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Transport 02-03-2021

Borders, vaccines, and the (possible) end of the internal combustion engine

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Portugal to table proposals to resume intra-EU travel ‘as soon as possible’

Portugal's minister of economy and digital transition on told an informal meeting of European Union ministers with responsibility for tourism that, as holder of the EU Council presidency, the country would propose measures to "resume as soon as possible movement" between EU member states.
Politics 02-03-2021

Tusk: Don’t be naive with Russian and Chinese jabs

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Slovakia receiving Russian Sputnik V vaccines, former French President Nicholas Sarkozy being sentenced to prison for corruption and influence peddling, and so much more.
Coronavirus 02-03-2021

Fraudsters offer 1 billion COVID-19 doses across EU, agency warns

Dubious intermediaries have offered governments across the European Union a total of about 1 billion non-existent COVID-19 vaccine doses worth about €14 billion, the bloc's anti-fraud agency told Reuters on Monday.
Energy 02-03-2021

Lithuania to start supplying LNG to Poland next year

Lithuanian state-controlled energy company Ignitis Group will start supplying liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Poland next year when a new pipeline between the two countries comes online, its CEO said on Monday (1 March).

Portugal to ‘immediately follow up’ on Commission’s EU-Mercosur proposal

Portugal will "immediately follow up" on the proposal for further clarification of the EU-Mercosur agreement that the European Commission presents, the foreign minister said on Monday, reiterating that he "strongly" expects progress on this matter during the Portuguese presidency.

EU vaccination certificate will allow ‘resuming normality’, says Portuguese minister

A proposal for an EU-wide vaccination certificate, due to be presented this month by the European Commission, will allow “resuming normality” in the daily lives of European citizens in the best possible conditions, Portugal's health minister Marta Temido has said.
Climate change 02-03-2021

CO2 pollution bounces back, climate goals at risk: IEA

Global CO2 emissions have returned to pre-pandemic levels and then some, threatening to put climate treaty targets for capping global warming out of reach, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday.
Circular economy 02-03-2021

EU plotting ban on internal combustion engine as of 2025: industry

The European Commission's proposed Euro 7 emission rules on cars, vans, trucks and buses would amount to "a ban through the back door" of internal combustion engines as of 2025, if implemented in their current form, industry has said, calling the proposal premature and "completely out of the question".
Coronavirus 02-03-2021

Unused stocks of AstraZeneca vaccine pile up in France, Germany

Already facing a daunting COVID vaccination challenge, French and German authorities are fighting to convince more people that a jab from the pharma giant AstraZeneca is just as effective as others.
Economy & Jobs 02-03-2021

Spanish self-employed, small entrepreneurs pessimistic about recovery

Some 300,000 more jobs are expected to be lost in Spain in 2021, mainly affecting small businesses, in a new blow to the already battered economy, warned the Spanish Association of the Self-Employed Workers (Asociación de Trabajadores Autónomos, ATA). EURACTIV's partner EuroEFE reports.
Eastern Europe 02-03-2021

EU to assess progress in Georgia mediation talks on 15 March

After his unexpected visit to Tbilisi to mediate the deepening political crisis in Georgia, European Council President Charles Michel said progress in talks between the ruling party and the opposition will be assessed in two weeks.
Global Europe 02-03-2021

US to impose sanctions on Russia for Navalny poisoning: report

US President Joe Biden's administration is preparing to impose sanctions on Russia for the poisoning and imprisonment of Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny, CNN reported Monday.
Economy & Jobs 02-03-2021

German industry calls for greener EU policy after Bundestag elections

They had no time to lose: A good six months before the German parliamentary elections, the Federation of German Industries (BDI) published its demands to the new government. In the Europe chapter, the focus on climate stands out, EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 01-03-2021

Slovakia buying 2 million Sputnik vaccines from Russia

Slovakia is buying 2 million Sputnik V vaccines from Russia and expects half to arrive this month and next as it looks to step up vaccinations amid a surge in COVID-19 infections and deaths, the prime minister said on Monday.
EU-Africa 01-03-2021

EU-Ethiopia diplomatic feud intensifies over Tigray criticism

Ethiopian diplomats have stoked a growing diplomatic feud with the European Union after the bloc’s foreign affairs chief, Josep Borrell, and his envoy, Finland’s Pekka Haavisto, harshly criticised the government’s handling of the conflict in the northern Tigray province.
Eastern Europe 01-03-2021

Michel seeks to mediate Georgian political crisis

In an unusual move, European Council President Charles Michel invited Georgia's ruling and opposition parties for talks under his mediation over dinner during his visit to Tbilisi on Monday (1 March).
Agrifood 01-03-2021

Portuguese presidency calls ‘super trilogue’ to seek CAP breakthrough

Portugal's agriculture minister Maria do Céu Antunes will convene by the end of March a joint negotiation meeting with all the three European parliament's rapporteurs to bring about a breakthrough in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) talks.
Global Europe 01-03-2021

Navalny’s penal colony, a Kremlin weapon to ‘break’ him

Until last week, the provincial town of Pokrov outside Moscow, lined with Soviet-era residential blocks and teetering wooden homes, had only one claim to fame: a monument to chocolate.
Agrifood 01-03-2021

Hungary: Greens are ‘gunning’ for EU agricultural subsidies system

Hungary's agriculture ministry has launched a scathing attack on the Greens/EFA political group after the publication of a damning report detailing the misuse of EU farming subsidy money in the country. 

Banks in EU should publish yardstick of ‘green’ activity, says watchdog

Banks in the European Union should publish a "green asset ratio" (GAR) as a core measure of their climate-friendly business activities, the EU's banking watchdog proposed on Monday (1st March).

‘New economic model’ needed to deal with climate change, EU presidency says

Europe's current economic model "has no future" and does not respond to "major environmental challenges", Portugal's prime minister António Costa said on Friday, calling for the adoption of new models such as the circular economy and sustainable bioeconomy.
Global Europe 01-03-2021

EU audits Indian vaccine maker as AstraZeneca looks to boost supplies to the bloc

Europe’s drug regulator is auditing the manufacturing site of the Serum Institute of India (SII), a source with knowledge of the matter said, a necessary step before AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine made there can be exported to the bloc.
Global Europe 01-03-2021

Dozens of Hong Kong dissidents charged with security crime

Dozens of Hong Kong dissidents were charged with subversion on Sunday (28 February) in the largest use yet of Beijing's sweeping new national security law, as authorities seek to cripple the financial hub's democracy movement.
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