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[Feature] Missing signature gaffe for Azerbaijan gas pipeline - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 17:18
A joint declaration on the Southern Gas Corridor project, which should deliver Azerbaijani gas to Europe by 2020, will remain secret - because the Turkish energy minister left before signing.
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[Ticker] ECB's Draghi set to clarify role in secretive G30 group - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 16:54
European Central Bank (ECB) chief Mario Draghi told MEPs on Monday that he will soon further clarify his role in the secretive 'Group of Thirty' banking group. "The ECB will respond to the decision of the European Ombudsman in the coming days. As always in the past, the answer will be public," he said. The ombudsman recommended Draghi leave the group, following concerns of his independence as ECB president.
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The Brief, powered by AmCham EU – Curtains for Germany’s government - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 16:52
It is exactly a year that the federal elections took place in Germany, on 24 September 2017. A year after, vessel Germany is wandering in stormy waters, its commanding team proving incapable of setting a direction as to where to head at. And no safe shore is in sight.
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Putting agriculture at the heart of Africa’s rising - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 16:22
Farming accounts for around 60% of all jobs in sub-Saharan Africa. Governments, the African Union and the EU are keen to promote the industrialization of the African farming sector. But rapid population growth, the effects of climate change and lack of access to finance are among the threats to the future growth of African agriculture and its capacity to feed its people.
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‘Cashew means future’ in Swahili - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 16:22
Cashew nuts: They are not only meant to make you happy but also to strengthen the heart. On average, every European consumes an average of one kilo of this nut per year. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Global oil and gas majors sign up to methane reduction pact - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 15:27
Some of the world’s leading energy producers pledged on Monday (24 September) to limit methane emissions to 0.25% of their total marketed product by 2025, as the fossil fuel industry moved towards curbing one of the most potent greenhouse gases.
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‘Fictitious and false invoices’: Commission raps UK for budget fraud - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 15:24
The European Commission sent a stark warning to the UK government on Monday (24 September), after it was revealed that Britain has outstanding customs duty contributions to the EU budget worth €2.7 billion.
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After attacking Google, Vestager now turns to Amazon - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 14:12
The European Commission suspects the e-commerce giant of using the data it collects from third-party vendors on its marketplace to gain a commercial advantage. An article by our partner, La Tribune.
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Commission refers Poland to EU’s top court over Supreme Court Act - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 13:46
The European Commission referred Poland to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Monday (24 September), upping the ante in the dispute with Warsaw over a controversial legislation that would send dozens of Polish Supreme Court judges into early retirement.
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‘Smart villages’ are modernisation tools to be taken seriously - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 13:12
The expansion of e-tools in rural areas will enable villages to become more agile, make better use of their resources as well as improve their attractiveness and the quality of life of rural residents, argue MEPs Franc Bogovic and Tibor Szanyi.
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Where are the e-tools to modernise the CAP? - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 13:11
The European Commission presented last June its proposals about the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). In light of the rising global competition, analysts stress the need for a quicker adoption of new technologies in the sector, warning that otherwise the EU will be left behind.
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German coalition brokers weekend compromise over Maaßen - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:51
The leaders of the CDU, CSU and SPD are determined not to let the German government coalition burst over the personality of the head of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Hans-Georg Maaßen. EURACTIV Germany’s media partner “Der Tagesspiegel” reports.
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[Ticker] Half of EU states at risk of missing recycling target - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:50
The European Commission said in a report on Monday that 14 EU member states were at risk of failing to achieve a 2020 recycling target. EU legislation requires that by 2020 half of all municipal waste is prepared for re-use or recycling. The 14 countries are: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Spain.
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[Ticker] Commission refers Poland to EU top court over rule of law - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:39
The European Commission on Monday referred Poland to the European Court of Justice (ECJ), over Warsaw's controversial legislation to force dozens of Supreme Court judges into early retirement. The widely-anticipated move came after the commission said the law was "incompatible with EU law as it undermines the principle of judicial independence, including the irremovability of judges." Some 27 judges are affected by the rule, including the chief judge.
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Debate: EU elections: right-wing populism on the rise - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:30
Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon has announced at the conference of the nationalist Fratelli d'Italia in Rome that he plans to spend most of the next months in Europe helping far-right parties to secure a victory in the European elections. Commentators explain why the right-wing populists are gaining support - and ask how this can be countered.
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Debate: Labour debating exit from Brexit - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:30
The British Labour Party may change its position on holding a second Brexit referendum: several motions put forward at the Labour Party Conference that kicked off on Sunday call for a new referendum should the government fail to reach a deal in the Brexit negotiations. According to surveys a majority of party members are in favour of a referendum. Should Labour seek a new Brexit vote?
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