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EU countries clash over reforms needed to tackle energy price spike - Thu, 12/02/2021 - 12:14
Energy ministers from European Union countries are meeting in Brussels on Thursday (2 December) to debate their response to high gas and electricity prices, with countries still divided over whether the recent price spike calls for an overhaul of the bloc’s energy market rules.
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Adviser says court should dismiss legal challenge to linking EU money with rule of law - Thu, 12/02/2021 - 12:02
The legal adviser of the top EU court said on Thursday (2 December) Budapest and Warsaw's legal challenges to the EU law that links disbursement of bloc funds to rule of law standards should be dismissed.
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Europe is sitting on a goldmine of unaccounted for renewable energy [Promoted content] - Thu, 12/02/2021 - 12:00
The energy price crisis is creating fierce political debates over the block’s energy security with renewed pushes for centralised energy supply solutions such as hydrogen or nuclear energy.
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Reporters without borders calls out EU over silence on Greek media law - Thu, 12/02/2021 - 11:26
Amid continuing silence from the European Commission, international media freedom organisation Reporters Without Borders has asked both the EU executive and the European Parliament to “firmly denounce” Greece’s new defamation law as “an attack on press freedom.”
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Saxonian minister-president tells miners to protest against 2030 coal exit - Thu, 12/02/2021 - 10:54
The German coal states are victims of political whiplash: the country’s planned coal exit date went from 2038 to “ideally” 2030 within months. But their economic transition away from the coal industry is far from complete, say some.
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MEPs push for broader scope on common charger proposal - Thu, 12/02/2021 - 10:13
The first hearing in the European Parliament on the proposal for standardising electric chargers brought about a cross-party consensus to also include wireless chargers, laptops, smartwatches and other electronic devices. However, the European Commission stood its ground on technical reasons.
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Regulators should walk the talk on non-animal methodologies - Thu, 12/02/2021 - 10:08
With different chemical-related proposals on the table, it is crucial to ensure that EU legislation is adapted to not include testing on animals, according to an industry expert.
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217/2021 : 2 December 2021 - Opinion of the Advocate General in cases C-156/21, C-157/21

European Court of Justice (News) - Thu, 12/02/2021 - 10:02
Hungary v Parliament and Council, Poland v Parliament and Council
Principles of Community law
AG Campos Sánchez-Bordona: the actions brought by Hungary and Poland against the regime of conditionality for the protection of the Union budget in the event of breaches of the principles of the rule of law should be dismissed

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216/2021 : 2 December 2021 - Opinion of the Advocate General in the case C-319/20

European Court of Justice (News) - Thu, 12/02/2021 - 10:00
Facebook Ireland
Principles of Community law
According to Advocate General Richard de la Tour, the Member States may allow consumer protection associations to bring representative actions against infringements of the protection of personal data

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Germany’s incoming foreign minister vows tough China stance - Thu, 12/02/2021 - 09:13
Germany's incoming foreign minister, Annalena Baerbock from the Green party, on Wednesday (1 December) pledged "dialogue and toughness" in dealing with China, and did not rule out a boycott of Beijing's Winter Olympics.
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ASEAN: Economic indicators and trade with EU

Written by Györgyi Mácsai and Giulio Sabbati.

The economies of most ASEAN countries contracted due to the turmoil caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. Three of them, however, (Brunei, Myanmar/Burma and Vietnam) still managed to grow in terms of GDP, although at a much slower rate than in previous years. Despite the fact that the value of trade in goods declined by 10 % to €189 billion, the ASEAN countries remain an important partner for the EU, collectively representing 5 % of the EU’s overall trade in 2020, ranking in sixth place after China, USA, APEC members (other than ASEAN), the UK and Switzerland. At the same time the EU is the fourth biggest trade partner of the ASEAN group after China, other APEC members and the USA. Mechanical appliances, electrical equipment and agri-food make up half of the trade in goods between the two blocs, both for exports and on the import side.

Read this ‘at a glance’ on ‘ASEAN: Economic indicators and trade with EU‘ in the Think Tank pages of the European Parliament.

Business environment and socio-economic indicators in ASEAN countries EU exports and imports of services_ASEAN EU exports of goods to ASEAN EU imports of goods from ASEAN EU trade with ASEAN and Top EU partners GDP growth and GDP per capita of ASEAN countries Main trading partners of the EU and of ASEAN Unemployment in ASEAN countries
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EU’s Simson calls for ‘gearshift’ in nuclear power investments - Thu, 12/02/2021 - 07:50
The EU's energy commissioner, Kadri Simson, called for a "gearshift on investments" in nuclear power in order to extend the lifetime of existing power plants and maintain current production levels until 2050. EURACTIV France reports.
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One Free Press Coalition – ’10 Most Urgent’ List of December 2021 [Promoted content] - Thu, 12/02/2021 - 07:42
To close out 2021, the monthly “10 Most Urgent” list from the One Free Press Coalition presents “the year in press freedom.” The 10 cases encompass concerning trends in threats to journalists—from impunity to imprisonment, surveillance to harassment.
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US, Russian foreign ministers to meet as Ukraine tensions soar - Thu, 12/02/2021 - 07:40
The chief diplomats of the US and Russia are to meet in Sweden on Thursday (2 December) as tensions soar after Washington expressed concern about Russia's military buildup near Ukraine and warned of "high-impact" sanctions.
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€2 billion ‘Clean Hydrogen Partnership’ signals move away from hydrogen cars - Thu, 12/02/2021 - 07:39
Fuel-cell cars and trucks once looked to be the future of green mobility, but with electric cars now set to dominate the market, the EU’s hydrogen joint undertaking was rebranded this week to signal a shift in priority towards the production of low-cost green hydrogen from electrolysis.
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