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Global Europe Brief: Could Ukraine open Pandora’s security box?

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU from a global perspective. You can subscribe to receive our newsletter here. In this week’s edition: Western diplomacy over Ukraine, Belarus’ food embargo weapon and EU foreign intelligence ideas....
Agrifood 21-01-2022

European Parliament calls for better animal protection during transport

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.

EU ministers back border fences to deal with Eastern threats

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. 
Agrifood 21-01-2022

Agrifood Brief: Mirror, mirror – or a wall?

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...
EU-Africa 21-01-2022

Africa must not be targeted by EU carbon levy, warns Senegal’s president

The EU needs to ensure that African states do not bear the brunt of its carbon border levy at next month’s EU–African Union summit in Brussels, Senegal’s President has warned EU leaders.
Digital & Media 21-01-2022

Digital Brief powered by YouTube: DSA plenary, Germany stalling, voice assistant

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU.
Future EU 21-01-2022

European citizens divided on nuclear in EU democracy experiment

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.

Fury in Parliament as EU green taxonomy deadline expires

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.

Austria to give out annual €200 ‘climate bonus’

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.

Scholz walks EU tightrope in push for ‘international climate club’

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.
Global Europe 21-01-2022

China incensed by French parliament’s genocide declaration

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.
Economy & Jobs 21-01-2022

German industry calls for better EU-Swiss relations

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.

EU ministers mull carbon border tax, argue over nuclear’s green credentials

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".
Agrifood 21-01-2022

UK positions itself as frontrunner in gene editing research

In the hopes of becoming a frontrunner in biotechnology following Brexit, the UK has announced new legislation cutting what it deems as “unnecessary” red tape to encourage gene-editing research.

Parliament drafts energy poverty definition as part of EU social climate fund overhaul

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.
Global Europe 21-01-2022

Russia proposes ban on use and mining of cryptocurrencies on its territory

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.
Climate change 21-01-2022

‘Too early’ to revise Europe’s bioenergy rules, EU countries say

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.
Politics 21-01-2022

French troops in Romania a bid to clarify ‘misunderstandings’

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Global Europe 21-01-2022

UK to warn Russia of Ukraine ‘quagmire’

Russia risks becoming embroiled in a "terrible quagmire" if it invades Ukraine, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will warn Friday (21 January) in a speech in Sydney.
Coronavirus 21-01-2022

Macron emphasises technology transfer in fight against vaccine shortages

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. 
Global Europe 21-01-2022

EU re-establishing ‘minimal presence’ in Kabul

The European Union on Thursday (20 January) announced it had begun re-establishing a "minimal presence" in Kabul to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid in Afghanistan.
Elections 21-01-2022

French candidate Hidalgo ‘profoundly’ pro-European

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.
Biofuels 21-01-2022

Lawmaker proposes raising EU green jet fuel target to 100% by 2050

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.
Economy & Jobs 21-01-2022

Germany wants to attract 400,000 skilled workers from abroad each year

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.