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LONDON – BBC swings the axe

Fri, 2020-07-03 06:39
One in six BBC England staff, a total of 450 jobs, will be made redundant as part of deep cuts to taxpayer-funded broadcaster’s regional television and radio services. Already under pressure from Boris Johnson’s Conservative government which wants to review...
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BERLIN – German Bundestag signs off on basic pension

Fri, 2020-07-03 06:39
The German parliament finally approved on Thursday (2 July) the agreement promising a basic pension, which was reached by the CDU/CSU and SPD in mid-February. The Bundesrat will vote on the law on Friday (3 July). If passed, the reform...
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ROME – Italian PM delays decision on EU bailout fund, again

Fri, 2020-07-03 06:38
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has deferred a decision on the use of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) until “after the European negotiation on the Recovery Fund is finished”. In Italy, the ESM is a divisive issue as the two...
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Housing’s role in Europe’s green transition

Fri, 2020-07-03 05:57
What investment could be wiser than one that protects the most vulnerable and contributes to climate change mitigation by decreasing our energy consumption? The Just Transition Fund must recognise housing as a cornerstone of the green transition, argue two leading MEPs and civil society leaders.
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Berlin refuses to disclose details of €4bn coal phase-out deal with energy firms

Fri, 2020-07-03 05:55
German energy companies LEAG and RWE are set to receive over €4 billion for closing their lignite-fired power plants. But nobody knows how the compensation was calculated and the German economy ministry refuses to provide details, citing procedural matters. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Europeans save up to €2 billion thanks to caps on bank cards fees

Fri, 2020-07-03 05:40
Bank cards fees for European merchants and consumers have decreased over the past years thanks to the new EU rules, generating savings of up to €2 billion annually, according to a European Commission report published this week.
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Tweets of the Week: Queen Merkel, Brexit Extension, Parliament Robberies

Fri, 2020-07-03 05:35
Angela Merkel is hailed as a wonder, the world stays alert for the next Brexit blunder, and burglars in Parliament make off with MEP plunder
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Regional leader: Without cohesion, Europe cannot stand

Fri, 2020-07-03 05:15
As the EU faces the deepest recession in its history, the bloc's long-contested Cohesion Policy – its regional development instrument – has now become central to the recovery plan. EURACTIV spoke about it with the President of the European Committee of the Regions, Apostolos Tzitzikostas.
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EU hits 10 countries with ‘voucher-gate’ legal action

Fri, 2020-07-03 05:15
The European Commission announced on Thursday (2 July) that it would launch an infringement procedure against ten EU member states that are in breach of the bloc’s passenger rights rules. Greece and Italy were hit with legal action twice.
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Reinforcing Digital Sovereignty In Post-Covid Era: Case Study Of Security Inspection Equipment [Promoted content]

Fri, 2020-07-03 05:00
Digital sovereignty applies to a broad range of economic sectors impacted by digitalisation and poses many questions. Perhaps the most important one is the national security dimension: how to ensure the safe treatment of security-related data in a virtually borderless world?
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Post-Brexit trade pact suffers setback as ‘disagreements’ end talks early

Thu, 2020-07-02 15:37
The prospects of a post-Brexit EU-UK trade deal being brokered this year suffered a new setback on Thursday (2 July) as the first round of in-person talks since the coronavirus pandemic broke up a day earlier with both sides citing ‘significant disagreements’.
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Ukraine central bank governor’s resignation could jeopardise EU loan, Commission says

Thu, 2020-07-02 15:14
The EU's €1.2 billion macro-financial assistance (MFA) programme for Ukraine "could be jeopardised" should the International Monetary Fund (IMF) consider its programme with  Kyiv "off-track" because of the recent resignation of the country's central bank governor, a Commission spokesperson told EURACTIV.
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The Brief – Global Britain: We’re just not that into EU

Thu, 2020-07-02 14:52
As vacuous slogans go, ‘Global Britain’, launched when Theresa May took over Brexit Britain from David Cameron in 2016, has been hard to beat. In 2018, UK lawmakers urged the government to set out what its international partners could expect...
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EU should do more on agrodiversity, Commissioner warns

Thu, 2020-07-02 14:18
Diversifying food production is key to strengthening the resilience of European agriculture and creating realistic business models for farmers in the coming years, according to EU's agri-boss Janusz Wojciechowski.
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Alstom ready to sell assets to get EU merger approval

Thu, 2020-07-02 14:12
French TGV high-speed train maker Alstom is prepared to sell assets to secure early EU antitrust approval for its bid for Bombardier Inc's rail division, people familiar with the matter said.
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Resurgence of COVID-19 observed in some EU countries, says EU disease centre

Thu, 2020-07-02 12:43
Several European countries have reported a resurgence of cases or large localised outbreaks of COVID-19, and there is still 'community transmission' in most EU/EEA countries, according to a report released on Thursday (2 June). The report called for continued vigilance despite noting decreasing trends in incidence across Europe overall.
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EU-Mercosur deal will have devastating impact on climate, NGOs warn

Thu, 2020-07-02 12:37
After 20 years of negotiations, the text of the EU-Mercosur deal was concluded between the EU and the Latin American countries of Mercosur on 28 June in Brussels. While the agreement still has to be approved by the European Parliament and Council, farmers and environmental NGOs are still disappointed. EURACTIV's partner le Journal de l'environnement reports.
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Global Europe Brief: Re-Open EU, ‘End of Hong Kong’ & Illegal visits

Thu, 2020-07-02 12:30
Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU in the global perspective from our foreign affairs news team: Georgi Gotev and Alexandra Brzozowski. You can subscribe here. /// RE-OPENING EUROPE After quite some back and forth, the EU ultimately agreed on...
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Digital Brief: The future of AI in Europe

Thu, 2020-07-02 11:08
Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “We will be trying to convince the Commission that such a moratorium might be useful.” – European Data Protection...
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Dutch pin hopes on ‘hydrogen valley’ to revive declining gas region

Thu, 2020-07-02 10:30
Near-silent buses shift around in a residential neighbourhood just a few kilometres away from Groningen, one of the greenest industrial areas in the world. We’re in 2026 and the Netherlands gives the world a preview of what a “hydrogen economy” could look like.
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