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Agrifood 29-11-2021

EU earmarks €320 million for soil health research to contribute to carbon removal

The EU is stepping up efforts on soil health research with the announcement of a new Horizon Europe mission which will also provide key funding for the promotion of carbon farming, according to a leaked draft of the EU's carbon strategy.

WHO: Real data, not ‘guess’ needed for equal access to diabetes care

Ensuring that all people diagnosed with diabetes have access to equitable, comprehensive, affordable and quality management cannot be done without the use of data, according to a World Health Organisation expert.
Non-discrimination 29-11-2021

Lack of commitment from EU countries curbs equality efforts across the bloc

European anti-discrimination strategies risk being “empty policies” unless national governments step up their game, civil society representatives have warned.
Volkswagen car factory in Wolfsburg
Economy & Jobs 29-11-2021

Socially just green transition will need better planning, says analyst

If society is serious about mitigating climate change, economies will have to be transformed within a relatively short period of time, leaving whole industries, regions and livelihoods in danger of being left behind, Claudia Detsch of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation argued in an interview with EURACTIV.
Non-discrimination 29-11-2021

EU Parliament sets out two-year diversity roadmap

The European Parliament’s leadership adopted on Monday (29 November) a two-year ‘roadmap’ through which it hopes to “intensify efforts to achieve a more inclusive administration”.
Future EU 29-11-2021

Democracy expert: CoFoE at risk of being PR exercise

The Conference for the Future of Europe is well underway. Still, concerns have been raised from the get-go that citizens' proposals might not be taken seriously or implemented fully by European lawmakers for various reasons. But there is still time to turn things around and for institutions to demonstrate they are listening to citizens, said Jonathan Moskovic in an interview with EURACTIV.

Time for Europe to tackle housing crisis, advocates say

The pandemic heightened many housing policy issues such as homelessness and affordability. Although cities and states implemented some measures to protect tenants, experts say it is time Europe develops some long term solutions.

The future of affordable housing

The affordability of housing in Europe was already a matter of concern before the coronavirus pandemic hit in 2020 and has now reached crisis proportions, campaigners say.
Future of mobility 29-11-2021

Green Deal is a historic opportunity to fix our broken transport system

Cutting-edge technology may seem to offer the mobility solutions of the future, but what is really needed is a remaking of our transport system to ensure it is accessible, affordable, and sustainable, argues Ciarán Cuffe.
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Economy & Jobs 29-11-2021

Discover FIEC Annual Report 2021!

Discover our main activities underlying the importance of FIEC as the MAIN VOICE of the Construction sector to find appropriate solutions #Sustainability #Recovery #Renovation
Digital & Media 29-11-2021

Ministers approve measures on European Research Area and innovation

EU-27 ministers in the Competitiveness Council have approved conclusions on the future governance of the European Research Area (ERA) as well as a pact on research and innovation (R&I).
Future EU 29-11-2021

CoFoE panels call for environmental education and migrant rights

Environmental education in EU schools and the migration crisis were high on the agenda of proposals suggested by citizens in the last two panels of the Conference on the Future of Europe.
Coronavirus 29-11-2021

WHO reaches draft consensus on future pandemic treaty

Member states of the World Health Organisation have reached a tentative consensus to negotiate a future agreement on preventing pandemics, bridging the gap between sides led by the European Union and United States, diplomats said on Sunday (28 November).
China 29-11-2021

Taiwan, Europe must defend democracy together, president tells visiting Baltic MPs

Taiwan and Europe must work together to defend against authoritarianism and disinformation, President Tsai Ing-wen told visiting lawmakers from the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on Monday (29 November).

Robert Habeck: Germany’s new super minister on the block

Berlin has a new strongman: the Greens’ co-chief and future vice chancellor Robert Habeck, whose pragmatism and track record in Schleswig-Holstein looks tailor-made to drive Germany’s renewable energy expansion.
Global Europe 29-11-2021

Nuclear talks resume as West asks whether Iran is serious or stalling

World powers and Iran will gather in Vienna on Monday (29 November) to try to salvage their 2015 nuclear deal, but with Tehran sticking to its tough stance and Western powers increasingly frustrated, hopes of a breakthrough appear slim.
Energy 29-11-2021

Policies to mitigate high energy prices should fast-track building renovation

It is troubling to see that buildings have been given a relatively small space in the overall strategy to combat rising energy prices, writes Oliver Rapf.
Coronavirus 29-11-2021

Omicron COVID variant shuts borders across globe

A new, heavily mutated Covid-19 variant spread across the globe on Sunday (28 November), shutting borders and renewing curbs as the EU chief said governments faced a "race against time" to understand the strain.
Global Europe 29-11-2021

Venezuela President Maduro brands EU electoral observers ‘spies’

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday (28 November) denounced members of the EU’s electoral observation mission who monitored voting last weekend as "spies," and accused them of looking to "stain" the regional elections on their preliminary report.

Surveillance plane to be deployed over Channel to monitor migrants

The EU's border agency is to deploy a plane 24-hours-a-day over the Channel coast to monitor migrant crossings, France announced Sunday (28 November) after pushing its European partners for help in cracking down on people-smuggling.
Health 29-11-2021

Alzheimer’s disease in the EU during and after pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe impact on health services across the EU and one public health condition that was sidelined, among others, was Alzheimer’s disease. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has spotted serious malfunctioning in dementia diagnosis and...
Health 29-11-2021

WHO official: COVID-19 seriously worsened dementia’s state-of-play in Europe

The COVID-19 pandemic has had and will continue to have a negative impact on people suffering from dementia, Dr Natasha Azzopardi Muscat from the World Health Organisation (WHO) told EURACTIV in an interview. 
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Energy 29-11-2021

The Energy balance and the thermal properties of glazing

To ensure a proper assessment of the energy performance of windows, heat gains (g-value) have to be considered and balanced with heat losses (u-value), to both minimize heating demand and limit cooling needs. This is the energy balance of windows.
Global Europe 29-11-2021

Classified document sheds light on US-Germany Nord Stream 2 conciliation effort

A classified document which was made public reveals how Berlin is working with Washington to avoid US sanctions over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

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