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EU Commission earmarks € 2 billion for new European Innovation Council

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The European Commission on Monday announced that a new startup investment programme will be supported with €2 billion in funding, according, Research, Science and Innovation Commissioner, Carlos Moedas, who also pointed out that this...

New IRA threatens Scotland and England

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Packages containing explosives were sent to London and Scotland last week from an unidentified group calling itself "the IRA". There were five similarly-made packages sent to the University of Glasgow, Heathrow Airport, the London City...

Wind power may cover almost 40% of Portugal’s electricity by 2030

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PORTO, Portugal – Portugal’s wind power is expected to grow to around 7 GW by 2030, which is enough to cover almost 40% of the country’s electricity consumption, WindEurope’s press and comms manager has...

US supports OECD deal against tax avoidance

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The Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is spearheading an effort to develop effective tax policies for the digital era in which internet giants are able to book profits in low-tax countries...

Brussels publishes new guidelines for intra-EU communication service pricing

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The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications Berec has published new guidelines with criteria for NRAs (National Regulatory Authorities), following new rules on price caps for communication services within the EU and with...

Gazprom’s boosts gas supplies to Austria by 32.9% in 2019

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Russian gas monopoly Gazprom said the company increased gas supplies to Austria by 32.9% in early 2019. Gazprom Chairman Alexey Miller held a working meeting with Austria’s OMV Chairman Rainer Seele in Moscow on ...

E.ON’s proposed acquisition of Innogy raises EU competition concerns

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Under the EU Merger Regulation, the European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of Innogy by E.ON, the EU’s competition chief said. E.ON and RWE, which controls Innogy, are both...

Northern Ireland’s DUP paves the way for second rejection of Withdrawal Agreement

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The spokesman for Northern Ireland's pro-Brexit Democratic Unionist Party, Sammy Wilson, said the party rejected the legal assurances that UK Prime Minister Theresa May negotiated with European Commissioner Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels on Tuesday. Wilson said...

LNG imports from the US to EU continue to rise, up by 181%

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EU imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the US have increased by 181% since their Joint Statement of July 25, 2018 in Washington D.C., when European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and US President...

The Trumping of Ukraine

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If life imitates art, Nikolay Gogol, who had a keen grasp of the delusional and demented, could have scripted many of the key political events of recent years. Consider a story that begins with...

Keep politics out of Europe’s competition decisions

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The European Commission’s decision last month to block the proposed rail-industry merger between Alstom and Siemens was clearly a blow for the two companies. It was also a major setback for the French and German governments,...

Switzerland’s Jean-René Fournier on human rights around the world

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In an exclusive interview with New Europe's Federico Grandesso at the UN Building in Geneva while on the sidelines of a festival commemorating legendary Italian filmmaker and human rights advocate, Federico Fellini, the President of Swiss the Council...

DarkMatter Group debuts first ultra-secure smartphone

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The world's first ultra-secure smartphone was revealed by DarkMatter Group, a UAE company specialising in cybersecurity solutions and fully-integrated digital transformation, at the 2019 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The phone, dubbed the KATIM R01,...

Mobile industry calls on EU to adapt laws to intelligent connectivity era

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In anticipation of European Parliament elections, the GSMA (the Global System for Mobile Communications Association) released their Mobile Industry Manifesto for Europe as a call for policymakers to prioritize modernising and adapting laws to...

China drives global adoption of new eSIM technology

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The GSMA (Global System for Mobile Communications Association) has found that China has become a significant driver for the adoption of new eSIM technologies in mobile phones, according to a report made by GSMA...

5G connections to account for 15% of mobile industry by 2025

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A new study released by the research body of the GSMA (the Global System for Mobile Communications), a trade body for mobile operators worldwide, shows that 5G is projected to make up 15% of...

Low-carbon benchmarks deal reached by EU Council and Parliament

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The European Parliament and the Member States reached a political agreement on February 25 on a new generation of low-carbon benchmarks needed to help boost investment in sustainable projects and assets. The European Parliament and...

Ookla releases analysis of data roaming speeds in Europe

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Ookla, a global internet metrics company, released on February 20  a new analysis of internet roaming performance in Europe through their network speed and performance testing service, Speedtest. The analysis covered WiFi roaming, network latency,...

Latvia wants ECB to take over financial supervision from national regulatory agencies

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Amid the ongoing scandal over the illicit operations of Denmark's Dankse Bank, Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins is calling for a wider scope of supervisory authority over lenders to fight money laundering. “The EU should “seriously consider adding...

May says Brexit delay does not deliver a deal

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Fresh off a visit to the EU-Arab summit Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt,  British Prime Minister Theresa May told the press that an extension of Article 50 - the provision that gives any EU member the right to...

Partial political agreement reached for European Defence Fund

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Since 2014, Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, has been committed to re-enforcing the security of EU citizens. His proclamation five years ago was followed in 2016 by the creation of the Commission's European...

France looks to push back against surge of anti-Semitism

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Marches against anti-Semitism have been taking place throughout France after 80 Jewish grave were desecrated in the French city of Alsace earlier this month. The demonstrations are part of a growing wider awareness in France...

EIB funds to support energy efficiency in residential buildings

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In an effort to support project development services for energy-efficiency investments in privately and publicly owned housing, the European Investment Bank (EIB) said on February 20 that the European Local Energy Assistance (ELENA) facility...

EU looks into replacing dollar for energy transactions

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In an effort to promote the euro in oil and commodities trading, the European Union convened an industrial working group with the objective of looking into how to replace the US dollar in certain...

Frontex says western Mediterranean is most widely used route by migrants

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In the near-half decade since Europe's migrant crisis began, illegal immigrants from across the Middle East and Africa have used several different geographic circuits to reach the EU. Frontex, the EU's border agency, on February...

Miller: Bring the Marbles back or send the Parthenon to Britain

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ANCIENT NEMEA, GREECE – Britain should the return the Parthenon marbles to their home in Athens in order for the surviving sculptures to be reunited, Stephen Miller, the renowned American Classical Archaeologist from the...

Brexit undermines the consolidation of Europe’s defence industry

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The European defence industry stands to suffer unless military cooperation ties are maintained after Brexit, warned Alessandro Profumo, the CEO of Italian defence group Leonardo. “The more defence systems we have, the more costs we have. To...

The Good Lobby releases social media toolkit for political engagement

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The Good Lobby, a civic startup created to promote further closeness between citizens and the policy-making process, has recently released its first informational toolkit of advice and resources for political engagement utilising social media. Alexander...

May to seek concessions in Brussels, denies backstop replacement

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Despite the EU’s repeated declarations that the Withdrawal Agreement for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union is non-negotiable, British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected in Brussels on February 7, a day after Ireland's...

Borisov wants Bulgaria in the Eurozone by 2022

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While speaking at an annual business conference in (where?) on January 29, Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borisov reaffirmed his country’s intent to enter the Eurozone by July 2022. Integration into the Eurozone topped the agenda...

Swedish government announces mass public sector layoffs

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The newly-formed Swedish government signalled that it would pursue a major new policy turn on January 31 by announcing mass public sector layoffs that will see 4,500 state workers made redundant in the coming months. The move...

EU Commission details its plan for achieving a sustainable Europe

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A proposal to reinvent sustainable economic growth that has been tabled by the European Commission will help the bloc reach the sustainability goals set by the United Nations by 2030. With just over a decade...

May calls for reopening negotiations on Withdrawal Agreement

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British Prime Minister Theresa May told her cabinet on Tuesday that she will seek to reopen the UK's negotiations with the European Union over its pending withdrawal from the bloc in an effort to...

Salvini throws support behind high-speed railway linking Italy and France

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Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini is putting his weight behind a project to develop a high-speed railway connection between Italy and France, saying that the link “must absolutely be built”. Salvini’s statement of public support...

US Congressional investigation zeros in on Deutsche Bank’s relation with Trump

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Two committees from the US' House of Representatives have requested that scandal-plagued German lender Deutsche Bank provide information about its business dealings with US President Donald J. Trump both before and after he was elected in...

Romano Prodi: We Need Social Infrastructure

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On January 23, after a bilateral meeting at the with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, former Italian Prime Minister and former President of the European Commission Romano Prodi spoke about social infrastructure at the Brussels Press...

World Economic Forum launches initiative against food waste

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New emerging traceability technologies like IoT sensors, blockchain, and food-sensing technologies could reduce food loss by 85 million tonnes by 2030, according to a report published by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Nearly one-third of...