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Luxembourg seeks to become Europe’s green finance hub

Fri, 2017-11-17 17:04
At the COP23 summit in Bonn, Luxembourg's finance and environment ministers joined with directors of the European Investment Bank to launch a de-risking mechanism that will allow financing of climate-friendly projects. 
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The Brief: Puigdemont, the doomed architect

Fri, 2017-11-17 17:00
For some, ousted president Carles Puigdemont is the architect of a new independent Catalan Republic. For others, he is just a coward who led his citizens to chaos and ruin, and fled to Belgium. Today, he got his day in court.
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EIB president: Europe needs a paradigm shift in development policy

Fri, 2017-11-17 16:48
The Juncker Plan has been a "miraculous instrument", and Europe now needs the same paradigm change in development policy. That means moving from social policy to economic development, and from grants to loans. The EU will play a huge role in that shift, Werner Hoyer told in an interview.
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‘Let’s do our work’ on social policy, Juncker tells member states

Fri, 2017-11-17 16:39
Europe’s credibility hinges on national leaders agreeing social legislation that applies across the bloc, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Friday (17 November) at a summit with leaders from EU countries in Gothenburg, Sweden.
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Electric motorsport to ditch no-deal Brexit UK

Fri, 2017-11-17 14:07
The London-based Formula-E electric car racing series will leave Britain if Brexit goes ahead without a deal on tax and employment, the outfit’s chief executive said on Wednesday (15 November).
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Juncker is ‘sincerely in favour of social Europe’

Fri, 2017-11-17 12:19
Jean-Claude Juncker deserves credit for making social issues a priority for the European Commission, Socialist MEP Maria Joao Rodrigues told in an interview. But Rodrigues said other politicians in the centre-right group tried to water down the EU pillar of social rights, which leaders are endorsing on Friday (17 November) at a summit in […]
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Trans-Europe Express: The circle is closing on the EU’s unruly members

Fri, 2017-11-17 11:55
MEPs went all political this week, with debates in Strasbourg zooming in on the rule of law and tax evasion. We've heard indignation, anger, condemnation and calls for action but only time will tell how much of this will translate into tangible results.
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France and the Netherlands call on EU to up climate action

Fri, 2017-11-17 11:43
As COP23 draws to a close, non-state actors were the few offering hope. The Netherlands and France also want to revise upward European ambition on climate action for 2030. EURACTIV France reports.
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Financing the IPCC: How Macron got away with spending so little

Fri, 2017-11-17 11:18
France has made no announcements at COP23, except for financing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, whose operating budget varies between €5 and 8 million. EURACTIV France reports.
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World’s biggest sovereign wealth fund proposes ditching oil and gas holdings

Fri, 2017-11-17 10:44
The Norwegian central bank, which runs the country’s sovereign wealth fund – the world’s biggest – has told its government it should dump its shares in oil and gas companies, in a move that could have significant consequences for the sector. EURACTIV's media partner The Guardian reports.
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Don’t let criminals ruin European mobility

Fri, 2017-11-17 09:52
As the EU Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth opens in Gothenburg, Norway is inviting the European Union to strengthen cross-border collaboration to stop the networks that illegally exploit workers, distort competition and undermine social structures, writes Erna Solberg.
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Anti-coal drive at UN climate talks stalked by pro-coal White House

Fri, 2017-11-17 09:20
Countries launched a coal phase-out initiative Thursday (16 November) at UN climate talks in Bonn, offering an antidote to the defence of Earth-warming fossil fuels by US President Donald Trump's administration.
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Tusk to demand ‘more work’ from May to secure Brexit deal

Fri, 2017-11-17 07:35
European Council President Donald Tusk will warn British Prime Minister Theresa May at a summit in Sweden on Friday (17 November) that "more work" is needed to reach a Brexit deal in December, according to sources.
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Smart Logistics and Salt [Sponsored]

Fri, 2017-11-17 07:30
Smart logistics and transport are the future for the salt business.
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Finding climate ambition outside of Europe

Fri, 2017-11-17 07:19
Yesterday at the Bonn climate summit, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica underlined the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and the support needed to rebuild a fully climate-resilient nation. Maeve McLynn describes how rich nations can help.
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Tweets of the week: #PESCO, Social summit, and Parliament plenary

Fri, 2017-11-17 07:08
Welcome to EU Tweets of the Week. This week PESCO news dominates the bubble, we need a Social Pillar on the double, rule of law in Poland reduced to rubble and refugees in Greece face winter trouble.
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Radiator valves: A simple trick to achieve CO2 targets in the building sector

Fri, 2017-11-17 07:05
Energy savings can be very low cost and easy. You can cut bills, energy imports and CO2 emissions through individual room temperature control, for example through thermostatic radiator valves. Sarah Brückner explains.
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New EU cybersecurity centres slated to research encryption

Fri, 2017-11-17 07:05
EU member states are expected to agree Monday (20 November) on a plan to set up new cybersecurity research centres that will focus partly on encryption technologies.
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Children must be at the heart of debate on Europe’s future

Fri, 2017-11-17 06:57
Most people debating the future of Europe think in economic terms. But today we must think about how children in Europe are experiencing their childhood, as that will be the biggest determining factor of our future, writes Jana Hainsworth.
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Slovakia dragging its feet on EU clean mobility plan

Fri, 2017-11-17 06:04
While the European Commission is pushing to accelerate the deployment of low-emission vehicles, Slovakia – a little-known automotive ‘superpower’ in Europe – continues to drive in the slow lane, reports.
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