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EU ministers reach key agreement to unlock Banking Union file

Euractive general - Fri, 25/05/2018 - 19:34
Member states have reached an agreement on a package of measures aimed at reducing risk in the banking industry. The political consensus built upon a joint proposal by the French and German Finance ministers paves the way for a deepened reform of the Economic and Monetary Union.
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Europe is about to lose the global AI race – thanks to GDPR

Euractive general - Fri, 25/05/2018 - 17:52
The GDPR, which recently came into force, imposes such tight restrictions on the use of personal data that the EU will be unable to keep up with the rest of the world using AI to streamline their economies, writes Nick Wallace.
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The Brief, powered by Yara – The end of Rajoy

Euractive general - Fri, 25/05/2018 - 16:55
Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy is a natural born survivor, literally. He almost lost his life twice, first in a car accident in 1979, and years later in a helicopter crash in 2005. But in terms of his political career, he may not be so lucky a third time.
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Spain’s Socialists table no confidence motion against Rajoy’s government

Euractive general - Fri, 25/05/2018 - 16:45
Spain's main opposition Socialist Party tabled on Friday (25 May) a motion of no confidence in Parliament against the government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy after his ruling Popular Party was found guilty of corruption in a court verdict. EURACTIV’s partner efe-epa reports.
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Silicon Valley giants hit with first complaints on day one of GDPR

Euractive general - Fri, 25/05/2018 - 16:26
Big American technology companies were the first to be hit with complaints for how they handle users’ personal information under the new EU data protection regulation known as GDPR.
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Seize the challenge of Big Data and AI, says Tata boss

Euractive general - Fri, 25/05/2018 - 16:16
Europe is ahead in the digital game, says Tata's Consultancy Services COO. But businesses and governments will need to utilise Big Data and Artificial Intelligence to improve services and the quality of life of customers.
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New OECD report shows recycling’s Herculean task

Euractive general - Fri, 25/05/2018 - 16:14
Plastic production is still the go-to option over recycling because of lack of demand, poor collection rates and a fragile market, according to a new report by the OECD, which suggests a number of measures to boost the industry.
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Ending poverty in Africa is within our reach

Euractive general - Fri, 25/05/2018 - 14:48
On  Africa Day (25 May) it is important to note that the continent is making important progress to end extreme poverty. With all the potential Africa holds it is important for the EU to support it, therefore, the next seven-year budget should secure more funds for aid, writes Dorine Nininahazwe.
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Schools open to all? Slovakia uses EU funds to include Roma children

Euractive general - Fri, 25/05/2018 - 14:16
Systemic segregation of Roma children in Slovakia's pre-schools and primary education has been around - and barely addressed - for many years. The lack of efforts on their inclusion has been highlighted by both human rights NGOs and the European Commission.
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UK ‘working on two versions’ of customs pact, says Hammond

Euractive general - Fri, 25/05/2018 - 14:10
UK ministers will set out their vision of future trading relations with the EU in the coming weeks, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Thursday (24 May).
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Czech farmers clash over proposed CAP subsidies capping

Euractive general - Fri, 25/05/2018 - 13:47
The European Commission’s proposal to cap agricultural payments and provide more support for small farms has divided farmers in the Czech Republic. But there are other issues they should focus on, such as the ageing rural population and the challenges of modern technologies. EURACTIV.cz reports.
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Eric Andrieu on Efsa, PEST committee and France

Euractive general - Fri, 25/05/2018 - 13:19
French MEP Eric Andrieu discusses the role of the EP’s PEST Committee, which he chairs, to respond to comments suggesting that it is at a dead-end.
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It will be tough and costly to contain current Ebola outbreak, says WHO

Euractive general - Fri, 25/05/2018 - 13:01
Following a new Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo early May, the World Health Organisation (WHO) decided it is not yet an international public health emergency but is deploying an action plan to contain the disease, a move which proves particularly challenging this time
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Trans-Europe Express, powered by Yara – Eurobarometer tells only half the story

Euractive general - Fri, 25/05/2018 - 11:56
One year ahead of the European elections, a recent Eurobarometer opinion poll seems to have emboldened mainstream politicians. European Parliament boss Antonio Tajani said that these results indicate a positive trend of EU support, despite Brexit, “or perhaps precisely because of this”. 
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Reindeer herders and lavender farmers launch legal case against EU climate efforts

Euractive general - Fri, 25/05/2018 - 10:31
Lawyers acting for a group including a French lavender farmer and members of the indigenous Sami community in Sweden have launched legal action against the EU’s institutions for failing to adequately protect them against climate change. EURACTIV’s partner The Guardian reports.
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Solar trade barriers: Who are they benefiting?

Euractive general - Fri, 25/05/2018 - 10:27
In December 2013, the European Union imposed trade defence measures on solar panels and cells from China, which are set to expire in September 2018.
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European Commission urged to deliver on new EDCs strategy

Euractive general - Fri, 25/05/2018 - 10:20
MEPs and civil society representatives urged the European Commission on 24 May to act soon on defining a new strategy following the rejection by the European Parliament last autumn of its endocrine disruptor chemicals (EDC) definition.
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Romania squandering EU funding, Moldova deserves more, says EU regional boss

Euractive general - Fri, 25/05/2018 - 09:55
Romanian Commissioner Corina Creţu wants her country to take full advantage of the EU funding that is on offer and for Moldova to meet the bloc’s accession criteria in order to unlock even more financing.
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Yerevan calling? UK’s Johnson discusses Russia with hoax caller

Euractive general - Fri, 25/05/2018 - 08:24
Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson talked international relations and rude poetry with a hoax caller who pretended to be the Armenian prime minister in a new gaffe by one of Britain’s most prominent politicians.
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Putin welcomes European efforts to save Iran nuclear deal

Euractive general - Fri, 25/05/2018 - 08:00
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday (24 May) that his country appreciated efforts by Europe to save the Iran nuclear deal despite the withdrawal of the United States and warned of “lamentable consequences” if it was not preserved.
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