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Global Europe 18-09-2020

Erdogan in search of EU ‘allies’ to block sanctions

Turkish President held a series of contacts with EU leaders in the last days aiming to find allies who would block potential sanctions against Turkey at the next EU summit over its illegal drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Non-discrimination 18-09-2020

Commission mulls enlarging scope of ‘hate crimes’ in new anti-racism drive

Commission's equality boss Helena Dalli on Friday (18 September) stressed the importance of "anti-racism" as the core principle of the EU's plan to tackle ethnic discrimination across the continent, which will include new legislation, policy measures, and dialogue.
The EU should not 'copy and paste' everyday racial discrimination and bias into algorithms in artificial intelligence, the EU's Vice-President for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová has said.
Digital 18-09-2020

EU must ‘proactively’ tackle AI discrimination, Jourová says

The EU should not 'copy and paste' everyday racial discrimination and bias into algorithms in artificial intelligence, the EU's Vice-President for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová has said.
Agrifood 18-09-2020

Member states coalition presents latest challenge to colour-coded nutrition label

The fight against France’s Nutri-Score system reigning supreme as the mandatory EU-wide nutrition food label has kicked up a notch with the addition of a new non-paper backed by multiple member states.

Poland rejects southern Europe’s push for mandatory relocation of migrants

The upcoming negotiations over the EU's long-awaited new migration proposal are expected to hit another dead end, despite the European Commission's assurances of having held an "intensive consultation process".

Lukashenko closes borders with Poland and Lithuania, says he doesn’t want ‘war’

Belarus will close its borders with EU neighbours Poland and Lithuania and step up security measures at the Ukrainian frontier, President Alexander Lukashenko announced on Thursday (17 September).
Agrifood 18-09-2020

EU mulls over plan to boost carbon-storage on farmlands

Farmers and foresters need to be "directly incentivised" to put in practice carbon-capture crops and other measures intended to reduce net greenhouse gases (GHG), according to an update of the European Commission's Climate Law.
Digital 18-09-2020

Digital Brief: State of the digital union, 5G in EU, Gaia-X

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “Europe must now lead the way on digital – or it will have to follow the way of others,...
Transport 18-09-2020

Dieselgate, five years on: VW still stalling

German carmaker Volkswagen has still not compensated motorists who were defrauded by 2015’s emissions-cheating scandal, according to consumer groups. Five years after Dieselgate, the EU is still struggling to tidy up the mess.
Climate change 18-09-2020

Commission under fire for including ‘carbon sinks’ into EU climate goals

The European Commission on Thursday (17 September) defended its plan to bring carbon removals from agriculture, land use and forestry into the EU’s updated climate target for 2030, saying this was in line with UNFCCC standards.
Agrifood 18-09-2020

Agrifood Brief: The agri-side of Europe’s man on the moon moment

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.   Once again, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has come under...
Coronavirus 18-09-2020

Teach health literacy at schools to combat fake news, expert says

Social and traditional media, patient organisations and policymakers have all a role to play in providing clear messages when it comes to public health. But without proper investments in health literacy at school, fake news cannot be combatted, according to...
Economy & Jobs 18-09-2020

It is optimistic to expect recovery funds by mid-2021, says EU official

The approval process for the EU’s €750 billion recovery funds may take longer than foreseen, and it would be optimistic to expect the first disbursements by mid-2021, an EU official said on Thursday (17 September).
Climate change 18-09-2020

Belgium’s iconic beer and fries threatened by climate change effects

Two of Belgium’s most iconic products, beer and fries, stand to be severely affected by the effects of climate change, a new report commissioned by the National Climate Commission warned on Thursday (17 September). According to the study, changes in...
Global Europe 17-09-2020

Global Europe Brief: State of the ‘Geopolitical’ Union

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. You can subscribe here. /// STATE OF THE ‘GEOPOLITICAL’ UNION A year ago, when Ursula von der...
Economy & Jobs 17-09-2020

LEAK: Commission plans new revolution for “open finance” in 2022

The European Commission wants financial firms and other companies to share more customer data to create a “broader open finance space" with new services for citizens, according to a draft of the Digital Finance Strategy seen by EURACTIV.
Europe's East 17-09-2020

Ukraine top court deals another blow to anti-corruption bureau

The Constitutional Court of Ukraine struck down several provisions of the law on the Western-backed National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) in the latest blow to the country’s anti-graft drive. Among the parts of the law the court scrapped are...
Health 17-09-2020

Commission urged to consider common regulatory framework for nanomedicines

The lack of a fit-for-purpose regulatory framework on nanomedicines and their “generics” poses risks for the safety of EU patients and this is something that the European Commission should urgently look at, EAASM has said. 
The EU's foreign affairs branch is monitoring disinformation tactics allegedly executed by the Russian state across communications platforms such as Telegram and media including RT and Sputnik, on the subject of the poisoning of Alexei Navalny and the continuing protests in Belarus.
Digital 17-09-2020

EU probes Russian disinformation efforts on Navalny and Belarus

The EU's foreign affairs branch is monitoring disinformation tactics allegedly used by the Russian state across communications platforms such as Telegram and media including RT and Sputnik on the poisoning of Alexei Navalny and the continuing protests in Belarus.
Eastern Europe 17-09-2020

MEPs praise Georgian political dialogue and COVID response, call for continued reforms

The European parliament on Wednesday (16 September) with overwhelming majority praised Georgia’s progress but called on the EU and NATO hopeful to press on with justice reforms and depoliticisation of the judiciary. Following the adoption of the report, the Georgian...
Energy 17-09-2020

Finnish industries launch ‘game-changing’ bid to go green, digital

A consortium of twelve Finnish corporations calling themselves the "game-changers" have announced a new billion-euro offensive to build new digital infrastructure, saying the digital transition will be key to achieve green objectives after the COVID-19 crisis.
Agrifood 16-09-2020

Farmers lament lack of support from Commission chief as Brexit looms

The President of the Irish farmers association has expressed his disappointment at the lack of support Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen showed Irish citizens and farmers during her ‘State of the Union’ speech, saying that her comments about Brexit were “chilling" for Irish farmers.

Mandatory relocation still point of contention in new EU migration pact

The European Commission's long-awaited new migration pact will consist of five regulations and a political text, EU sources have told EURACTIV. However, the thorny issue of mandatory relocation, which some EU countries strongly oppose, continues to cause headaches.
Energy 16-09-2020

Parliament votes to allow gas projects in the Just Transition Fund

Hours before the EU executive announced higher climate objectives for 2030, the European Parliament voted to allow funding for fossil gas projects under the bloc’s flagship Just Transition Fund.
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