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MEPs back down from EU bisphenol ban

Thu, 2018-01-11 16:46
MEPs have shied away from demanding a full ban on Bisphenol A, instead approving measures that will lower the amount of the chemical that can be part of food packaging.
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Commission tells Malaysia proposed biofuel policy respects WTO rules

Thu, 2018-01-11 14:46
The European Commission's proposal for the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive is in compliance with the EU’s commitments under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, Commission sources told EURACTIV.com, replying to threats from Malaysia to refer the case to the WTO.
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Smoke and mirrors prior to MEPs’ vote on REDII [Promoted content]

Thu, 2018-01-11 14:37
One week before the European Parliament’s vote on the new Renewable Energy Directive (REDII), the debate on solid bioenergy’s role and future contribution to meeting the EU’s renewable energy targets has been (once again) taken hostage by radical statements from a select few NGOs, writes Jean-Marc Jossart.
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Bulgaria sees little action against Poland any time soon

Thu, 2018-01-11 14:27
Member states may not reach a stage where they could take a vote on sanctions against Poland during Bulgaria's six month EU presidency, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said on Thursday (11 January), explaining he would prefer to resolve the crisis through dialogue and avoid sanctions altogether.
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German grand coalition negotiators in favour of free trade

Thu, 2018-01-11 13:01
Trade deals TTIP and CETA are particularly controversial in Germany, where they have been met with fierce resistance. As negotiators continue to try and form a new government, the Socialists may come out on the losing side on trade policy. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Bulgaria expects to apply for eurozone waiting room by July

Thu, 2018-01-11 12:04
Bulgaria, buoyed by its good macroeconomic indicators, expects to apply by the end of June to join the Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM-2), an anti-chamber for adopting the single currency, Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov said on Thursday (11 January).
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Trump admits US could rejoin Paris Agreement

Thu, 2018-01-11 11:30
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday (10 January) that he actually cares about the environment and that his only misgivings about the Paris Agreement are that it treated the US unfairly. He admitted that Washington could rejoin the climate accord under fairer terms.
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Synthetic fossil fuels: A dieselgate 2.0 in the making?

Thu, 2018-01-11 11:08
Audi, the German car manufacturer, is pitching ‘e-fuels’ as a clean alternative to produce petrol, diesel or gas, without having to extract fossil fuels. Sounds splendid but unfortunately too good to be true, warns Jonas Helseth.
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We have passed the electric tipping point

Thu, 2018-01-11 10:56
As the price of renewables plummets and electrification goes from strength to strength, the head of Norway's transmission system operator considers the inherent challenges and significant benefits, asking, how can we create most value to all Europeans?
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French Vinci gets concession for Belgrade airport

Thu, 2018-01-11 10:09
The French Vinci Airports corporation will manage Belgrade's Nikola Tesla Airport for the next 25 years. The government is counting on the concession boost investment in the airport, but not all are convinced.
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Kenya frustrated report into disputed election, EU’s observer claims

Thu, 2018-01-11 09:45
The Kenyan government blocked the presentation of the EU’s report on its hotly disputed presidential election, the head of the EU’s Election Observation Mission has claimed.
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Pro-Russian Czech president faces liberal ‘clash’ in election

Thu, 2018-01-11 07:58
Czechs will vote in a divisive presidential election starting Friday (12 January), seen as a test for the country increasingly split between the anti-Muslim, pro-Russian views of incumbent Miloš Zeman and more liberal currents.
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Regions angry about Commission’s ‘biased’ questionnaire on cohesion policy

Thu, 2018-01-11 07:52
The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) heavily criticised the European Commission’s consultation launched on 10 January on the future of cohesion policy, saying it is prejudiced and poses a threat to the continuation of the policy.
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France urges Germany to spend more and boost EU

Thu, 2018-01-11 07:46
France's finance minister on Wednesday (10 January) urged Germany to loosen the purse strings to help boost European growth, reminding Berlin of its wider responsibilities as Chancellor Angela Merkel struggles to forge a new coalition at home.
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AFEMS dresses European [Promoted content]

Thu, 2018-01-11 07:30
Over the years, AFEMS – the Association of European Manufacturers of Sporting Ammunition - has undergone many evolutions, in order to be more effective in advancing its missions and promoting the voice of the sector.
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UK ministers make Brexit pitch to Germany over Barnier’s head

Thu, 2018-01-11 07:21
Facing a tough line from Brussels on what economic ties between Britain and the European Union will look like after Brexit, a pair of senior British ministers made a direct pitch to Germany to cut Britain a good deal. Finance minister Philip Hammond and Brexit minister David Davis said it made no sense for Germany […]
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Guests to Bulgarian Presidency inauguration advised to wear breathing masks

Thu, 2018-01-11 07:08
As Sofia prepares to host today (11 January) the official inauguration of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, Krassen Nikolov warns of one of the biggest problems in Bulgaria – air pollution.
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Poland’s abortion debate back in parliament

Thu, 2018-01-11 06:50
Poland's abortion debate was back on the agenda on Wednesday (10 January), more than a year after tens of thousands of black-clad women successfully took to the streets in the Catholic country to stop the tightening of a law that is already one of the most restrictive in Europe.
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Socialists, EPP and ALDE propose to cap biofuels shares at 2017 level, end palm oil

Thu, 2018-01-11 06:48
Lawmakers from the European Parliament's three major political families reached on 10 January a compromise to cap the level of crop-based biofuels at the level that each member state reached in 2017 and “kill” palm oil as a transport fuel from 2021, EURACTIV.com has learnt.
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MiFID II passes first implementation test

Thu, 2018-01-11 06:33
Despite past concerns and some delays, legislators, regulators and experts were positive about the first week since the entry into force of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive on 3 January, seen as the biggest reform of the financial sector since the 2007-2008 crisis.
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