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Coronavirus 18-06-2021

The Brief, powered by ITI – Defeat in vaccine victory

In the innocent pre-pandemic world, who would have imagined that the EU would one day sue a pharmaceutical giant for not delivering on a contract for 300 million vaccine doses?
Future EU 18-06-2021

Citizens not satisfied with EU’s current state, say MEPs

With the first plenary of the Conference on the Future of Europe on Saturday (19 June) designed to have EU citizen participation at its core, some MEPs believe the event could be a catalyst to change the bloc's treaties, while others hope citizens are not used as political pawns. .
Health 18-06-2021

Europe’s ‘decade of the kidney’

From improving the availability of all treatment options to the development of home therapy and telemedicine, there are many challenges that need to be addressed by the end of the decade to better the lives of chronic kidney disease patients....
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5G 18-06-2021

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...
Global Europe 18-06-2021

Time for transatlantic leadership on refugee resettlement

As numbers of displaced people across the world reach an all-time high, it’s time to restore transatlantic leadership on refugee resettlement, writes David Miliband.
Global Europe 18-06-2021

Global Europe Brief: Europe’s Biden lessons

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU from a global perspective.
Health 18-06-2021

Patient autonomy, education must be priorities for tackling kidney disease

With incidences of kidney disease predicted to soar in the next decade, health stakeholders are calling for more efforts to ensure patient autonomy and invest in training for both practitioners and patients.
Central Asia 18-06-2021

Kazakhstan says it has upper hand in multi-billion legal case

Legal representatives for the government of Kazakhstan have told EURACTIV they believe the Central Asian country has gained the upper hand in a long-running legal battle surrounding what they called "one of the biggest frauds in the history of international arbitration".
Brexit 18-06-2021

UK suffers ‘disaster’ £2bn drop in EU exports

In the first three months of this year, the UK food and drink sector has taken a £2 billion hit in lost exports to the EU, described by the industry as a ‘disaster’, according to new figures published on Friday (18 June).
Data protection 18-06-2021

How Europol’s reform enables ‘NSA-style’ surveillance operations

“More than 100 million”. That’s the number of encrypted messages that French and Dutch law enforcement announced they had collected after infiltrating Encrochat in 2020, a company selling encrypted communication services and devices.
Data protection 18-06-2021

Digital Brief powered by ITI: EU-US summit, no one-stop shop, UK adequate

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.     “The US and the EU share the same values around privacy, its protection and democracies and open society, which...
Health 18-06-2021

Research on medical cannabis still has funding problems

Research on cannabis-based medicine is still lagging behind in Germany, despite the country has one of the most developed regulatory frameworks for medical marijuana in the European Union.
China 18-06-2021

Pacific undersea cable project sinks after US warns against Chinese bid

A World Bank-led project declined to award a contract to lay sensitive undersea communications cables after Pacific island governments heeded US warnings that participation of a Chinese company posed a security threat, two sources told Reuters.
Economy & Jobs 18-06-2021

Europeans struggle for unity on global tax drive

EU finance ministers worked Thursday (17 June) to find European unity on striking an international deal on taxation, with low-tax countries Ireland and Hungary needing cajoling to stay on board.
Coronavirus 18-06-2021

Lisbon residents confined to region at weekends as COVID spikes

Residents of the Lisbon region will not be allowed to leave the area at weekends as authorities scramble to control a spike in COVID-19 infections, the government said on Thursday (17 June).
Energy 18-06-2021

‘Hydrogen valley’ projects sprout up across Europe

Projects to create a full hydrogen value chain combining production, infrastructure and use all in one region are sprouting up across Europe, but more needs to be done to accelerate their development, according to supporters.
China 18-06-2021

Draghi takes distance from Russia and China, anchors Italy to the West

Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi has clearly aligned his country with the EU and the Atlantic alliance, with strongly worded messages at the recent G7 and NATO summits that end his predecessors’ ambiguous position towards Russia and China. After years...
Politics 18-06-2021

Tweets of the Week: Biden Trip, LGBTQI bill, EURO 2020

EU-US relations are seriously rocking, Hungary’s anti-gay law is absolutely shocking and hurrah for the Euros, bring on the mocking!
Enlargement 18-06-2021

EU-Serbia: A stagnation comfortable for both sides

No progress in Serbia’s EU integration process appears to be a solution that fits both the EU side which is increasingly critical toward the authoritarian trends in Belgrade and the lack of progress with Kosovo, and the ruling bloc in Belgrade which doesn’t see EU relations as important for its voters, writes BETA agency.

Turkey hosts 15% of world’s refugees, UN report finds

Turkey continued to be the largest refugee hosting country in the world, accounting for nearly 3.7 million refugees, or 15% of all people displaced across borders globally, according to a new report published on Friday by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). 
Banking union 18-06-2021

Eurogroup fails to agree on a calendar to complete banking union

Eurozone finance ministers (Eurogroup) failed to agree on Thursday (17 June) on a calendar to complete the banking union with a common deposit insurance scheme, as Germany continued to oppose any progress unless member states address other issues, including bank exposure to sovereign debt.

Creative Europe programme to provide €2.5bn funding for culture sector

European Commissioner for Innovation and Research, Mariya Gabriel, has said that the Creative Europe 2021-2027 programme will focus on the "economic sustainability" and the "digital inclusion" of the cultural and creative sectors by funding projects for specific challenges.
Economy & Jobs 18-06-2021

COVID-19 triggers ‘demographic tragedy’ in Spain

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating not only for the Spanish economy but also, and above all, in terms of human lives: since March 2020 Spain’s mortality rate increased by 17%, with 492,930 new deaths directly or partially related to the pandemic, a historic mark not seen in the Iberian country since 1941.
Climate change 18-06-2021

Climate finance remains a stumbling block on way to COP26

As world leaders prepare for the COP26 climate summit hosted by the UK in November, international finance to help poorer countries tackle climate change remains a key barrier – and the recent summit between the world's seven richest nations did not bring a solution.

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