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WARSAW – No presidential TV debate

Mon, 2020-07-06 06:46
Opposition presidential candidate Rafał Trzaskowski announced he will not take part in a televised election debate with his rival, incumbent Andrzej Duda (PiS), that is due to take place on state broadcaster TVP on Monday (6 July). Trzaskowski had claimed...
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Weber lashes out against Erdoğan

Mon, 2020-07-06 06:45
EPP chief in the European Parliament Manfred Weber has hit at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan over the latter’s intention to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque. “Hagia Sophia is a symbol of Christian heritage and obviously President Erdoğan wants...
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Di Maio open to ESM fund, criticizes ‘frugals’

Mon, 2020-07-06 06:45
Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio clarified that there is no ideological battle with regards to the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), the EU’s bailout fund, adding that “there is an open negotiation at international level. We trust our PM Giuseppe...
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LUXEMBOURG – Students and teachers in quarantine again

Mon, 2020-07-06 06:44
Students and teachers from about 20 primary and secondary school classes have had to self-isolate at home again due to suspicions of COVID-19 after children and teenagers returned to school in small groups from the end of May. “If we...
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BRUSSELS – Protests around headscarf ruling

Mon, 2020-07-06 06:43
Around thousand protesters gathered in Brussels on Sunday under the banner “#HijabisFightBack Protest” to protest against the decision of the Constitutional Court supporting a higher education establishment which intends to prohibit its students from wearing signs representing philosophical or religious...
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BERLIN – No police study, after all

Mon, 2020-07-06 06:42
The German government will not commission a report examining racial profiling in the police force, after Interior Minister Horst Seehofer Horst Seehofer (CSU) said over the weekend that he sees “no need” for it”. This comes after the country’s interior...
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Belgrade declares state of emergency

Mon, 2020-07-06 06:41
A state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic was declared on 3 July, Belgrade mayor Zoran Radojičić announced, though he added that the current epidemiological state of the pandemic did not call for closing the city. After it was...
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Reviewing orphan drugs law: A tough equation

Mon, 2020-07-06 06:27
The Orphan Regulation was introduced in 2000 and its main objective was to address the challenge of regulating medicines which treat patients with rare diseases. Around 246,000 people suffer from such diseases across the EU, The European Commission is expected...
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EU must end investment protection in the fossil sector

Mon, 2020-07-06 05:54
The Energy Charter Treaty, which dates back to the 1990s, severely restricts Europe's ability to change regulations in the energy sector, with many EU member states facing court actions worth billions of euros, write a group of MEPs. If the treaty cannot be reformed, then it must be scrapped, they argue.
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Commission’s ‘risky’ move to re-visit orphan drugs regulation

Mon, 2020-07-06 05:49
The European Commission is expected to present by the end of July an evaluation study on the pros and cons of the application of orphan and paediatric regulations, which deal with a niche segment of rare diseases that affect fewer than five in 10,000 people.
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LEAK: ‘European Hydrogen Alliance’ ready for take-off

Mon, 2020-07-06 05:48
The European Commission will seek to position Europe as a global leader on hydrogen with a new industry-led alliance set to be unveiled on Wednesday (8 July).
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EU lawmakers divided over inclusion of natural gas in Just Transition Fund

Mon, 2020-07-06 05:40
On Monday (6 July), the European Parliament's Regional Affairs Committee will vote on a draft of the Just Transition Fund, which is considered highly controversial. The Parliament's Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), of all groups, had formed a united front calling for the production of natural gas. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Croatia’s ruling HDZ scores unexpected win in parliamentary elections

Mon, 2020-07-06 05:37
Croatia’s ruling conservative HDZ (EPP) became the unexpected relative winner of parliamentary elections held in the newest EU member on Sunday despite the renewed rise of coronavirus infections. EURACTIV Croatia reports.
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MEPs set to navigate shipping into the EU’s carbon market

Mon, 2020-07-06 05:30
Members of the European Parliament’s environment committee will vote on Tuesday (7 July) on a package of measures intended to clean up the maritime sector and include shipping in the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS).
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Counterfeit and illegal sellers to be targeted in Digital Services Act, Vestager says

Mon, 2020-07-06 05:20
A crackdown on the sale of counterfeit and illegal goods across online platforms is likely to feature in the European Commission's upcoming Digital Services Act plans, the EU's Vice-President for Digital Affairs, Margrethe Vestager has said.
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EU opens bidding for €1 billion from clean technology fund

Mon, 2020-07-06 05:15
Clean technology projects are in line for a billion-euro slice of support from the European Union, which on Friday (3 July) launched its flagship scheme for funding breakthrough low-carbon technologies.
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View on the development of a new vehicle emission standard in Europe: EURO 7/VII [Promoted content]

Mon, 2020-07-06 05:00
The challenges that we face today are not only technical, but behavioural too. The tampering of the emissions control system is jeopardising efforts to have clean combustion engines and cybersecurity will be without doubt an issue in the coming years.
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The EU must oppose China’s interference in the Dalai Lama’s succession

Mon, 2020-07-06 05:00
Although Tibetans are known for being nonviolent, Tibet’s future will likely be turbulent if the Chinese government installs an illegitimate successor, writes Vincent Metten.
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‘Gold mine’: European police target secret phone network used by crime rings

Sat, 2020-07-04 09:14
An encrypted phone network widely used by thousands of criminals has provided police with a “gold mine” of information, leading to numerous arrests, drug seizures and even foiled assassination attempts, French and Dutch authorities said on Thursday (2 July).
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Six months to reflect on the new world we want

Fri, 2020-07-03 17:33
Decision makers should ‘take a breath’ and come up with a comprehensive plan to achieve the digital and green future we want in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis, officials and experts said.
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