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Electric vehicles 07-05-2021

Spain pours billions into fight for slice of European electric vehicle sector

Spain is moving aggressively to land new battery and electric vehicle plants, using billions of European Union pandemic relief funds to avoid being left behind as the global auto sector undertakes the biggest technology transformation in a century.
Transport 29-04-2021

Daimler, Volvo plan hydrogen fuel cell production in Europe in 2025

Daimler AG's truck unit and Volvo AB said on Thursday they would start making hydrogen fuel cells in Europe in 2025 via a joint venture, and called for EU policies to help make the zero-emission technology commercially viable.
Coronavirus 12-03-2021

Hungary pushes Commission to publish all jab contracts

Hungary is asking the European Commission to publish all vaccine contracts jointly procured by the EU, as well as delivery schedules, pointing out that it has already made public its own vaccine contracts with China and Russia for the sake of "maintaining public confidence".

Citing ‘systemic’ fraud, Commission pushes Hungary to change procurement

The European Union's executive has told Hungary to reform its public procurement laws to curb "systemic fraud" before billions of euros from the EU pandemic recovery fund become available, according to an internal document seen by Reuters.
Electric vehicles 03-02-2021

Fleet electrification would cut road transport emissions by 50%, study finds

Electrifying public and private fleets would cut around half of all road emissions in Europe, providing a major boost for the EU’s climate goal and revolutionising clean mobility in Europe, according to a new report by industry group Eurelectric and Ernst & Young (EY).
Transport 13-01-2021

Honda to temporarily halt UK car output due to COVID-related supply issues

Japanese carmaker Honda said it would halt output at its British factory from Monday to Thursday next week (18-21 January) due to COVID-19 related global supply chain issues, the latest production suspension in recent weeks.

EU price on pollution hits record high in early 2021

The price of permits on the European Union carbon market has soared to record levels in the first trading days of the year, hiking costs for polluters as the EU prepares measures to enforce deeper emissions cuts.
Economy & Jobs 10-12-2020

ECB adopts third pandemic stimulus amid risks of double-dip recession 

The European Central Bank increased on Thursday its monetary stimulus by €500 billion against the fallout of the pandemic measures as the risk of a double-dip recession in the euro  area lingers and the uncertainty surrounding the recovery remains.
Batteries 10-12-2020

EU seeks competitive edge from green batteries

Electric car and industrial batteries sold in Europe will soon face legally binding environmental standards, the European Commission said on Thursday (10 December), as it seeks to give local producers an edge in a rapidly growing global market.

France’s next-generation aircraft carrier will be nuclear-powered

France's next-generation aircraft carrier will be nuclear-powered and replace in 2038 the national fleet's flagship warship, the Charles de Gaulle, President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday (9 December).
Electric vehicles 07-12-2020

EU to target 30 million electric cars by 2030

The European Union will aim to have at least 30 million zero-emission vehicles on its roads by 2030, as it seeks to steer countries away from fossil fuel-based transport, according to a draft EU document.
27-11-2020

Lukashenko: With the new Consitution, I will no longer work with you as President

The Belarusian strongman Aleksander Lukashenko hinted on Friday (27 (November) he would step down once the new constitution is adopted. He said he supports a new Constitution, "not because some kind of democracy is needed" but because giving it to "an unknown president" in its current form would cause trouble, state news agency BelTa reported.

Auditors raise ‘red flag’ over EU efforts to protect seas

Efforts to protect the European Union seas are failing to slow biodiversity loss or prevent overfishing, with the Mediterranean under particular threat, a report by auditors said on Thursday (26 November).

Three dead as woman beheaded in knife attack at French church

A knife-wielding attacker shouting “Allahu Akbar” beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a suspected terrorist incident at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday (29 October), police and officials said.
Economy & Jobs 30-09-2020

WTO backs EU tariffs on $4 bln US goods over Boeing subsidies – sources

The World Trade Organisation has authorised the European Union to impose tariffs on US goods worth $4 billion to retaliate against subsidies for American planemaker Boeing Co, people familiar with the matter said.
Coronavirus 29-09-2020

Global coronavirus deaths pass ‘agonising milestone’ of 1 million

The global death toll from COVID-19 rose past 1 million on Tuesday (29 September), according to a Reuters tally, a bleak milestone in a pandemic that has devastated the global economy, overloaded health systems and changed the way people live.
Elections 28-09-2020

Poland’s ruling nationalists cement new coalition deal

Poland's ruling nationalists signed a new coalition agreement on Saturday (26 September), ending weeks of in-fighting in the three-party alliance over how it will govern over the next three years.
Enlargement 31-08-2020

Montenegro’s pro-Western ruling party falls short of majority after election

Long-reigning President Milo Djukanovic’s pro-Western ruling party suffered a major setback in Montenegro’s tightly contested parliamentary election, final results showed on Monday (31 August). The party won most votes but fell short of a majority and will require a coalition partner to stay in power.
Aviation 13-08-2020

US maintain tariffs on Airbus, EU urged to respond

The US government said on Wednesday (12 August) it would maintain 15% tariffs on Airbus aircraft and 25% tariffs on other European goods, despite moves by the EU to resolve a long-standing dispute over aircraft subsidies.
Competition 11-08-2020

Facebook, Microsoft gripes with Apple’s App Store on EU’s antitrust radar

Facebook and Microsoft's grievances over how their gaming apps appear on Apple's App Store may feed into an EU investigation into the iPhone maker's business as EU antitrust regulators said such concerns are on their radar.

Migration flow rises across Channel to Britain as political tension rises

British border agents brought ashore migrants in the port of Dover on Monday (10 August) after picking them up from an inflatable boat as they crossed the Channel, the latest in a surge of crossings that is causing political tensions with France.
Brexit 07-08-2020

UK says it’s confident of Brexit trade deal as EU changing tone

Britain's top minister overseeing Brexit talks said on Friday (7 August) he was confident a free trade deal would be clinched with the EU as there had been a distinct change of tone from the bloc in recent weeks.

EU, Switzerland to link emissions trading platforms from September

A planned link-up of the EU and Swiss carbon markets will be operational from September, the European Commission said, giving companies a broader pool of potential partners with which to trade emissions permits.
Politics 06-08-2020

EU Commission ready to help Lebanon with preferential trade

The European Commission is ready to help Lebanon with preferential trade and customs backing, president Ursula Von der Leyen said on Thursday (6 August) after a phone call with Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab.