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Politics 22-06-2022

Draghi to continue supporting Ukraine, despite 5SM opposition

Prime Minister Mario Draghi confirmed Italy’s continued support for Ukraine in an address to the Senate on Tuesday, ignoring the 5 Stars Movement (5SM), which wants Italy to stop sending weapons. “The Italian government, together with the EU and G7,...

Italian regions to declare state of calamity over drought

The Lazio region announced the forthcoming adoption of a drought state of calamity on Monday and the Po valley’s regions are considering doing the same as Italy faces its worst drought in 70 years. In the last few days, the...

Italy considers ‘state of alert’ over Russian gas cut

Italy is considering moving to a state of alert to ration gas consumption and increase gas storage following Gazprom’s gas supply cut, Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reported. According to the Italian emergency protocol, the state of “alert” – which is...

Draghi dismisses Russia’s reasons for gas supply cuts

Russia’s claims that gas supply cuts are due to maintenance are lies and instead the reasons for the shortage are political, Prime Minister Mario Draghi said in Kyiv on Thursday after Russian energy giant Gazprom announced another cut to Rome’s...

Gazprom announces 15% gas cut to Italy

Russian giant Gazprom will cut its gas supplies to Italy by 15% due to the back-and-forth between Russia and Europe over energy supplies, the company said on Wednesday. Following the decision to cut by 40% the volume of gas supplies...

Draghi, von der Leyen scout Eastern Mediterranean alternatives to Russian gas

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi is on a two-day visit to Israel and Palestine with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, where the two leaders discussed gas, wheat, and the war in Ukraine. The need to find an alternative...

Italy’s scramble for fuel risks ‘irreversible warming’

New planned LNG import facilities in the EU – especially in Germany, Italy, Greece, and the Netherlands – could supply a quarter more gas to the EU than before, with Italy ramping up gas imports and production and deviating from...

Italian government mulls new excise tax cut as fuel prices soar

The government is considering expanding the excise tax reduction, which will expire on 8 July, Economy Under-Secretary Maria Cecilia Guerra told broadcaster Rainews 24 on Wednesday. To counter rising energy costs, which started before Russia invaded Ukraine, the government has allocated a...

Russian gas halt looms large over Italian economy

While bickering over the Russian oil embargo exposed EU divisions ahead of bloc leaders’ meeting in Brussels on Monday, Italian industry warns that a gas cut could prove devastating for the country’s economy. If Italy stops Russian gas purchases in...

Italy’s energy and Algeria oil giant strike new gas deal

Italian energy group Eni and Algerian oil company Sonatrach signed a Memorandum of Understanding to accelerate the development of gas fields and green hydrogen in Algeria to increase gas exports to Italy. The agreement was signed on Thursday (26 May)...

Algeria’s presidential visits Rome amid gas diversification push

Algeria’s President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, whose country is Italy’s second-biggest gas supplier, will meet Prime Minister Mario Draghi at Palazzo Chigi in Rome Thursday morning as part of a three-day visit to the capital that marks a reinforcement of relations between...

Italy’s Eni starts procedures to pay for Russian gas in euros and roubles

Italian energy giant Eni has started procedures to open accounts in euros and roubles with private Russian bank Gazprombank, the company announced on Tuesday. In April, Moscow said it would only continue gas exports in exchange for roubles in response...

EU capitals mull seizing Russia-linked energy assets

From Sofia to Berlin, governments are contemplating expropriating, nationalising and otherwise seizing energy infrastructure owned by Russia-linked companies. Bulgaria is launching a political debate on the possible expropriation of strategic assets owned by Russian companies. The pro-European Democratic Bulgaria, part...

EU court condemns Italy for breaching bloc pollution rules

The Court of Justice in Luxembourg condemned Italy on Thursday for failing to comply with the EU’s air quality directive as some of its cities exceeded the allowed nitrogen dioxide levels. The court found that Italy had done little or nothing...

Italy in trouble if Russia soon curbs gas supplies, says minister

Italy would be in trouble if Russia decided to curb its gas supplies to the country in the next few months, Ecological Transition minister Roberto Cingolani told Festival Città Impresa in an interview on Sunday. Italy currently imports about 29 billion cubic...

Italy eyes Japan for further renewable energy cooperation

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi recalled the importance of boosting the industrial partnership between Italy and Japan, particularly in the renewable energies sector, at a press conference at Palazzo Chigi after a bilateral meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister Fumio...
Agrifood 29-04-2022

Italy to review its CAP plan amid calls for ‘reorientation’ and flexibility

Italy is looking at the possibility of "reorienting" its national strategic plan to implement the EU's farming subsidies programme to support strategic agricultural production in response to the economic consequences of the Ukraine war.
e-Commerce 10-12-2021

Brussels praises Italy for fining Amazon €1.1 billion in antritrust case

The Italian antitrust body has slapped a €1.128 billion fine on Amazon after finding that the US giant holds a position of absolute dominance in the Italian e-commerce market, which has allowed it to favour its own logistics service. The European Commission has already praised Italy's move, while Amazon said it would appeal the decision

Italian patients with advanced breast cancer in search of information

Despite efforts to raise awareness by the authorities, patients with metastatic breast cancer in Italy are still struggling to understand what options they have and often lose precious time trying to identify the latest available treatments.
Active ageing 24-09-2021

Italy delays €15 million ‘dementia fund’ while disease costs billions

Italy invests as little as it can in dementia even though the disease costs billions to the country’s economy, experts in the filed told EURACTIV Italy.
Future EU 11-05-2021

Federalists: Conference on the Future of Europe could kickstart EU reform

Like the Schuman Declaration in 1950, the Conference on the Future of Europe could pave the way for a reform of the EU, the Spinelli Group – which gathers federalist MEPs and national parliamentarians – with the Union of European...
Future EU 26-02-2021

EPP silent over Orban’s flirt with nationalist Brothers of Italy

Europe's biggest political group, the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), has declined to comment on a letter of support Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbàn sent to Italy’s nationalist party Brothers of Italy, member of another political family, where he cites their shared "Christian and conservative values".
Coronavirus 17-12-2020

Vaccine logistics: the tough part is just beginning

The European Medicine’s Agency is expected to approve Pfizer’s vaccine at an extraordinary meeting on 21 December and then, within three days, the European Commission is set to give its final green light. As for the vaccination process, in practice, everything depends on the readiness of EU countries, especially when it comes to logistics.
Agrifood 09-07-2020

Food security is not outdated topic, says Italy’s farmers chief

It is wrong to say that ensuring both food security and food safety in Europe is an objective that has already been achieved and can be taken off the table, the chief of Italy's farmers' organisation Confagricoltura told EURACTIV Italy in an interview.