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Politics 26-01-2022

Italy’s presidential election still wide open as the political stalemate continues

The Italian centre-right coalition has proposed their first shortlist of candidates for the presidential elections, keeping their best cards in their pocket as the political deadlock continues.

The Green Brief: Who wants to kill the EU taxonomy?

While Germany’s reaction to the EU’s green finance taxonomy proposal attracted much attention in Brussels, officials at the European Commission are likely more nervous about reactions in the European Parliament. If not, they should be.

EU green label for gas ‘not necessary’, says Germany’s Habeck

In a visit to Brussels on Tuesday (25 January), the German Vice-Chancellor reiterated his opposition to nuclear's inclusion in the EU's sustainable finance taxonomy, saying “we don’t need” a green investment label for atomic power – and nor for gas either.
Coronavirus 25-01-2022

EU countries update travel rules, scrapping additional COVID restrictions

Holders of a valid EU digital COVID certificate should not be subjected to additional restrictions such as quarantine when entering another member state, EU ministers agreed on Tuesday (25 January).
Global Europe 25-01-2022

EU reports ‘positive signs’ in Libya despite poll delay

The EU will continue to train the Libyan coastguard to control migration and border security, and sees ‘some positive signs’ despite the postponement of elections in the war torn North African state last month.
Global Europe 25-01-2022

EU to take a hard look at foreign interference in its democracy

EU ministers and European Parliament members are stepping up coordinated EU action to counteract foreign interference, with most fingers pointing to Moscow and Beijing.
Transport 25-01-2022

Vălean’s valiant defence of the winter transport package

EU transport Commissioner Adina Vălean called in to the European Parliament's transport committee on Monday to answer questions on the Commission's winter mobility package.
Global Europe 25-01-2022

EU sees strengthened partnership with US vital for global recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the weakness of international organisations and the need for a stronger transatlantic partnership for a fair global recovery, the EU's chief diplomat Josep Borrell said during a Foundation for European Progressive Studies event.
Agrifood 25-01-2022

French agri minister manoeuvres review of pesticide residues onto EU agenda

The French agriculture minister’s ambitions to link the upcoming pesticides directive review with completely separate legislation on maximum residue limits has confused stakeholders, some of who see it as a covert way to overhaul the current framework on pesticide tolerances.
France's Foreign Trade Minister Franck Riester in the Europa building of the EU Council in Brussels
Economy & Jobs 25-01-2022

Lawmakers criticise French EU Presidency for inaction on trade

Trade minister Franck Riester faced criticism in the European Parliament on Monday (24 January) for the "glamorous silence" of the French EU Council presidency when it comes to free trade agreements.
Digital & Media 25-01-2022

Uber and Deliveroo workers will be reclassified as employees, trade unions say

The workers of some of the most prominent platform companies in Europe would qualify as employees under the EU’s new platform worker proposal, according to the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC).
Politics 24-01-2022

Six key things to know ahead of the Italian presidential race

Lawmakers and delegates from regional administrations have gathered in Rome to elect Italy's president of the next seven years, as Sergio Mattarella's office is formally due to expire on 3 February.

EU green finance advisors slam Brussels over nuclear, fossil gas

The group of experts advising the European Commission on green finance has criticised plans by Brussels to label gas and nuclear power as a “transitional” source of energy under the EU’s sustainable finance taxonomy.

Germany takes firm pro-gas stance in green taxonomy feedback to EU

In its feedback to Brussels over the EU's sustainable finance taxonomy, Berlin reiterated its opposition to nuclear power while calling on the European Commission to ease restrictions on fossil gas in the transition to a low-carbon energy system.
Circular economy 24-01-2022

‘Flexible packaging’ – a test case for the EU’s recycling push

Lightweight soft packaging such as crisp packets or wrapping for chocolate bars are giving headaches to European recyclers who currently have little incentive to buy the collected material. The European Commission will seek to address this in July with its planned revision of the EU’s packaging and packaging waste directive.

Global Europe Brief: Could Ukraine open Pandora’s security box?

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU from a global perspective. You can subscribe to receive our newsletter here. In this week’s edition: Western diplomacy over Ukraine, Belarus’ food embargo weapon and EU foreign intelligence ideas....
Agrifood 21-01-2022

European Parliament calls for better animal protection during transport

The European Parliament has adopted recommendations for tougher and more effective animal protection rules during live transports. Some, however, bemoan lacking ambition and call for a hard limit on the duration of journeys.
Agrifood 21-01-2022

Agrifood Brief: Mirror, mirror – or a wall?

How to make trade the fairest of them all? That was the big theme of the French EU presidency, under which agricultural minister Julien Denormandie made his debut as chair of the agriculture and fisheries (AGRIFISH) Council this week. The...
EU-Africa 21-01-2022

Africa must not be targeted by EU carbon levy, warns Senegal’s president

The EU needs to ensure that African states do not bear the brunt of its carbon border levy at next month’s EU–African Union summit in Brussels, Senegal’s President has warned EU leaders.
Digital & Media 21-01-2022

Digital Brief powered by YouTube: DSA plenary, Germany stalling, voice assistant

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU.
Future EU 21-01-2022

European citizens divided on nuclear in EU democracy experiment

A citizens' panel dedicated to the environment, climate change, and health, held in Warsaw in January, found no agreement for a recommendation on nuclear energy, despite being one of the most debated issues.

Fury in Parliament as EU green taxonomy deadline expires

EU lawmakers from across the political spectrum are furious about the European Commission’s refusal to adequately consult them on a draft proposal to label gas and nuclear as a "transitional" source of energy, parliamentary sources have told EURACTIV.

Austria to give out annual €200 ‘climate bonus’

Austrian parliament has passed a climate levy on fossil fuels as a part of the much-praised eco-social tax reform. Passed on Thursday (20 January), the reform will see the levy paid back to taxpayers in the form of a climate bonus.

Scholz walks EU tightrope in push for ‘international climate club’

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has championed the creation of a "climate club" bringing together large economies pushing for more ambitious climate action. But as the EU pushes for a carbon tariff at its border, he is walking a diplomatic tightrope.