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Slovakia hopes to persuade Commission that EU funds needed for road infrastructure

Mon, 2021-03-01 07:16
Slovakia’s transport ministry believes it will persuade the European Commission that EU budget funds should be used for the country’s road infrastructure despite the Commission prioritising rail. For the self-governing regions, EU funds are a key means of financing the...
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Czechia to receive Russian vaccines ‘as soon as possible’

Mon, 2021-03-01 07:16
The Czech Republic could receive Russian Sputnik V jabs “as soon as possible”, President Miloš Zeman told CNN Prima News, confirming that after consulting with Prime Minister Andrej Babiš he had asked Russian President Vladimir Putin for the COVID-19 vaccines...
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Poland presents national recovery plan

Mon, 2021-03-01 07:15
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Friday presented the country’s National Recovery Plan (KPO), the budget of which will be based on Poland’s share of the EU’s €750 billion post-pandemic recovery fund. With the plan only having a few weeks left...
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Orbán threatens to leave EPP Group

Mon, 2021-03-01 07:15
If the planned amendment to the statutes of the European People’s Party (EPP) group in the European Parliament passes, making the suspension of an entire group of lawmakers possible, Fidesz will leave the faction, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told...
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Turkish defence minister: Greeks ‘will suffer the most damage’

Mon, 2021-03-01 07:14
The Greeks “will suffer the most damage” because of the bilateral tensions and attempts to strengthen the Greek army, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar has said. “As you know, Greek fighter jets disturbed the Cesme, which is conducting scientific research....
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Finland enters partial three-week shutdown

Mon, 2021-03-01 07:13
Finland will go into a partial three-week shutdown from 8 March as the country’s coronavirus situation has been deteriorating since Christmas, the Finnish government has announced. According to Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo, this will be the “final spurt to accelerate...
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Ireland’s Social Democrats call for new COVID-19 targets

Mon, 2021-03-01 07:13
The Irish government should attempt to meet new coronavirus targets of 10 cases per day, the Social Democrats have said. Such a benchmark would help the country avoid a further lockdown in the near future, according to co-leader Róisín Shortall. Speaking...
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Germany’s Die Linke elects new party leaders

Mon, 2021-03-01 07:12
Germany’s leftist party Die Linke elected Thuringian state party leader Susanne Hennig-Wellsow and Hessian parliamentary group leader Janine Wissler with clear majorities to lead the party into September’s parliamentary elections during its virtual party conference over the weekend. Hennig-Wellsow and...
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EU blocked over sanctions on Hungary, Poland

Mon, 2021-03-01 07:12
The Portuguese secretary of state for European affairs has acknowledged that Portugal’s EU presidency will face difficulties in applying sanctions to Hungary and Poland for violations of the rule of law. Ana Paula Zacarias said Portugal has scheduled a debate on Article...
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Iran rules out nuclear deal meeting, says time not ‘suitable’

Mon, 2021-03-01 07:11
Iran on Sunday (28 February) dismissed Europe's offer for an informal meeting involving the United States on the troubled 2015 nuclear deal, saying the time is not "suitable" as Washington has failed to lift sanctions.
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EU to clear Johnson and Johnson vaccine in March, says French minister

Mon, 2021-03-01 06:58
A single-shot Covid-19 vaccine by US drugmaker Johnson and Johnson is likely to be approved for use in the European Union in early March, a French minister said Sunday (28 February).
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Germany to tighten COVID controls at French border

Mon, 2021-03-01 06:44
Germany on Sunday (28 February) declared France's Covid-battered Moselle region a high-risk area for virus variants, prompting tougher entry rules for visitors at the border.
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A carbon border tax on fertilisers? Think twice, EU told

Mon, 2021-03-01 06:39
The fertiliser industry is increasingly cited as an ideal testing ground for the EU’s upcoming carbon border levy, due to be tabled in June. But industry figures warn this risks causing an increase in food prices that could trigger social unrest.
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Hungarian PM receives Chinese vaccine as government ramps up rollout

Mon, 2021-03-01 06:32
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been vaccinated with a coronavirus vaccine developed by China's Sinopharm, Orbán announced on his official Facebook page on Sunday (28 February) as the country tries to accelerate its vaccination programme.
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How Brussels can help or hinder the fight against malaria

Mon, 2021-03-01 06:30
The EU's Biodiversity Strategy is a defining moment not only for conservation but for setting out the parameters within which people and planet can be protected, writes Fredros Okumu,
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Portugal pushes for EU meeting with Biden before July

Mon, 2021-03-01 06:18
Portugal’s EU Presidency is working to have a meeting with the US President during the first half of the year, the secretary of state for European affairs has said.
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EU recalls envoy to Cuba over US sanctions comments

Mon, 2021-03-01 06:16
The European Union has recalled its ambassador in Havana after he signed an open letter calling on US President Joe Biden to lift sanctions against Cuba, a spokesman said on Saturday (27 February).
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‘COVID-19 passport’ could widen social gap between rich and poor, expert warns

Mon, 2021-03-01 06:04
The president of the Spanish Association of Vaccinology (AEV), Amos Garcia, firmly opposes a European "COVID-19 passport" that would grant travel privileges to those vaccinated because it could widen the “social gap” between rich and poor countries, not only in Europe but also worldwide.
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Leading the loop to deliver full circularity for our beverage packaging by 2030 [Promoted content]

Mon, 2021-03-01 06:00
Packaging is a resource that should never be wasted.
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New energy labels: the energy transition starts at home

Mon, 2021-03-01 06:00
As of 1 March, consumers will find new, revamped labels on dishwashers, washing machines, fridges and televisions. But to reach our climate ambitions, the European Commission must introduce A-G dedicated energy labels for all products responsible for high energy consumption, write Mélissa Zill and Jean-Pierre Schweitzer.
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