22.06.2020

The Brief – Ceci n’est pas une troïka – euractiv.com

Jorge Valero The Commission is going to great lengths to stress that the proposed recovery fund will not be a bailout programme. “This is not an adjustment program with a different name,” the Commissioner for Economy, Paolo Gentiloni, said in May. We are not back to troïka times. The EU executive even avoids using the word “conditionality” […]

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13.06.2020

German EU Presidency: MEPs warn Merkel of company lobbying – euractiv.com

Florence Schulz An alliance of MEPs is calling on Germany to tighten the rules on transparency and lobbying when it takes over the EU Council Presidency in July. Germany should follow Finland’s example and report what happens at the Council meetings, the MEPs say. EURACTIV Germany reports. In an open letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel, 92 MEPs from […]

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19.05.2020

Remarks by Michel Barnier following Round 3 of negotiations for a new partnership between the European Union and the United Kingdom

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/fr/speech_20_895 « Seul le texte prononcé fait foi » Mesdames et Messieurs, Je suis heureux de vous retrouver, même par écrans interposés. J’espère que vous et vos proches allez aussi bien que possible, dans ces circonstances qui restent graves et qui nécessitent toute notre mobilisation, individuelle et collective. Il y a trois semaines, à l’issue de notre […]

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18.05.2020

Turning the page on the age of oil – euractiv.com

By  Achim Steiner and Francesco La Camera Governments have a choice: stimulate fossil fuel industries or invest in a more resilient recovery, powered by renewable energy.  This is a once in a generation chance, write Achim Steiner and Francesco La Camera. Achim Steiner is Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme; Francesco La Camera is Director General of […]

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18.05.2020

Jourová: Commission looking at Hungary’s emergency changes to labour code and GDPR – euractiv.com

By  Vlagyiszlav Makszimov  The European Commission is examining Hungary’s emergency regime, including government decrees affecting the country’s labour code and the application of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Vera Jourová told the European Parliament on Thursday (14 May). “The Commission is monitoring the situation in all states, but in case of Hungary, I can reveal […]

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18.05.2020

What has COVID-19 changed for the EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy? – euractiv.com

By  Celia Nyssens, Nick Jacobs and Nikolai Pushkarev What has COVID-19 changed for the EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy? Nothing apart from underlining the urgency of transforming our food systems, write Nick Jacobs, Celia Nyssens and Nikolai Pushkarev. Nick Jacobs is the Director of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food (IPES-Food), Celia Nyssens is Policy Officer for […]

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18.05.2020

Europe should temporarily ban Chinese takeovers, Weber says – euractiv.com

The European Union should impose a temporary ban on Chinese takeovers of companies that are currently undervalued or have business problems because of the coronavirus crisis, the leader of the bloc’s largest political alliance said on Sunday (17 May). Manfred Weber, a senior German conservative and head of the centre-right EPP grouping in the EU […]

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15.05.2020

EU-UK talks: ‘disappointing’ progress, says Barnier – euronews.com

https://www.euronews.com/2020/05/15/barnier-on-eu-uk-talks-are-we-heading-towards-another-extension The EU-UK trade talks were never going to be plain sailing, but then came COVID-19, with both chief negotiator Michel Barnier and the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson being personally affected. In the meantime, a June deadline for significant progress is looming, and key arguments remain unresolved. Questions remain over fishing rights, how closely […]

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