Breton’s bid to shake the Atos shadow

By |november 14th, 2019|Atos, EPHearings2019, EU Commission, European Parliament, France, News, Thierry Breton|

France's European Commissioner-designate Thierry Breton will appear before members of the European Parliament this afternoon, in an attempt to assuage concerns over alleged conflicts of interest in his previous leadership of the global IT firm, Atos.

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EU globalisation adjustment fund should cushion Brexit consequences

By |oktober 23rd, 2019|agriculture, Brexit, economy and jobs, EGF, EU, EU Commission, EU regions, European Globalisation Adjustment Fund, Ireland, job losses, News, no-deal, UK, unemployment|

On Monday (21 October), the European Parliament voted in favour of using funds from the Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) in the event of a hard Brexit to help workers of the remaining EU-27 who will have lost their jobs as a result of the UK's withd...

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EU will not renew authorisation of ‘bee killer’ substance thiacloprid

By |oktober 23rd, 2019|agriculture, bees, EU Commission, News, Pesticides|

Based on a conclusion by the EU's food safety authority (EFSA), the EU Commission announced on Tuesday (22 October) that it will not renew the authorisation of the "bee killer" substance thiacloprid. This means that the substance can still be used until April 2020. EURACTIV Germany reports. 

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New MEP asks Commission for Turkish to become official EU language

By |september 25th, 2019|Cyprus reunification, EU Commission, EU Parliament, News, Northern Cyprus, official EU languages, Turkey, Turkish-Cypriot MEP|

New leftist Cypriot MEP Akel Niyazi Kizilyurek asked the EU Commission whether Turkish could be the EU's 25th language. According to the MEP, this would be one way to prepare for the future reunification of the island of Cyprus. EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France reports.

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Digitalising agriculture: Opportunities and market control

By |marec 28th, 2019|agricultural innovation, agricultural research, CAP, development, digitalisation, EU Commission, Germany, News|

With the new CAP, the EU Commission is set to foster innovation and digitalisation in agriculture. German companies are hoping for multi-billion euro deals, yet management and infrastructural issues stand in the way.

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Making the most of the European Values Instrument

By |april 19th, 2018|Article 7, EU Commission, European values, Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF), News, Poland|

The European Values Instrument can provide a much-needed boost to the weakened resilience of European democracies. However, the details of its structure will determine whether this opportunity will be grasped, write Jan Jakub Chromiec and Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz.

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Greenland gets EU’s support for Inuit seal products

By |december 1st, 2017|EU Commission, Greenland, indigenous people, indigenous people's rights, Inuit, News, QR code, seal hunting, seal products, sustainable consumption, sustainable hunting|

Seal hunting has been associated with images of animal cruelty, Brigitte Bardot hugging a seal pup, and environmental groups asking for it to be banned, which the EU eventually did. The outcome has been disastrous for indigenous people, who traditionally live off the sea,  but Greenland is now fighting to turn things around.

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Upgrade the plastic, don’t ban or tax it

By |december 1st, 2017|ban on plastics, EU Commission, marine litter, Microplastics, News, Plastic Strategy, plastic tax, plastics|

A tax or ban on plastics won't solve pollution problems, but it would deprive the world od a cheap and valuable material. The solution is to make it biodegradable and recyclable, writes Michael Stephen.

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Climate finance, the sticking point in COP23

By |november 20th, 2017|adaptation, Africa, Bonn, climate action, Climate Action Tracker, climate ambition, climate change mitigation, climate finance, climate justice, climate negotiations, climate talks, COP23, EU, EU Commission, indigenous people, LDCs, loss and damage fund, News, Poland, Talanoa dialogue|

Rich countries had pledged to raise $100 billion each year in climate finance for developing countries by 2020. As of September 2017, they had pledged just $10.3 billion. And the question of who should pay remains unanswered. EURACTIV reports from the ...

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European industry counterattacks against Argentine biodiesel

By |november 9th, 2017|Argentina, biodiesel, Biofuels, competition, dumping, EU Commission, EU-Mercosur, News, state subsidies, unfair trading practices, WTO|

A group representing European biodiesel producers filed a complaint about illegal state aid with the European Commission on 3 November. EURACTIV France reports.

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