Daniel Eck

Digital 12-04-2021

French politicians turn to Twitch in hope of connecting with youth

French Prime Minister Jean Castex and former president François Hollande are among a number of French politicians to broadcast live interviews on Twitch in recent months, with the video streaming platform being seen as a way to reconnect with disaffected youth. EURACTIV France reports.
Coronavirus 09-04-2021

France to allow mixing of COVID-19 vaccines despite lack of EMA guidance

People below 55 who received their first AstraZeneca dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will receive a different vaccine for their second, the French national health authority said Friday (9 April), despite the fact that there is no EMA guidance on the issue.
Health 08-04-2021

French rally champion commits to planting one tree for every lap win

Three-time French rally champion Yoann Bonato announced in late March that he would commit to planting a tree each time he sets the fastest time 'scratch' during a 'special', of which there are many during a race. As he will be competing in 17 races in the 2021 season, there is a chance for many trees to be planted. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 02-04-2021

French farmers protest to give ‘first warning to government’

As farmers' protests calling for a fair income increase across France, farmers will protest on the streets of Île-de-France Friday (2 April) to denounce the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). EURACTIV France reports.
Digital 02-04-2021

Google Maps on track to have ‘100 AI-powered improvements’

US digital giant Google unveiled on Tuesday (30 March) new features for its Google Maps app that will make use of artificial intelligence (AI). EURACTIV France reports.
Data protection 01-04-2021

French data watchdog to start checking cookie policy compliance

France's data protection watchdog CNIL will from Thursday (1 April) begin conducting checks to ensure websites are in compliance with new guidelines on advertising trackers after the deadline it granted expired. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital 31-03-2021

MEPs urged to reject Commission’s ‘anti-free speech’ proposal to monitor terror online

The European Commission is seeking to offer some comfort and reassurance after 61 organisations urged EU lawmakers in an open letter to reject the proposed EU regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online, which is due to be voted on in Parliament on 28 April.
Climate change 31-03-2021

Urban forests: A solution to Europe’s forestry problem?

A mini urban forest of 100 square metres is big enough to plant 15 to 30 tree types and recreate the ecosystem of a full-scale forest, according to Nicolas de Brabandère, founder of the Belgian company, Urban Forest. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 30-03-2021

Paris 2024 Olympics on course to being world’s first ‘climate-positive’ sporting event

The Olympic Games to be held in Paris in 2024 will be the "first sporting event in the world" to have a positive impact on the climate, according to the Paris 2024 board of directors, which approved its climate strategy in mid-March. EURACTIV France reports.

Scientists, NGOs says marine Cetambicion project is waste of ‘precious time’

France, Spain, and Portugal launched the joint Cetambicion marine project on 15 March to protect cetaceans in the Bay of Biscay, but researchers and civil society campaigners say it is a waste of 'precious' time. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital 30-03-2021

MEPs call for greater regulation of AI discrimination

The European Parliament's culture and education committee endorsed on 15 March an opinion calling for a framework to regulate artificial intelligence (AI) in order to "reduce gender, social or cultural bias in technology", and the European Commission is expected to propose a legislative framework for the matter in April. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 26-03-2021

French dairy farmers sour after milk origin labelling scrapped

A decision by France's top court to annul the obligation to label the origin of milk has provoked outrage in France. Dairy farmers and politicians are particularly sour about the move, calling it an "unacceptable step backwards." EURACTIV France reports.

African countries deem EU carbon border levy ‘protectionist’

Some African countries consider the EU's planned carbon border levy to be "protectionist". That was the upshot of a conference organised by the French government on Tuesday (23 March), which examined the challenges posed by the EU's upcoming mechanism. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 25-03-2021

Pandemic whets French appetite for organic, locally produced food

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the eating habits of the French, according to Agence Bio's 18th barometer on consumption and perception of organic products. In 2020, more people tended towards eating more local, in season, and organic. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 25-03-2021

Agroecology transitional costs major hurdle to uptake, warns French advisory body

Producing more while reducing the impact on the climate and the environment: this is the challenge facing the agricultural world today, presented as one of the keys to a successful green transition by the French and European public authorities. EURACTIV France explores the potential of agroecology in squaring this circle.
Agrifood 24-03-2021

French mosques fear slaughter policy change is ban on halal chicken

Several major French mosques have expressed concern that a proposed ban on the slaughter of poultry without first stunning the animals would effectively lead to a ban on halal chicken, while the agriculture ministry says this concern is unfounded. EURACTIV France reports.
Digital 23-03-2021

Reporters Without Borders files complaint against Facebook for ‘deceptive commercial practices’

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) filed a complaint against Facebook for "deceptive commercial practices" on Monday (22 March), accusing the social media giant of not respecting its commitments related to fighting disinformation and moderating online hate, particularly targeting journalists. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 22-03-2021

EU recovery plan has helped boost consumer, industry confidence

The coronavirus pandemic has instigated fears of economic uncertainty among various economic actors, including among consumers, distributors, and industry. However, the latest Eurostat figures show that confidence among economic actors is more or less holding up despite the health crisis.
Economy & Jobs 18-03-2021

EU’s fund to cover Brexit costs urgently needed, MEPs say

The EU Parliament's regional development committee has discussed the details of the EU's €5 billion Brexit Adjustment Reserve, with lawmakers calling for the fund to be implemented as soon as possible. EURACTIV France reports.

EU Court bans controversial French bird hunting practice

In a ruling on Wednesday (17 March) the EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg banned the traditional French bird-hunting practice that consists of using so-called glue traps because it was "likely to cause other than negligible damage to non-target species caught". EURACTIV France reports.
Data protection 16-03-2021

France to use CCTV to monitor mask-wearing on public transport

France has authorised the use of surveillance cameras to monitor whether passengers on public transport are abiding by the requirement to wear masks. EURACTIV France reports.

Abolition of energy-saving incentives worries French building sector

The €2 billion of financial aid to boost energy renovation in France's COVID recovery plan may not be enough to compensate for the abolition of financial assistance provided to households under the so-called “energy saving incentives” – or what the French ministry has branded "coups de pouce isolation". EURACTIV France reports.
Coronavirus 15-03-2021

‘Mistakes were made’ when vaccines were ordered, EU’s Timmermans admits

The European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans has admitted that mistakes were made in Brussels when COVID-19 vaccines were being ordered and suggested taking stock "at the end of the pandemic" of what went wrong and what was done right. EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

French right, Greens join forces on EU carbon border levy

The European Parliament has finally voted to maintain free CO2 allowances. This has provoked outrage among some European People's Party (EPP) MEPs, particularly from the French Republican party, who, together with the Greens, have sided against the amendment. EURACTIV France reports.