Agriculture

 

Dirty Work

Dirty Work At The Crossroads

With still 5 months to go before the Presidential elections in Ukraine pro-Russian elements are openly at work to disrupt the democratic process with blatant corruption, illegal practice and dirty tricks, writes James Wilson. Europe cannot afford to sit idly by and watch its values and principles trampled upon in this friendly neighbouring country by…

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Digital Market

 

Romanian prosecutors investigate cryptocurrency

Romanian prosecutors investigate cryptocurrency funding of #resist protestors

The Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) in Romania is investigating 403 cryptocurrency transactions.  These transactions, valued in total at 14 million US Dollars, were made over a period of three years, writes James Wilson. The funds entered Romania in order to fund #resist groups and other NGOs who support the National Anti-Corruption…

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Economy

 

President Werner Hoyer

European Investment Bank Celebrates its 60th Anniversary

In the year of its 60th anniversary, the EU bank supported EUR 230 billion of investment, meeting its Juncker Plan targets ahead of schedule and successfully navigating a politically difficult environment. Shifting its focus from Europe’s economic recovery to competitiveness, the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group zoomed in on market gaps identified by its experts, so…

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Impact of Cities and Regions on Social and Economic

Impact of Cities and Regions on Social and Economic Well-Being of European Citizens

The French press has suggested  that the  anti-government protests of yellow vest protestors in France started  initially as a protest against a rise in taxes on diesel.  However,  some violent groups and far-right groups  infiltrated this grass-root citizens’ movement and  many small business owners have suffered losses during the riots, writes Hande Bozatli. Could this kind of restlessness in…

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Power to Gas

Power to Gas

“Power to Gas” uses renewable or low-carbon electricity to make hydrogen. The electrolysis of water to produce hydrogen and oxygen has existed almost since the “discovery” of electricity, writes Mike Parr. Until the 1950/1960s electrolysis was the key method used to produce hydrogen which is an important feedstock for the production of chemicals such as…

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Energy

 

Kazakhstan's Nuclear Industry

The Importance For Europe of Kazakhstan’s Nuclear Industry

Kazatomprom (The National Atomic Company of the Republic of Kazakhstan) is the world’s biggest uranium producer, with 20% of global production. It commands an important strategic position in a world economy striving to reduce carbon emissions post-Katowice, writes James Wilson. The company has released information to the media about flotation of shares on the stock…

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Power to Gas

Power to Gas

“Power to Gas” uses renewable or low-carbon electricity to make hydrogen. The electrolysis of water to produce hydrogen and oxygen has existed almost since the “discovery” of electricity, writes Mike Parr. Until the 1950/1960s electrolysis was the key method used to produce hydrogen which is an important feedstock for the production of chemicals such as…

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Ukraine’s Nuclear State Of Play

Ukraine’s Nuclear State Of Play: The International Dimension

Transmission lines (photo by Matthew Henry on Unsplash). This piece originally appeared in EnergySource the blog of the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center. BY MELISSA HERSH AND EDWARD KEE The following is the second installment in a three-part series on the proposed Energy Bridge project, an energy development and regional energy interconnection initiative for Ukraine and its…

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Environment

 

Mineral Wool Environmental and Health Concerns

Mineral Wool Environmental and Health Concerns Spread to France

A petition has been launched in France against the mineral wool giant Rockwool over a planned plant in Soissons in the Aisne region.  There is public concern in the community over the potential pollution and related health problems that could be caused by the plant.  These French concerns echo those over the new Rockwool factories…

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Protecting The Sea

Protecting The Sea After Brexit

The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) and its Atlantic Arc and North Sea Commissions have presented what it calls “positive proposals” to Michel Barnier, the European Commission’s Chief Negotiator for the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the UK, to limit Brexit’s damaging impact on regions in the Atlantic, the Channel and North…

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Сontrol for the mineral wool industry

More control for the mineral wool industry needed?

Concern is growing about the environmental and safety aspects of mineral wool products in the construction industry. The product is an efficient insulation material and affordable. But is it safe? Europe appears to be applying weaker quality and testing standards than the USA; is it time to review controls in the light of the increasing…

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Healthcare

 

The health impact of mineral wool: personal evidence given inside the European Parliament

Cosmin Rata, the CEO of ROTEAM, a Belgium-based roofing company, has spoken inside the European Parliament about the impact of handling mineral wool (or Man-made Vitreous Fibres, MMVF, as the substance is also known) upon his own health, as well as his fears for his workforce of forty people.   Mr Rata, originally from Romania,…

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Mineral Wool Environmental and Health Concerns

Mineral Wool Environmental and Health Concerns Spread to France

A petition has been launched in France against the mineral wool giant Rockwool over a planned plant in Soissons in the Aisne region.  There is public concern in the community over the potential pollution and related health problems that could be caused by the plant.  These French concerns echo those over the new Rockwool factories…

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Сontrol for the mineral wool industry

More control for the mineral wool industry needed?

Concern is growing about the environmental and safety aspects of mineral wool products in the construction industry. The product is an efficient insulation material and affordable. But is it safe? Europe appears to be applying weaker quality and testing standards than the USA; is it time to review controls in the light of the increasing…

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Investment

 

Future Investment in EU Regions

The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) said it “welcomes” the European Parliament’s decision to adopt the Common Provisions Regulation Report on future investment in EU regions, which represents a positive step towards a strong, reformed Cohesion policy after 2020. In particular, the CPMR supports the Parliament’s decision to remove from the report the link…

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Power to Gas

Power to Gas

“Power to Gas” uses renewable or low-carbon electricity to make hydrogen. The electrolysis of water to produce hydrogen and oxygen has existed almost since the “discovery” of electricity, writes Mike Parr. Until the 1950/1960s electrolysis was the key method used to produce hydrogen which is an important feedstock for the production of chemicals such as…

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Law and Justice

 

Appeal to Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa to Release Political Prisoners

Zimbabwe must release political prisoners and return to the path of democratic change, Conservative Security and Defence spokesman Geoffrey Van Orden told the European Parliament this week. Van Orden contrasted the current crisis with the feelings of optimism and change when Robert Mugabe was ousted in November 2017. However, the clampdown and suppression of free…

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Day of Remembrance of the Victims

Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Foibe Massacres

Yesterday, (10 February) European Parliament President Antonio Tajani participated in the commemoration of the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Foibe Massacres. He laid a wreath at the edge of the Basovizza Foiba in Trieste, Italy, as part of the solemn commemoration established by Italian state law in 2004. The President issued the…

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Police clash against

European Parliament Debates Police Use of Force Against Protests

After weeks of alleged police “brutality” against protesters across several EU countries, a request by GUE/NGL for a debate and resolution on the use of excessive force by the police against peacefully protesting citizens’ is on the Strasbourg plenary agenda for next week. Alleged police violence and use of weapons – including the so-called flashballs or…

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Trade

 

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Transport

 

Flight Safety in Europe After Brexit

Council Agrees Position on Flight Safety After Brexit

The EU is taking the steps which are needed to continue to ensure a high level of aviation safety in its airspace the event that the UK leaves the EU without a negotiated agreement. Today, the Council’s Permanent Representatives Committee approved a mandate for the presidency to start talks with the European Parliament on a…

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Power to Gas

Power to Gas

“Power to Gas” uses renewable or low-carbon electricity to make hydrogen. The electrolysis of water to produce hydrogen and oxygen has existed almost since the “discovery” of electricity, writes Mike Parr. Until the 1950/1960s electrolysis was the key method used to produce hydrogen which is an important feedstock for the production of chemicals such as…

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New Bullet Train

Hong Kong’s New Bullet Train

Yesterday (23 September) the new West Kowloon station was opened with the launch of a high-speed rail link between Hong Kong and Guangzhou (Canton), which will operate 34 trains daily. The project suffered delays and budget over-run, but is now forecast to generate an initial operating profit of €23m for its first 3 months. A…

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Power to Gas

Power to Gas

“Power to Gas” uses renewable or low-carbon electricity to make hydrogen. The electrolysis of water to produce hydrogen and oxygen has existed almost since the “discovery” of electricity, writes Mike Parr. Until the 1950/1960s electrolysis was the key method used to produce hydrogen which is an important feedstock for the production of chemicals such as…

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Ukraine’s Nuclear State Of Play

Ukraine’s Nuclear State Of Play: The International Dimension

Transmission lines (photo by Matthew Henry on Unsplash). This piece originally appeared in EnergySource the blog of the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center. BY MELISSA HERSH AND EDWARD KEE The following is the second installment in a three-part series on the proposed Energy Bridge project, an energy development and regional energy interconnection initiative for Ukraine and its…

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