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EU should use due diligence in fisheries import

Thu, 2018-06-07 06:21
The European Parliament has adopted an initiative report this week about the conformity of fisheries products that have access to the EU market. The EU is the largest market for fish in the world and it may need to be even more vigilant to keep illegally caught fish from arriving in the EU indirectly, writes Linnéa Engström.
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Don’t leave women out of EU investment programme, Commission is told

Wed, 2018-06-06 17:50
The issue of how the EU's External Investment Plan can help empower women and girls dominated the agenda at the European Development Days on Tuesday (5 June), as some panellists voiced concern that it might be marginalised in the final big picture.
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Straight Outta Strasbourg: MEPs rap battle for the youth vote

Wed, 2018-06-06 16:46
The 2018 European Youth Event was home to one of the most unusual European Parliament happenings of the year - an MEP rap battle.
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The Brief, powered by Yara – Strasbourg single seat silliness

Wed, 2018-06-06 16:29
Relocating the European Parliament to Strasbourg every month is a waste of time and money. You know it, I know it, we all know it. But France refuses to let go. Instead of holding on to it, Macron should start using it as a bargaining chip.
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How should we regulate pesticides? Solutions for safe, transparent decision-making

Wed, 2018-06-06 16:03
Over the past months, discussion has heated up regarding the use and safety of pesticides in Europe. All stakeholders are calling for a transparent and science-based approach. But how can policy-makers ensure that the authorisation procedure really is based on sound research?
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EU tariffs on US goods to take effect in early July

Wed, 2018-06-06 15:37
The EU is set to impose €2.8billion worth in tariffs on US exports in early July in response to duties Donald Trump's administration has levied on European steel and aluminium, the European Commission confirmed on Wednesday (6 June).
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Why Europe needs a single market for philanthropy

Wed, 2018-06-06 15:18
"Who do I call if I want to speak to Europe?" The quote is associated with Henry Kissinger but he never actually said it. He knew very well who to call if he wanted to. Similarly, European institutions have no problem with reaching out to European philanthropy, Felix Oldenburg writes.
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Erasmus days bring together young people from Strasbourg to Kampala

Wed, 2018-06-06 13:44
The Erasmus Days in October are an opportunity for the European Parliament to encourage young people to vote in the upcoming European elections next May. As many as 72% of those under 25 did not vote in the previous elections in 2014. EURACTIV.fr reports.
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Astana praised as the ‘capital of Central Asia’

Wed, 2018-06-06 13:26
An international conference was held in Astana on Tuesday (5 June) to mark the 20th anniversary of Kazakhstan's new capital. Dubbed Tselinograd during Soviet times, it was renamed Astana (meaning capital city in Kazakh) in 1998 and is now rebranding itself as a go-to venue for international mediation talks.
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EU warns UK-centered China import scam may shift to Europe’s ‘Silk Road’

Wed, 2018-06-06 12:46
European Union anti-fraud investigators suspect Greece and Hungary may have become the main EU centers of a multi-million-euro scam involving imports of Chinese clothing and footwear that uses the infrastructure of China’s new “Silk Road”.
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Astana: 20 years of thriving evolution

Wed, 2018-06-06 11:51
Astana is celebrating its 20th anniversary as capital of Kazakhstan. A remarkable city with futuristic buildings, Astana has positioned itself as a centre that hosts many important events and is developing as a financial hub in Eurasia.
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Africa-Europe ties need a reset – but not just because of migration

Wed, 2018-06-06 10:08
Europe and Africa need a partnership which should focus on the new realities in both regions. Europe can become the region's main partner during its transformative revolution if it listens to civil society representatives, writes Shada Islam.
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EU caps price of international phone calls in landmark telecoms overhaul

Wed, 2018-06-06 09:54
Lawmakers agreed to cap the price of phone calls and SMS messages between EU countries and sealed a deal to encourage investment in fast internet networks during a late-night meeting on Wednesday (6 June).
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In Austria, Putin calls for lifting sanctions, Kurz sticks by EU position

Wed, 2018-06-06 07:58
Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday (5 June) the European Union should end damaging sanctions against Moscow imposed over the Ukraine crisis and its annexation of Crimea.
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EU must engage with Azerbaijan or Putin will

Wed, 2018-06-06 07:57
Azerbaijan’s strategic yet precarious geopolitical location and situation are such that the country deserves EU support, especially in light of growing tensions with Russia and Iran, writes Jan Zahradil MEP.
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Mexico looks to Europe after slapping tariffs on US pork

Wed, 2018-06-06 07:50
Mexico will import more pork products from Europe after imposing a 20% tariff on US pork legs and shoulders in retaliation to steel tariffs, Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said on Tuesday.
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Top EU court rules same-sex partners have residence rights

Wed, 2018-06-06 07:49
Same-sex partners of EU citizens have the right to live in any member state whatever their nationality, even in countries that do not recognise gay marriage, the bloc's top court ruled Tuesday (5 June).
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Macron warns of risk of ‘conflict’ over Iran nuclear deal

Wed, 2018-06-06 07:35
French President Emmanuel Macron warned of the risk of "conflict" in the standoff with Iran after Tehran announced plans to boost its uranium enrichment capacity as Europe scrambles to save a beleaguered nuclear deal.
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Why construction machinery must be included in the Clean Vehicles Directive

Wed, 2018-06-06 07:32
Construction site machinery is responsible for a significant amount of air, noise, and climate pollution yet remains remarkably unregulated. The ongoing recast of the EU Clean Vehicles Directive offers a golden opportunity to address this, writes Mark Preston.
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Chizhov warns against politicising Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup

Wed, 2018-06-06 07:28
Russian Ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov met yesterday (5 June) with some 30 journalists in Brussels to promote this summer's FIFA World Cup in Russia, using the opportunity to deliver several messages to the EU and its leaders.
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