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Slovakia needs urgent new obesity management interventions [Advocacy Lab Content]

Wed, 03/04/2024 - 21:05
Slovakian obesity rates have been rising steadily for a decade, mirroring global and European trends. Approximately 60% of Slovaks are either overweight or obese, highlighting the need for effective new public health interventions.
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NATO allies aim to finalise Ukraine military support plan by July summit

Wed, 03/04/2024 - 20:18
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday (3 April) confirmed that the military alliance's members will look into the organisation taking a greater coordination role in military aid deliveries to Ukraine, but stayed wary of giving way to a new fund.
Categories: European Union

French Senators blame Macron government for long delay in adopting SREN digital bill

Wed, 03/04/2024 - 18:23
French Senators blamed the government for the eight-months freeze by the European Commission of the legislative process on a digital bill, considering that the government failed to prepare the bill efficiently.
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EU and US look to attract developing countries into critical raw materials partnership

Wed, 03/04/2024 - 17:12
The EU and US are enticing developing countries into a partnership that looks to align measures on the supply of critical raw materials, a Commission official said on Wednesday (3 April). 
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Eurozone inflation fall defies projections, buoying hopes of ECB interest rate cuts

Wed, 03/04/2024 - 16:11
Eurozone inflation dropped from 2.6% in February to 2.4% in March: just 0.4 percentage points above the European Central Bank's target rate.
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Softening stance? French far-left party hints at supporting NATO in case of attack

Wed, 03/04/2024 - 15:55
The French far-left La France Insoumise (LFI) would be in favour of France providing help to a NATO country attacked by Russia, its lead candidate, Manon Aubry, told national public radio on Wednesday (3 April), hinting at a softening of the party's long-lasting anti-NATO stance.
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Bulgaria using Turkish Stream pipeline as a geopolitical weapon, reveals Borissov

Wed, 03/04/2024 - 15:39
Bulgaria has introduced the special gas tax on the transmission of Russian gas through Turkish Stream to punish Austria for its Schengen opposition, the leader of Bulgaria's largest party GERB Boyko Borissov announced on Wednesday (3 April).
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EU launches subsidy probe into Chinese solar PV firms

Wed, 03/04/2024 - 14:09
The European Union has launched a probe into whether subsidies allowed Chinese firms to submit unfair bids for the construction of a Romanian solar panel park, in the second application of a new trade protection law in one week. 
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Media Partnership – Shaping the future of healthcare in Europe: looking ahead to the new EU political cycle

Wed, 03/04/2024 - 13:30
As we approach the beginning of a new EU institutional cycle, marked by the election of a new European Parliament and the start of a new Commission mandate and European Council Strategic agenda for 2024-2029, the future of healthcare in Europe is at a crossroads.
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The EU’s proposed cloud sovereignty bears risks for Europe and the world

Wed, 03/04/2024 - 12:28
It is critical that the European Union Cybersecurity Certification Scheme for Cloud Services (EUCS) remains technology-neutral, risk-based, and focused on concrete cybersecurity outcomes, writes Pascal Kerneis.
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New French agricultural law puts food sovereignty on an equal footing with environmental protections

Wed, 03/04/2024 - 12:12
The draft law on agricultural sovereignty and the renewal of generations in agriculture, presented to the government on Wednesday (3 April), makes sovereignty a "structuring" element of public policy, on a par with the environment.
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EU countries provide billions of euros in aid to agri-food sector amid farmer protests

Wed, 03/04/2024 - 11:13
European Union member states have spent billions of euros supporting agricultural and food industries over the past two years, following a temporary relaxation of the bloc's state aid rules to help businesses cope with the impact of Russia's war in Ukraine.
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EU says bird flu ‘spillover’ is unlikely but stricter surveillance recommended

Wed, 03/04/2024 - 11:00
After a case of transmission from cattle to a dairy worker in the US, the risk of infection for humans remains low but vigilance must stay high, the European Commission and EU agencies on health and food safety told Euractiv.
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Can Germany go it alone in legalising cannabis?

Wed, 03/04/2024 - 10:00
The example of Germany, which has recently legalised cannabis, remains rather rare in Europe: Only Malta and Luxembourg have also legalised cannabis, while other countries such as Portugal and the Netherlands have preferred to decriminalise it.
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EU transport ministers discuss ‘problem child’ of green transition

Wed, 03/04/2024 - 09:20
As EU transport ministers gather for an informal meeting in Brussels on Wednesday (3 April), the sector remains the "problem child" of the bloc's climate efforts and could account for 44% of all greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, according to latest projections.
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Geopolitics and the Green Deal

Wed, 03/04/2024 - 09:00
Hello and a big welcome to our new subscribers from EuropaBio, Astrazeneca, ITAB, and more. Euractiv’s Green Brief brings you a roundup of energy and environment news from across Europe. You can subscribe here. Even as the Green Deal stutters...
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Blinken urges EU to strengthen defence industrial base, think long-term

Wed, 03/04/2024 - 07:17
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken calling on the EU to up its defence industrial base for the long term, Poles being less enthusiastic about the EU compared to 2020, and so much more.
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Kyrgyzstan adopts law targeting foreign-funded NGOs

Wed, 03/04/2024 - 07:16
Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov on Tuesday (2 April) signed into law a bill tightening state control over foreign-funded non-governmental organisations (NGOs), which human rights bodies and groups have criticised as restrictive.
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Ukrainian drone hits Russia’s third-biggest refinery at 1,300 km from frontline

Wed, 03/04/2024 - 06:57
A Ukrainian drone struck Russia's third-largest oil refinery on Tuesday (2 April) about 1,300 km from the front lines, hitting a unit that processes about 155,000 barrels of crude per day, though an industry source said strike caused no critical damage.
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Danube crossings jammed as crossers mistake it for Schengen sea border

Wed, 03/04/2024 - 06:54
Traffic jams and border queues continue at the Danube border crossings because, although Romania and Bulgaria have joined the Schengen area for their air and sea borders, most border crossings on the Danube are still considered land borders and are subject to border controls.
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