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EU home affairs chief praises Croatia’s handling of border violence scandal

EU Commission home affairs chief Ylva Johansson has welcomed Croatia's handling of media revelations showing border officers beating migrants despite NGO reports of continuing violence at the border with Bosnia.
Coronavirus 02-12-2021

The Brief, powered by ELF — EU summit scoop

We live in frustrating times. As we face a powerful new COVID-19 wave, despite the relatively high vaccination rates in Europe, the EU Commission chief has proposed making jabs mandatory. An EU summit is likely to take place in the...
Agrifood 02-12-2021

CAP eco-schemes: Not all that glitters is gold, warn NGOs

Fewer than a fifth of eco-schemes, designed to reward environmentally-minded farmers in the EU, are likely to deliver on their stated environmental objectives according to a new report by prominent European NGOs which analyses member states' green plans for the agricultural sector.
Data protection 02-12-2021

Consumer groups could sue Facebook, EU advocate general says

Consumer protection associations can bring representative actions for infringement of EU privacy rules against data processors such as Facebook, before national courts, according to an Advocate General of the EU Court of Justice.
Politics 02-12-2021

BioNTech founder receives European women leaders award

Özlem Türeci, BioNTech's chief medical officer, was among the four winners in the sixth edition of the Women of Europe Awards held on Wednesday (1 December) by the European Movement International and the European Women's Lobby (EWL).
Politics 02-12-2021

Austria’s Kurz quits politics, stirring political turmoil

Former chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced his departure from the political stage on Thursday (2 December) by resigning from all his political posts. His resignation will lead to a cabinet reshuffle, and potentially, a new chancellor.
Energy 02-12-2021

EU’s upcoming gas reform to address storage, joint procurement

A planned revision of EU gas market legislation, expected on 14 December, will seek to improve access to gas storage facilities and include provisions enabling the joint purchasing of gas stocks, the European Commission has said.

Adviser says court should dismiss legal challenge to linking EU money with rule of law

The legal adviser of the top EU court said on Thursday (2 December) Budapest and Warsaw's legal challenges to the EU law that links disbursement of bloc funds to rule of law standards should be dismissed.
Digital & Media 02-12-2021

Reporters without borders calls out EU over silence on Greek media law

Amid continuing silence from the European Commission, international media freedom organisation Reporters Without Borders has asked both the EU executive and the European Parliament to “firmly denounce” Greece’s new defamation law as “an attack on press freedom.”
Digital & Media 02-12-2021

MEPs push for broader scope on common charger proposal

The first hearing in the European Parliament on the proposal for standardising electric chargers brought about a cross-party consensus to also include wireless chargers, laptops, smartwatches and other electronic devices. However, the European Commission stood its ground on technical reasons.
Health 02-12-2021

Regulators should walk the talk on non-animal methodologies

With different chemical-related proposals on the table, it is crucial to ensure that EU legislation is adapted to not include testing on animals, according to an industry expert.
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Digital & Media 02-12-2021

One Free Press Coalition – ’10 Most Urgent’ List of December 2021

To close out 2021, the monthly “10 Most Urgent” list from the One Free Press Coalition presents “the year in press freedom.” The 10 cases encompass concerning trends in threats to journalists—from impunity to imprisonment, surveillance to harassment.
Energy 02-12-2021

€2 billion ‘Clean Hydrogen Partnership’ signals move away from hydrogen cars

Fuel-cell cars and trucks once looked to be the future of green mobility, but with electric cars now set to dominate the market, the EU’s hydrogen joint undertaking was rebranded this week to signal a shift in priority towards the production of low-cost green hydrogen from electrolysis.
Coronavirus 01-12-2021

Omicron variant: Hope for the best, be prepared for the worst, says von der Leyen

Although more research is needed into the COVID-19 Omicron variant, Europe knows "enough to be concerned," according to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
Energy 01-12-2021

Lithium from German geothermal plants could supply a million electric vehicles a year from 2025

Batteries made with zero-emission lithium from geothermal plants in Germany could power one million vehicles per year by the mid-2020s, according to Vulcan Energy, a company setting out to produce climate neutral lithium in Europe.
Digital & Media 01-12-2021

How the EU law on online services wants to restore trust in the digital sphere

The general approach to the Digital Services Act (DSA) has been one of the major achievements of the Slovenian Presidency and on 25 November, EU ministers unanimously adopted the mandate to initiate the interinstitutional negotiations on it. The agreement was reached just 11 months after the presentation of the proposal under the leadership of the Slovenian Presidency.
Agrifood 01-12-2021

Timmermans: Gene editing ‘clear part’ of sustainability action in agrifood

European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans added his voice to the growing list of those in the EU executive advocating for gene editing, a move condemned by campaigners who accuse the Commission of already making their mind up on the technology.
Energy 01-12-2021

Energy efficiency law ‘too ambitious’ for some EU member states

Just four months after the European Commission tabled its revised Energy Efficiency Directive, campaigners said they were “extremely worried” about attempts by some EU countries to dilute the proposal.
Digital & Media 01-12-2021

Data governance: new EU law for data-sharing adopted

EU co-legislators found a middle ground on the Data Governance Act (DGA) by adopting new rules for data sharing, marking the first step of the European data strategy.

The Green Brief: Hat-trick for the German Greens

After 16 years in opposition, the Germans Greens are back in government, taking the reins of three powerful ministries – an unprecedented feat, which also strengthens their hand in Brussels as they now have a direct link to the new government in Berlin.

EU ponders 20% hydrogen-ready standard for gas boilers

New gas boilers placed on the European market could soon be required to operate with “at least 20% hydrogen” under new standards being envisaged at EU level.
Economy & Jobs 01-12-2021

Fight for workers’ rights in Brussels intensifies ahead of French EU presidency

The fight for workers’ rights in Brussels is intensifying: the European Parliament is now ready to begin negotiations on a minimum wage directive and to vote on a new report putting pressure on the European Commission to legislate.
Digital & Media 01-12-2021

EU Council presidency pitches significant changes to AI Act proposal

The Slovenian Presidency circulated a compromise text on the EU's draft AI Act, including major changes in the areas of social scoring, biometric recognition systems, and high-risk applications, while also identifying future points for discussion.
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Economy & Jobs 01-12-2021

Chief EU auditor defends himself against mismanagement allegations

In response to an investigation by a French newspaper, Klaus-Heiner Lehne of the European Court of Auditors defended himself and his colleagues against the allegations in front of the budget control committee of the European Parliament. He did not rule out taking the case to court.