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Former EU diplomat suspected of spying for China

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German prosecutors said they were investigating three people suspected of working as secret agents and spying for China. The suspects include a former EU diplomat. “We can confirm an investigation into suspected espionage” for Chinese...

Nordic countries disagree with EU over minimum wage

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Nordic nations were not happy about the European Commission’s plans to introduce an EU-wide minimum wage framework. As they do not have a minimum wage, Denmark, Sweden and Finland fear the measure could undermine their...

US, Japan and EU target China with new WTO subsidy rules proposals

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The European Union, Japan and the United States proposed new global subsidy rules on Tuesday, clearly pointing at China's state-supported economic model. During a Trilateral meeting held in Washington, D.C., Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. Trade Representative, Hiroshi Kajiyama, Japan's...

Ukraine to boost renewables, energy efficiency with EU help

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Ukraine can focus in developing the country’s renewable energy sector and improve the much-delayed energy efficiency now that the former Soviet republic has concluded the gas transit agreement with Russia, the European Union’s energy...

EU Commission provides €8.5 million to VET pilot projects in Africa and the Western...

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The European Commission allocated on Monday €8.5 million for two pilot projects with Africa and one with the Western Balkans in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector. The projects are expected to start their...

Commissioner urges EU to build up its digital sector

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The European Union’s Commissioner for the internal market, Thierry Breton, said that, in order to not fall behind on its rivals, Europe needs to help its companies with their production and management of industrial...

Less than half of EU travellers are aware of passenger rights

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The European Commission published on Monday the results of an Eurobarometer survey on passenger rights in the European Union, which found that only 43% of EU citizens who have travelled by air, long-distance rail, coach, ship...

In Abu Dhabi, Simson to discuss global efforts to deploy renewable energy

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On 11-12 January, EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson is expected to travel to Abu Dhabi to attend the 10th session of the IRENA Assembly. The Commissioner will hold a number of bilateral meetings with regional...

Climate Action: EIB finances 40 new electric trains in Italy

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) has provided a €68 million loan to Ente Autonomo Volturno (EAV), Campania Region's railway management authority, to purchase 40 new electric trains, the European Commission said on 10 January....

Make Europe Relevant Again

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It is increasingly clear that the European Union was not built to be a global actor. The EU is a strictly European idea, designed to bring peace and prosperity to a region ravaged by...

EIB funds to help finance electric and CNG buses in Spain

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) has provided €27.5 million in financing to Spanish transport company Grupo Ruiz to replace its more polluting diesel buses with 32 electric and 141 compressed natural gas alternatives, the...

Putin, Erdogan launch TurkStream to Turkey, Southern Europe

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Russia and Turkey launched the TurkStream gas pipeline on 8 January in a ceremony attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and Serbian President Aleksandar...

EU and Belarus sign visa and readmission agreements

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On Wednesday, the European Union and Belarus signed an agreement on visa facilitation and readmission, after six years of negotiations, marking an important step in bilateral relations. The agreement was signed in Brussels by the...

EU vows to try to save nuke deal as Iran steps away after Soleimani...

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The European Union said it will "spare no efforts” to keep the 2015 nuclear deal preventing Iran from developing atomic weapons. The head of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said its foreign policy...

Von der Leyen, Lagarde say 11 months is not enough for a EU-UK deal

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The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, warned that the timeframe for a deal defining the post-Brexit relationship with the EU by the end of 2020 is too short. Britain leaves the...

Energean, DEPA sign EastMed pipeline gas purchase deal

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ATHENS - Several hours before the leaders of Greece, Israel and Cyprus signed an intergovernmental agreement to construct the EU-backed gas pipeline, Energean and the Public Gas Corporation of Greece (DEPA) inked a commercial...

Dancing around Turkey, Greek energy chief says EastMed deal game changer

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ATHENS – An agreement between Greece, Israel and Cyprus to build an undersea pipeline to carry gas from new offshore deposits in the southeastern Mediterranean to Europe, is not against any other country and...

Steinitz confident Israel and Cyprus can supply EastMed pipeline

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ATHENS – Israel and Cyprus have enough gas to fill the proposed EastMed natural gas pipeline from the East Mediterranean to Europe, Israel’s Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz told New Europe in an interview in...

It’s final! Russia’s Gazprom, Ukraine’s Naftogaz will keep EU supply flowing

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Russian gas monopoly Gazprom and Ukraine’s Naftogaz said they have finalised the contracts ensuring uninterrupted transit of Russian natural gas to Europe. On 30 December, representatives of Naftogaz, Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine (GTSOU)...

EU seeks reset in trade talks with US, says trade chief

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The European Union’s trade commissioner, Phil Hogan, said he was seeking to reset trade relations with the United States during a visit in Washington in January. “We agreed to meet in Washington in mid-January to...

Acquisition of certain Senvion assets by Siemens Gamesa gets EU nod

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The acquisition of sole control over certain assets belonging to Senvion of Germany by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy of Spain complies with EU Merger Regulation, the European Commission has said. The Senvion assets comprise a...

11 migrants found in refrigerated truck in Germany

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11 migrants were freed from a refrigerated truck reportedly loaded with fruit, at a highway service station in Bavaria, Germany’s police said. Officials say they found the migrants after hearing knocking sounds coming from the...

EU allocates further €10 million to address Rohingya crisis

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The European Commission announced on 23 December it is allocating a further €10 million in humanitarian aid to address the Rohingya crisis across Myanmar's Northern Rakhine State and the border district of Cox's Bazar...

Germany helps broker Russian gas transit deal via Ukraine to EU

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Following intense negotiations, Russian, Ukrainian representatives have reached an agreement in principle in Berlin on 19 December to continue the transit of Russian gas through Ukrainian territory. The talks were held at the German...

EU hopes for deal at political trilateral gas talks with Russia and Ukraine

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On 19 December, the next round of trilateral talks at political level with Russia and Ukraine on the long-term transit of gas through Ukraine post-2019 will take place in Berlin with European Commission Vice...

EU legislation on urban waste water fit for purpose but overhaul needed

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An evaluation of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive concludes that it is overall fit for purpose although there is room to enhance its positive effects and to step up its implementation in a...

Czech Republic to develop greener railway transport with EU help

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The Czech Republic’s plans to purchase 36 electric units for high-speed railway passenger transport in South Moravia got a boost on 16 December after the European Commission approved an investment of over €223 million...

Europe’s struggle against a global scourge

The fight against cancer is one of the main goals of the new European Commission’s health policy. Cancer remains the second most common cause of death globally, accounting for 1 in every 6 fatalities,...

Greece’s Balkan diplomacy currently a sideshow

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While keeping up the appearances of an active diplomatic campaign in Southeast Europe, the net impact of Athens’ recent initiatives will yield next to nothing in the struggle against neighboring Turkey over potential energy...

Solar market increases over 100% in 2019

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In 2019, 16.7 GW of solar installations were added in the European Union, representing a 104% increase over the 8.2 GW added in 2018, according to SolarPower Europe’s first EU Market Outlook for Solar...

EIB to finance new solar energy farms in Spain

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At COP25 in Madrid, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a financing agreement worth €26 million with IM2 Energía Solar to support the construction of 15 new solar energy farms in Spain. According to...

Ceasefire: Russia’s Gazprom, Ukraine’s Naftogaz, EU’s gas link team

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Last week bilateral negotiations at the expert level between Russian gas monopoly Gazprom and Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine with regard to the terms of transiting Russian gas to Europe from 2020 onward...

European ‘Green Deal’ unveiled

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Less than a fortnight into her term as President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen walked into the EU Parliament on December 11 and presented her administrations' first major initiative - the...

Vestager puts Google under scrutiny over data deals with news groups

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...