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Bulgarian PM on Brexit: ‘Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed’

Euractive general - Ven, 15/12/2017 - 07:20
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov took the liberty to comment on Brexit on the sidelines of the EU summit on Thursday (14 December), using language that obviously diverges from the common line adopted by the EU27.
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UK gets Russian gas for Christmas, despite US sanctions

Euractive general - Ven, 15/12/2017 - 07:15
The United Kingdom will take direct delivery of Russian gas for the first time this month, after fears of a winter supply crisis pushed prices up. The deal is controversial because the provider is a Russian gas project that is the subject of US sanctions against Moscow.
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Estonia seeks deal on data flows to cap tech-focused Council presidency

Euractive general - Ven, 15/12/2017 - 07:11
Estonia wants to seal an agreement next week between member states that would allow data to move easily across the EU, a priority file that the Baltic country pushed for throughout its six-month role leading legal negotiations.
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Climate change means meat taxes are ‘increasingly probable’

Euractive general - Ven, 15/12/2017 - 07:09
Investors claim that the implementation of the Paris Agreement will lead to some governments introducing a "livestock levy" that cuts meat consumption from diets, in a move that could avoid up to $600 billon in climate damages by 2050. EURACTIV’s partner edie.net reports.
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‘Bad news for enemies’: EU leaders officially launch defence pact

Euractive general - Ven, 15/12/2017 - 07:01
Flanked by soldiers in combat dress, European leaders inaugurated on Thursday (14 December) a landmark defence cooperation pact that EU Council President Donald Tusk said was "bad news for our enemies".
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Tweets of the Week: Brexit, kebab, and diversity

Euractive general - Ven, 15/12/2017 - 06:59
Welcome to Tweets of the Week. Brexit talks are looking drab, MEPs love a kebab, and EU diversity needs big rehab.
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Migration row mars EU summit, exposes divides

Euractive general - Ven, 15/12/2017 - 00:30
EU leaders ended the first day of the end-of-year European Council summit with no sign of tensions thawing amid recent disagreements on migration, which have once again exposed divides between eastern members and 'old Europe'.
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EU strikes deal on zero emission target for forest sector by 2030

Euractive general - Gio, 14/12/2017 - 17:37
EU member states reached a preliminary agreement with the European Parliament on the land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) regulation on Thursday (14 December), closing the trilogues ahead of a plenary vote in January.
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EU must not burn the world’s forests for ‘renewable’ energy

Euractive general - Gio, 14/12/2017 - 16:55
A flaw in Europe’s clean energy plan allows fuel from felled trees to qualify as renewable energy when in fact this would accelerate climate change and devastate forests, warn a group of scientists from the world’s leading universities.
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In Focus: Sinclair Davidson on plain packaging

Euractive general - Gio, 14/12/2017 - 16:51
Professor Sinclair Davidson from RMIT University in Australia joins EURACTIV's Brian Maguire to talk about the plain packaging policy for tobacco products introduced in Australia five years ago.
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The Brief: On three big issues, the EU stands united

Euractive general - Gio, 14/12/2017 - 16:51
It was a big surprise to see an institutional crisis unfold this week, with the harsh and undiplomatic reaction of Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos to a letter by Council President Donald Tusk. But this glitch aside, one has to praise the leaders of the EU countries for their unity over three other difficult issues.
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New Polish PM Morawiecki makes summit debut

Euractive general - Gio, 14/12/2017 - 14:21
Poland's newly appointed Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will attend his first  European summit in Brussels on Thursday (14 December), where leaders and policymakers hope he will be more cooperative than his predecessor Beata Szydło, who resigned this week.
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A charter for the world’s metastatic breast cancer patients

Euractive general - Gio, 14/12/2017 - 14:14
The world’s leading metastatic breast cancer (MBC) experts and advocates came together in Lisbon in November to welcome the ABC Alliance Global Charter. Marc Beishon explains.
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‘Greenwashed oil’ set to win from renewable transport targets, biofuel industry claims

Euractive general - Gio, 14/12/2017 - 14:00
Biofuel producers in the Visegrad countries plus Lithuania and Bulgaria have warned that a phase-out of biofuels will lead to a phase-in of ‘greenwashed’ fossil fuels under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), as it currently stands in the Council’s proposal.
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Europe must look beyond the Circular Economy Package

Euractive general - Gio, 14/12/2017 - 13:23
The EU’s Circular Economy Package is delivering some important progress on supporting business resource efficiency. But the circular economy will need to remain top of the agenda for many years to come if the EU is to see a step change in resource productivity, argues Nick Molho.
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EU shouldn’t allow Greek violation of environmental legislation

Euractive general - Gio, 14/12/2017 - 13:19
It is no secret that the Public Power Corporation (PPC) heavily influences the Greek government, but the EU institutions should step in to prevent a violation of European environmental legislation, writes Nikos Mantzaris.
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Member states give green light to Commission’s plan on endocrine disruptors

Euractive general - Gio, 14/12/2017 - 12:49
EU member states backed on Wednesday (13 December) the European Commission’s new plan to regulate endocrine disruptors, disappointing environmentalists.
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EU expected to mount pressure on Minsk over illicit ‘cheap whites’

Euractive general - Gio, 14/12/2017 - 12:32
The rising illicit tobacco trade and particularly of the so-called cheap whites from Belarus to the EU will be discussed at the next EU-Belarus meeting on 19 December, an EU official told EURACTIV.com.
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France, Portugal and Spain to attend mini energy summit

Euractive general - Gio, 14/12/2017 - 12:07
Portugal will organise early next year a summit dedicated solely to energy interconnectors, as lawmakers work to end the Iberian peninsula’s energy market isolation.
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Italy condemned again for failing to recognise same-sex marriages

Euractive general - Gio, 14/12/2017 - 11:50
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) condemned Italy on Thursday (14 December) for failing to recognise same-sex marriages, a ruling that will result in a token financial compensation for the plaintiffs and more negative publicity for the country.
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