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Czech government waives VAT for electricity and gas

Thu, 2021-10-21 06:21
The Czech government approved on Wednesday (20 October) zero VAT on electricity and gas for the upcoming year. It is expected to come into force on 1 January 2022. Moreover, if the Czech parliament gives consent, a zero VAT rate...
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Romanian MPs reject Dacian Ciolos’s government

Thu, 2021-10-21 06:20
As expected, Dacian Ciolos did not get the parliament’s confidence vote for his proposed Cabinet, so president Klaus Iohannis has to designate a new prime minister. Meanwhile, the country is fighting a difficult battle with COVID-19, while having a government...
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European Parliament lawyers up for rule of law battle with the Commission

Wed, 2021-10-20 18:58
Following a long will-they-won't-they saga, European Parliament President David Sassoli announced on Wednesday (20 October) his institution will sue the European Commission if it fails to trigger the regulation linking EU funds to rule of law before 2 November.
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Hedge fund billionaire calls for higher capital requirements for fossil fuel financing

Wed, 2021-10-20 16:55
Days before the Commission is expected to publish its proposal to change capital requirements rules, billionaire hedge fund manager Chris Hohn called for a stricter treatment of fossil fuel investments in banks’ balance sheets. His call is supported by activists and experts who fear the effects of climate change on financial stability
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The Brief, powered by EPRA — A yellow traffic light for fiscal integration

Wed, 2021-10-20 16:44
“Generating energy from friction,” “focusing on the joint big picture,” — the parties likely to form Germany’s new government are competing for the blandest metaphors in an effort to signal love, peace, and harmony within the budding three-way alliance.
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Staying at the forefront of alternatives to animal testing [Promoted content]

Wed, 2021-10-20 16:00
The EU is leading the way in protecting animals used for scientific purposes and transitioning to chemical safety assessment using alternative methods. But how can we remain in pole position and accelerate our move away from conventional animal tests? Maurice...
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Russia’s Navalny wins EU human rights prize

Wed, 2021-10-20 15:55
Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was awarded the European Parliament's annual human rights prize on Wednesday (20 October) for his efforts to challenge President Vladimir Putin's grip on powe
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Georgia medics recommend hospitalisation for hunger-striking Saakashvili

Wed, 2021-10-20 15:50
Georgia's jailed ex-president and opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili on Wednesday (20 October) vowed to keep refusing food in prison after doctors recommended that he be hospitalised.
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Digital Services Act: a media exemption would open a loophole for disinformation

Wed, 2021-10-20 14:50
A carve out for media in the EU’s Digital Services Act would leave a dangerous loophole in legislation that is desperately needed to tackle disinformation, writes Diana Wallis.
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LIVE NOW – CAP reform – How will EU Member States deliver on their CAP Strategic Plans?

Wed, 2021-10-20 14:30
The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform, proposed by the European Commission in June 2018, introduces a more flexible, performance and results-based approach that takes into account local conditions and needs, while increasing EU level ambitions in terms of sustainability.
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EU to pour more money into strengthening rule of law in the Balkans

Wed, 2021-10-20 14:04
The European Commission, battling the growing threats to its core democratic values at home, has promised to dedicate more funds to rule of law programmes for countries in the Western Balkans, against a backdrop of increasing frustration in the region with the sluggish speed of the EU's enlargement process.
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EU candidate Serbia misaligned with EU foreign policy, Commission says

Wed, 2021-10-20 13:46
In its annual report monitoring Serbia's progress toward EU accession, the European Commission highlighted Belgrade's significant misalignment with EU foreign and security policy.
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Europe’s gas supply squeeze engineered by Russia, Poland says

Wed, 2021-10-20 12:29
Statements from Russian officials linking an increase of gas deliveries to Europe with the completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline are “manipulative” and aimed at cementing Gazprom’s dominant position on the EU gas market, Poland has argued in a letter to the European Commission.
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Only if we fight poverty Due Diligence legislation will become effective [Promoted content]

Wed, 2021-10-20 12:00
To be effective, the upcoming mandatory Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence (HREDD) legislation must improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and workers and take their interests into account. Partnerships with producing countries are essential, and the Duty to Collaborate must become the 4th pillar of the UN Guiding Principles.
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Opioid use: “more controlled” in Europe than in the US

Wed, 2021-10-20 11:21
The consumption of opioid painkillers increased in Europe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Is this enough to signal the risk of an opioid crisis similar to the one in the United States? Not really, experts say.
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Sustainable sourcing of batteries

Wed, 2021-10-20 10:36
The battery market is currently dominated by Asia, but the EU hopes that new laws setting strict green criteria for batteries sold in Europe will boost domestic production and help the continent to stake its place as a global leader.
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Planned fossil fuel output ‘vastly exceeds’ climate limits, says UN

Wed, 2021-10-20 08:55
Despite pledges of action from many nations, almost none have policies to wind down production, report says. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.
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The Green Brief: East-West EU split again over climate

Wed, 2021-10-20 08:51
Eastern EU countries are blaming the bloc’s carbon market for rising energy prices. Simply dismissing those calls as populists would be ill-advised as EU leaders meet in Brussels for a two-day summit starting tomorrow.
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Next German government ‘game changer’ in EU-Poland row

Wed, 2021-10-20 08:15
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about French far-left presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon proposing to "freeze" energy prices, the Hungarian government sending money to renovate Slovak churches without the Slovak government knowing, and so much more.
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Greek justice under fire after releasing convicted neo-Nazi

Wed, 2021-10-20 08:06
A decision by the Public Prosecutor to release from prison senior neo-Nazi Golden Dawn militant George Patelis has caused unrest in Greece. It has so far been the third early release of a Golden Dawn convict, raising questions over the integrity of the Greek justice system.
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