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[Ticker] France endorses new EU migration pact

Euobserver.com - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:13
France's interior minister Gerald Darmanin on Thursday issued a statement in support of the European Commission's new pact on migration and asylum. "Each member state must do its part in a common effort, whether it is relocations or other exceptional measures through other types of mandatory contributions," he said.
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Visegrad countries immediately push back on new migration pact

Euobserver.com - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:13
Central European countries were quick to point out to the EU Commission president that they do not like her migration proposal. The asylum overhaul hit its first hurdle just 24 hours after it was announced.
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[Opinion] Why no EU progress on Black Lives Matter?

Euobserver.com - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:12
Months after Black Lives Matter erupted, for many EU decision-makers the problems of racism in policing and criminal legal systems - the issues that sparked the George Floyd protests - are still 'over there', across the Atlantic.
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Poland should not phase out coal before 2060, unions say

Euractiv.com - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:05
Poland should not phase out coal before 2060, mining trade unions said on Thursday (24 September), as talks with the government continued on the restructuring of the industry, which generates most of the country’s electricity. Poland is the only European...
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Aviation is an irreplaceable force for good in the world

Euractiv.com - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:00
Aviation’s precious role in society is at risk, as borders remain closed and influential voices in Europe call for permanent curbs on flying, warns Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury.
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Strengthening road safety aspects of European Roadworthiness Package [Promoted content]

Euractiv.com - Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:00
Since relevant components of vehicles during their service life continuously deteriorate, it is necessary to carry out periodic vehicle inspections in Europe, adapted to the level of susceptibility of use, in order to ensure long-term road safety and low emissions.
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EU antitrust regulators set October 26 deadline for Iliad’s Polish deal

Euractiv.com - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 23:05
EU antitrust regulators will decide by Oct. 26 whether to clear French telecoms operator Iliad’s 3.5-billion-euro ($4.1 billion) bid for Polish mobile group Play, a filing on the European Commission’s website showed on Tuesday (23 September). The deal would make...
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EU regulators extend Google, Fitbit deal probe to December 23

Euractiv.com - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 23:02
EU antitrust regulators have extended their investigation into Alphabet unit Google’s fitness tracker maker Fitbit to Dec. 23, the European Commission said on Wednesday (23 September). The EU competition enforcer last month kicked off a full-scale probe into the deal,...
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COVID-19 smartphone app finally launches in England and Wales

Euractiv.com - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 23:00
England and Wales launch a COVID-19 smartphone app on Thursday, allowing users to trace contacts, check the local level of risk and record visits to venues such as pubs, four months after the technology was promised to the public. The...
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EU launches investigation into Chinese optical fibre cable imports

Euractiv.com - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 22:58
The European Commission launched an investigation on Thursday (24 September) into imports of optical fibre cable from China, which EU manufacturers believe are being sold in Europe at artificially low prices. The case comes as the 27-member European Union wants...
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Farmers need financial reassurance to support uptake of agroforestry

Euractiv.com - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 18:20
In a clear nod to the strategic importance of agroforestry, the term has now cropped up in both the European Green Deal, the European Commission's roadmap for making Europe the first climate neutral continent by 2050, and the EU’s flagship new food policy, the Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy.
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New terminologies in sustainable food systems

Euractiv.com - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 18:20
The recent drive for sustainability has seen the emergence of a number of new terminologies, including agroecology, agroforestry and urban farming. The adoption of these new notions into the sustainability discourse has been rapid and has sometimes made new concepts...
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UK unveils new German-style job subsidy scheme

Euractiv.com - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 17:18
Boris Johnson’s government unveiled on Thursday (24 September) a massive new financial support package for businesses and employees, modelled on Germany’s ‘Kurzarbeit’ scheme, as the UK economy braces for six months of hardship from the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The story of Europe’s 210,000 unaccompanied minors seeking asylum

Euractiv.com - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 16:27
After a journey often marked by violence and abuse, more than 210,000 unaccompanied minors without future prospects who have applied for asylum in Europe over the past five years are living in crowded refugee camps. EURACTIV's partner EUROEFE reports.
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The Brief, powered by ESA – A dose of reality on migration, or kicking the can

Euractiv.com - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 16:22
The EU migration pact announced on Wednesday (24 September) may not be remotely close to the “entirely new architecture” promised by the von der Leyen Commission but at least it offered a dose of reality. Altruism, or that much abused...
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Global Europe Brief: No summit, no cry?

Euractiv.com - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 16:15
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. /// SANCTIONS SUMMIT DELAY The EU summit postponement might have come at the...
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United for a New, Fair and Inclusive Multilateralism [Promoted content]

Euractiv.com - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 16:00
What kind of world do you want to live in? One in which countries fiercely compete against each other? Or one in which countries join forces to solve our shared urgent challenges flowing across borders? On the eve of the UN 75th General Assembly, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and its partners unveiled a proposal for a New, inclusive and Fair Multilateralism. HR/VP Josep Borrell, Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz and Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General Fabrizio Hochschild-Drummond were some of the influential political and academic figures who participated in this conference. Find the Policy Report, the video of the conference and much more at: www.fepsunitedfor.eu
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Ex-Cambridge Analytica boss admits to ‘unethical services’, accepts seven-year ban

Euractiv.com - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 15:50
The European Commission is not able to say when a COVID-19 vaccine will be available, EU health chief Stella Kyriakides admitted on Thursday (24 September), even though a senior EU official voiced hope earlier this month that the first vaccine could have market authorisation as early as November.
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Commission tones down hopes for a COVID-19 vaccine soon

Euractiv.com - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 15:22
The European Commission is not able to say when a COVID-19 vaccine will be available, EU health chief Stella Kyriakides admitted on Thursday (24 September), even though a senior EU official voiced hope earlier this month that the first vaccine could have market authorisation as early as November.
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Time is not on our side: Building back balance through wellbeing

Euractiv.com - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 15:21
Post-COVID, ‘building back better’ means building resilience to future shocks whilst creating a new vision where the well-being of all citizens is guaranteed over financial growth at the expense of everything else, write Sandrine Dixson-Declève and Aileen McLeod.
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