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One Free Press Coalition August 2021
Digital & Media 02-08-2021

One Free Press Coalition: ’10 Most Urgent’ List of August 2021

Ahead of World Photography Day on August 19, the monthly 10 Most Urgent list focuses on cases of photographers, filmmakers and video journalists who are targeted for their work. Photojournalists experience a unique set of challenges, as the nature of...
Agrifood 30-07-2021

Agrifood Brief: What did EU put in my glass?

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. Please note that this will be the last EURACTIV agrifood brief before the...
Elections 30-07-2021

Little known businessman Plamen Nikolov nominated as Bulgaria’s prime minister

The political force that won the 11 July election ‘There is Such a People’ of TV showman Slavi Trifonov nominated on Friday (30 July) Plamen Nikolov, a little-known businessman, to be the next Prime Minister of Bulgaria.
Digital & Media 30-07-2021

Privacy concerns set to grow with the digitalisation of education

The digitalisation of education accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic looks set to continue as students return to school, but the safeguarding concerns it has raised also remain.
Politics 30-07-2021

COVID in continuum: EURACTIV’s 2021 summer review

Even journalists need holidays, though whether we can use them to go anywhere these days is more complicated. As we pack our real and metaphorical bags for the summer recess, we offer a look back at some of the headlines that have dominated the first seven months of 2021
Aviation 30-07-2021

Critics wary of Ryanair scheme to ‘fully’ offset flight emissions

Irish budget airline Ryanair will soon roll out a new “carbon calculator” the company says will allow customers to fully offset their flight emissions – a claim that has been met with scepticism by climate campaigners.
Economy & Jobs 30-07-2021

Europe leaves austerity behind with job-driven recovery

National recovery plans are expected to create at least 800,000 jobs by 2022 in the EU, thanks to additional public and private investment and planned reforms in member states, according to the European Commission.
Digital & Media 30-07-2021

Top German court strikes down Facebook rules on hate speech

A top German court has ruled that Facebook acted illegally in taking down racist posts and blocking the account of their author because the social network failed to inform the user or give a reason for shutting them down.
Economy & Jobs 30-07-2021

German car parts suppliers fret over combustion engine phase-out

The European Commission’s Fit for 55 package will rapidly tighten emission standards for cars, effectively banning the sale of vehicles fitted with internal combustion engines by 2035. German carmakers had preempted the move, but parts suppliers and employees are worried.
Data protection 29-07-2021

Le Figaro publisher fined €50,000 for GDPR violation 

French publisher Société du Figaro has been fined by the Commission Nationale d’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) after the website of Le Figaro was discovered to be installing third party advertising cookies without users’ consent. 
Data protection 29-07-2021

Irish watchdog given one month to finalise Whatsapp privacy ruling

Facebook-owned messaging platform WhatsApp will learn within a month the extent of a fine by Ireland's privacy watchdog over an alleged breach of the EU privacy framework following a binding decision by the bloc's data protection board.
Coronavirus 29-07-2021

EU countries are throwing away expired vaccine doses

Europe is letting thousands of COVID-19 vaccine doses expire while only 1% of people in low-income countries and 28% of the world population has received at least a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Agrifood 29-07-2021

Crying fowl: Ministers call for EU-wide minimum standards for turkey farming

EU agriculture ministers have called for the creation of EU-wide minimum standards for turkey farming, which, despite being the third most slaughtered animal, still lack specific legal regulations for their husbandry.
Europe's East 29-07-2021

Ruling party in Georgia dumps Charles Michel’s agreement

Georgian Dream, the ruling party in Georgia, withdrew on Wednesday (28 July) from the agreement to put an end to the protracted political crisis in the country, brokered in April by European Council President Charles Michel.

EU drops ‘accounting trick’ to boost green fuel in road transport

The biofuels industry has welcomed the European Commission's proposal to end the statistical inflation of waste-based biofuels in the EU's road transport energy mix, a practice they say camouflaged the use of fossil fuels.
Energy 29-07-2021

Climate legislation overhaul opens door to geothermal, but not wide enough

The recent overhaul of European climate legislation to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030 is a good first step towards supporting geothermal energy, but goes little further, according to a former Bulgarian environment minister.

EU countries need to do their homework to eliminate hepatitis by 2030

The world is on a mission to eliminate viral hepatitis as a major public health threat by 2030. But the World Health Organisation has warned that despite positive progress in recent years, “there is still a long way to go”. 
Coronavirus 28-07-2021

EU Commission to buy over 200,000 COVID anti-body treatments

The European Commission has signed a joint procurement framework contract for the supply of a newly developed COVID-19 therapeutic currently under rolling review by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
Cybersecurity 28-07-2021

TikTok to open new cybersecurity centre in Dublin

TikTok is launching a new cybersecurity centre in Ireland, the first of a number of “fusion centres” designed to respond in real-time to cyberthreats. 
28-07-2021

Conference on bloc future could give new purpose to federalists in European Parliament

The EU-wide exercise on the future of the bloc could give new impetus to the federalist-minded group in the European Parliament who have been struggling in the past years to connect with young Europeans.
Agrifood 28-07-2021

EU implements first animal welfare-based condition in trade agreement

In an unprecedented move, the EU has included the first animal welfare-based condition in the Mercosur trade agreement, but stakeholders warned that this does not go far enough to save the controversial deal that is facing increasing opposition in Europe. 
Cybersecurity 28-07-2021

Pegasus shows no backdoor will be used only by good guys, Proton CEO say

Commenting on a recent cyber-surveillance scandal, a tech leader said encryption has made mass operations impossible and its integrity should be maintained at all costs, but he also pointed to Big Tech’s data collection practices as a major source of privacy vulnerabilities.
Global Europe 28-07-2021

Interpol nets 286 in global operation against human trafficking

Criminal groups behind human trafficking and migrant smuggling have been hit hard in a 4-day operation coordinated by Interpol with 286 suspects arrested worldwide, the international criminal police organization announced on Tuesday (27 July).
Agrifood 27-07-2021

Commission moves against EU countries over unfair trading practices

The European Commission has opened infringement procedures against 12 member states after they failed to transpose EU rules banning unfair trading practices in the agri-food sector within the allotted time frame.