Agriculture

 

CAP Reform

In a letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, leading EPP Group Members of the European Parliament’s Agricultural Committee have requested that she lets the negotiations on the Common Agricultural Policy go on and that Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans respects the co-legislators and the democratic process. “We note with great concern that contradictory…

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Aid for EU Farmers

A package agreed by European Parliament and Council negotiators means 8 billion euros will be made accessible to European farmers in 2021 and 2022 to address the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are pleased that the support will be available to farmers next year”, says ECR shadow rapporteur Bert-Jan Ruissen MEP (NL). “These funds need…

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Czech Compassion for Chickens

Millions of laying hens in Czechia will no longer be confined in cruel cages from 2027. On Friday, the Czech Senate, the upper house of Parliament, voted to confirm the ban on cages passed by the lower house in September. Compassion in World Farming warmly welcomes this new step towards ending the caging of farm…

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Digital Market

 

Using the Cloud

According to figures released today by Citriz, nearly half (47%) of UK police forces are currently using a hybrid-cloud model to access and manage their data, which is more than double since 2019, when the total stood at just 21%. This new data was obtained through a Freedom of Information (FoI) request, issued to 48…

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Keeping SMEs Afloat

The Autumn SMEunited Barometer shows that SMEs are heavily impacted by the crisis. Especially lockdowns had a dramatic impact on many services sectors. The situation for autumn was far from going back to normal and the second wave may stop the rebound completely. The pandemic drops SME confidence to an all-time low of 54,2 points….

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Economic regulation of major digital platforms : the best way to kill the European digital economy

As European leaders applaud the success of Airbus, an aerospace giant in a duopoly with Boeing, they are about to prevent any possibility of similar success in the digital sector, writes Pierre Bentata. A Franco-Dutch proposal, now gaining European attention, aims at imposing specific regulations on the major digital platforms, in order to limit their…

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Economy

 

New Industrial Strategy

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution on the new Industrial Strategy. It calls for the new industrial strategy – planned for publication in March next year – to be in line with the goal of climate neutrality by 2050 and to create the conditions for an innovative, inclusive, resilient, digitalised society. In the context…

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European Tax Observatory

There will be a European Tax Observatory headed by the renowned progressive tax economist Gabriel Zucman. This will implement an idea of the European Greens, which they launched in October 2019 together with Social Democrats and Liberals in the European Parliament.  German Greens MEP Sven Giegold told this website,”That is great news. Because just like…

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Stumbling to Another Crisis?

The EU is urged to avoid another crisis in the wake of the pandemic Markus Ferber MEP said, “We have to be very careful that the current frenzy of Corona spending does not lead us directly into the next debt crisis.” “Therefore, the European Commission urgently needs to establish when and under what conditions the application…

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Energy

 

EU Hydrogen Strategy

At the webinar organised by the Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (TEN), EESC members point out that the contribution of civil society will be fundamental for the future of the EU’s hydrogen strategy. Developing a renewable hydrogen ecosystem is a key priority for achieving the European Green Deal, but the social…

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Westerners Don’t Believe Climate Change is Critical

New research in Europe and the United States shows that large portions of the public still do not accept the urgency of the climate crisis, and only a minority believe it will impact them and their families severely over the next fifteen years.  The survey, which was commissioned by the Open Society and the European Policy Institute, forms…

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Vodafone Aims for Net Zero Emissions by 2040

Vodafone, the largest mobile and fixed network operator in Europe, says it has committed to reducing the company’s total global carbon emissions to ‘net zero’ by 2040. It also confirmed on 23 November that its 2030 carbon reduction targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative as in line with reductions required to keep…

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Environment

 

EU Hydrogen Strategy

At the webinar organised by the Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (TEN), EESC members point out that the contribution of civil society will be fundamental for the future of the EU’s hydrogen strategy. Developing a renewable hydrogen ecosystem is a key priority for achieving the European Green Deal, but the social…

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New Industrial Strategy

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution on the new Industrial Strategy. It calls for the new industrial strategy – planned for publication in March next year – to be in line with the goal of climate neutrality by 2050 and to create the conditions for an innovative, inclusive, resilient, digitalised society. In the context…

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Save the Right Whale

The European Commission is about to incentivise one of the main threats to the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, by eliminating taxes on the import of lobster from the east coast of the US. Entanglements in vertical lines connecting buoys to lobster traps on the ocean floor in east coast fisheries are the leading…

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Healthcare

 

Puppy Smuggling Peaks

Dogs Trust gave evidence at a special session of The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee this afternoon (Tuesday 24 November) on puppy smuggling.  EFRA announced the one-off evidence session at the end of last week. It explored how demand for dogs in the UK has surged as a result of Covid-19 lockdown measures, further…

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Anti-COVID Clinical Trials in Africa

The Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Antwerp, thirteen African countries and an international network of research institutions have joined forces to launch the largest COVID-19 clinical trial in Africa. The ANTICOV clinical trial will focus on mild-to-moderate outpatients and aims to respond to the urgent need to identify treatments that can be used to…

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Stumbling to Another Crisis?

The EU is urged to avoid another crisis in the wake of the pandemic Markus Ferber MEP said, “We have to be very careful that the current frenzy of Corona spending does not lead us directly into the next debt crisis.” “Therefore, the European Commission urgently needs to establish when and under what conditions the application…

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Investment

 

Carbon Neutral Investments

Finnish interest groups say the EU sustainable financing package threatens to raise emission-free electricity generation costs and therefore erode export industry competitiveness. The European Commission will publish in the coming days a draft of sustainability criteria for climate-critical investments. The sustainability criteria will be the subject of an extensive round of consultations over the next…

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Commission Work Programme 2021

The Commission on Monday adopted its 2021 work programme, designed to make Europe healthier, fairer and more prosperous, while accelerating its long-term transformation into a greener economy, fit for the digital age. It contains new legislative initiatives across all six headline ambitions of President von der Leyen’s political guidelines and follows her first state of the union…

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Taiwan: The EU’s ideal supply chain partner in Asia

Much ink has been spilled on the topic of the relationship between the European Union and the People’s Republic of China over recent weeks; from imbalanced trade to values and principles, writes Ming-Yen Tsai. As the EU recalibrates its policy towards China, it is worth remembering the position of strength the EU finds itself in…

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Law and Justice

 

Protecting Women’s Rights

MEPs have condemned the setback to women’s sexual and reproductive rights in Poland and stress the EU’s legal obligation to uphold and protect them. In a resolution adopted with 455 votes to 145 and 71 abstentions, Parliament says that the ruling of 22 October by Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal to make abortion illegal in cases involving…

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Using the Cloud

According to figures released today by Citriz, nearly half (47%) of UK police forces are currently using a hybrid-cloud model to access and manage their data, which is more than double since 2019, when the total stood at just 21%. This new data was obtained through a Freedom of Information (FoI) request, issued to 48…

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For Roman Bondarenka

On Thursday, Parliament will debate and then vote on the Resolution condemning the continuous violations of human rights in Belarus as well as the murder of Roman Bondarenka. The 31 year-old art teacher died after being in police custody for his opposition to Alexander Lukashenko. “It is Europe’s duty to take action when human rights…

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Trade

 

Save the Right Whale

The European Commission is about to incentivise one of the main threats to the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, by eliminating taxes on the import of lobster from the east coast of the US. Entanglements in vertical lines connecting buoys to lobster traps on the ocean floor in east coast fisheries are the leading…

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MEPs appeal to High Representative Joseph Borell in support of the Kingdom of Morocco

A number of influential members of the European Parliament, representing the major political groups, have appealed to the High Representative, Joseph Borell, in support of the Kingdom of Morocco in its efforts to guarantee the free passage of goods and people in the demilitarised zone of Guerguerat, writes Gary Cartwright. European parliamentarians belonging to the…

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Puppy Smuggling Peaks

Dogs Trust gave evidence at a special session of The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee this afternoon (Tuesday 24 November) on puppy smuggling.  EFRA announced the one-off evidence session at the end of last week. It explored how demand for dogs in the UK has surged as a result of Covid-19 lockdown measures, further…

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Transport

 

EU Hydrogen Strategy

At the webinar organised by the Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (TEN), EESC members point out that the contribution of civil society will be fundamental for the future of the EU’s hydrogen strategy. Developing a renewable hydrogen ecosystem is a key priority for achieving the European Green Deal, but the social…

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New Approach to Space

Athena, the UK’s new national team in space, formed by Serco, Inmarsat, CGI UK and Lockheed Martin UK, has today published a report with support from Bryce Space and Technology that showcases the opportunities available to the UK through growth in its space sector and how to seize the moment to do so. Ahead of…

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Borrell speaks with Bourita and Boukadoum about El Guergerat

The High Representative Josep Borrell met earlier today (November 15) with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Morocco Nasser Bourita and of Algeria Sabri Boukadoum, to learn about the latest developments in the El Guerguerat area, following recent events. The High Representative recalled on this occasion the EU’s full support for the…

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Technology

 

Using the Cloud

According to figures released today by Citriz, nearly half (47%) of UK police forces are currently using a hybrid-cloud model to access and manage their data, which is more than double since 2019, when the total stood at just 21%. This new data was obtained through a Freedom of Information (FoI) request, issued to 48…

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Vodafone Aims for Net Zero Emissions by 2040

Vodafone, the largest mobile and fixed network operator in Europe, says it has committed to reducing the company’s total global carbon emissions to ‘net zero’ by 2040. It also confirmed on 23 November that its 2030 carbon reduction targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative as in line with reductions required to keep…

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New Approach to Space

Athena, the UK’s new national team in space, formed by Serco, Inmarsat, CGI UK and Lockheed Martin UK, has today published a report with support from Bryce Space and Technology that showcases the opportunities available to the UK through growth in its space sector and how to seize the moment to do so. Ahead of…

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