From the capitals

Economy & Jobs 14-06-2021

A historic day for children growing up in poverty in the EU

Today marks a historic day for the rights of the millions of children growing up in poverty in the EU, as the EU launches an unprecedented revolutionary framework to tackle child poverty and social exclusion, write Anita Bay Bundergaard and Jana Hainsworth.
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Politics 14-06-2021

The great political contest begins

On Tuesday 15 June, the first Summit of the Ibero-American Political Action Group ECR Eurolat will open in Brussels.
Economy & Jobs 14-06-2021

The new kid on the EU bond block

The European Union is set to become the continent’s largest supranational bond issuer within the next five years as a result of its SURE and NextGeneration programmes, aimed at helping the bloc’s economies recover from the damage caused by the COVID–19 pandemic.

The Parliament and the Rule of Law: an elephant in a china shop

The European Parliament is going beyond its mandate in its pursuit of punishment for Hungary, writes Judit Varga.

An ETS for transport and buildings is essential

An EU-wide emissions trading system for the transport and building sectors would secure the financing of low carbon solutions and support lower-income households and member states through the redistribution of carbon pricing revenues, argue Matthias Buck and Andreas Graf.
Health 14-06-2021

MEP: Clear EU definition of plasma would pave way for better awareness

Communication about the importance of plasma donations can be improved by focusing on a clear definition in the EU legislation, ensuring that more awareness is raised about the role it plays in producing life-saving medical products, a centre-right EU lawmaker told EURACTIV.
Economy & Jobs 14-06-2021

Portugal investors demand bank bond money back or will boycott European fund

A group of international institutional investors coordinated by the Attestor Capital fund, on the hook for €2 billion in the Banco Espírito Santo case, want the European Commission to settle the case, warning that otherwise, they will not fund the post-pandemic economic recovery.
Health 14-06-2021

Media Partnership – How to address the unmet needs of rare disease patients by transforming the European OMP landscape

The European Expert Group on Orphan Drug Incentives (OD Expert Group) has been established to discuss and bring forward innovative proposals to stimulate innovation and foster research into therapies for rare diseases.
Health 14-06-2021

Media Partnership – Towards Zero Pollution: Measuring Citizens’ Health and Well-Being

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of the interlinkages between the degradation of our environment and the health of our societies.
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Destination net-zero in Europe – Accelerating the energy transition with the combination of renewables and gas turbine technology

The European Union has committed to reach climate neutrality by 2050 and meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement. Achieving this ambitious but necessary objective means redefining its energy system.
Circular economy 14-06-2021

Rare earth metals at the heart of China’s rivalry with US, Europe

What if China were to cut off the United States and Europe from access to rare minerals that are essential to electric vehicles, wind turbines and drones?
Europe's East 14-06-2021

Ukraine’s president thanks G7 nations for support

Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, thanked the G7 group of wealthy industrial nations on Sunday (13 June) after it voiced support for Kyiv and called on Russia to withdraw troops and weapons from near Ukraine’s eastern border.
Politics 14-06-2021

LEAK: What NATO allies will decide in Brussels

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Austria teaming up with Greece on migration matters, Hungary's parliament preparing to pass a Russian-style LGBTQI bill, and so much more.
Energy 14-06-2021

EU countries agree to prolong funding for selected gas projects, with caveats

European Union energy ministers on Friday (11 June) agreed to prolong EU support for some cross-border natural gas projects, despite a push from 11 countries and the European Commission who said such funding should end to comply with climate change goals.
Brexit 14-06-2021

UK’s sausage row with EU goes from bad to wurst

UK anger with Europe sizzled on Sunday (13 June) after a sausage-themed dispute between the British and French leaders over post-Brexit trading arrangements in Northern Ireland.
Global Europe 14-06-2021

Israel’s Netanyahu ousted as ‘change’ coalition forms new government

A motley alliance of Israeli parties on Sunday (13 June) ended Benjamin Netanyahu's 12 straight years as prime minister, as parliament voted in a new government led by his former ally, right-wing Jewish nationalist Naftali Bennett.
Climate change 14-06-2021

Understanding the new ‘normal’: putting climate change into perspective

What does it mean when someone tells us that this spring has been unusually cold? How should we interpret the news that snowfall from the past winter was not typical? In fact, what is perceived as normal depends on perspective, writes Andreas Hoy.
Economy & Jobs 14-06-2021

Bundestag adopts supply chain law tackling human rights abuses

The German Bundestag has adopted the Due Diligence in Supply Chains Law that will force companies to respect human rights in their supply chains, despite opposition from some political parties and industry
Climate change 14-06-2021

G7 pledge cooperation on carbon leakage as EU border tariff looms

The Group of Seven leaders on Sunday (13 June) pledged to work together to tackle carbon leakage, weeks before the European Union is due to propose a world-first plan to impose CO2 emission costs on imports of certain polluting goods.
Politics 14-06-2021

Thousands rally in Madrid against pardons for Catalan separatists

Thousands of people gathered in Madrid on Sunday (13 June) to protest against pardons the Spanish government is poised to grant to 12 Catalan separatist leaders serving sentences of between 9 and 13 years in prison for their roles in an unauthorised independence referendum.
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Digital & Media 14-06-2021

Beyond the Mobile Phone – Leveraging 5G for Automotive

France Brevets, Eurecom, IMT and Qualcomm hosted a conference together to share the success of their multilateral collaboration. They brought together technology experts, academic researchers and intellectual property professionals to discuss the exciting digital transformation of auto by 5G. For...
Eastern Europe 14-06-2021

Georgian mediation obtains the release of 15 Armenian POWs by Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan on Saturday (12 June) released to Armenia 15 prisoners of war captured last year during hostilities over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, under a deal mediated by Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and saluted by the US and the EU.
Global Europe 14-06-2021

Biden suggests ‘autocrat’ Putin’s Russia might be weaker than it seems

US President Joe Biden said that "autocrat" Vladimir Putin was right to say that relations were at their lowest point though he suggested that Russia might be weaker than it seemed and that Moscow had overreached in the Middle East.
Global Europe 14-06-2021

‘Intense’ Iran nuclear talks resume as Germany calls for rapid progress

Indirect talks between Tehran and Washington on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal resumed in Vienna on Saturday (12 June) as the European Union said negotiations were "intense" and Germany called for rapid progress.

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