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Agrifood 27-03-2020

EPP calls for further postponement of Farm to Fork strategy

The European People's Party (EPP) group has called for another postponement of the planned Farm to Fork Strategy (F2F) until at least after the summer, citing the "crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic", but its position has been met with criticism from some stakeholders.
Coronavirus 27-03-2020

Belgium extends COVID-19 lockdown by two weeks until 19 April

Belgium's National Security Council (CNS) decided on Friday (27 March) to extend the coronavirus containment measures by two weeks until 19 April, after France applied the same time frame only hours earlier.
Economy & Jobs 27-03-2020

Cashless payments versus the pandemic

Authorities are encouraging the use of electronic payments as a safer measure to maintain social distance and contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Transport 27-03-2020

Coronavirus-hit carmakers urge EU to pull legislative handbrake

Europe’s largest auto manufacturers have argued that the coronavirus outbreak will limit their ability to comply with EU rules aimed at cleaning up the sector’s carbon footprint.
Economy & Jobs 27-03-2020

The Brief – Comrade Corona

A few months ago, the universal basic income was a left-wing pipedream. Now governments across Europe and beyond are preparing to pay people between 60% and 80% of their salary for the next few months.
Coronavirus 27-03-2020

Boris Johnson tests positive for COVID-19 with ‘mild symptoms’

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, becoming the first European leader confirmed to have contracted the virus.
Aviation 27-03-2020

Grounded virus flights could skew weather forecasts

Europe’s ability to predict the weather will suffer because of the coronavirus outbreak’s impact on aviation, a leading research institute warned this week, explaining that fleets of grounded aircraft mean forecasters have less meteorological data to work wit

EU leaders back ‘green transition’ in pandemic recovery plan

While attention continues to focus on the urgent health aspects of the COVID-19 outbreak, EU leaders have called on the European Commission to start preparing “a comprehensive recovery plan” that integrates green and digital aspects.
Agrifood 27-03-2020

EU farm chief: Post-coronavirus recovery should be green and sustainable

The Green Deal remains a flagship policy of von der Leyen Commission and the EU should aim for a post-COVID-19 recovery that is green and sustainable, Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.
Central Asia 27-03-2020

Kazakhstan takes decisive steps to stop the spread of coronavirus

Despite the relatively small numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases and a first death reported on Thursday (26 March), the authorities in Kazakhstan, a country neighbouring China, are taking the coronavirus pandemic very seriously.
Aviation 27-03-2020

MEPs agree to ground coronavirus ‘ghost flights’

European Parliament lawmakers agreed on Thursday evening (26 March) to put problematic aviation rules on ice until October, as airlines struggle to cope with the impact of the coronavirus on their business.

Golden visas and passports still widespread in Europe, study finds

Citizenship and residence-for-pay schemes continue to be widespread across the EU, according to a new report, which calls on the European Commission to propose EU-wide rules to phase out golden passports while taking action against governments that operate schemes in breach of EU law.
Politics 27-03-2020

Tweets of the Week: Teleworking MEPs, Quarantine, EU Actions

MEPs cast their first remote vote; singing policemen sound the right note; and EU politics more or less stays afloat. 
Coronavirus 27-03-2020

EU Parliament votes financial assistance for countries affected by COVID-19

Following an urgent procedure, the European Parliament on Thursday (26 March) almost unanimously backed two packages of financial support for countries affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
Economy & Jobs 27-03-2020

Leaders clash over stimulus against pandemic, pass hot potato to Eurogroup

EU leaders on Thursday (26 March) continued to disagree over the economic response to the coronavirus as Northern countries rejected the idea of issuing joint debt, known as "corona bonds", proposed by nine member states to finance the recovery.
Global Europe 26-03-2020

Bulgaria proposes to take over EU truck cargo, drive it to Turkey

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov will propose to EU leaders during their teleconference on Thursday (26 March) that his country would transship goods of trucks from EU countries going to Turkey. The alternative is that EU drivers would wait 14 days before being allowed to enter Turkey.
Coronavirus 26-03-2020

UK ‘putting Brexit over breathing’ as Johnson opts out of EU COVID scheme

The UK government has been accused of ‘putting Brexit over breathing’ after it confirmed it had opted out of an EU joint procurement scheme for urgently needed medical equipment to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
Future EU 26-03-2020

The Brief – Ode to Schengen

On this day in 1995, the Schengen Agreement, a cornerstone of the EU’s freedom of movement, entered into force. Who would have thought that only a quarter-century later, it would become one of the main casualties of Europe’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic?
Digital 26-03-2020

Digital Brief: Data for the Common Good?

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “The Commission should clearly define the dataset it wants to obtain…” – European Data Protection Supervisor, Wojciech Wiewiórowski, 25...
Agrifood 26-03-2020

COVID-19 fallout, seasonal workers, CAP contingency plan

Welcome to EURACTIV’s AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU. You can subscribe here if you haven’t done so yet. EU agriculture ministers have called for further specific and targeted measures to address...
Global Europe 26-03-2020

Global Europe Brief: EU-China rapprochement?

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU in the global perspective from our foreign affairs news team: Georgi Gotev and Alexandra Brzozowski.
Coronavirus 26-03-2020

Commission chief, MEPs slam lack of EU solidarity in COVID19 crisis 

European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen heavily criticised the lack of solidarity between member states facing the COVID19 outbreak during a debate in the European Parliament about the EU’s response to the crisis on Thursday (26 March). 
Agrifood 26-03-2020

Farmers warn of far-reaching COVID-19 effects on EU agriculture

A new report from farmers’ association COPA-COGECA outlines the multi-faceted ways in which COVID-19 is leaving its mark on the agricultural sector, from flower growers to meat producers.

EXPLAINER: How the ECB can print ‘green money’

As the European Commission starts preparing a recovery plan to counter the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, pressure is growing on the European Central Bank to play its role and use the opportunity to accelerate the green transition. On...

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