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

 

Copyright Directive will make Internet Ready for the Future

Copyright Directive will make Internet Ready for the Future

Developers of creative content and news publishers will be empowered to negotiate with internet giants thanks to new copyright rules which also contain safeguards on freedom of expression. MEPs adopted the directive in plenary by 348 votes in favour, 274 against and 36 abstentions. This marks the end of the legislative process for the European…

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EU Strengthening Cybersecurity

Strengthening EU Cybersecurity

Multiple challenges in strengthening EU cybersecurity remain despite the progress made, according to a new Briefing Paper from the European Court of Auditors. As the risk of falling victim to cybercrime or a cyberattack increases, it is essential to build resilience through strengthening governance, raising skills and awareness, and improving coordination, say the auditors. They…

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European Parliament Elections

European Parliament Elections At Risk Of Attack

This week in Strasbourg the European Parliament strongly condemned states that seek to undermine European democracy through disinformation campaigns and fake news in a resolution adopted overwhelmingly in plenary. Commenting on the Resolution, President Tajani stated: “Voter participation is the lifeblood of democracy. To express their right to vote, citizens must have complete and accurate…

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Economy

 

Survey shows strong support for Aliyev’s policies

As EU-Azerbaijan Partnership Strengthens, survey shows strong support for Aliyev’s policies 

More than 90 percent of the text of the new EU-Azerbaijan trade and political agreement deal is already agreed, it has been revealed. The news, which emerged from this week’s Azerbaijan-EU Cooperation Council in Brussels, coincides with publication of a new survey by a French pollster showing that over 85% of those polled appraised  Azerbaijani…

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Russia's role in tax avoidance

Russia’s role in tax avoidance, tax evasion and money laundering

“Abolish Golden Visa schemes, step up the fight against money laundering, collaborate more closely to fight tax avoidance and tax fraud and update tax regimes to the age of digitalisation. These are the main conclusions the EPP Group draws from the work of the Special Committee on Financial Crimes, Tax Evasion and Tax Avoidance”, according…

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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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Energy

 

Exxon Mobil Staff Denied EP Lobbyist Badges

A respected international academic has questioned the legality of removing parliamentary passes for ExxonMobil employees. It comes after the Greens/EFA group in parliament claimed that ExxonMobil refused to attend a recent parliamentary hearing on the company’s alleged role in funding climate change denial. The group sent a letter to Parliament’s President Antonio Tajani and the…

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Bitter Lemons

Bitter Lemons

Cyprus emerged as the number one issue on the international political arena recently, writes Leyla Tavsonoglu. The Greek Cypriot Government, enjoying the full benefits of being the sole EU member of the island, disregarding the Turkish Cypriot side, in partnership with Israel and Egypt, continues drilling for natural gas and oil on the Cypriot continental shelf. …

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Partnership ACP and EU in Fight Against Climate Change

ACP and EU join forces in Fight Against Climate Change

MEPs and African, Caribbean and Pacific MPs discussed the future of the partnership and agreed to enhance support for education and the fight against climate change. During the 37th session of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), which took place from 18 to 20 March in Bucharest, Members of the European Parliament and their counterparts from 78…

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Environment

 

Greta Thunberg calls on EP to take drastic action to save the planet

The 16-year old Swede, who inspired the worldwide “School Strike For Climate” movement, addressed MEPs in an Environment Committee meeting in Strasbourg on Tuesday. In her opening statement, Greta Thunberg called for “permanent and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” to combat the breakdown of the climate and eco systems. This includes reducing CO2…

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Exxon Mobil Staff Denied EP Lobbyist Badges

A respected international academic has questioned the legality of removing parliamentary passes for ExxonMobil employees. It comes after the Greens/EFA group in parliament claimed that ExxonMobil refused to attend a recent parliamentary hearing on the company’s alleged role in funding climate change denial. The group sent a letter to Parliament’s President Antonio Tajani and the…

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Partnership ACP and EU in Fight Against Climate Change

ACP and EU join forces in Fight Against Climate Change

MEPs and African, Caribbean and Pacific MPs discussed the future of the partnership and agreed to enhance support for education and the fight against climate change. During the 37th session of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), which took place from 18 to 20 March in Bucharest, Members of the European Parliament and their counterparts from 78…

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Healthcare

 

Expert Group set to meet to discuss delay to EU’s tobacco traceability system

Expert Group set to meet to discuss delay to EU’s tobacco traceability system

A Commission Expert Group, including representatives of the executive’s health directorate and member states, will meet on Friday to discuss the EU’s tobacco traceability system. A European Union directive requires member states to gradually introduce systems providing for tobacco traceability and security from May 20. With concern mounting about the likelihood of member states meeting the…

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Taiwan should have a seat in the World Health Assembly

Taiwan should have a seat in the World Health Assembly

Taiwan should be allowed to participation in global bodies such as the World Health Assembly (WHA), according to the country’s representative to the EU and Belgium. Speaking exclusively to this website, Harry Tseng appealed to countries to voice support for Taiwan’s involvement in such organisations, despite the ongoing opposition from China. He admitted that while Taiwan’s participation at…

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Human Rights for people

More accessible products and services for disabled and elderly people 

Key products and services, such as smartphones, ATMs, ticketing machines and banking services, will be made more accessible to people with disabilities. The European Accessibility Act (EAA), approved by Parliament with 613 votes to 23, with 36 abstentions on Wednesday, aims to improve the daily lives of disabled and elderly people, also opening the door…

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Investment

 

EIB investment €2.4 bn

EIB approves €2.4 bn investment

The Board of Directors of the European Investment Bank (EIB) has this week approved a total of €2.4 billion of new financing to improve public services, upgrade infrastructure and strengthen private sector investment. ·     €905 million new financing for rail and road transport projects across Europe ·     €1 billion for business investment and corporate…

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Future Investment in EU Regions

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

 

The story of Mukhtar Ablyazov

Wanted Man – The story of Mukhtar Ablyazov

Mukhtar Ablyazov, has been described by the British press as “the world’s richest fraudster” . His story begins in 1963 in a modest village in the southern region of Kazakhstan, and it takes us across continents, through bedrooms and boardrooms, courtrooms and prison cells, to the lofty heights of the U.S. Presidency. This book, subtitled…

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Copyright Directive will make Internet Ready for the Future

Copyright Directive will make Internet Ready for the Future

Developers of creative content and news publishers will be empowered to negotiate with internet giants thanks to new copyright rules which also contain safeguards on freedom of expression. MEPs adopted the directive in plenary by 348 votes in favour, 274 against and 36 abstentions. This marks the end of the legislative process for the European…

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Green Card ring fence citizens rights post Brexit?

Could an #EUGreenCard ring fence citizens rights post Brexit?

MEPs from the Constitutional Affairs Committee of the European Parliament have held a hearing to discuss a proposal to ring fence the status and the rights of EU27citizens in the UK and Britons in Europe post Brexit. The proposal to introduce an #EUGreen Card was drawn up by Roger Casale, former Labour MP and founder of the…

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Trade

 

Survey shows strong support for Aliyev’s policies

As EU-Azerbaijan Partnership Strengthens, survey shows strong support for Aliyev’s policies 

More than 90 percent of the text of the new EU-Azerbaijan trade and political agreement deal is already agreed, it has been revealed. The news, which emerged from this week’s Azerbaijan-EU Cooperation Council in Brussels, coincides with publication of a new survey by a French pollster showing that over 85% of those polled appraised  Azerbaijani…

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Partnership ACP and EU in Fight Against Climate Change

ACP and EU join forces in Fight Against Climate Change

MEPs and African, Caribbean and Pacific MPs discussed the future of the partnership and agreed to enhance support for education and the fight against climate change. During the 37th session of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), which took place from 18 to 20 March in Bucharest, Members of the European Parliament and their counterparts from 78…

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Illegal trade in ivory

EU urged to do more to tackle illegal trade in ivory

EU environment ministers are holding talks in the hope of agreeing a proposal for further ivory trade restrictions in the next two weeks to be presented at the CoP in Sri Lanka in May. Ahead of that meeting, the EU is being urged to “be brave” and close its markets now like other nations including…

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Transport

 

New Investment in Air Freight Services

New Investment in Air Freight Services at Brussels Airport

One of the world’s largest air services providers, dnata, has increased its global footprint by opening a new cargo centre at Brussels Airport. The company’s expansion into the Belgian capital represents an investment of €8 million and creates up to 100 local jobs with the company. Its new facility, which covers an area of 14,000…

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Greater priority for Maritime Transport

CPMR Calls for greater priority for Maritime Transport

The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) has welcomed initial steps taken by the European legislators to acknowledge territorial cohesion as an objective of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) after 2020. However, the CPMR is concerned that the three co-legislators have failed to fully recognise the importance of maritime transport in CEF. The European Parliament’s…

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EIB investment €2.4 bn

EIB approves €2.4 bn investment

The Board of Directors of the European Investment Bank (EIB) has this week approved a total of €2.4 billion of new financing to improve public services, upgrade infrastructure and strengthen private sector investment. ·     €905 million new financing for rail and road transport projects across Europe ·     €1 billion for business investment and corporate…

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Technology

 

Prospects on Ukraine’s Nuclear Market

European Prospects on Ukraine’s Nuclear Market

Efforts to combat corruption in Ukraine’s public procurement have started to bear fruit as the new electronic online system “ProZorro” has become increasingly effective and competent, writes James Wilson.  According to Ukrainian law all public procurement tenders must be offered on “ProZorro” which guarantees transparency and the openness of competitive bids in the procurement of…

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Nick Clegg Facebook

Nick Clegg Challenged To Tackle Facebook “Fake News” Ahead of EU Elections

Facebook’s global affairs boss Sir Nick Clegg has been challenged to tackle the spread of ‘fake news’ on Facebook ahead of vital European elections, writes James Wilson. Catherine Stihler, chief executive of Open Knowledge International and a former MEP, has written to the former UK Deputy Prime Minister to request more transparency from Facebook and…

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