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Europe's East 25-09-2020

Ukraine conference flops after controversial judge prompts EU no show

EU policymakers and civil servants cancelled their participation in an online conference dedicated to Ukraine when they learned the day before that a controversial high-ranking judge would sit on the Kyiv panel, EURACTIV has learned.
Climate change 25-09-2020

The Brief, powered by ESA – China’s climate gift

EU climate diplomacy is mostly geared towards convincing big polluting countries to go green. This week, that partly paid off when China pledged to go carbon-neutral by 2060, which may even help Europe be more environmentally ambitious.
Global Europe 25-09-2020

Greece short of friends in Europe as Erdogan steps up pressure

The decision to postpone the EU council meeting solved – for the time being – one thorny EU question, writes Denis MacShane. What to do about Turkey’s new Sultan Erdogan and his non-stop aggression against EU member states, and core EU values?
Non-discrimination 25-09-2020

Police association head: ‘Zero tolerance’ for right-wing extremism

The recent discovery of right-wing police chat groups has led many to ask how these tendencies in the police force can be counteracted. Oliver von Dobrowolski, head of the PolizeiGrün, discussed potential ideas for reform.
Non-discrimination 25-09-2020

Handbook on the racial equality directive

This Handbook on the Racial Equality Directive was drafted in response to a lack of awareness on the topic of non-discrimination – the rights, bodies and redress mechanisms - and an unclear understanding of what discrimination really means.
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Agrifood 25-09-2020

DRS has the potential to deliver full circularity for beverage packaging in the EU

EFBW and UNESDA are calling for a wide deployment of well-designed deposit return systems to meet the collection and rPET targets of the EU Single Use Plastics Directive. Read here the 6 fundamental design criteria they believe will improve DRS efficiency.  Perhaps you could use this illustration below?
Agrifood 25-09-2020

Agrifood Brief: A State of the Agricultural Union

Welcome to EURACTIV's AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU.
Digital 25-09-2020

Digital Brief: EU/UK data transfers, EU police facial recognition, dark web

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “While the UK applies EU data protection rules during the transition period, certain aspects of its system may change...

Cyprus watchdog raps cash-for-passport process

Cyprus's audit office said on Thursday (24 September) thousands of passports could have been granted without proper authorisation under the island's citizenship-for-investment scheme - a programme critics fear could be used by money-launderers and other criminals.
Climate change 25-09-2020

Kenya’s WTO candidate says she will focus on climate change if selected

Kenya's candidate to become the next head of the World Trade Organisation pledged on Thursday to integrate climate change issues into the WTO agenda if selected.
Agrifood 25-09-2020

EU farmers boss: Farm to Fork to be revised, if negative impact was proved

The European Commission's new food policy should be reviewed if a future impact assessment shows that it will negatively affect farmers, the newly-elected chair of farmers association COPA, Christiane Lambert, told EURACTIV.com.
EU-China 25-09-2020

Chinese business group reacts to EU plan against state-backed foreign buyers

The European Commission's plan to fence off the EU's industrial crown jewels from state-backed foreign buyers may breach WTO rules, lobbying group the China Chamber of Commerce to the EU said in its feedback on the proposal.
Climate change 25-09-2020

UN, Britain plan online climate summit in December

The United Nations and Britain will host an online climate summit in December, the fifth anniversary of the Paris climate agreement, in a last-ditch bid to have countries meet a deadline to upgrade their emissions-cutting pledges.
Politics 25-09-2020

German intelligence chief quits over rising far-right extremism

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the political spat between the UK and Italy, Germany's military agency head resigning, and so much more.
Coronavirus 25-09-2020

EU warns virus epidemic worsening, as restrictions ramp up

The European Union raised the alarm on Thursday (24 September) over the coronavirus pandemic, saying it is worse now than at the March peak in several member countries, as governments in Europe and beyond reimpose drastic measures.

Bulgaria smells ‘hybrid operations’ under COVID-19 cover

The COVID-19 crisis has been used as a cover for hybrid operations in the EU, the Bulgarian Interior Ministry stated on Thursday (24 September). EURACTIV Bulgaria reports.
Enlargement 25-09-2020

Why is recent Serbia-Kosovo agreement no good news for Western Balkans?

The Serbian leadership signed an agreement in Washington in order to advance the achievement of the so-called “Serbian world", and that risks opening the Pandora's box in the whole region of the Western Balkans, writes Filip Milacic.
Energy 25-09-2020

Meeting the 2030 emissions targets: Mission possible?

Meeting the European Commission’s proposed climate target for 2030 will require a step change in emission reduction – nearly trebling the existing effort – and a considerable ramp up in renewable energy production, write Mike Parr and Gabriel Benchetrit.
Global Europe 25-09-2020

Cambodia’s textile industry takes EU to court in bid to restore trade perks

Cambodia's garment manufacturers association has brought up a case against the European Commission at the EU court of justice following the withdrawal of duty-free and quota-free access to the EU market over the summer.
Global Europe 25-09-2020

EU mission visits Venezuela in run-up to parliamentary vote

The European Union has sent a mission to Venezuela in the run-up to parliamentary election scheduled for December, the EU said, as the country prepares for a vote that will likely be boycotted by much of the population.
Global Europe 25-09-2020

Cyprus says committed to reunification talks, but not at gunpoint

Cyprus is committed to reunification talks with estranged Turkish Cypriots but not at gunpoint, its president said on Thursday (24 September) on a dispute which has deepened Greece-Turkey tensions and stymied European Union policy-making on Belarus.
Politics 25-09-2020

Tweets of the Week: Migration Pact, Council Cancellation, Kent’s Brexit Border

Does anyone know what the Migration Pact meant? European Council cancellation letters are sent, and Brexit means there’ll be a hard border in Kent.
Economy & Jobs 25-09-2020

Will environmental failings bring down the EU-Mercosur deal?

It’s taken 20 years to build but Europe’s trade deal with the ‘Mercosur’ group of South American countries is looking increasingly like a rush job – with its environmental and social aspects the most shoddy, writes Amandine Van der Berghe....
Energy 25-09-2020

Poland should not phase out coal before 2060, unions say

Poland should not phase out coal before 2060, mining trade unions said on Thursday (24 September), as talks with the government continued on the restructuring of the industry, which generates most of the country's electricity.

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