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Economy & Jobs 11-05-2021

EU’s Comittee of Regions calls for local participation in Future of Europe summit

The Conference on the Future of Europe launched Sunday (9 May) in Strasbourg can only succeed if local and regional communities are involved, the European Committee of the Regions has argued. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital & Media 11-05-2021

EU Parliament to counter lawsuits designed to silence journalists, NGOs

The European Parliament's committees dealing with legal affairs (JURI) and civil liberties and home affairs (LIBE) met Tuesday morning (11 May) in Parliament to prepare their report on combating lawsuits aimed at intimidating journalists and civil society organisations in the EU. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 11-05-2021

IEA: Renewable energy to account for 90% of new power expansion post-COVID-19

After capacity additions continued to grow during 2020, the International Energy Agency (IEA) is forecasting that "exceptionally high" growth is likely to continue during this year and next. EURACTIV's media partner edie.net reports.

Health Commissioner: EU cancer plan must ‘break the silence’ on women’s cancers

There is a large inequality of access to women's cancer services and treatments across the block, according to the EU health chief, who highlighted the role of Europe's Beating Cancer plan in bridging these disparities.
Cybersecurity 11-05-2021

Germany sees cybercrime jump as work shifts online in pandemic

Germany's shift towards digitalisation due to the coronavirus pandemic has come with a significant rise in cybercrime, according to a report by the country's Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA). EURACTIV Germany reports.
Transport 11-05-2021

Connecting Europe by rail, the future of public transport in rural areas, and the falling price of EVs

The ability to cross borders seamlessly tends to be described, at least in Brussels, in lofty terms. It is positioned as a crowning achievement of the European project, one that allows us to imagine ourselves outside of geography, to live as “Europeans” uninhibited by boundaries or national constrictions.
Coronavirus 11-05-2021

EU could quickly approve Pfizer jab for 12-15 year olds, says EMA chief

The head of the European Medicines Agency said Monday (10 May) that BioNTech/Pfizer's jab against Covid-19 could be approved in the EU for 12- to 15-year-olds soon, perhaps as early as this month.
Future EU 11-05-2021

Federalists: Conference on the Future of Europe could kickstart EU reform

Like the Schuman Declaration in 1950, the Conference on the Future of Europe could pave the way for a reform of the EU, the Spinelli Group – which gathers federalist MEPs and national parliamentarians – with the Union of European...

EU approves strengthened civil protection mechanism

EU member states on Monday (10 May) approved a strengthened EU Civil Protection Mechanism, with new rules to better prepare for emergencies like forest fires, and more resources allowing a faster response to new threats such as pandemics.
Politics 11-05-2021

Austria opposes ‘decoupling’ Albania-North Macedonia EU path

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about tensions mounting over immigrants in Italy and France maybe dropping their referendum on environmental preservation, and so much more.
Germany seeks to fly ahead in getting e-fuels market ready
Aviation 11-05-2021

Germany charges ahead in decarbonising domestic flights with new e-fuel roadmap

One third of fuel used in domestic flights by 2030 will come from sustainable sources, according to a new German roadmap on the market ramp-up of power-to-liquid (PtL) kerosene unveiled on Friday (7 May).

US raises concerns over Europe’s planned carbon ‘border tax’

Implementing a border levy to price carbon-intensive imports and protect European industries will be “extremely complicated,” warned Jonathan Pershing, a member of the US climate envoy’s team.
Climate change 11-05-2021

Brussels rebuked over ‘confusing’ draft EU bioenergy rules

The European Commission was sent back to the drawing board on the EU's renewable energy directive overhaul after an internal assessment of its draft proposal concluded that it failed to analyse the potential environmental risks of increased bioenergy use.
Central Asia 11-05-2021

Oettinger: It’s time to take EU-Kazakhstan relations to a new level

Former European Commission Vice President Günther Oettinger called on Monday (10 May) for elevating the EU-Kazakhstan relations to “a new level”, inviting the European business to invest more in added-value products manufactured in the Central Asian country.
11-05-2021

Israeli-Palestinian violence must ‘stop immediately’: EU

The "significant upsurge in violence" in the West Bank, in and near Gaza and in east Jerusalem "needs to stop immediately," a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Monday (10 May).
Global Europe 11-05-2021

Brussels calls on EU countries to help Italy by taking migrants

The EU's commissioner for home affairs, Ylva Johansson, on Monday (10 May) called for the bloc's countries to show "solidarity" with Italy after it took on more than 1,400 migrants arriving on boats over the weekend.

Portuguese PM: ’unfair’ to blame Germany for vaccine patent stance

Portugal's Prime Minister on Monday (10 May) considered arguments that blame Germany for the EU’s less open position on the lifting of patents on COVID-19 vaccines "unfair", stressing that most member states follow the same line.
Agrifood 11-05-2021

German Greens: The ‘X’ factor in EU’s debate on new genomic techniques

With the Greens increasingly likely to hold sway in the future German government after the 26 September election, EURACTIV took stock of the party’s position on gene-editing, which could prove to be a turning point for Germany's position and the ongoing debate in the EU.
Future of mobility 11-05-2021

Spain’s car industry eyes extension of furlough schemes to save jobs

The Spanish car industry is mulling extending temporary lay-off schemes known as ERTEs currently due to expire at the end of the month until at least next September to mitigate the pandemic’s negative impact on the sector. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Europe's East 11-05-2021

EU prepares new round of Belarus sanctions from June

The European Union is readying a fourth round of sanctions against senior Belarus officials in response to last year's contested presidential election and could target as many as 50 people from June, four diplomats said.
Eastern Europe 11-05-2021

Georgia opposition leader walks free after EU posts bail

Georgia on Monday (10 May) released jailed opposition leader Nika Melia on bail posted by the European Union, in a move expected to defuse a political crisis in the Caucasus country.
Digital & Media 10-05-2021

Germany’s online hate speech law slammed by opposition, Commission

Civil rights activists and opposition politicians have slammed a recently approved amendment to Germany's law regulating online communications, saying it encroaches on freedom of expression and fragments the European legal space. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 10-05-2021

Decision on AstraZeneca jab will cost Europe thousands of lives, says expert

The EU decision to shut the door to British-Swedish pharma giant AstraZeneca’s jab and the general miscommunication over the safety of its product will cost thousands of lives in Europe, a Greek expert has said.
Digital & Media 10-05-2021

French TV news channels gave EU-related topics only 2.3% of airtime in 2020

EU-related news was given only 2.3% of airtime on French TV news in 2020 and most of it was devoted to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study by the Jean Jaurès Foundation in partnership with the French Audiovisual Institute (INA) revealed. EURACTIV France reports.