouse gas emissions needs new focus and attention, according to policymakers and activists gathered in Bratislava on Thursday (28 November).
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Ukraine’s deputy foreign minister: Very low expectations for Normandy summit

Fri, 2019-11-29 09:50
After Ukraine's new President Volodymyr Zelenskyi agreed to hold elections in the separatist regions on the Russian border, peace talks with Moscow are regaining momentum. With the assistance of France and Germany, the two countries will return to the negotiation table on 9 December.
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France’s Macron: I’m not sorry I called NATO brain dead

Fri, 2019-11-29 08:23
French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday (28 November) said his remarks that NATO was experiencing "brain death" had been a useful wake-up call to alliance members, and he would not apologise for saying it.
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Malta PM calls emergency meeting as murder probe escalates

Fri, 2019-11-29 08:07
Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat called an emergency cabinet meeting on Thursday (28 November) night as a intensifying probe into the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia threatened to further destabilise the government.
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German central banker pushes back on calls for ECB to fight climate change

Fri, 2019-11-29 08:00
Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann on Thursday (28 November) batted back calls for the European Central Bank to take a bigger role in protecting the environment, saying it was up to goverments and not the ECB to fight climate change.
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The ‘Great Expectations’ of member states from the new Commission

Fri, 2019-11-29 07:51
In this Special Edition of the Capitals, EURACTIV's network is reporting on the main priorities of EU member states in the new European Commission.
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European Space Agency gets astronomical budget

Fri, 2019-11-29 07:43
The European Space Agency (ESA) will enjoy a budget of €14.4 billion over the next five years, after the agency’s 22 member states agreed on Thursday (28 November) to increase funding for space exploration.
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