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Agrifood 25-01-2021

COVID crisis ‘trigger’ for innovation in hospitality sector, say researchers

The COVID-19 crisis has deeply impacted the hospitality sector, but it has also been a trigger of business model innovation and this must be encouraged to help businesses adapt to the "new normal", according to new research. 
Coronavirus 22-01-2021

COVID vaccine contract: nearly a quarter obscured

As European lawmakers demand more transparency around COVID vaccine contracts, a EURACTIV analysis has found that nearly a quarter of the CureVac COVID vaccine contract made available to MEPs this week, including nearly two-thirds of its Annexes, has been redacted.
Agrifood 21-01-2021

Hospitality sector calls for support to unlock entrepreneurial spirit post-COVID

Despite the challenges the pandemic has presented to the EU hospitality sector, hopes remain high that it can bounce back and adapt to a new post-pandemic reality, but this requires support “commensurate to the hit it has taken”, according to the EU hospitality association.
Economy & Jobs 21-01-2021

Sanchez praises EU unity, insists Spain will implement COVID recovery funds

Unity at the national and EU level will be key for Spain and Europe to overcome the unprecedented challenges posed by the pandemic, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has said, adding that his government would successfully implement the €140 billion from the EU for the country's pandemic response and recovery.
Transport 13-01-2021

Honda to temporarily halt UK car output due to COVID-related supply issues

Japanese carmaker Honda said it would halt output at its British factory from Monday to Thursday next week (18-21 January) due to COVID-19 related global supply chain issues, the latest production suspension in recent weeks.
Digital 13-01-2021

Spain to launch Whatsapp channel to fight vaccine disinformation

Spain’s health ministry will soon launch a WhatsApp interactive channel to fight against disinformation on COVID-19 vaccines, El País reported. This should help reduce the percentage of Spaniards who still refuse to get vaccinated. EURACTIV's partner EuroEfe reports.
Biomass 13-01-2021

Europe renews pledge to fight deforestation at Paris biodiversity summit

The importance of forests for biodiversity and the need to protect them to prevent future pandemics was emphasised by Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel at the One Planet Summit on Monday (11 January).
Coronavirus 12-01-2021

MEPs get glimpse of first COVID contract amid calls for more transparency 

MEPs will, for the first time, be privy to the details of the first of the COVID vaccine contracts this week, although say that more must be done to achieve the level of transparency needed to improve trust and negate a rising ‘vaccine nationalism’.
Coronavirus 12-01-2021

Commission denies existence of COVID vaccine side deals

The European Commission denied on Tuesday (12 January) the existence of bilateral vaccine contracts between individual EU countries and manufacturers, saying this is not possible under the joint procurement agreement. This directly contradicts the Portuguese EU presidency, who confirmed such deals last week.
Coronavirus 08-01-2021

Commission takes evasive action over Germany’s vaccine side deal

The European Commission on Friday (8 January) refused to provide an answer on whether Germany's bilateral deal with Pfizer-BioNTech for 30 million extra doses has broken the commitment to joint procurement of vaccines.
Agrifood 08-01-2021

Portuguese presidency to handle agriculture ‘with eyes on the future’

The Portuguese presidency of the EU Council is committed to doing everything to conclude negotiations on the reform of the EU's massive farming subsidies programme without overlooking the transition toward a more sustainable food system, the Portuguese farm minister told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Brexit 07-01-2021

France’s Brittany Ferries in dire straits due to double Brexit/COVID whammy

After Brexit and the global pandemic, a new variant of the coronavirus ravaging the UK has dealt a fresh blow to the emblematic French shipping company Brittany Ferries, which now hopes for help from the French government. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 30-12-2020

2021: Build back to the future

The EU will double down on its efforts to use the Covid-19 crisis to accelerate the ‘Green’ and digital transitions, fuelled by its €1.95 trillion stimulus, an intense policy agenda and new trade opportunities to improve its global standing.
Politics 22-12-2020

Coexistence of different agri models is key for pandemic recovery, says MEP

In light of the difficult political context Europe is facing, with COVID-19, Brexit, US tariffs, and trade tensions, more thought should be put into different models of agriculture to address future challenges, the right-wing MEP Mazaly Aguilar (ECR) told EURACTIV in an interview.
Coronavirus 17-12-2020

Spain ready to implement tougher measures as ‘Christmas clock’ is ticking

With the virus not going away ahead of the Christmas season, the Spanish government is ready to implement tougher measures, Spain’s socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez told parliament on Wednesday, EFE reports.
Agrifood 16-12-2020

Give agricultural workers vaccination priority, stakeholders urge

As the approval of a COVID-19 vaccine edges closer in the EU, stakeholders are urging member states to treat the food and drink workforce as a top priority in vaccination plans.
Agrifood 15-12-2020

EU and Africa step up co-operation on agri-business amid pandemic

When the European Commission and African Union set up a joint rural Africa taskforce in May 2018, their priorities were to promote African food security, climate change adaption and investment in the continent’s agri-business. Its work towards those aims in African agri-business has been accelerated this year by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Agrifood 15-12-2020

EU agrifood relations with Africa: what lies ahead?

The European Union is reshaping its approach to Africa, hoping to promote long-term sustainable food systems and help their people cope with the side-effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Economy & Jobs 15-12-2020

Hospitality is a Partner in the Pandemic – Not an Adversary

Despite significant findings about the dynamics of the pandemic, the policy strategy for combating infections remains the same with regards to the hospitality sector: close and compensate. It is time to think about innovative approaches to keep hundreds of thousands...
Economy & Jobs 14-12-2020

Spain’s government encourages regions to submit ‘powerful projects’ eligible for EU financing

Spain’s Minister for Territorial Policy, Carolina Darias, encouraged local councils and regional governments in the country to submit "powerful projects", mainly focused in areas such as the  “green economy”, digital transformation, social cohesion and gender equality, all of which are eligible for financing under the EU Next Generation fund, EURACTIV's partner EFE reported. 
Coronavirus 10-12-2020

EMA director: Europeans are better protected with ‘EU licensed’ COVID vaccine

In an exclusive interview in Amsterdam with EURACTIV’s partner EFE, Emer Cooke, the executive director of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), stressed that Europeans are much “better protected" if the COVID-19 vaccine is authorised by the EU agency.
Climate change 09-12-2020

Global emissions fell by 7% in 2020 due to COVID lockdowns, says UN report

Reduced travel, industrial activity and electricity generation during COVID-19 has meant global emissions fell by up to 7% in 2020, but the impact of COVID-19 will be negligible without a green recovery, according to the United Nations.
Economy & Jobs 09-12-2020

Spanish minister confident end-of-year economic figures better than predicted

Spain's economy will do slightly better than previously forecast, with a 2.4% GDP increase by the end of this month, the country's Inclusion and Social Security Minister José Luis Escrivá predicted on Tuesday (8 December). EFE reports.
Politics 08-12-2020

Spain’s health minister urges people to apply ‘common sense’ over Christmas

The new restrictions approved by the Spanish government to prevent the spread of the virus at Christmas are “very tough”, health minister Salvador Illa admitted on Monday (7 December) but warned that their success would depend almost exclusively upon every citizen’s responsible behaviour. EURACTIV's partner EFE reported.
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