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Climate change 23-09-2019

The Brief – Lost in translation

As you read these lines, the UN Climate Action Summit will have just begun in New York. It opens its doors following the extraordinary global youth movement that saw last Friday a whole generation tied together by their common fear for the future – and their hope.
Health 23-09-2019

Fans back call for phasing out single-use plastics from UK stadiums

A survey conducted by YouGov shows football fans support for environmental NGOs' call to clubs in the UK top four divisions to eliminate single-use plastics from their stadiums. 

Former Romanian anti-graft chief Kövesi close to becoming EU lead prosecutor

After the month-long standoff in appointing the EU’s first-ever anti-fraud prosecutor, a majority of member states last week backed making Romania’s former top anti-corruption official, despite strong headwind from her own homecountry.
Climate change 23-09-2019

UN climate summit diary, day #1: ‘Big announcement’ expected

Over this special series on the UN climate action summit (23-25 September), EURACTIV gives you a glimpse into the goings on in New York and what is driving the conversation there. In this edition: What’s at stake, who’s coming, who's not, and what corporations have planned.
Climate change 23-09-2019

EU countries urged to reject UN scheme that could thwart action on aviation emissions

The European Commission has asked EU countries to reject a UN resolution this week that could forbid the bloc from going further than the CORSIA aviation emissions reduction plan currently being developed at international level.

Eastern Europe diversity should be considered in EU-wide cancer plan

Having a pan-European cancer control plan is crucial, but some flexibility should be granted to member states in choosing which aspect to prioritise within the framework, said Linda Gibbs from Pfizer Oncology in an interview with EURACTIV.com.
Politics 20-09-2019

The Brief, powered by BP – The forgotten man

As the UK has lurched between political and constitutional crisis, the man who crashed the ship of state into the rocks has been nowhere to be seen. Until now, when David Cameron finally emerged from self-imposed media hibernation. The ex-Prime...
Agrifood 20-09-2019

MEPs rebuke European Patent Office over conventional breeding copyright

In another episode of the longstanding legal saga on biotech inventions, the European Parliament delivered a new reprimand to the European Patent Office (EPO) reaffirming that tomatoes, broccoli and other plants obtained by essentially biological processes must not be patentable.
Climate change 20-09-2019

EU climate official: Innovation fund will help decarbonise metals production

The production of non-ferrous metals such as aluminium is very energy-intensive, but new technologies are being developed to decarbonise the process and the European Commission is ready to finance them, says Mauro Petriccione.
EU Elections 2019 20-09-2019

Commissioners assemble: Class of 2019-2024

European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has unveiled who will do what job in her administration, insisting hers will be a “geopolitical Commission”. Stay tuned here for all the details. UPDATE: Dates for Commissioner hearings have now been released...

‘Coal bubble’ puts EU carbon market under threat, watchdog warns

As coal-fired power stations close down across Europe, unused carbon pollution permits are slowly building up in the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme, creating a “coal bubble” that could send carbon prices crashing, campaigners warn.

Center-right MEPs call for special EU Parliament committee on cancer

The European People’s Party (EPP), the biggest political group in the EU assembly, will ask for the creation of a special parliamentary committee to help formulate a new EU-wide plan to combat cancer. EURACTIV.com and EURACTIV.cz report from Strasbourg.
Politics 20-09-2019

Tweets of the Week: Boris runs away, Democracy Debate and Commissioner Hearings preparation

This week, Boris pulls a runner, British democracy makes MEPs shudder, and commissioner hearings may be set for a stunner.
Future EU 19-09-2019

The Brief, powered by BP – No question of geography

While considerable thought has been put into the geographical nitty-gritty of Ursula von der Leyen’s portfolio assignments, the real power struggle in the European Parliament hearings might take place along different lines.
Brexit 19-09-2019

Council of Europe urged to probe UK over rule of law breaches

Campaigners have called on the Council of Europe to launch a probe into the rule of law in the UK, citing “repeated violations of the spirit and potentially the letter of the European Convention on Human Rights”.
Digital 19-09-2019

Digital Brief: China Edition

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 remains committed to the deployment of C-ITS...” EU Source to EURACTIV, Wednesday 18 September.   C-ITS....
5G 19-09-2019

Commission ‘remains committed’ to connected car plans, despite Council blocking

The European Commission's controversial bid to establish connectivity standards for next-generation vehicles, blocked by a group of member states just before the summer, remains an important area of the EU executive's working schedule, EURACTIV has learnt.
Batteries 19-09-2019

Clean mobility’s challenging road ahead

As European cities hold Mobility Week events across the continent, this special report looks at some of the challenges facing the sustainability drive.
Batteries 19-09-2019

Four of Europe’s unexpected electric movers and shakers

Electric-battery power is often branded as unsuitable for certain types of transport and vehicles, due to concerns like weight and power ratios. But several new developments ranging from shipping to motorsport are cause for a rethink.
Transport 19-09-2019

Commission should ‘pick right battles’, says road transport head

Ursula von der Leyen’s new Commission should look seriously at making sure transport rules are well-tailored to different types of vehicles, while taking advantage of several “low-hanging fruits”, according to road transport association chief Matthias Maedge.
Climate change 19-09-2019

Investing in zero-carbon cities will return $24 trillion by 2050, report finds

By investing US$1.83 trillion -  about 2% of global GDP - per year in cutting urban emissions, national governments would generate annual returns worth US$2.80 trillion in 2030 and US$6.98 trillion in 2050, a report released Thursday (19 September) finds.
Brexit 19-09-2019

Table Brexit plans by September 30 or talks are ‘over’, Johnson warned

Boris Johnson has been given until September 30 to submit an alternative to the Irish border backstop in writing to Brussels, or the Brexit talks are "over", the leaders of France and Finland stated on Wednesday (18 September).

How patients’ involvement brings quality to cancer care and policymaking

Medical experts and stakeholders from patient advocacy groups are keen to point out how crucial it is to consider patients’ voice as an added value when conducting cancer clinical trials, whatever policy on cancer, national or EU-wide, will eventually be put together.
Elections 18-09-2019

The Brief, powered by BP – Searching for a Spanish statesman

On 10 November, Spain will hold its fourth general election since 2015. The vote is the result of the lack of statesmanship among the party leaders in a critical period, especially of Socialist chief Pedro Sánchez.

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