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Global Europe 06-07-2022

Kremlin slams Japan’s ‘unfriendly’ stance amid oil price cap talk

The Kremlin criticised Japan on Wednesday (6 July)  over what it called a "very unfriendly position" towards Russia, saying this hampered the development of economic relations, including in energy.
Technology 06-07-2022

Germany urged to fight labour shortage by welcoming Russian IT workers

Digital association Bitkom is calling on the German government to quickly launch the "#greencard22" programme aimed at facilitating the emigration of IT specialists from Russia and Belarus as long as they do not pose a security risk.
Technology 06-07-2022

Czech EU presidency proposes compromise text on the Chips Act

The Czech EU Council presidency has put forward a compromise text on the Chips Act, obtained by EURACTIV, pitching changes to the scope, requirements for special facilities, consortia setup, crisis monitoring and response.
Central Asia 06-07-2022

Russia shuts down terminal after Kazakhstan offers to send more oil to the EU

A Russian court closed a key oil terminal for the export of Kazakh oil on 6 July, two days after the President of Kazakhstan told Council President Charles Michel that his country is ready to send more oil to the EU.

The Green Brief: A French miracle on climate?

Greetings and welcome to EURACTIV’s Green Brief. Below you’ll find the latest roundup of news covering energy & environment from across Europe. You can subscribe to the weekly newsletter here. The French presidency had to perform one last miracle, said...

‘Moment of truth’: EU’s ‘green’ gas and nuclear investment rules head for final vote

A European Union plan to label investments in natural gas and nuclear power plants as climate-friendly will be put to a final vote on Wednesday (6 July) when lawmakers decide whether to accept or reject proposals that have divided governments and investors.
Global Europe 06-07-2022

Kyiv asks Turkey to probe three more Russian ships it alleges transported stolen grain

Ukraine has asked Turkey to help investigate three Russian-flagged ships as part of Kyiv’s efforts to probe what it alleges is the theft of grain from Russian-occupied territory, according to official documents.

Foreigners look to invest in Hungarian real estate as national currency weakens

Foreign investors are increasingly interested in purchasing Hungarian property after the country’s national currency, the forint, rapidly depreciated, Telex reported. In just a few months, the forint has lost ten per cent of its value against the euro, making Hungarian real...
Global Europe 06-07-2022

Heavy fighting, widespread shelling in battle for Donetsk

Russian troops are engaged in heavy fighting supported by widespread artillery fire as they launch a major offensive for Ukraine's Donetsk region, Ukrainian officials said on 5 July, a day after Moscow declared victory in the neighbouring province of Luhansk.
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Health 06-07-2022

Ride for Vape – 700 km by bike for education about e-cigarettes

Last Saturday in Turin: Two professionally equipped and very well prepared cyclists started a long journey through Italy and Switzerland to Strasbourg. The 700 km tour across the Alps was anything but a pleasure trip. The riders have a mission....
Europe's East 06-07-2022

West urges Russia and Belarus removal from sport governing boards

Western powers on Tuesday (5 July) called for international sport federations to remove state-affiliated Russians and Belarusians over the Ukraine invasion, after leading events already banned their athletes.
Politics 05-07-2022

The Brief – Macron 2.0 goes Bland on Bland

There’s always electricity in the air when a new government is announced in France. Analysts try to bring to light the symbolism of each nomination and search for political wizardry in every decision. Journalists refresh their address books.
Technology 05-07-2022

French ‘trusted cloud’ label does not bother US tech giants

US tech giants are not letting France's revisited "trusted cloud" label - awarded to companies granting greater protection to users, including the guarantee that US law will not apply abroad - get in the way of their aspirations.
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Cities & regions 05-07-2022

Meeting Mayor Klitschko in Kyiv was a true experience: local leaders don’t hide

When I found myself seating at the same table with Mr Vitali Klitschko in a rooftop restaurant in Kyiv last June, I was able to measure both the charisma and authenticity of the multiple world boxing champion and current Mayor of Kyiv.

Packaging: The fibre edition

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Industries involved in forestry, pulp, paper, board and carton production have touted their green credentials, saying they are the only ones to propose packaging which is truly renewable as well as recyclable.
Circular economy 05-07-2022

Recycling cannot meet 100% of demand for packaging, EU official cautions

While the European Commission aims to encourage the use of recycled materials in its upcoming packaging law, it also recognises that recycling has its limits and cannot meet all the demand.
Circular economy 05-07-2022

Fibre packaging boss: ‘We are looking to keep fossils in the ground’

Makers of cartonboard, corrugated board, and other wood fibre-based packaging are campaigning to get the renewability and recyclability of their product recognised under EU law. They also warn against EU plans to introduce mandatory recycled content targets for new products, saying this could "disrupt a system that is already working very effectively".
Energy 05-07-2022

Europe urged to invest in LNG infrastructure as winter gas crisis looms

Network operators have called for investments in liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure in order to prevent supply shortages as gas flows from Russia hit record lows ahead of a scheduled ten-day maintenance of the Nord Stream 1 pipeline.

Suspect confesses to killing Caruana Galizia, says hit was ‘just business’

The man accused of detonating a car bomb that killed a prominent Maltese journalist has confessed to the crime in an interview with a Reuters reporter and says he will soon implicate others in plotting to assassinate her.
Agrifood 05-07-2022

Food security top of Czech Presidency agrifood priorities

Food security will be the key shaping force of the agrifood priorities of the incoming Czech Presidency, featuring on the agenda of all meetings of EU agriculture ministers over the next six months.
Technology 05-07-2022

Commissioner hints at enforcement details as EU Parliament adopts DSA and DMA

The EU Parliament adopted voted to adopt the DMA and DSA with a broad majority on Tuesday (5 July). On the same day, Commissioner Thierry Breton provided a ‘sneak peek’ into how the new rules will be enforced.
Arctic Agenda 05-07-2022

Russia’s speaker asks parliament to look at scrapping Norway sea treaty

The speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament asked a senior lawmaker on Tuesday (5 July) to look into scrapping a treaty that establishes the country's maritime border with NATO member Norway.

EU lawmakers fear unrest after Council dashes ‘social’ Fit for 55 hopes

Lawmakers expressed fears of 'brewing social unrest' akin to that of the Yellow Vests movement after the Council further reduced Parliament's 'already watered down' measures aimed at balancing the social impacts of the EU's Fit for 55 package.

Kyiv calls on EU to ‘positively consider’ green label for gas, nuclear

The Ukrainian energy ministry has weighed into the debate over the EU’s sustainable finance taxonomy by calling on the European Parliament to support plans to label nuclear and gas as green energy sources.

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