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EU carbon market emissions (excluding aviation) fell 8.7% in 2019

Thu, 2020-04-02 09:40
Greenhouse gas emissions regulated under Europe's carbon market fell by 8.7% last year,  according to preliminary like-for-like European Commission data examined by carbon analysts at Refinitiv.
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‘No gloves, no masks’: Romania medical workers fear for lives in virus fight

Thu, 2020-04-02 08:56
"We don't have gloves, masks, anything," says one of the medical team at southeastern Romania's Râmnicu Sărat hospital, one of those designated to treat COVID-19 patients.
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A letter from the north

Thu, 2020-04-02 08:54
Serbia’s foreign minister, Ivica Dacic, has received a letter from the ambassadors of Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway thanking him for offering to transfer their citizens stranded in Serbia, the Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday (1 Apri).  The letter, posted...
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NGOs criticise Commission over CAP impact on biodiversity

Thu, 2020-04-02 08:50
Environmental NGOs have accused the European Commission of "greenwashing" and cherry-picking positive messages from an EU-funded independent evaluation study about the impact of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on habitats, landscapes and biodiversity.
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Finland considers shutting completely border with Sweden

Thu, 2020-04-02 08:49
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Portugal's extended lockdown and Austria's criticism of Hungary's emergency law and so much more.
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BELGRADE / Borrell: lifting tariffs important in times of crisis

Thu, 2020-04-02 08:45
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, hailed on Wednesday (1 April) a decision of the Kosovo government to fully lift the tariffs on goods coming from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. “Happy to see the...
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ZAGREB – New economic measures

Thu, 2020-04-02 08:44
Croatian PM Andrej Plenković has presented the second economic relief package tailored for entrepreneurs who are struggling amid the coronavirus crisis and taking account of the criticisms from the private sector. The state will cover the minimum wage which has...
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SOFIA – Call to cancel Mobility Package

Thu, 2020-04-02 08:42
Bulgaria and seven other countries have asked the EU institutions to shelve draft legislation on the Mobility Package which would put additional burden on road transport firms hit by the coronavirus outbreak. Transport ministers of Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Cyprus,...
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BRATISLAVA – A blackout is still an option

Thu, 2020-04-02 08:41
Prime Minister Igor Matovič (OĽaNO) is still entertaining the notion of a “blackout” that would last between and two and three weeks, as well as the idea of “turning down the country” as one of the possible scenarios on which...
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BUDAPEST – A flurry of lawmaking

Thu, 2020-04-02 08:40
In a host of new proposals submitted by the Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén late Tuesday night (31 March), the government proposes to legislate on gender, the Budapest-Belgrade railway, the capital’s development project, theatres and more. In the wake of...
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WARSAW – New electoral rules

Thu, 2020-04-02 08:39
On Wednesday (1 April), the ruling conservative PiS party introduced new electoral rules ahead of the presidential elections in May. If approved, they will enter into force next week and ensure every citizen is able to vote by mail. This,...
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DUBLIN – Irish personal data survey

Thu, 2020-04-02 08:37
The majority of the Irish population are willing to share their personal data for the cause of stemming the spread of the coronavirus, new research has found. 87% of the Irish public would be happy for their personal data and medical...
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Serbia sets the stage for Beijing’s mask diplomacy

Thu, 2020-04-02 08:36
When six Chinese doctors landed in Belgrade two weeks ago, Serbia's president greeted them with elbow-bumps before laying a kiss on their country's flag, a gesture of gratitude that sent Chinese social media aflutter.
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LONDON COP-26 postponed by COVID-19

Thu, 2020-04-02 08:36
The COP-26 climate summit in Glasgow will be delayed  from November until next year as a result of disruption caused by the coronavirus. The announcement, which was widely expected and backed by environmental campaigners, was made in a joint statement...
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STOCKHOLM – Cash after corona?

Thu, 2020-04-02 08:35
On Wednesday (1 April), Andreas Wallström, the Chief Economist of the Swedbank echoed something heard before from the White House. In an interview by the broadsheet Dagens Nyheter, Mr Wallsström suggested that every citizen of working-age should be given SEK...
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VIENNA – Austrian EU-minister ‘critical’ of Hungarian emergency law

Thu, 2020-04-02 08:34
Austria’s Minister for Europe and the Constitution, Karoline Edtstadler of the conservative ÖVP, has said that she is “critical” of Hungary’s recently adopted emergency law “insofar as there is no time limit”, adding that “who gets to say when the...
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Finland considers shutting completely border with Sweden

Thu, 2020-04-02 08:33
For the first time in its history, Finland might be facing some kind of threat not from the East, but from the opposite direction – the West. The 600-kilometre-long northern land border between Finland and Sweden was open well before...
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Dutch outline clean hydrogen ‘vision’, aim at global market

Thu, 2020-04-02 08:32
The Netherlands want to use their “unique starting position” in the gas value chain to become world leaders in the production and use of clean hydrogen, saying the fuel “can become a globally traded commodity”.
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COP26 UN climate summit postponed due to coronavirus

Thu, 2020-04-02 08:31
The UN has postponed a critical summit meant to jumpstart global climate action until 2021 as the world reels from the coronavirus pandemic. EURACTIV's media partner Climate Home News reports.
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We must break the cycle of panic and neglect

Thu, 2020-04-02 08:30
Health, global security and international stability are inextricably linked. And our globalised, urbanised and at the same time politically fragmented world has never been as prone to pandemics as it is today. Wolfgang Ischinger and Stefan Oschmann present five points that are critical in order to be better prepared for situations like these in the future.
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