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Health 23-11-2020

EU’s chemicals strategy to face animal-testing test

The unveiling of the EU's chemicals strategy has sparked mixed reactions on whether it could act as a catalyst for phasing out animal tests or instead increase reliance on them.
Coronavirus 23-11-2020

The Brief, powered by Facebook – Vaccines, the next battle

It is no coincidence that COVID-19 vaccines dominated the agenda of the last EU summit and of the more recent G20 summit, both held as teleconferences.
EU-Africa 23-11-2020

Ethiopia ‘alarmed and surprised’ by EU stance on Tigray conflict

Ethiopia has been “alarmed and surprised” by the EU’s equivocal stance on the conflict between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government and the rebel leaders of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the country’s EU ambassador has told EURACTIV.
Energy 23-11-2020

Oil and gas majors sign up to ‘gold standard’ of methane reporting

Sixty-two major oil and gas companies on Monday (23 November) agreed to a new framework for monitoring, reporting and reducing methane emissions as part of the Oil and Gas Methane Partnership 2.0.

EU lacks defence capabilities to meet ‘strategic autonomy’ goals

The EU's first-ever defence review painted a gloomy picture for the bloc's ability to achieve  'strategic autonomy. Experts also believe the EU is not doing enough to address major shortfalls.
Central Asia 23-11-2020

Political scientist: COVID-19 will not become a brake for Kazakhstan election

Kazakhstan is holding parliamentary elections on 10 January, expected to further bolster the soft democratic reform process in the Central Asian country. In a wide-ranging interview, political scientist Mukhit-Ardager Sydyknazarov explained the political landscape and the stakes ahead of the ballot.
Coronavirus 23-11-2020

AstraZeneca Oxford vaccine up to 90% effective, ready for regulatory approval

Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has confirmed that its coronavirus vaccine is now ready for regulatory approval and rollout, after late-stage trial results showed the vaccine to be up to 90% effective.

Recycling of e-waste plastics

Electric and electronic scrap represents a growing share of plastic waste, but most of it is currently not recycled because of inappropriate collection schemes and difficulties in dealing with the harmful chemical substances they may contain.

Half of plastics in electronic waste not recycled in EU

Around half of plastic waste from electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) is not properly collected or sorted in the EU, according to a new report by SOFIES, an international sustainability project management and consulting firm.
Non-discrimination 23-11-2020

Media society and non-discrimination: Are we doing enough?

Racist harassment, violence, and discriminatory ethnic profiling are commonplace in Europe, which increases the importance of the role of the media in exposing discrimination based on ethnic origin. Over the years, the European Union has put in place legislation to...
Non-discrimination 23-11-2020

Jourova: More homework remains to be done on diversity in media

The under-representation of people with a minority racial or ethnic background in the media, including in media newsrooms themselves, remains a problem that needs to be addressed, and the European Commission is ready to help with funding, Commission vice-president Věra Jourová told EURACTIV in a written interview.
Outer space 23-11-2020

Europe’s sea-level surveying satellite successfully launches

A European-built satellite designed to precisely measure sea levels successfully made it into orbit on Saturday (21 November), helping the EU's Copernicus fleet of eyes-in-the-sky grow in size and provide a fresh set of climate-relevant data.
Central Asia 23-11-2020

Expert: Multi-party democracy has potential in Kazakhstan

The upcoming elections for the Majilis, the lower chamber of Kazakhstan's Parliament, are a clear improvement in terms of representation and legislative changes, Samuel Doveri Vesterbye told EURACTIV in an interview.

Business groups clash over EU’s 2030 climate goal

Europe’s largest employer’s association, BusinessEurope, has questioned “the value and credibility” of the economic analysis underpinning the EU’s proposed climate target plan for 2030, triggering an immediate backlash from pro-climate corporate groups.
Alcohol 23-11-2020

EU beer market sales fell 20% so far this year due to COVID-19

The EU beer market estimates that its sales have dropped by 20% so far this year, a figure which could rise to 25% by the end of the year, the secretary-general of the Brewers of Europe, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Central Asia 23-11-2020

Kazakhstan elections

Kazakhstan is to hold parliamentary elections for the Majilis, the lower chamber of the Kazakh parliament, on 10 January 2021. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the Central Asian country is inviting observers and journalists and is hoping to attract international attention.
Global Europe 20-11-2020

Michel: G20 must move on debt restructuring programme

European Council President Charles Michel on Friday (20 November) called on G20 leaders to create “a new model of sustainable finance” to avoid sovereign defaults in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.
EU ambassadors want the European Commission to adopt more stringent measures to tackle 'manipulative dissemination techniques' of disinformation across the bloc as part of the executive's upcoming Democracy Action Plan, according to documents obtained by EURACTIV.
Digital 20-11-2020

LEAK: EU ambassadors want disinformation crackdown in Democracy Action Plan

EU ambassadors want the European Commission to adopt more stringent measures to tackle 'manipulative dissemination techniques' of disinformation across the bloc as part of the executive's upcoming Democracy Action Plan, according to documents obtained by EURACTIV.
EU-China 20-11-2020

China seeks green cooperation with EU in post-pandemic recovery

Over the course of the last two months, China has made an emissions-busting pledge, while Joe Biden’s victory in the US presidential race is likely to shift Washington’s climate policy.
EU-China 20-11-2020

EU-China cooperation on climate change

In September, the EU and China have agreed to establish a High-level Environment and Climate Dialogue to pursue joint commitments in the fight against global warming.
Enlargement 20-11-2020

The Brief, powered by EHFG – Bosnia’s war and peace

In recent European history, it is difficult to find a political experiment that has flopped as spectacularly and as silently as the Dayton Peace Accord.

EU Commission drafts world’s first ‘green list’ for sustainable investment

The European Commission on Friday (20 November) launched "the world’s first ever ‘green-list’" of sustainable economic activities for private investors by publishing draft guidelines under the EU's green finance taxonomy.
Agrifood 20-11-2020

Avian flu threat hangs over Europe, warns EFSA

A highly pathogenic avian influenza is spreading rapidly in Northern Europe and reaching countries previously unaffected by the disease, the EU's food safety agency (EFSA) has found.
Agrifood 20-11-2020

Agrifood Brief: Fifty shades of green

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.   This week, we speak with: Tilman von Samson, spokesperson of the German...
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