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German cartel office extends probe of ties between Facebook and Oculus

Thu, 01/28/2021 - 23:00
Germany’s antitrust regulator said on Thursday (28 January) it was extending the scope of its abuse proceedings against Facebook related to the links between its Oculus virtual reality products and the social media network. The move comes after legislation took...

Facebook oversight board overrules company on most cases in first test

Thu, 01/28/2021 - 22:25
Deciding its first-ever cases, Facebook Inc’s oversight board ruled on Thursday (28 January) that the social media company was wrong to remove four of five pieces of content the board reviewed, including posts Facebook took down for violating rules on...

Portugal to focus on adopting first EU artificial intelligence law – minister

Thu, 01/28/2021 - 22:22
Under the Portuguese chairmanship of the Council of the European Union (EU), Portugal will focus on adopting the first EU law on artificial intelligence, based on transparency and respect for users’ rights, and also expects cooperation with the US administration....

EU snubs UK envoy amid spat over diplomatic status

Thu, 01/28/2021 - 16:46
A top European Union official cancelled a meeting with the UK's new envoy to Brussels amid a spat over Britain's refusal to grant the EU's envoys full diplomatic status in London following Brexit, an EU official said.

The Brief – The self-defeating scramble for vaccines

Thu, 01/28/2021 - 16:31
The scramble for COVID-19 vaccinations is shaping up as a race, and like all races, that means there are winners and losers.

EU requests inspection of Belgian vaccine plant

Thu, 01/28/2021 - 16:30
The European Commission has requested an inspection of a Belgian plant producing the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, a Belgian official said Thursday (28 January).

French MPs: Diplomacy, military slow to address climate change as driver of armed conflict

Thu, 01/28/2021 - 16:13
Diplomats and armed forces have been slow to address the security consequences of climate change, a French parliament fact-finding mission concluded on Wednesday (27 January). EURACTIV France reports.

EU cancer plan to create control centre for coordinating cancer efforts

Thu, 01/28/2021 - 16:09
The much-awaited ‘Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan’ intends to create a knowledge centre to coordinate the scientific and technical cancer-related initiatives at the EU level, including the European health data space, according to a leaked draft of the plan.

Georgia is ready to apply for membership by 2024 – Is the EU ready too?

Thu, 01/28/2021 - 15:53
The absence of the official “enlargement perspective” doesn’t meant that Georgia should be discouraged lodging a membership application. But in order to succeed, Georgia should be more creative in its foreign policy, write Teona Lavrelashvili and Steven Van Hecke.

Biodiversity needs its own Paris Agreement, von der Leyen says

Thu, 01/28/2021 - 14:38
The world needs a Paris-style agreement for biodiversity, the President of the European Commission said on Tuesday (26 January).

Let’s end the debate: putting international shipping into the ETS is clearly legal

Thu, 01/28/2021 - 14:21
Shipping companies are crying foul over EU plans to regulate the sector’s emissions. But the industry’s claim that new rules would break international law has no legal basis, write Faïg Abbasov and Aoife O'Leary.

Hybrid-electric cars should lose ‘green’ status, campaigners say

Thu, 01/28/2021 - 12:04
Green activists have renewed calls for EU lawmakers to scrap subsidies for plug-in hybrid vehicles following revelations that emissions from hybrids are up to 89% higher than advertised.

European investment bank loses landmark case on ‘green’ scrutiny

Thu, 01/28/2021 - 11:15
The European Investment Bank (EIB) illegally avoided environmental scrutiny of its financing decisions, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled on Wednesday (27 January).

Belgian port lays out plans for ‘massive’ imports of green hydrogen

Thu, 01/28/2021 - 11:04
The Port of Antwerp has partnered with energy utility Engie and five other entities in a consortium aiming to establish a full renewable hydrogen import value chain in Belgium by the end of the decade.

Agricultural Statistics Explained

Thu, 01/28/2021 - 10:05
EURACTIV takes a closer look at agricultural statistics - Why do they matter, why should we care?

EU envoy urges Biden to remove aluminum tariffs, settle aircraft subsidy dispute

Thu, 01/28/2021 - 08:50
The European Union's ambassador to the United States called on US President Joe Biden's administration to immediately lift tariffs imposed on steel and aluminum imports from the EU and to work to settle a longstanding dispute over aircraft subsidies.

Promoting sustainable tourism in the Alps requires a rethink, NGO director says

Thu, 01/28/2021 - 08:34
The Alps' magnificent mountain landscapes appear idyllic, calm and untouched - as long as you look at them from a certain angle. From another you are confronted by cleared forests for ski slopes, well-trodden paths and destroyed nature for hikers and mountain bikers.

EU-US unity on Western Balkans restored, says EU envoy Lajcak

Thu, 01/28/2021 - 08:25
The exchange of territory between Serbia and Kosovo would be “very dangerous,” EU envoy Miroslav Lajčak told French newspaper Le Monde, adding that the EU was pleased that unity between the EU and the US regarding Western Balkans’ policies had...

Defence minister to temporarily take over health ministry

Thu, 01/28/2021 - 08:25
Slovenian Defence Minister Matej Tonin of the New Slovenia (NSi) party is to temporarily take over the role of health minister from Prime Minister Janez Janša on Monday, news portal reported on Wednesday, quoting unofficial information. Tonin reportedly already...

Romania’s budget deficit soars to 9.8% of its GDP

Thu, 01/28/2021 - 08:24
Romania’s budget deficit widened to almost 9.8% of the country’s GDP, significantly more than the government’s estimate in November – as part of its third budget revision – that the deficit would reach 9.1% of GDP for the full year,...