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Cities & regions 31-08-2020

French and Italian organisations partner up to fight flood risks in Mediterranean

The Proterina-3Evolution project has gathered fourteen Italian and French partners from the coastal region to fight against flood risks together, as they share the same risks and benefit from the same support fund, EURACTIV France reports.

More migrant arrivals fuel local anger in Italy’s Lampedusa

A fishing boat carrying nearly 370 migrants landed overnight on the Italian island of Lampedusa, the country's news agencies said on Sunday (30 August), fueling anger from local officials over a recent rise in illegal arrivals.
Economy & Jobs 18-08-2020

Draghi: Only ‘good’ debt can save Europe’s economy

Former European Central Bank chief, Mario Draghi, called on European governments on Tuesday (18 August) to ensure the colossal amounts of debt countries are running up in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic are invested in upgrading their economies.

Italy wants no more illegal migrants, minister tells Tunisia

Italy has no more room for illegal migrants, its foreign minister Luigi Di Maio said Monday (17 August) on a visit to Tunisia, from where many of them cross the Mediterranean Sea.
Coronavirus 17-08-2020

Italy closes nightclubs as coronavirus cases rise among young

Italy is to shut discos and clubs and make it compulsory to wear a mask outdoors in some areas during the night-time in the first reimposition of restrictions as cases of coronavirus pick up across the country.
Economy & Jobs 10-08-2020

Italy seeks €28.5 billion in EU’s SURE unemployment aid

Italy has asked the European Union to tap its SURE unemployment scheme for €28.5 billion after extending furlough support to help the economy withstand the hit from the COVID-19 crisis.
Transport 05-08-2020

Italy threatens to ban Ryanair over coronavirus rule-breaking

Italy's national civil aviation authority ENAC threatened on Wednesday to suspend Ryanair's permit to fly in the country over alleged non-compliance with coronavirus safety rules.
Economy & Jobs 04-08-2020

Italy enjoys oversized ECB support as debt balloons

Italy enjoyed oversized purchases of its government debt by the European Central Bank in June and July, standing out as the main beneficiary of ECB efforts to support the virus-stricken euro zone economy, data showed on Monday (3 August).
Energy 20-07-2020

Gas grid operators unveil plan for European hydrogen infrastructure ‘backbone’

A group of eleven European gas infrastructure companies from nine EU member states presented on Friday (17 July) a plan to create a dedicated hydrogen pipeline network of almost 23,000 km by 2040, to be used in parallel to the natural gas grid.
Economy & Jobs 14-07-2020

For Italy, time is of the essence, Conte tells Merkel

Five days before an EU summit that could adopt a historic EU budget and a recovery fund, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte met Angela Merkel in Berlin. Both support a generous aid fund and both want an agreement at the weekend. But for Conte, the economic survival of his country is at stake. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 08-07-2020

Italy will not accept ‘weak compromise’ on EU recovery fund, PM says

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Tuesday (7 July) the European Union must act decisively to build a common response to the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, urging that support measures be activated rapidly.

Italy no longer among EU’s ‘top 5’ host countries for asylum seekers

For the first time since 2015, asylum applications in the EU started to rise again in 2019. However, Italy is no longer among the main host countries while Germany retains its top spot. EURACTIV Italy reports.
Economy & Jobs 17-06-2020

Conte reassures EU that virus recovery funds will be spent wisely

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Tuesday (16 June) sought to reassure Europe that forthcoming coronavirus recovery funds would be spent wisely to revive the battered economy after a crippling lockdown.
Digital 15-06-2020

Germany says coronavirus tracing app ready to go, as Italian privacy fears ease

Germany’s smartphone app to trace coronavirus infections is ready to be launched this week, Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Sunday (14 June).

Rescue boats return to the Mediterranean as 20,000 migrants prepare to cross from Libya

Two charity boats have headed back to the Mediterranean after a two-month hiatus in migrant rescue operations, as humanitarian groups await a new wave of arrivals.
Elections 09-06-2020

Virus puts brakes on Salvini’s far-right message in Italy

Matteo Salvini, the leader of Italy's far right, has seen his popularity drop as the coronavirus pandemic has drowned out his anti-immigrant message, but his League party remains a potent threat to the government.
Global Europe 08-06-2020

Protests roll on against ‘worldwide’ racism

Demonstrators in Rome held their fists in the air and chanted “No Justice! No Peace!” on Sunday (7 July), while in London people defying official warnings not to gather lay down outside the US Embassy as part of a rolling, global anti-racism movement.
Global Europe 05-06-2020

Europe’s COVID crisis does little to disparage Mediterranean migrants

Alfa Jafo has spent the last few months working in the kitchen at a restaurant in the historic city of Agadez in Niger, a launchpad for irregular migration in the Sahel. Asked if the COVID-19 pandemic has killed his dream of going to Europe, Jafo looks genuinely puzzled and says 'No'.
Digital 04-06-2020

European Digital Media Observatory launched in Florence to analyse disinformation

The European Digital Media Observatory, which aims to analyse disinformation, was launched on Monday (1 June) in Florence. Funded by the EU, it brings together researchers and experts in media literacy. EURACTIV Italy reports.

Austria lifting coronavirus border checks with all neighbours bar Italy

Austria is lifting coronavirus-related border restrictions including quarantines for all neighbouring countries except Italy as of Thursday (4 June), the foreign minister said on Wednesday.
Economy & Jobs 04-06-2020

ECB seen beefing up eurozone support as pandemic persists

Most analysts expect the European Central Bank on Thursday (4 June) to beef up its emergency bond-buying scheme with hundreds of billions of euros to weather the coronavirus pandemic, providing governments with the breathing space to decide their own response.
Coronavirus 29-05-2020

Italians least satisfied with EU’s coronavirus response

According to a survey carried out for the European Parliament, Italians are the least satisfied EU citizens when it comes to the EU's response to the coronavirus crisis. EURACTIV Italy reports.
Economy & Jobs 27-05-2020

Reclaiming the future for cities after COVID-19

Cities have been hit the hardest by the corona pandemic. Dario Nardella, the mayor of Florence, declares a state of social and economic emergency for his city and many others across Europe. And he argues that cities are key for a sustainable recovery in Europe.
Energy 19-05-2020

Coronavirus creates repair headache for oil and gas industry

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted maintenance at oil and gas projects and refineries from Russia’s Far East to the coast of Canada, storing up problems for an industry already reeling from slumping prices, analysts say.
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