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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.
Several EU interior ministers came together on Friday (21 January) to discuss how to step up the protection of EU external borders but failed to agree on a common approach, with options ranging from building fences on the borders to strengthening Schengen and migration legislation.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
China condemned a French parliament resolution on Friday that accuses Beijing of carrying out a genocide against its Uyghur Muslim population, a move that has strained ties two weeks before the Winter Olympics.
In a new position paper, the German trade association BDI advocated for a "package solution" for Swiss-EU relations, which have suffered since the Swiss government walked away from negotiations for a framework agreement in May 2021.
European Union environment ministers gathered in France Thursday (20 January) to mull climate policy and the merits of a carbon border tax, while airing differences on whether nuclear energy can be classified as "green".
The two lawmakers in charge of drafting the European Parliament’s position on the EU's new social climate fund have gone a step further than the European Commission's initial proposal by drafting a definition of both energy and transport poverty.
Russia's central bank on Thursday (20 January) proposed banning the use and mining of cryptocurrencies on Russian territory, citing threats to financial stability, citizens' wellbeing and its monetary policy sovereignty.
A coalition of 10 EU member states, led by Sweden, have written to the French EU Council Presidency and the European Commission to warn against the planned revision of sustainability criteria for bioenergy, saying it is too early to do so.
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French President Emmanuel Macron proposed pressuring pharmaceutical companies to share their knowledge to fight vaccine shortages worldwide, as an alternative to waiving intellectual property (IP) rights.
Anne Hidalgo, candidate for the Socialist Party in the French presidential elections, unveiled her programme on 13 January. As opposed to the populists in the race, her ambitious proposals all assert the primacy of EU law. EURACTIV France reports.
A draft European Parliament report calls for greater ambition in the EU’s proposed green jet fuel law, including a higher percentage of mandatory sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for planes refuelling in the bloc.
Germany's new coalition government wants to attract 400,000 qualified workers from abroad each year to tackle both a demographic imbalance and labour shortages in key sectors that risk undermining the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.