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Further guidance required for assessment of gene drive technology, says EFSA

Mon, 2020-11-16 15:00
Existing guidelines are adequate for evaluating risks associated with gene-drive modified insects, but further guidance is needed for some areas, most notably for environmental risk assessments, according to an opinion of the EU's food safety agency (EFSA).
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Europe must follow Czechia in banning hen cages

Mon, 2020-11-16 13:27
Good news is in short supply these days as Europe battles Covid-19, but there is something to celebrate: breeding millions of egg-laying hens in cages will be banned in the Czech Republic, from 2027, writes Michaela Šojdrová.
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European app makers urge regulators to think outside of the bubble [Stakeholder Opinion]

Mon, 2020-11-16 11:00
As app makers, we may not immediately come to mind when discussing the perils of platform regulation. After all, the new competition rules will only directly apply to large companies acting as ‘gatekeepers’. This opinion is the result of a...
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Conditional authorisation ‘most likely’ for COVID-19 vaccine, EMA says

Mon, 2020-11-16 10:44
The most likely scenario for COVID-19 vaccine candidates in the EU is a one-year conditional marketing authorisation (CMA), European Medicines Agency (EMA) sources have told EURACTIV.
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MEP: Connectivity is vital for an EU single market for data

Mon, 2020-11-16 07:45
In order for the goals in the EU's data strategy to be realised, connectivity is a necessary prerequisite, but the bloc should also be wary of implementing policies that move towards a culture of data localisation, says Finnish MEP Miapetra Kumpula-Natri.
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Does Brexit free Europe to seek closer union?

Mon, 2020-11-16 07:30
British politicians often speak of Brexit as an opportunity to escape Brussels' shackles but does the divorce also free Europe to go its own way?
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Bulgaria says to block EU accession talks with North Macedonia

Mon, 2020-11-16 07:29
Bulgaria plans to voice its opposition on Tuesday (17 November) to starting European Union accession talks with neighbouring Republic of North Macedonia as the two countries have yet to settle disputes over history and language, Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said.
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Green EU funds to Czechia’s big players

Mon, 2020-11-16 07:14
In today's news of the Capitals, find out more about France's homelessness problem, large energy companies - including one owned by the Czech prime minister's former agrochemical holding Agrofert - receiving financial support from the Just Transition Fund, and so much more.
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Governance in Albania deteriorates during pandemic

Mon, 2020-11-16 07:12
Albania saw its good governance indicators deteriorate during the pandemic, according to the EBRD’s transition report for 2020-2021 entitled “The state strikes back”. For Albania, the report indicates a decrease in efficiency by the courts, as well as the persisting...
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Serbia announces new nationwide restrictions

Mon, 2020-11-16 07:11
Shops, restaurants, night clubs and cafes in Serbia will have to close at 9pm as of Tuesday, while only pharmacies, gas stations, food delivery services and night shift employees will be allowed to work between 9pm and 5am, the government...
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Moody’s credit agency recognises Croatian policy, says PM

Mon, 2020-11-16 07:11
Moody’s credit agency – which upgraded Croatia’s credit rating from Ba2 to Ba1, just a notch below full credit rating, and changed its outlook to stable from positive – has clearly recognised the good policy being pursued by the Croatian...
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Hospital fire shocks Romania

Mon, 2020-11-16 07:11
A fire killed 10 people on Saturday evening at a hospital treating COVID-19 patients in Piatra Neamt, northeastern Romania.  Read more: Romania calls for mutual recognition of COVID-19 tests. News about the hospital hiring eight government-appointed managers only this year...
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Bulgarian FM: If we close our eyes to North Macedonia, we are serving Moscow

Mon, 2020-11-16 07:10
If we continue to close our eyes to the fact that the ideology of Skopje continues to be founded and developed in the way it was conceived by Tito and Stalin, we are doing the work of Moscow, said Foreign...
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Poland’s national flag-carrier to receive ‘huge support package’, says minister

Mon, 2020-11-16 07:09
The Polish government has “prepared a huge support package, foreseeing multi-billion public aid” for Poland’s national air carrier PLL LOT, announced Deputy Prime Minister and Assets Minister Jacek Sasin.  Read also: Lufthansa board baulkts at EU bailout terms “LOT has...
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Ban on public gatherings opens the Pandora’s Box

Mon, 2020-11-16 07:09
A four-day ban on all outdoor gatherings of more than four persons, imposed throughout Greece by an executive decree of the Greek police chief, has created political turmoil. The measure was imposed to avoid public demonstrations in memoriam of the fight...
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More than half of Spaniards lose income due to pandemic, survey finds

Mon, 2020-11-16 07:08
More than 50% of Spanish citizens claim to have lost their income and purchasing power since the start of the first COVID-19 outbreak in March, according to a survey published on Sunday.  Read also: Spain reports massive losses in tourism...
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COVID-19 was present in Italy since the summer of 2019

Mon, 2020-11-16 07:07
COVID-19 was in Italy before the pandemic started to spread across the country in February, according to a study conducted by the National Cancer Institute of Milan.  Read also: COVID-19 was in Spain a year before breakout Among those who...
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Post-Brexit talks enter crunch week with failure looming

Mon, 2020-11-16 07:07
British and EU negotiators launched a desperate final stretch of trade talks Sunday (15 November), with both sides determined not to give ground, despite the looming threat of failure.
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Finland’s Greens soften stance on nuclear energy

Mon, 2020-11-16 07:07
The Greens are not categorically against building small nuclear reactors as a means of combatting climate change, Green Party Chair and Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo said on Saturday’s morning show broadcast by the Finnish Broadcasting Company. Read also: Brussels ‘won’t...
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‘No way’ EU will back a UK trade deal under Johnson’s Internal Market Bill terms

Mon, 2020-11-16 07:06
Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has suggested that the EU may not ratify any potential UK-EU trade deal, should the UK adopt its Internal Market Bill without the revisions called for by the House of Lords.  Read also: UK Lords...
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