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Non-discrimination 16-09-2021

EU law on gender violence must cover all forms of discrimination, say MEPs

Gender-based violence should be added to the list of crimes to be tackled across borders and the European Commission must table a proposal for an EU-wide directive on gender-based violence, EU lawmakers stated on Thursday (16 September).

Commission acknowledges its Bulgaria failures

The European Commission acknowledged for the first time on Thursday (16 September) that it had not done enough to help fight high-level corruption in Bulgaria. EURACTIV Bulgaria reports
Elections 16-09-2021

Opposition-led Hungarian capital holds democracy conference in sign of defiance

As Hungarian opposition parties are preparing to elect a single challenger to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Budapest's green mayor, one of the prime ministerial hopefuls, is holding a conference on sustainable democracy together with an exiled liberal university and opposition think tank.
Health 16-09-2021

Parliament sides with Commission to approve controversial new antimicrobials rules

The European Parliament has given its green light to a controversial new antimicrobials regulation, dismissing a motion calling for tighter restrictions on antibiotics use in animals and allowing the Commission to move forward on its plans to tackle anti-microbial resistance.
Digital & Media 16-09-2021

French publishers close to launch collective negotiations on neighbouring rights

French publishers are close to launching a new body to collectively negotiate with online platforms, while the dispute with Google raises fundamental questions on how to monetise online content.
Global Europe 16-09-2021

EU aims for bigger diplomatic weight on Indo-Pacific matters

The European Union outlined on Thursday (16 September) a new strategy for raising its presence in the Indo-Pacific and counter China's increasing influence in the region, which has become the latest arena of the international geopolitical race.
EU-Africa 16-09-2021

Von der Leyen offers African energy investment and more vaccine promises

Investment in green energy and new promises on vaccine supply were the only offers to Africa made by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen this week, as the EU’s plans to boost relations with its southern neighbour continent continue to sit on the back burner.
Coronavirus 16-09-2021

Some vaccine platforms can be easier adapted to new COVID-19 variants

For now, vaccines are capable of dealing with SARS-CoV-2 virus variants circulating in the world. But as new variants potentially emerge vaccines might need to be adapted to fight the new strains.
Health 16-09-2021

MEPs vow to strengthen role of EU’s agency on infectious diseases

EU lawmakers on Wednesday (15 September) adopted by a large majority the proposal to extend the mandate of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
Digital & Media 16-09-2021

Commission launches recommendation on safety of journalists

European Commission Vice President for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová presented on Thursday (16 September) a Recommendation on the Safety of Journalists, urging EU countries to address security concerns in an environment increasingly hostile towards the media.
Climate change 16-09-2021

EU plans certification scheme for carbon dioxide removals

The European Commission will publish a policy paper by the end of the year on "the sustainable management of the carbon cycle” – the first step towards an EU-wide certification scheme for negative emissions coming from agriculture, forestry and other sources, that will be tabled in 2022.
Global Europe 16-09-2021

Macron says French forces killed Islamic State leader in Sahara

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday (15 September) that French military forces had killed Islamic militant Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, the leader of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara.
Politics 16-09-2021

Commission demands from Bulgaria ‘exact date’ to end coal

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Non-discrimination 16-09-2021

Hungary equates ‘LGBT promotion’ in films with horror in viewing age ratings

Hungary's media regulator published guidelines for broadcasters to comply with new LGBT laws on Wednesday (15 September), relegating some films portraying homosexuality or gender identity issues to the same age group restrictions as gory horror movies.
Economy & Jobs 16-09-2021

EU sweetens its Blue Card for foreign professionals

The EU's Blue Card giving eligible foreign professionals the right to live and work in the bloc is being made more attractive under modifications approved Wednesday (15 September) by the European Parliament.
Economy & Jobs 16-09-2021

France steps up dual education as EU announces Erasmus for the unemployed

A French scheme pushing for more apprentice mobility within the European Union may serve as a roadmap for ALMA, a EU's new programme to help young people who are neither in employment nor in education.
Politics 16-09-2021

ALMA, the EU’s new programme to help young people find work abroad

The pandemic has deepened the unemployment crisis among young people, especially in Europe's south. A new work placement scheme is now meant to counter youth unemployment across the bloc, the European Commission has said.
Energy 16-09-2021

France to boost energy vouchers as consumer bills rise

French government is considering extending the benefit of energy vouchers to more households to ease the cost of rising energy bills, the government's spokesman Gabriel Attal said on Wednesday (15 September).
Energy 16-09-2021

Kremlin: Nord Stream 2 start will help cap gas prices in Europe

A rapid startup of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany could help calm record-high gas prices in Europe, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, as Moscow awaits for regulatory clearance for gas flows to begin.
Cybersecurity 16-09-2021

EU chief announces cybersecurity law for connected devices

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced on Wednesday (15 September) a Cyber Resilience Act aimed at setting common cybersecurity standards for connected devices.
Electricity 16-09-2021

Spanish power companies clash with government over measures to reduce electricity bill

Spain’s biggest power companies, such as Iberdrola and Endesa, have warned against any intervention in the electricity market by the Spanish state, after the socialist government’s decision to implement urgent measures to bring down soaring energy bills, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.

Germany, France warn Mali over Russian mercenary deal

Germany warned Mali on Wednesday (15 September) that a deal with Russian private security group Wagner would "call into question" its deployment in the West African country as part of United Nations and European Union missions.
Future EU 16-09-2021

Portuguese MEPs critical of von der Leyen’s state of the union speech

Portuguese MEPs were sharply divided in their appreciation of the state of the Union speech presented on Wednesday by the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen in the European Parliament. EURACTIV's partner Lusa reports.
15-09-2021

The State of the Union speech explained by EURACTIV

  This week our Beyond the Byline podcast is coming to you with a special episode focusing on the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s annual State of the Union speech. The president addressed the key issues on the...