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Politics 22-10-2020

EU lawmakers call for measures to close digital gap in education deepened by COVID-19

EU lawmakers called on the member states on Thursday (22 October) to increase efforts to close the digital gap in education across the bloc, which has been deepened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Politics 22-10-2020

The Brief, powered by ECPC – A huge waste of time

Daylight savings time finishes on Sunday, reminding us that not so long ago the EU planned to do away with the biannual clock change. But if the management of the pandemic is anything to go by, you can forget about that happening anytime soon.
Agrifood 22-10-2020

The Farm to Fork is too much of a political utopia

The EU's new blueprint for sustainable food systems risks hurting both consumers and farmers, writes Bill Wirtz.
Health 22-10-2020

EU countries still puzzled over how to achieve smoking reduction

The discussion over how and whether so-called “novel products” such as e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products can help people stop smoking has been prominent in Europe in recent years. Different EU countries have adopted various approaches but there is still no overall picture of their effectiveness and their long-term health effects.
EU-Africa 22-10-2020

There’s still time to change EU-Africa agenda, say activists

As policy-makers in Brussels and Addis Ababa plough ahead with plans for what is billed as an ambitious ‘strategic partnership’ between the EU and Africa, civil society groups complain that they have been repeatedly shut out from having any influence over EU-African relations.

EU signs €100m drone contract with Airbus and Israeli arms firms

Airbus and two Israeli arms companies received €100 million to fly unmanned drones over the Mediterranean that will be used to identify boats loaded with migrants trying to reach Europe, according to the Guardian. EURACTIV Italy reports.
Energy 22-10-2020

Poland to seek EU approval for state aid to build nuclear plant

Poland will ask the European Commission to approve state aid for the construction of a nuclear power station, the minister responsible for energy infrastructure said on Thursday (22 October). “It is impossible these days to build a nuclear power plan...
Global Europe 22-10-2020

US intelligence agencies say Iran, Russia have tried to interfere in 2020 election

US Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said on Wednesday (21 October) that Russia and Iran have both tried to interfere with the 2020 presidential election.
Digital 22-10-2020

Empowering Citizens – The key to a successful digital health transformation

The COVID-19 pandemic brought to the fore the untapped potential for the deployment of digital health tools in Europe. Digital tools can empower citizens to manage their own health, allow healthcare workers to treat patients remotely, enable beneficial research efforts,...
Digital 22-10-2020

Imagining Europe’s Digital Recovery: Options for Investment

As part of her state of the union speech in September, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen noted that the EU’s recovery fund, the so-called ‘Next Generation EU’ outlay, should be spent on digital projects by member states. Questions have now...
Digital 22-10-2020

Incoming Portuguese Presidency calls for ‘significant’ investment into e-Government

The incoming Portuguese Presidency of the EU says that one of its priorities for its six-month stint chairing the EU Council is to foster the uptake of digital tools for governments across the bloc and that 'significant' funds from the EU's recovery package should be allocated to this field.

CAP will remain part of biodiversity’s myriad of funding, despite past issues

The Common Agricultural Policy, voted on this week in the European Parliament and Council, will remain by far the biggest funding source for biodiversity protection schemes at EU level, despite criticisms it has encouraged intensive and damaging farming.
Agrifood 22-10-2020

French MPs divided over green transition in CAP compromise

As EU agriculture ministers reached an agreement on Wednesday (21 October) on the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), French MPs reacted differently to the CAP's green transition. EURACTIV France reports.
Azerbaijan 22-10-2020

Flurry of meetings fails to re-assure over Nagorno-Karabakh peace settlement

Armenia’s prime minister said on Wednesday he saw no possibility of a diplomatic solution at this stage in the conflict with Azerbaijan over the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Transport 22-10-2020

EU bank urged to put brakes on Germany’s motorway millions

The European Investment Bank’s decision to loan Germany €264 million to build a new stretch of autobahn has provoked outcry from environmental activists and raised doubts about whether the Luxembourg-based lender can yet claim to be the ‘EU climate bank’.
Brexit 22-10-2020

‘Bucket of cold sick’: firms scorn UK over Brexit plans

Hammered by the coronavirus pandemic, UK businesses face a double-whammy from Brexit and are furious at the government for insisting the onus lies on them to get ready for life outside the EU.
Transport 22-10-2020

Bulgaria to challenge EU mobility package reforms in court

Bulgaria's government said Wednesday (21 October) it would challenge in court parts of a major EU-wide reform agreed earlier this year aimed at improving road hauliers' work conditions.
Politics 22-10-2020

Commission: Breton not involved in EU tender won by his former company

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about German Health Minister Jens Spahn testing positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday (21 October), why Croatian hospitals may be left without medication, and so much more.
Global Europe 22-10-2020

45 lawmakers urge US to boycott Saudi-hosted G20

Forty-five American lawmakers have urged the US government to boycott next month's G20 summit in Riyadh unless Saudi authorities address key human rights concerns, according to correspondence released Wednesday (21 October).
Brexit 22-10-2020

UK unveils new rules to bar entry to EU criminals

Britain said it would introduce new rules from January to bar entry to people from the European Union with a criminal record, meaning those from the bloc would be treated the same as the rest of the world.
Politics 22-10-2020

Rule of law warriors are not promoting European values, they’re pushing a political agenda

The idea of a rule of law mechanism in the EU is hopelessly half-baked. Rule of law warriors are unable to define or measure what they mean, they are simply waging an ideological battle, argues Zoltán Kovács.
Brexit 22-10-2020

UK-EU Brexit talks restart with just weeks to seal deal

Britain and the European Union will resume fraught post-Brexit trade talks on Thursday (22 October) after seven days lost to threats and brinkmanship, and with just weeks left to salvage an agreement.

Agroecology in Poland: A thorny path for farmers

You can read this article in Croatian, Spanish, Polish, Bulgarian, and Romanian.  The aim of agroecology, according to the declaration of the International Forum for Agroecology, is to find ways to recover the food system destroyed by industrial agriculture. But...
Economy & Jobs 22-10-2020

Over half Europe’s small firms fear for survival, survey finds

Over half the small and medium-sized companies which together provide jobs for two-thirds of European workers fear for their survival in the coming 12 months, according to a survey released by management consultancy McKinsey on Thursday (22 October).

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