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EU-China 01-07-2022

Is China a Challenge to NATO?

At the 2022 Madrid Summit, NATO adopted a new Strategic Concept, claiming that NATO member states would work together to address the systemic challenges posed by China.
Agrifood 01-07-2022

How did the French EU presidency fare on agriculture?

As the French EU Council presidency ended on Thursday (30 June), EURACTIV France takes a look back at how the French dealt with the agriculture file during their six-month stint at the helm of the rotating EU Presidency.
Agrifood 01-07-2022

Agrifood Brief: SURprise, surprise

After weeks of teasing, the EU executive finally unveiled its long-awaited plan to revise the bloc’s plant protection product framework last week - but its presentation left more questions than answers.
Economy & Jobs 01-07-2022

Digital education key to develop responsible citizenship, experts say

Teaching students how to use digital tools and behave online is crucial to making them active, responsible citizens, according to experts who warned of the risks of the digital divide.
Energy 01-07-2022

Russia seizes control of Sakhalin gas project, raises stakes with West

President Vladimir Putin has raised the stakes in an economic war with the West with a decree that seizes full control of the Sakhalin-2 gas and oil project, a move that could force out Shell and Japanese investors.
Europe's East 01-07-2022

The Brief — The price of a promise

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen got a hero’s welcome when she addressed the Ukrainian parliament on Friday. That is no surprise; she was bearing good news after all. “Ukraine now has a very clear European perspective. It is a candidate country for the EU,” she announced.
Agrifood 01-07-2022

Moldova eyes closer agri-trade relationship with EU

After being granted EU candidate status, Moldova hopes to increase agriculture exports to the EU and to receive more support in modernising and increasing the resilience of its agriculture sector.
Technology 01-07-2022

Tech Brief: e-Evidence quasi agreement, Google account complaint, marketplace scenarios

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Tech Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “The provisional agreement reached today represents a major paradigm shift in police and judicial cooperation with service providers in...
Global Europe 01-07-2022

EU’s Takuba anti-terror force quits junta-controlled Mali

The French-led Takuba task force of EU special forces has officially ceased operating in Mali, France announced Friday (1 July), ending a year-long anti-jihadist effort that soured after two military coups overthrew the civilian government.
Global Europe 01-07-2022

Bulgaria’s outgoing PM rejects Russian ultimatum, unveils potential successor

Bulgaria's outgoing Prime Minister Kiril Petkov rejected a Russian ultimatum to reverse a decision to expel 70 Russian diplomatic staff by noon on Friday (1 July) and named the country's finance minister as his possible successor.
Energy 01-07-2022

G7 commitment sets the stage for a clean European power system by 2035

The latest G7 commitment – to clean up power systems by 2035 – shows that this is a credible and achievable milestone, and signals a clear direction of travel, writes Chris Rosslowe.
Technology 01-07-2022

Cyber warfare in Ukraine: lessons learned

The war in Ukraine is being fought also in the cyber space. We discussed the key takeaways that can be drawn from the conflict so far with Ginny Badanes, Microsoft’s senior director of the Democracy Forward.
Agrifood 01-07-2022

WOAH chief: Protecting environment key to ensuring human, animal health

The COVID-19 crisis has underscored that there is no way to ensure human and animal health without wider consideration of environmental health, Monique Eloit, Director General of the World Organisation for Animal Health, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Electricity 01-07-2022

Europe ready for Baltics emergency switch-off from Russian grid

European grid operators are ready to implement immediately a long-term plan to bring the Baltic states, which rely on the Russian grid, into the EU system in the event Moscow cuts them off, three sources familiar with the matter said.
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Health 01-07-2022

Newborn screening for SMA in Europe: closing the gap between diagnosis and treatment

Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a rare, progressive, neuromuscular disease which affects one in 11,000 births. It is the most common neurodegenerative disease in childhood. Before any treatment was available, a diagnosis of SMA meant either early death or a lifetime of progressive disability. There are now a number of disease-modifying treatment options for SMA approved in Europe, with more treatments under development.
Europe's East 01-07-2022

Land mines: EU efforts needed across Eastern Partnership

The 2020 conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, as well as the more recent war in Ukraine, has refocused attention on the need for enhanced EU de-mining assistance across Eastern Partnership countries, writes Samuel Doveri Vesterbye.

Trust and citizen participation in Cyprus

Civic engagement in Cyprus has long been influenced by the tensions between the Turk-Cypriots and Greek-Cypriots and by the strained relations with the European Union, which has impacted citizen’s trust in decision-making. If empowering citizens is no longer seen as...
Agrifood 01-07-2022

Germany’s nutrition strategy in-the-making needs more fleshing out

A virtual meeting between German Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir and the country's associations on Wednesday (29 June) kick-started the development of a sustainable and healthy nutrition strategy, though expectations differ widely on the details.
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Media Partnership – Accelerating the Green Transition in Europe: Life after Russian Fossil Fuels

This is the second event in the series “Fueling the War”, which brings together experts from fields as diverse as energy, climate and social justice, and leading thinkers and civil society from Ukraine, the EU and Russia to examine the complexities of the energy crisis. You can watch the recording of the first discussion, “Fueling the War: Why Energy Sanctions Matter and How to Make Them Effective” on Open Society Foundations’ website.
Europe's East 01-07-2022

Ukraine reconstruction: what to expect from Lugano meet

Leaders from dozens of countries and international organisations will gather in Switzerland next week to discuss rebuilding Ukraine, with the aim of providing a "Marshall Plan" for the war-ravaged country.
Global Europe 01-07-2022

Russia hauls in ambassador over ‘offensive’ UK comments on nuclear weapons

Russia said on Thursday (30 June) it had summoned the British ambassador to voice a strong protest against "offensive" British statements, including about alleged Russian threats to use nuclear weapons.
Politics 01-07-2022

Tweets of the Week: New NATO, No-vaping and USA vs Europe

At NATO the Scandis are sure on a roll, vapers left horrified at Commission' goal, and European twitter reacts to an internet troll

MEPs could turn the EU taxonomy sage green

Efforts to label natural gas and nuclear power activities as green will only benefit a limited number of industries in a restricted number of countries and will hinder Europe's energy transition, writes Teresa Ribera.
G20 01-07-2022

Indonesia leader targets food crisis during Russia-Ukraine peace mission

Indonesia's president ended a trip to Ukraine and Russia saying he hoped for progress reintegrating global food and fertiliser supply lines disrupted by the conflict, and offered to be a diplomatic bridge between the two nations.

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