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|[Ticker] Portugal's EU celebration caused corona risk|
Added: 18.01.2021 6:29 | 4 views | 0 comments
Portuguese finance minister João Leão has tested positive for coronavirus after meeting European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and other top officials in Lisbon Friday, Reuters reports. The event, which was held at the Belem Cultural Centre to celebrate Portugal's EU presidency, came despite surging infection figures and national lockdowns in Europe, posing questions on whether it should have gone ahead. Two EU commissioners and their entourages also attended.
|[Opinion] EU name change masks new restrictions in development sector|
Added: 18.01.2021 6:01 | 5 views | 0 comments
This week the European Commission's Directorate for Cooperation and Development changes its name to the Directorate-General for International Partnerships - in a symbol of how early-industrialised countries seem to be losing influence to the benefit of some emerging countries.
|[Ticker] Von der Leyen red-faced over Croatia election video|
Added: 15.01.2021 6:06 | 9 views | 0 comments
The European Commission has all-but admitted president Ursula von der Leyen was wrong in helping a fellow centre-right politician in national elections in Croatia. "The commission will clarify the practical modalities for the participation of its members in national election campaigns in guidelines," her deputy, Maroš Šefčovič, said in a letter to the EU Ombudsman, published Thursday. Von der Leyen filmed a Croatian election-campaign video, using EU studios, in July.
|[Opinion] How to fix EU's weak Digital Services and Markets Acts|
Added: 15.01.2021 6:03 | 2 views | 0 comments
The recent attack on the US Capitol reveals the toxicities of digital media platforms, but the European Commission's proposed competition laws won't fix it.
|[Ticker] EU to propose independent ethics body|
Added: 14.01.2021 6:03 | 8 views | 0 comments
European Commission vice-president Vera Jourova said she is committed to putting forward a proposal to create an independent, inter-institutional, ethics body. "I am convinced that we will see the creation of an independent ethics body," she said. Jourova was mandated for the task and said work is needed in the coming months "to achieve concrete progress" before tabling a proposal.
|EU alleges Amazon abused competition rules by using data to gain unfair advantage|
Added: 13.01.2021 15:19 | 10 views | 0 comments
"We disagree with the preliminary assertions of the European Commission and will continue to make every effort to ensure it has an accurate understanding of the facts.," said Amazon.
|[Ticker] France seeks EU money for US-hit winemakers|
Added: 13.01.2021 6:23 | 11 views | 0 comments
France has urged the European Commission to hurry up with compensation for French winemakers hit by US tariffs. "I regret the slowness with which the European Commision is responding to our request about a compensation fund. This sector is hard hit and needs European support," French finance minister Bruno Le Maire said Tuesday. The US tariffs come in a long-standing transatlantic dispute on aviation subsidies.
|[Coronavirus] EU vaccine negotiator: joint-purchase doses will 'come first'|
Added: 13.01.2021 6:05 | 10 views | 0 comments
EU top negotiator on vaccines contracts defended the EU's joint approach on vaccinations - amid a wave of critics who blame the European Commission for not buying enough doses and calls for increased transparency.
|EU to scrutinise Hungary 'ignoring asylum ruling'|
Added: 13.01.2021 6:05 | 6 views | 0 comments
The European Court of Justice told Hungary in December to stop forcing asylum seekers back into Serbia. The European Commission is now demanding Budapest follow the judgement - but Hungary has since reintroduced a special legal order, under Covid-19.
|[Ticker] EU joins China and US space race|
Added: 13.01.2021 6:03 | 13 views | 0 comments
European industry, national governments, and EU experts are to launch an "alliance" to build new rocket-launcher technology, the European Commission said Tuesday. The project represented a "more offensive and aggressive" strategy than before he said, to "ensure an autonomous access to space" for European satellites in the context of Chinese and US competition. The EU is spending €15bn on joint space programmes in the 2021 to 2027 period.
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