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Politics 13-04-2021

Greece reopens high schools after offering free home-testing kits to population

Greek schools reopened on Monday after the government started the mass distribution of free home-testing kits to its citizens. Teachers and pupils must wear masks and get tested at least twice a week. “Our mass distribution of free home testing...
Politics 13-04-2021

Gym, catering sectors protest Rome closures

About 800 people working in the gym and catering sectors, as well as people supporting neo-fascist formation Casapound, joined an unauthorised protest Monday in the centre of Rome to urge the government to allow their businesses to reopen. Some demonstrators...
Coronavirus 13-04-2021

Spain to receive first batch of single-dose Janssen vaccine

The first batch of doses of Janssen's (Johnson&Johnson's) single-dose COVID-19 vaccine is due to arrive in Spain within 48 hours according to the country's health minister, Carolina Darias, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Politics 12-04-2021

OLAF chief: 1,1 billion fake doses currently in the market

Fake offers of 1.1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines from supposed intermediaries to EU governments are currently in the market, said Ville Itälä, Director General of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). In an interview with Greek journal Ta Nea, Itälä...
Politics 12-04-2021

Former Portuguese PM stands trial for money laundering, document falsification

Former Portuguese prime minister and leader of the Socialist Party, José Sócrates, will stand trial in the Operation Marquês case for money laundering and falsifying documents. Six years after he was arrested at Lisbon airport, 63-year-old José Sócrates is the...
Politics 12-04-2021

Turkey suspends Italian contracts in wake of Draghi’s Erdogan comments

The Turkish government has suspended contracts from Italian companies based in Turkey in response to the comments made by Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi at a press conference Friday regarding the so-called ‘sofa-gate’ affair, calling Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan...
Coronavirus 12-04-2021

Spanish PM under pressure to lay out next steps in tackling pandemic

Spainish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez will this week detail further plans to manage the COVID-19 pandemic amid fierce criticism from the conservative opposition about the slow vaccination roll-out and controversy surrounding the AstraZeneca vaccine, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Politics 02-04-2021

Greece to offer €330 million to help restaurants and bars open

Greece will offer restaurants and bars that have been under lockdown for months around €330 million in additional funding to enable them to re-open in the coming weeks, officials said on Thursday. More than 70,000 restaurants, bars and cafes have...
Politics 01-04-2021

63-year-old Greek woman dies after taking AstraZeneca vaccine

A 63-year-old Greek woman has died after she getting vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine, making headlines in Greek media.
Economy & Jobs 01-04-2021

Spain’s central bank urges extension of temporary lay-off schemes

Spain's Central Bank has recommended the extension of temporary lay-off schemes known as ERTEs for employees in economic sectors worst-hit by the pandemic, in particular tourism. EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.

Vulnerable adult victims of hate crime struggle to file complaints

Portugal's minister of justice has said the main difficulty for vulnerable adult victims of hate crime or gender violence in Europe lies in making a complaint to the formal instances, as "fear" is the main barrier to overcome.
Politics 31-03-2021

Greece: From ‘stay safe at home’ to ‘go out’

Despite the new record of COVID-19 cases reported on Tuesday, the Greek government has decided to relax measures to revive an already ailing economy, local media reported. On Tuesday, Greece reported 4,340 new COVID-19 cases and 72 deaths, with the...
Politics 31-03-2021

Orban, Morawiecki and Salvini to form political alliance

Italian Northern League leader Matteo Salvini will meet Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Thursday in Budapest to discuss a “political alliance at European level” between their respective political parties, the Hungarian government wrote...
Coronavirus 31-03-2021

Spain tightens COVID-19 restrictions, mask wearing rules

Spain will as of Wednesday (31 March) implement a series of new and tougher measures to prevent COVID-19 infections under the so-called New Normality Law, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Politics 30-03-2021

Greek cabinet approves national recovery plan

Greece’s national recovery plan was given a green light on Monday by the cabinet on Monday and will be presented by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis once Brussels approves the final plan in April, government sources have said. The county’s national recovery...
Politics 30-03-2021

COVID-antibodies live in body for 9-10 months, new Italian study confirms

COVID-19 antibodies can circulate in the body for up to 9 to 10 months, a new study conducted in Vo’ Euganeo, one Italy’s first municipalities isolated as a so-called ‘red zone’ in March of last year and published in the...
EU-Africa 30-03-2021

Spain presents new EU-Africa development strategy

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has said his country has aspirations to help create a new EU development strategy in Africa, EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.  
Economy & Jobs 29-03-2021

Tourism debate reaches fever pitch in Spain as Easter break begins

With some of Europe’s most relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, Spain is awaiting a modest influx of foreign tourists over the Easter holidays, but the topic has sparked debate in a country where locals are not permitted to travel outside their regions, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Politics 26-03-2021

Israelis will travel to Greece with vaccination certificate

As of Thursday, permanent residents of Israel will be able to travel to Greece if they are vaccinated against COVID-19 and hold a vaccination certificate. EU countries have agreed on an EU Green Pass, an EU-wide health passport but it...
Economy & Jobs 26-03-2021

Minister: Spain has absorbed 50% of current EU structural funds

Spain has absorbed 50% of its allocated European Union structural and investment funds for the 2014-20 period, the country's finance minister, María Jesús Montero, has said. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Politics 25-03-2021

Italian police find 29 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines in factory

Italian police found a stockpile of 29 million AstraZeneca vaccines last weekend in US company Catalent’s factory in Anagni, central Italy, where the ‘fill and finish’ of the doses produced in Europe is done, as revealed by newspaper La Stampa...
Politics 25-03-2021

Europe wishes Greeks happy 200 years of independence!

EU partners are struggling to agree on a joint statement regarding future relations with Turkey ahead of a summit on Thursday. EURACTIV has learnt that EU diplomats have been exchanging several drafts and disagree on the wording. Incidentally, Greece, which...

Portugal gets mandate to negotiate health technology assessment law

The Portuguese presidency of the Council of the European Union on Wednesday obtained a mandate from the member states to start negotiations with the European Parliament on a legislative proposal on Health Technology Assessment (HTA).
Politics 24-03-2021

Portuguese president says EU vaccination process ‘has not gone well’

The European vaccination process against COVID-19 “has not gone well”, Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has said, adding that the EU cannot be “a mass of selfishness”. “Regarding the supply of vaccines, it has not gone well. There was...