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Economy & Jobs 30-07-2021

German car parts suppliers fret over combustion engine phase-out

While car manufacturers like VW had preempted the European Commission proposal to effectively ban the sale of new combustion engine powered cars starting in 2035, parts suppliers and employees in the sectors are less thrilled.
Global Europe 30-07-2021

EU pushes Iraq to stem migrant flights to Belarus

The European Union said on Thursday (29 July) it was pressing Iraq to help stem the flow of migrants to Belarus who are then smuggled across the border into Lithuania.
Politics 30-07-2021

Greek islands face lockdowns – Portugal’s nightlife closed until October

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the overcrowding of Italian prisons, the streets of Prague making way for the 'vaccine bus', and so much more.

Slovenian opposition calls for independent probe into Pegasus concerns

Slovenia's opposition Social Democrats have called on Prime Minister Janez Janša to initiate an independent, voluntary forensic investigation of mobile devices of political leaders, journalists and civil society in the face of the Pegasus surveillance scandal.
Climate change 30-07-2021

EU creates checklist for ‘climate proof’ infrastructure projects

The European Commission on Thursday (29 July) published a guide to assess whether planned infrastructure projects are equipped to cope with climate change impacts like floods and heatwaves, a condition that must be met to receive certain EU funds.
Global Europe 30-07-2021

EU urges Cuba to free ‘arbitrarily detained’ protesters

The European Union is "very concerned about the repression" of protests in Cuba and urges the government to release all arbitrarily detained protesters, the EU said on Thursday (29 July) in its strongest statement to date on the matter.

Polish minister says European rights law breaches constitution

Poland's justice minister on Thursday (29 July) asked its Constitutional Tribunal to examine whether an article of the European Convention on Human Rights breaches the constitution, deepening an international row over the country's judicial reforms.
Climate change 30-07-2021

Firms propose green solutions for France’s EU presidency bid

A group of major French companies have sent a letter to Prime Minister Jean Castex  proposing solutions to best support Europe in its energy transition once France assumes the six month rotating EU Council presidency at the start of 2022. EURACTIV France reports.

Italy government reaches accord on contested justice reform

The Italian government has reached an accord over a contested reform of the judicial system, a government spokesperson said on Thursday (29 July), apparently putting an end to weeks of friction in Mario Draghi multi-party coalition.
Agrifood 29-07-2021

Experts: Deadly floods made worse by misguided farming practices

German environmental organisations are calling for flood protection measures to be improved and for a change to the way agricultural soils are used weeks after catastrophic flash floods deluged the country and left more than 200 dead across Western Europe. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Data protection 29-07-2021

Le Figaro publisher fined €50,000 for GDPR violation 

French publisher Société du Figaro has been fined by the Commission Nationale d’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) after the website of Le Figaro was discovered to be installing third party advertising cookies without users’ consent. 
Data protection 29-07-2021

Irish watchdog given one month to finalise Whatsapp privacy ruling

Facebook-owned messaging platform WhatsApp will learn within a month the extent of a fine by Ireland's privacy watchdog over an alleged breach of the EU privacy framework following a binding decision by the bloc's data protection board.
Coronavirus 29-07-2021

EU countries are throwing away expired vaccine doses

Europe is letting thousands of COVID-19 vaccine doses expire while only 1% of people in low-income countries and 28% of the world population has received at least a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Agrifood 29-07-2021

Crying fowl: Ministers call for EU-wide minimum standards for turkey farming

EU agriculture ministers have called for the creation of EU-wide minimum standards for turkey farming, which, despite being the third most slaughtered animal, still lack specific legal regulations for their husbandry.
Economy & Jobs 29-07-2021

Commission extends deadline to approve Hungarian recovery plan 

The European Commission and Hungary agreed to extend until end of September a deadline for Budapest to meet demands on its €7 billion recovery plan, the institution said on Thursday (29 July).
Europe's East 29-07-2021

Ruling party in Georgia dumps Charles Michel’s agreement

Georgian Dream, the ruling party in Georgia, withdrew on Wednesday (28 July) from the agreement to put an end to the protracted political crisis in the country, brokered in April by European Council President Charles Michel.

EU drops ‘accounting trick’ to boost green fuel in road transport

The biofuels industry has welcomed the European Commission's proposal to end the statistical inflation of waste-based biofuels in the EU's road transport energy mix, a practice they say camouflaged the use of fossil fuels.
Energy 29-07-2021

Climate legislation overhaul opens door to geothermal, but not wide enough

The recent overhaul of European climate legislation to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030 is a good first step towards supporting geothermal energy, but goes little further, according to a former Bulgarian environment minister.

Turkey courts Biden with Kabul airport offer

Turkey is offering to protect Kabul's strategic airport after US forces leave in what experts view as a high-risk bid to improve Ankara's strained ties with Washington.
Politics 29-07-2021

Protesting Bulgarians wiretapped under ‘coup’ accusation

In today's edition of The Capitals, find out more about Slovakia announcing an official pandemic wave, Czechia considering offering two extra days paid leave to those vaccinated, and so much more.
Global Europe 29-07-2021

Turkey detains over 200 migrants in Aegean

Turkey's coast guard has detained more than 200 migrants, including Afghans and Syrians, who were crossing the Aegean Sea on a fishing boat in an attempt to reach Greece, local media reported.
Global Europe 29-07-2021

Biden meets Belarus opposition leader, vowing support for democracy

US President Joe Biden met Wednesday (28 July) with Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanouskaya at the White House, in a strong show of support for pro-democracy protesters who say she won last year's election.
Global Europe 29-07-2021

Kremlin says Biden is wrong to say that Russia only has nukes and oil

The Kremlin said on Wednesday (28 July) that US President Joe Biden's assessment of Russia as only having nuclear weapons and oil was wide of the mark and betrayed a lack of knowledge about the country.
Coronavirus 29-07-2021

EU signs deal with GSK for supply of potential COVID drug

The European Union has signed a contract with GlaxoSmithKline for the supply of up to 220,000 treatments of its investigational monoclonal antibody therapy sotrovimab against COVID-19, it said on Wednesday (28 July).