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Global Europe 28-01-2022

The Brief — Wanted: A grown–up debate on migration

Stop the press; migration from the Middle East and North Africa into Europe is not going to end.
Health 28-01-2022

French presidency to work on ‘European Hospital’ label project

French Health Minister Olivier Véran detailed the key health priorities of the French EU Council presidency on Thursday (27 January), highlighting the launch of a new label called "European Hospital" to strengthen health systems and support cooperation across Europe. EURACTIV France reports.
EU-Africa 28-01-2022

EU needs to make African offer on legal migration, says Greek PM

The EU needs to look at offering African states a new regime of organised legal migration routes, alongside cooperation between both sides on security and border control management, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday (27 January).
Global Europe 28-01-2022

Putin says West has not addressed key concerns in Ukraine standoff

President Vladimir Putin said on Friday (28 January) the United States and NATO had not addressed Russia's main security demands in their standoff over Ukraine but that Moscow was ready to keep talking.
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Future EU 28-01-2022

Conference on the future of Europe: The fight over its conclusion and follow up

As the works of the Conference on the future of Europe proceed, the clashes within the Conference become apparent. The last plenary provided an interesting example and a clarifying debate. Roberto Castaldi is the editor-in-chief of EURACTIV Italy and the...
Politics 28-01-2022

Far-right AfD chief Jörg Meuthen quits party

Jörg Meuthen, the longest-serving, moderate leader of the German far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), has quit due to concerns the party is veering too far right in its ideology. 
Europe's East 28-01-2022

Ukrainian minister faults Germany, says Russia may want GDR revived

Ukraine's defence minister said on Friday (28 January) Berlin's reluctance to supply Kyiv with weapons encourages Russian aggression, and suggested Moscow may hope to revive the German Democratic Republic in eastern Germany.
Agrifood 28-01-2022

Agrifood Brief: CAP 2.0 or same old C*AP?

The UK’s departure from the EU now means that it is free to design its own menu of agricultural policies, à la carte, to replace the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). So naturally, like nosy curtain-twitching neighbours, we’re all wondering what...
Digital & Media 28-01-2022

Digital Brief powered by Facebook: WhatsApp under scrutiny, platforms vs trade unions, DSA prep talks  

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU.

MEPs ‘far away’ from an agreement on merging forest and agriculture sectors under LULUCF

EU lawmakers working on revising the land use, land-use change and forestry regulation (LULUCF) are split over the European Commission’s idea to merge the sector with the agricultural industry in the 2030s.

MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld: Efforts to defend old system in Bulgaria don’t work

In an exclusive interview, MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld shared some insights from Thursday’s European Parliament Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights Monitoring Group (DRFMG) session, which she chaired, where the Bulgarian Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev and the new Prime Minister Kiril Petkov were auditioned.
Agrifood 28-01-2022

Denormandie’s ‘climate soldiers’, reciprocity, new agri vice chair

This week, EURACTIV France's Magdalena Pistorius joins EURACTIV's agrifood team to explain how French agricultural minister Julien Denormandie's debut speech under the French presidency was received in the European Parliament.
Economy & Jobs 28-01-2022

Workers’ voice advocates: Franco-German overlap is “window of opportunity”

With France holding the EU Council presidency until July and a Social Democrat-led government in power in Germany, hopes are high in Brussels for progress on key labour-related files like the revision of the European Works Council (EWC) Directive.
Cybersecurity 28-01-2022

Hacker group threatens to leak data from France’s justice ministry

Hackers from ransomware gang Lockbit 2.0 claimed to have hacked into the French justice ministry on Thursday (27 January). They said that if the ransom is not paid by 10 February, the stolen data will be published. EURACTIV Francre reports.
Digital & Media 28-01-2022

The Vertical Block Exemption Regulation and Europe’s online markets

The VBER revision will have an important impact on online sales for the next 10 years. We discuss how the regulation will affect digital markets with Maike Jansen, public affairs advisor at Ecommerce Europe.
Circular economy 28-01-2022

Reaching critical mass: EU eyes increased collection of lightweight packaging

Getting enough volume is the first challenge for recyclers when it comes to dealing with lightweight packaging such as crisp packets and food wrappers. To boost quantities and make recycling worthwhile, the European Commission is looking at ways of harmonising waste collection across the EU.
Digital & Media 28-01-2022

French competition watchdog to look into ‘complex’ cloud sector

France's competition watchdog announced on Thursday (27 January) that it would look into the competitive functioning of the cloud market as local players accuse US tech giants of unfair practices. EURACTIV France reports.
Data protection 28-01-2022

German Supreme Court orders Facebook to allow pseudonyms

Facebook must allow the use of pseudonyms on its platform Germany's Federal Court of Justice ruled on Thursday (27 January). Until now, Facebook users were required to use their real names. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Health 28-01-2022

Commission: Pharma companies need incentives to develop orphan drugs

The market will not regulate itself when it comes to finding solutions to rare diseases, said Sandra Gallina, director at the European Commission’s DG SANTE, adding there is pressure to kickstart innovation on orphan drugs.
Health 28-01-2022

EU’s call for abortion as fundamental rights – a political bluff?

MEPs call for abortion to be included in the Charter of Fundamental Rights is supported by the French presidency, but according to an EU law expert, this is “not going to happen” - and having an anti-abortion Parliamentary president is not the only obstacle.
Digital & Media 28-01-2022

Media freedom to be focus of Czech EU Council presidency

Media freedom, particularly in Hungary and Poland, will be a key focus of the upcoming Czech European Council presidency, according to the country’s Minister for European Affairs. 
Politics 28-01-2022

Tweets of the Week: Help Ukraine, Riots in Brussels and Johnson once again

Ukraine bad news is getting us down, anti-vax rioters trash the town, and is it finally farewell to Boris the clown?
Energy 28-01-2022

Europe can only partially replace Russian gas

Russia furnishes over 40% of the natural gas Europe imports and in the event it invades Ukraine again those supplies could be at risk, throwing into question European countries's ability to keep the heat on in the dead of winter.
Global Europe 28-01-2022

No Nord Stream, no problem

With the Nord Stream 2 project, Gazprom’s goal to assert complete control over Europe’s gas supply is within reach because this geopolitically charged pipeline will destroy the existing transit ecosystem, writes Sergiy Makogon.

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