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EU seeks clarity on business lending in Greek recovery plan

Fri, 2021-07-09 06:17
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the UK signing a trade deal with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, the Polish PM being disappointed by the current negotiations with Czechia over the Turow lignite mine, and so much more.
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The cautionary tale and the million-dollar question in Gaza

Fri, 2021-07-09 06:14
How do we go about efficiently allocating the EU aid in the extremely complex environment following the latest conflict between Israel and Hamas? Getting the answer right is worth every dollar of our aid channelled to Gaza, writes Jakub Kulhanek.
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EU seeks clarity on business lending in Greek recovery plan

Fri, 2021-07-09 06:06
Several EU member states have asked the Greek government for clarifications regarding the selection of the companies that will benefit from the post-pandemic recovery plan’s cheap loans, EURACTIV has learnt. The requests come after the first technical meetings in the...
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Parliament signs off on EU fisheries fund, with lighter conditions for increasing fleet capacity

Fri, 2021-07-09 06:04
The European Parliament on Tuesday (6 July) gave the final green light to the post-2020 European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF), the EU's main tool to support fishing communities, which will allow young fishermen to acquire their first fishing vessel.
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Orban: Serbia key to stability in Western Balkans

Fri, 2021-07-09 06:02
Serbia is the key to stability in the Western Balkans, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in Belgrade on Thursday. “Every region has a central country. We had the country that was key at the time of integration – that...
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Slovenia to donate quarter-million AstraZeneca doses to Egypt

Fri, 2021-07-09 06:02
Slovenia will donate 250,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Egypt, along with €500,000 to the global COVAX initiative aimed at giving equitable access to COVID-vaccines. The donation to Egypt, which will be made under a tripartite agreement between Slovenia,...
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Robotaxis could start driving in Zagreb by 2024

Fri, 2021-07-09 06:01
Rimac Automobili is developing a project for autonomous vehicles, robotaxis, and that if successful, could be tested in Zagreb in 2024, owner Mate Rimac told a meeting with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. “This is something with big...
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Romania’s finance minister dismissed over reform delays

Fri, 2021-07-09 06:01
Romanian Prime Minister Florin Citu has dismissed his finance minister, Alexandru Nazare, pointing to the huge delays the finance ministry has accumulated on reform. The decision has rattled the leadership of the National Liberal Party (PNL), with party president Ludovic...
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Germany wants EU to take the leadership of Three Seas Initiative

Fri, 2021-07-09 06:00
Germany wants the US-fostered Three Seas Initiative (3SI) to become part of European policies and investment instruments, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Thursday during a summit in the Bulgarian capital. Steinmeier said 3SI needs to be well embedded in...
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Italy allows rescue ship with 572 migrants to dock

Fri, 2021-07-09 05:53
Italy on Thursday (8 July) authorised the Ocean Viking migrant rescue ship to dock in Sicily after the group urged EU members to allow 572 people picked up in the Mediterranean Sea over three days to be brought ashore.
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Half of young, educated Slovaks look to escape country

Fri, 2021-07-09 05:48
Close to half of Slovakia’s young and educated are considering leaving Slovakia, according to a survey carried out by Focus agency on behalf of the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO) among people aged 18-29. Among half of the young Slovaks...
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Polish PM ‘disappointed’ by Turów negotiations with Czechia

Fri, 2021-07-09 05:47
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki sent a letter to his Czech counterpart Andrej Babiš, accusing Czech negotiators of unwillingness to reach consensus on the lignite mine in Turów, located a few kilometres from the countries’ shared border. A new round of...
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Orban: EU Commission, Parliament want LGBTQ activists in schools

Fri, 2021-07-09 05:47
Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán has said that EU institutions are planning to send LGBTQ activists into the country’s schools, Telex reported. “Brussels wants to send LGBTQ activists to Hungarian schools. We will not let this happen!” Orbán wrote on his...
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Italy, EU’s least-efficient judicial system

Fri, 2021-07-09 05:42
Italy is the worst country in the EU in terms of efficiency of justice, according to the EU justice scoreboard published by the European Commission on Thursday, which provides comparative data on efficiency, quality and independence of the judicial systems...
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Digital certificates, negative test needed for Portugal’s hotels, short-term rentals

Fri, 2021-07-09 05:42
Access to tourist establishments and short-term rents throughout mainland Portugal will require customers to present a digital vaccination certificate or negative test. The measure was approved on Thursday by the cabinet and applied regardless of the incidence rate in the...
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Macron to reassure African leaders on commitment to fighting terror

Fri, 2021-07-09 05:40
President Emmanuel Macron will seek to reassure Sahel leaders of his commitment to Africa's anti-terror fight on Friday (9 July), at their first talks since he announced a reduction of French troops in West Africa.
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Austria plans to introduce CO2 tax by 2022

Fri, 2021-07-09 05:39
Austria’s ÖVP-Green coalition is currently “working flat out” on a new eco-tax-reform that will pave the way for taxing CO2, Finance Minister Gernot Blümel told a plenary session in parliament, announcing the government’s plan to introduce a CO2 tax that...
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Exiled Turkish journalist injured following attack in Berlin

Fri, 2021-07-09 05:39
Exiled Turkish journalist Erk Acarer, who is known for his criticism of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, was attacked outside his home in the German capital on Wednesday night, suffering a head wound as a result. He tweeted from hospital that...
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Tweets of the Week: Hungary News, Merkel Pose, EURO Finalists

Fri, 2021-07-09 05:35
That Hungary law is really pretty vile, Angela Merkel is going out with style and in football the Euros still raise a smile!
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A carbon price on buildings and transport could come at a heavy cost

Fri, 2021-07-09 05:35
Plans to extend the EU's carbon market to transport and heating fuels will have the greatest impact on the poorest households, writes Piotr Arak.
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