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Brexit 23-01-2020

The Brief – A time for generosity

Boris Johnson will probably never be as powerful as he is now. A big majority, an opposition that is broken, possibly terminally. So he can afford a little generosity. But for the moment, unfortunately, he’s not prepared to offer it...
Energy 23-01-2020

EU’s creeping clean energy efforts risk missing 2020 goal  

Renewable energy made up 18% of the EU’s power consumption in 2018, according to statistics compiler Eurostat. But the slow pace of development may leave the bloc short of its 2020 target.
Global Europe 23-01-2020

Bulgaria indicts three Russian nationals for Skripal-type attempted murder

After years of foot-dragging, Bulgarian prosecutors on Wednesday (23 January) indicted three Russian nationals for allegedly attempting to poison the owner of a Bulgarian arms factory and his son in 2015.
Global Europe 23-01-2020

Global Europe Brief: EU’s leverage in Libya

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.
Digital 23-01-2020

Digital Brief: UN internet crackdown

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.     “Such a treaty may become problematic in terms of human rights and rule of law protection.” – Alexander Seger,...
Transport 23-01-2020

Formula One joins UN climate sport pact

Globe-trotting motor racing series Formula One signed up to a United Nations climate pact on Wednesday (22 January), as the long-running sport’s quest to go green and refresh its image moves up a gear.
Agrifood 23-01-2020

Transitional CAP, German protest, Brexit uncertainty

Welcome to EURACTIV's AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU.
Future of mobility 23-01-2020

Carmakers renew calls for recharge revolution, as grim sales figures loom

Some of the EU’s most powerful auto players called once again on Wednesday (22 January) for a mass rollout of recharging points and refuelling stations for fuels like hydrogen, as the industry offered up more clues as to how it intends to lessen its climate impact.
Agrifood 23-01-2020

Breton fishermen fear being shut out of British waters after Brexit

Fishermen from France’s Brittany region have asked the European Commission to address the uncertainty caused by Brexit for the fisheries sector, ensuring access by European fishermen to fish in British waters.
Digital 23-01-2020

UN backing of controversial cybercrime treaty raises suspicions

Certain UN members may have been 'bought off' by proponents of a controversial UN resolution on cybercrime in exchange for support on the plans, an official from the Council of Europe who deals with cybersecurity has told EURACTIV.
Economy & Jobs 23-01-2020

Davos 2020 diary – day #3

Welcome to Davos where the 50th edition of the World Economic Forum (WEF) is taking place on 21-25 January. Throughout the week, EURACTIV gives you a glimpse into one of the world’s most exclusive conferences where political and business leaders meet every year to discuss global economic trends.
Economy & Jobs 23-01-2020

Europeans to pass national digital tax by end 2020 if no OECD deal

Despite of the US threats to impose new tariffs, France, Italy, Spain and the UK said on Wednesday (22 July) that they would move ahead with their national digital tax if there is no agreement at the OECD level by the end of this year
22-01-2020

The Brief – ‘Family’ members should not stab each other

Family is usually defined as a group of people who stick together in tough moments. The EU is frequently described as such, especially in times of calm. But the moment we hear the first disturbing noise, windows are closed and ostrichism prevails.
Politics 22-01-2020

Von der Leyen vows a green, digital, geopolitical EU in Davos

Ursula von der Leyen made her international debut as the European Commission chief as she set out her political agenda before the global economic elite at the World Economic Forum on Wednesday (22 January). 
Future EU 22-01-2020

Future of Europe: What happens if a majority of citizens asks for ‘less Europe’?

“That’s a very interesting question. If there will be a majority of them, we will follow”, Commission Vice President Dubravka Šuica said on Wednesday (22 January), on what would happen if a majority of citizens would ask for “less Europe”.
Brexit 22-01-2020

Give EU nationals physical proof of UK status, landlords urge Johnson

Landlords and civil society campaigners have urged Boris Johnson’s government to provide physical proof for EU citizens living in the UK, warning that landlords and employers could otherwise be reluctant to let a home or offer a job to EU citizens.
Competition 22-01-2020

LEAK: EU must step up Single Market enforcement, states tell Commission

The European Union must step up the application and enforcement of Single Market law or risk losing ‘credibility and effectiveness’, according to a leaked paper to the EU executive signed by 14 member states.
Climate change 22-01-2020

EU to name and shame climate plan laggards ‘in the coming days’

Just over half of European Union countries have submitted their final national energy and climate plans (NECPs) to the European Commission by the 1 January deadline, a senior official has said, warning that the EU executive will soon publish the full list of countries online.

Budget battle hampers EU in space

With the continuous militarisation of space, EU policymakers have started dropping their opposition to plans linking Europe's civilian space assets with defence elements. But as the political tide is slowly turning, cuts proposed in the EU’s draft budget threaten the new ambition.
Outer space 22-01-2020

EU fuels rocket programme with €100m

The European Commission announced a €100 million investment in a prototype rocket programme on Tuesday (21 January), as Europe aims to keep a firm hold in a space industry predicted to be worth €1 trillion in the coming years.
Digital 22-01-2020

Facebook ‘on the side of free expression’ as EU steps up disinformation fight

Social media giant Facebook has warned against curtailing freedom of expression as the EU considers measures to clamp down on disinformation campaigns across online platforms.
Health 22-01-2020

EU lagging far behind on flu jab coverage goal

No EU country has yet reached the 75% target for seasonal influenza vaccination coverage rates among elderly people and at-risk groups, which was set by the EU Council in 2009.
22-01-2020

Davos 2020 diary – day #2

Welcome to Davos where the 50th edition of the World Economic Forum (WEF) is taking place on 21-25 January. Throughout the week, EURACTIV gives you a glimpse into one of the world’s most exclusive conferences where political and business leaders meet every year to discuss global economic trends.
Economic governance 22-01-2020

IMF calls for ‘more automatism’ in public spending

As monetary policy nears its limits to lift the world's sluggish economy, the International Monetary Fund told governments on Tuesday (21 January) to introduce "more automatism" in their fiscal rules in order to counter the economic slowdown.

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