Agrifood 24-01-2020

France bets on development of biocontrol to solve pesticide problem

Having struggled to reduce the use of plant protection products, France intends to work twice as hard on the development of so-called 'biocontrol' methods. Besides, it is pushing to develop more favourable rules at the European level for the industry. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 24-01-2020

EU ‘well prepared’ to deal with coronavirus, says health expert

Following the recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China, which has now infected more than 600 people and claimed the lives of 18, health authorities around the world are now mobilising to try to contain the spread of the disease.
Global Europe 24-01-2020

Bulgaria accuses two more Russian diplomats of spying

Bulgarian officials said Friday (24 January) that two Russian diplomats spied in the EU member country and would probably be expelled.
Brexit 24-01-2020

Business leaders urge UK to loosen rules on post-Brexit migration

UK business leaders have urged Boris Johnson’s government to loosen its planned rules for post-Brexit migration, notably by dropping the minimum income needed to live and work in the UK.
Climate change 24-01-2020

EU’s Timmermans detects hints of US shift on climate

There are signs US President Donald Trump is starting to engage more seriously on climate change and listening to the concerns of corporations, the European Commission's vice-president and head of its 'Green Deal' said on Thursday (23 January).

EU clarifies fossil fuel stance: ‘No lock-in into natural gas’

When European Union leaders signed off on a pledge to reach “climate neutrality” by 2050, they also eventually rang the death knell of the natural gas industry as we know it.
Agrifood 24-01-2020

Italy welcomes bioeconomy, kisses agricultural runoff goodbye

In 2017, Italy’s entire bioeconomy sector had a total turnover of €300 billion and, within 13 years, employed two million people. The country’s Bioeconomy Strategy was taken up a notch and made even more ambitious at the start of 2019. EURACTIV’s partner Agronotizie reports.
Economy & Jobs 24-01-2020

Davos 2020 diary – day #4

Welcome to Davos where the 50th edition of the World Economic Forum (WEF) is taking place on 21-25 January. Throughout the week, EURACTIV gives you a glimpse into one of the world’s most exclusive conferences where political and business leaders meet every year to discuss global economic trends.
Brexit 24-01-2020

EU chiefs sign Brexit deal ahead of parliamentary vote

Brussels' two top officials, the presidents of the European Commission and the European Council, signed off on Britain's EU divorce agreement Friday (24 January).
Transport 24-01-2020

Jeep, Suzuki models face EU ban for breaking emissions rules

Fiat Chrysler's Jeep Grand Cherokee and Suzuki's Vitara diesel models both break emissions rules and must be fixed or face a ban on sales across Europe, the Dutch road authority ruled on Thursday (23 January).

ECB’s Lagarde warns of ‘danger of doing nothing’ on climate

ECB chief Christine Lagarde on Thursday (23 January) said the bank would study what role it could play in combatting climate change as part of a major policy review, warning of "the danger of doing nothing".
Digital 24-01-2020

Soros accuses Facebook of conspiring to re-elect Trump

Speaking in Davos, billionaire and philanthropist George Soros accused Facebook of working for the re-election of US President Donald Trump, in a speech where he  also targeted “would-be dictator” Matteo Salvini as one of the biggest threats to European democracies.
Politics 24-01-2020

Germany urged to crack down on dubious party donations

Germany has made no progress in the fight against corruption in the past year, according to Transparency International. In the German context, corruption usually takes the form of party donations. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Doomsday Clock: 100 seconds until the end of the world

Since 1947, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists annually adjusts its symbolic Doomsday Clock, which indicates how close humanity and the planet are to complete disaster. This year, we're closer than ever, the scientists announced on Thursday (23 January).
Agrifood 24-01-2020

EU urged not to overlook blind people in new food labelling rules

Laura Ferrara, an Italian MEP from the anti-system Five Star Movement, urged the European Commission to improve access to food information for blind and visually impaired people when it reviews the bloc's food labelling rules in the coming months.
Politics 24-01-2020

Tweets of the Week: Night Trains, Davos, Macron in Jerusalem

Brussels gets worked up over a brand new train, too many jets at Davos the Twitterati complain, and in Jerusalem Macron puts security under strain.
Brexit 24-01-2020

Even ‘bare bones’ EU-UK deal will be complex, tough to clinch: diplomats

Wrapping up even a "bare bones" deal on the future relationship between the European Union and Britain will be fraught with complexity and, with so little time to get it done, a painful "hard" Brexit on 31 December cannot be ruled out, diplomats said.
Health 24-01-2020

Germans push back against green alternatives to artificial football pitches

The EU is considering new curbs on microplastics, a decision which could also affect the synthetic turfs of countless football pitches in Germany. Yet, replacing all surfaces by real grass, although more environmentally-friendly, is hardly feasible. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 24-01-2020

Merkel defends financial crisis management legacy before economic elite in Davos

German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her tough stand and the austere fiscal policy she pursued in response to the financial crisis that shook up the eurozone in 2008 as she addressed the World Economic Forum on Thursday (23 January).
Aviation 24-01-2020

Rome airport tests pioneering eco-friendly tarmac

Rome’s Fiumicino airport is testing a pioneering tarmac developed by an Italian company, made of a material that has twice the lifespan of traditional asphalt and is better for the environment as it uses a waste plastic.

Polish parliament approves judge ‘muzzle law’, Commission ‘very concerned’

Poland's parliament on Thursday (23 January) approved a controversial draft law aimed at disciplining judges who question government judicial reforms that the European Union says are out of step with the rule of law.
Circular economy 23-01-2020

Apple pushes back against EU common charger, warns of innovation risks

iPhone maker Apple on Thursday (23 January) pushed back against EU lawmakers’ call for a common charger, warning the move could hamper innovation, create a mountain of electronic waste and irk consumers.
Energy 23-01-2020

Transforming society’s foundations in the green transition

Over the last century, the chemical, mining and metals, and energy industries have shaped the quality of our everyday lives. Now they will have to transform again as part of the green transition. Here's how, write Roberto Bocca and Roderick Weller.
Brexit 23-01-2020

The Brief – A time for generosity

Boris Johnson will probably never be as powerful as he is now. A big majority, an opposition that is broken, possibly terminally. So he can afford a little generosity. But for the moment, unfortunately, he’s not prepared to offer it...

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