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Catapano: Gene screening helps prevent cardiovascular disease

Tue, 2015-03-31 17:00

The EU could do more to provide information to physicians about patients at risk of developing cardiovascular disease, says Alberico Catapano.  

Alberico Catapano is President of the European Atherosclerosis Society (EAS) and Professor of Pharmacology. He spoke with EurActiv's Henriette Jacobsen and Evan Lamos, at the annual EAS conference in Glasgow.

Why is the European Atherosclerosis Society’s (EAS) conference in Glasgow important, and how is it different from other health conferences?

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Europe trailing behind in global renewables rebound

Tue, 2015-03-31 16:36

Renewable energy investment across the European Union almost ground to a standstill last year, with less than 1% growth, despite a strong global rebound in financing led by China and the United States, according to figures published on Tuesday (31 March).

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Gazprom buys South Stream shares from Eni, EDF and Wintershall

Tue, 2015-03-31 14:57

Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom has bought the shares of its European partner companies in the South Stream gas pipeline company, namely Eni, EDF and Wintershall, for approximately $1 billion, thus becoming sole owner of the defunct pipeline.

Gazprom has reportedly paid Italy’s Eni, who owned 20% of the South Stream company, approximately $390 million, and France’s EDF and Germany’s Wintershall, who had a 15% share, approximately $290 million.

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Catalonia nationalists plan 2017 secession from Spain

Tue, 2015-03-31 14:46

Catalan nationalist parties have signed a road map to secede from Spain in 2017 if independence movements win a September regional vote.

The election will "serve as a legal mechanism to determine the Catalan people's will", two main Catalan nationalist parties said in an agreement published Monday.

Nationalist leaders in the wealthy region of Spain have called the snap regional vote for September 27 after Madrid blocked their bid for a referendum on independence. It will be the third regional election in Catalonia since 2010.

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Turkey, Saudi Arabia strive for Sunni leadership

Tue, 2015-03-31 11:54

The regional environment will likely push Ankara into a more confrontational stance regarding Tehran, as Turkey vies for a leading role in the Sunni world, writes global intelligence company Stratfor.

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Bulgaria complains to Commission about new Greek tax

Tue, 2015-03-31 08:57

Bulgaria complained to the European Commission on Monday (30 March) about a new Greek law battling corporate tax avoidance that Sofia warns could undermine trade between the Balkan neighbours.

In a letter to European Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici, Bulgarian Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov took exception with Athens' introduction of a 26% withholding tax on Greek business transactions originating in Cyprus, Ireland and Bulgaria -- all of which have minimalist corporate tax structures.

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Soros ‘ready to invest’ in Ukraine

Tue, 2015-03-31 08:57

George Soros is ready to invest $1 billion in Ukraine if Western countries help private investment there, and sees a 1 in 3 chance of Greece leaving the euro, the billionaire told Austria's Der Standard.

Soros has previously urged the West to increase aid to Ukraine, outlining steps towards a $50 billion financing package that he said should be viewed as a bulwark against an increasingly aggressive Russia.

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'Industrie 4.0': How European companies can really benefit

Tue, 2015-03-31 08:56

Digitisation could be an opportunity for European countries to wrest back production and manufacturing they have lost to regions such as Asia, writes Reinhold Festge.

Dr Reinhold Festge is president of the German Engineering Association (VDMA). The organisation represents more than 3,100 mainly small and medium sized companies.

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Consumers in the dark over alcoholic drinks content

Tue, 2015-03-31 08:55

SPECIAL REPORT / Consumer knowledge about the nutritional value and ingredient contained in alcoholic beverages is limited, according to a new survey published last week.

Only three out of ten respondents said they were aware that spirits contain more calories than orange juice, beer or wine, according to the new survey by GfK research, published on Thursday (26 March).

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Report: Companies score better with bottom-up employee engagement

Tue, 2015-03-31 08:54

Despite the slow economic recovery, a high number of managers and employee representatives in the EU report a good work climate, and say that the growing involvement of employees in companies’ daily decision-making is good for performance and economic growth.

Businesses with direct employee participation score better in terms of performance and well-being according to the third European Company Survey by Eurofound, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, a tripartite EU agency.

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EU broadens accession talks with Montenegro

Tue, 2015-03-31 08:25

The European Union announced that it was broadening its negotiations with Montenegro on EU membership on Monday (30 March), even though the 28-nation bloc has frozen expansion over the next five years.

Both sides agreed to start talks on taxation and external affairs as part of the wide-ranging negotiations, the European Council, which represents the member states, said in a statement.

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Bieńkowska launches high-level defence research group

Tue, 2015-03-31 08:07

On Monday (30 March), Elżbieta Bieńkowska , Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, launched a new high-level group to advise the EU on how it can support research on a future defence union.

The group consists of 16 people, including EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini, former Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt, a former defence minister of Poland, CEOs of companies in the defence sectors, parliamentarians and presidents of think tanks.

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EU aims for global standards against slave labour and exploitation

Tue, 2015-03-31 07:57

T-shirts for €4.95 and bananas at €1 per kilo – such prices often disguise unsafe working conditions and labor exploitation, inspiring EU Development Commissioner Mimica, and the German government, to push for an end such abuses. EurActiv Germany reports.

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Luxembourg and Lisbon prop up air pollution list

Tue, 2015-03-31 07:45

Luxembourg and Lisbon have come last in a ranking of European cities, which rates efforts to fight air pollution caused by transport.

Zurich topped the Sootfree Cities ranking, which grades the efforts of 23 cities in 16 countries to improve air quality. Copenhagen was the runner-up.

Berlin was the winner in 2011, the last time the ranking was published by the European Environmental Bureau and Friends of the Earth Germany. It slipped to fifth this year. London and Paris were equal, at sixth place.

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Report finds allegations of EU interference unfounded

Tue, 2015-03-31 07:37

The European Union Committee of the House of Lords has accused the government of attempting to “bury” the results of a report on the UK's relationship with the EU after it found no evidence of excessive interference from Brussels.

The government commissioned an extensive civil service investigation into how the EU affects British life in 32 areas, from health and education to the economy. The review was completed at the end of last year.

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No deal on Greece as Easter looms

Tue, 2015-03-31 07:30

The EU executive warned on Monday (30 March) that Greece and its creditors had yet to hammer out a new list of reforms despite talks lasting all weekend aimed at staving off bankruptcy and a euro exit.

"We're not there yet," European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas told reporters when asked about the progress of the talks.

"This is why the talks should benefit from further fact-finding in Athens that should continue."

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German states challenge climate fees on outdated power plants

Tue, 2015-03-31 07:16

Sigmar Gabriel’s plans to demand climate fees from Germany's old coal-fired power plants faces considerable opposition, especially from regions dependent on lignite, which claim the measure could eliminate thousands of jobs and raise energy prices. EurActiv Germany reports.

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Fossil fuels must stay in ground – but be realistic, Chris Smith says

Mon, 2015-03-30 14:46

Significant quantities of known coal and tar sands reserves will need to be kept in the ground to avoid the worst climate change impacts, the former chief of the UK Environment Agency has said.

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EU leaders march in Tunis in solidarity against Islamist militants

Mon, 2015-03-30 14:06

World leaders joined tens of thousands of Tunisians Sunday (29 March) to march in solidarity against Islamist militants, a day after security forces killed members of a group blamed for a deadly museum attack.

The 18 March attack on the Bardo national museum in Tunis killed 21 foreign tourists and a policeman, shaking a country that has been praised as a peaceful democratic model since leading the first of the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011.

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From world leader to decline: The Belgian railway policy is derailing

Mon, 2015-03-30 13:52

This is a story for all those that need public transport to reach their workplace (and home, afterwards) in Brussels, and regularly get frustrated because of delays and strikes, write Michael Cramer, Bart Staes, and Philippe Lamberts.

Michael Cramer (Greens/EFA) is Chairman of the Transport Committee in the European Parliament. Bart Staes is a Greens MEP . Philippe Lamberts serves as an MEP for Ecolo.

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