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Europe's East 14-01-2022

EU pledges cyber support to Ukraine, pins hopes on Normandy format

Amid tensions with Russia and after a massive cyberattack, EU foreign ministers pledged additional support to Ukraine on Friday (14 January). France and Germany, meanwhile, aim to restart efforts to mediate between Kyiv and Moscow.
EU-Africa 13-01-2022

EU wants to continue its military missions in Mali, but ‘not at any cost’

The EU's role in an anti–jihadist defence and security mission in the Sahel region is under increasing threat as relations with the military government in Mali continue to decline over delayed elections and the presence of Russian mercenaries, EU officials conceded on Thursday.
Digital & Media 05-01-2022

France opens access to quantum computing to researchers, start-ups

The French government launched a new programme to link quantum machines and supercomputers on Tuesday (4 January). The resources will be made available to researchers and companies to ensure France is up to speed with the technological revolutions to come.

2022 : high expectations for Macron from both Brussels and Paris

Following the short-lived controversy that marred the display of the European flag on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, it is clear that the next six months of the French presidency of the Council of the European Union are shaping up to be a delicate political balancing act.
Digital & Media 15-12-2021

European Commission launches new data and cloud alliance

The new European Commission-powered Alliance for Industrial Data, Edge and Cloud was officially launched on Tuesday (December 14). With 39 members, the initiative gathers some of Europe's top-notch tech companies to collaborate on next-generation computing technologies.
Health 09-12-2021

France should adopt abortion rights extension during EU presidency, says lawmaker

The French lawmaker behind a bill to extend abortion rights has urged Emmanuel Macron's  government to adopt the measure during the French Presidency of the EU next year in an interview with EURACTIV.
Energy 03-12-2021

Macron in favour of integrating nuclear into EU green taxonomy

President Emmanuel Macron said he was in favour of "nuclear power being integrated into the taxonomy" on green finance in an address before the European Committee of the Regions on Wednesday (1 December). EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 02-12-2021

EU’s Simson calls for ‘gearshift’ in nuclear power investments

The EU's energy commissioner, Kadri Simson, called for a "gearshift on investments" in nuclear power in order to extend the lifetime of existing power plants and maintain current production levels until 2050. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 25-11-2021

EU consumer groups encourage roll-out of electric heat pumps

Electric heat pumps are the best solution for individual heating, a study published on Thursday (25 November) by the European Consumers Organisation (BEUC) reads. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 19-11-2021

Business as usual for next Franco-German couple, despite sticking points

While some argue that the next Franco-German power couple could be business as usual, there are some potential sticking points ahead.
Agrifood 18-11-2021

French farmers endorse carbon farming but highlight transition costs

With its low carbon strategy, the French government aims to green agriculture through the development of carbon sequestration in soils. French farmers salute the strategy but call for stronger aids for the transition to be financially sustainable.

French defence ministry says exclusive economic zones not part of Greece-France deal

A military agreement recently signed between Greece and France provides for a mutual defence clause which includes the territories of the two countries, but not exclusive economic zones (EEZs), the French ministry of defence told EURACTIV France.
Cybersecurity 13-10-2021

Apple continues pushback on sideloading and third-party app stores

As international pressure on Apple's increases over accusations of anti-competitive practices, the tech giant continues to push back against alternative app shops and sideloading in the name of user security.
Economy & Jobs 13-10-2021

Macron presents France’s 2030 objectives, backed by €30 billion

French President Emmanuel Macron presented a massive investment plan, “France 2030”, on Tuesday (12 October). Backed by €30 billion, the plan will support innovation in flagship projects such as small-scale nuclear reactors and the first low-carbon aircraft.

NGOs concerned about role of big business in preparations of French EU presidency

The Observatoire des multinationales and Corporate Europe Observatory published a new report on Tuesday 12 October. They criticised the French government for working too "closely" with big business in the run-up to its rotating presidency of the EU Council.
Global Europe 22-09-2021

EU’s Breton: AUKUS sub snub fuels ‘growing feeling of broken relationship’

As EU diplomats discuss whether to cancel or postpone an upcoming EU-US summit meant to focus on technology and trade over the AUKUS deal, French officials insist this is not about a lost bilateral arms contract, but about a 'broken' relationship between allies.
Politics 20-09-2021

From Chirac to Macron: The four Franco-German duos of the Merkel era

Following Chancellor Angela Merkel's recent visit to France for her last working dinner with President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, EURACTIV France takes a look at the past four "leadership couples" at the heart of Franco-German relations.
Health 20-09-2021

More research, better diagnosis: what France can improve in the fight against Alzheimer

Although associations and scientists are pleased that France has taken up the issue of Alzheimer's with several consecutive plans, they regret that the momentum has since been lost.
Digital & Media 16-09-2021

French publishers close to launch collective negotiations on neighbouring rights

French publishers are close to launching a new body to collectively negotiate with online platforms, while the dispute with Google raises fundamental questions on how to monetise online content.
Data protection 14-09-2021

Cookies: French data protection watchdog welcomes increased compliance

Following on from its guidelines on the rules to be applied to cookies, the French data protection authority (CNIL) drew up on Tuesday (14 September) the results of its second campaign of formal notices sent to companies for non-compliance with the legislation on cookies.

‘Too many priorities kill the priorities?’ France’s many ambitions for its 2022 EU presidency

With France set to take over the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU (FPEU) in January 2022, the list of issues the government wants to tackle for the occasion seems never-ending.
Non-discrimination 27-07-2021

French equality body sounds alarm over extension of COVID-19 pass

France's equality agency, Défenseur des droits, has published a 10-point opinion paper raising concerns about the controversial extension of COVID-19 pass, which is now pending approval by the Constitutional Council on 5 August following approval by the French parliament.
Future EU 07-07-2021

Transnational lists, top-candidate system no cure for EU ‘democratic deficit’

Transnational election lists and the Spitzenkandidaten system used during the EU elections to nominate the bloc’s leaders are no “miracle cures” to the “democratic deficit” in the EU, according to an information report presented by French senators on Tuesday (6 July). EURACTIV France reports.

Planned EU carbon market reform is ‘politically suicidal’, warns French MEP

Plans to extend the EU's carbon market to transport and buildings would be "politically suicidal" and risk triggering social unrest similar to the 2018 Yellow Vests movement in France, warned French MEP Pascal Canfin last week. EURACTIV France reports.