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Vestager puts Google under scrutiny over data deals with news groups

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Questionnaires were sent out to news publishers by the EU Competition authorities, as part of an ongoing preliminary probe into Google's use of reader's data and how the tech giant leverages data to personalise...

Pan-European battery consortium emerges with 7 EU Member States

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An important Project of Common European interest (IPCEI) jointly notified by Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Sweden to support research and innovation in the common European priority area of batteries has been...

17 Black: From Daphne to Dalli

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Daphne Caruana Galizia. The name has become so familiar in the EU capital, that everyone (even European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at her first Press Conference last Wednesday) refers to her by...

Irish carbon-capture program gets EU funding

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The European Commission will fund a Carbon Capture and Storage project by Ireland’s Gas Network parent company (Ervia), public broadcaster RTE reported on Thursday. The project will be developed in Cork and will facilitate capturing...

EU backs Celtic interconnector and Baltic synchronisation project

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In an effort to boost diversification of energy supply and improve energy security for Ireland and the Baltic states, the European Union has signed two grants for the Celtic Interconnector between Ireland and France,...

“We will not let technology turn against the people”, Jourová pledges

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"Technology should serve the people, not the other way around", said Věra Jourová, Vice President for Values and Transparency, European Commission, during a Summit organised by the Financial Times and European Telecommunications Network Operations...

EU willing to delay ESM reform to avert second Italian crisis

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The EU is ready to delay implementing the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) reform to avert a standoff with Italy, Reuters report. The Italian government and opposition have expressed fears that the ESM reform could raise...

The weeks before the first 100 days of President von der Leyen: Dilemmas...

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen went from zero to hero, with her College of Commissioner’s being approved by the European Parliament with 461 votes in favour, 157 votes against, and 89 abstentions....

Blades of Glory: Denmark to repower Middelgrunden offshore windfarm

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark – The blades of the 20 turbines of the Middelgrunden offshore windfarm, off the coast of Copenhagen, rotated slowly as the boat ‘Langø’ circled around the long line of massive shafts with...

EU sues Denmark over misuse of term ‘feta’ on Danish cheeses

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The European Commission decided on Monday to refer Denmark to the EU Court of Justice for failing to prevent or stop local companies from making and exporting outside the EU white cheese labelled as "feta", a term...

EU goals for 450 GW of offshore wind are achievable, says WindEurope

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The European Commission’s big goals for offshore wind – between 230 and 450 GW by 2050 – are achievable provided the right investments in electricity grids and governments take the right approach to maritime...

European Commission ready to be seated without UK nominee

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The members of the EU have given the green-light to the incoming European Commission to take over on December 1 without a UK representative, a decision that will likely open the door for further...

EU sees important role for clean hydrogen in Europe’s energy transition

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Clean hydrogen can play a pivotal role for in EU energy transition, European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans has said. “I see a pivotal role for hydrogen, for clean hydrogen. I see it because clean...

Survey says most Europeans are upbeat about reversing climate change

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The European Investment Bank has been working towards becoming the world's first climate bank through the adoption of a new energy lending policy that reflects its ambition on climate action and environmental sustainability. "Climate is...

Europe needs common ESG standards to prevent greenwashing

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France’s top financial regulator, Robert Ophele, has urged Europe to set common standards for environmental, social, and governance to prevent widespread "greenwashing". Ophele added that regulators needed to be subject to "a common doctrine on...

Brussels warned France and Italy over high debt levels

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Brussels have warned France and Italy over their alarming levels of public debt, meaning that their future budget could deviate significantly from EU's fiscal rules and deter investors. The European Commission's opinion published on Wednesday...

Mounting concerns over Europe’s ‘digital sovereignty’

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Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron have independently expressed reservations about Europe’s reliance on American and Chinese for data storage. Merkel made the point last week that companies outsource data storage to the US...

Brussels approves 2020 Italian budget but ESM row escalates

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The European Commission greenlighted Italy’s 2020 budget plan but not without reservations about its compliance with the Stability and Growth Pact. Italy is not alone. Similar reservations were expressed about Belgium, Spain, France, Portugal, Slovenia,...

Gazprom sets rules for Ukraine passage of EU gas

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Russian gas monopoly Gazprom said on 18 November that the company submitted to Naftogaz of Ukraine an official proposal signed by Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller to extend the effective contract or sign a new...

Six EU islands turn decarbonisation into a reality

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As the United Nations climate talks are rapidly approaching, six EU islands are setting an example for turning decarbonisation into a reality, drawing on the resources of their citizens. Selected by the Clean Energy for...

EU allocates €200 million for the promotion of agri-food products

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The European Commission has earmarked €200 million in 2020 to fund promotional activities for the agri-food products both inside and out of the European Union. According to the Commission, Brussels' policy for promoting agri-food products...

Varhelyi joins Breton and Valean as EU Commissioner

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Oliver Varhelyi struck a reassuring note with the EU's parliamentarians during his confirmation hearing when he told MEPs that "a Commissioner cannot take instructions from the national government of a Member State and reiterated...

Von der Leyen changes controversial title for migration portfolio

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Incoming European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, has changed the title of her migration commissioner from "Protecting our European Way of Life" following criticism it had far-right connotations. Greece's Margaritis Schinas was tapped to...

Commission launches infringement proceedings against UK

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The UK's failure to nominate a new commissioner for the duration of its extension of membership as a result of its upcoming national elections in December has pushed the European Commission to launch infringement...

.ευ : Commission enables domain names in full Greek script

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After 7 years of preparation, the European Registry for Internet Domains (EURid) launches .ευ, the Greek equivalent of .eu top-level domain name. Users will have the opportunity to create a domain name in full Greek...

UK will not nominate an EU Commissioner before national elections

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Britain's Ambassador to the EU, Tim Barrow wrote in a letter to the European Commission on Wednesday night that the UK will not nominate an EU Commissioner before its national elections scheduled for 12...

Ebola vaccine authorised by EU Commission, approved by WHO

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In a landmark decision on 11 November, the European Commission granted a marketing authorisation to the company Merck Sharp & Dohme B.V. for the Ervebo vaccine against Ebola. Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner in charge of Health and...

Timmermans takes over from Juncker

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Jean-Claude Juncker’s surgery on November 11 left is right-hand man, Frans Timmermans, sitting in as interim president of the European Commissioner while Juncker recovers from the operation. Timmermans will chair regular meetings of the College...

EU reports slow progress in bridging the gender pay gap

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Every year the European Commission marks the European Equal Pay Day to reach out to Member States on the link between pay, earnings and pension entitlements. The European Equal Pay Day date is calculated on...

Juncker’s surgery will delay Luxembourg trial

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Jean-Claude Juncker's plan to undergo surgery has forced the Luxembourg court to delay next hearing for the intelligence scandal that made him resign from his position as Prime Minister of Luxembourg, in 2013. The out-going...

EU strives to improve waste management

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Waste is an issue that affects the whole European Union. According to the European Commission, altogether, the EU produces up to 3 billion tonnes of waste every year. On average, each of the 500...

EU says Russian gas transit talks through Ukraine hit skids

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The European Union, Russia and Ukraine concluded on 28 October the fourth round of trilateral talks at political level on the long-term transit of Russian gas via Ukraine to Europe as of next year...

Nord Stream-2 gets go-ahead for Denmark build

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The fact that Nord Stream-2 could be operational in early 2020 puts additional pressure to reach a successful conclusion of EU-Ukraine-Russia gas talks, Oxford expert tells NE   The Nord Stream-2 pipeline obtained on 30 October...

Zaev fumbles after EU Enlargement let-down

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North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev fumbled badly this week when discussing the relationship between his country’s now-frozen EU accession bid and the standing legal requirement to fully implement the solution to the Name...

EU disappointed with gas talks, urges Russia, Ukraine to show political will in November

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The European Union is disappointed that there was no “positive progress” during the trilateral meeting on Russian gas transit via Ukraine to Europe on 28 October, European Vice President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič...

Macron taps Thierry Breton to be EU’s Industry Commissioner

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French President Emmanuel Macron has named Thierry Breton, Minister of Finance and a software executive, as the new designate for EU Commission’s Industry Portfolio. Breton, who served as France’s economy minister from 2005-2007 under...

Resumption of peace talks may pause Turkish drilling in Cyprus EEZ

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Incoming new EU Commission may be keener on negotiations to resolve regional East Med problems LIMASSOL, Cyprus – The possible resumption of the dormant peace talks when Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader...