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Paschal Donohoe elected #Eurogroup president

Paschal Donohoe elected #Eurogroup president

Paschal Donohoe The Eurogroup today (10 July) elected Paschal Donohoe (pictured), minister for finance and public expenditure and reform of Ireland, as president of the Eurogroup, in line with Protocol 14 of the EU treaties. The new president will take office as of 13 July 2020 and will serve a two-and-a-half-year term. The first Eurogroup […]

| July 10, 2020

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False reports of pneumonia in #Kazakhstan

False reports of pneumonia in #Kazakhstan

Some Chinese media outlets are claiming that Kazakhstan has reported cases of unknown pneumonia, more deadly than coronavirus.  The Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan officially states that this information is FALSE. It should be noted that the WHO introduced codes for pneumonia in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10), while COVID-19 is […]

| July 11, 2020
#EAPM – Cancer risks in COVID, matters of the heart, EU4Health funding

#EAPM – Cancer risks in COVID, matters of the heart, EU4Health funding

Warm greetings health colleagues and, as the world slowly but surely emerges from lockdown restrictions and the weekend fast approaches, here is the latest update from the European Alliance for Personalised (EAPM), writes EAPM Executive Director Denis Horgan. Global conference 14 July On Tuesday (14 July), our Global Conference will take place. It’s entitled ‘Forward […]

| July 10, 2020
Paschal Donohoe elected #Eurogroup president

Paschal Donohoe elected #Eurogroup president

Paschal Donohoe The Eurogroup today (10 July) elected Paschal Donohoe (pictured), minister for finance and public expenditure and reform of Ireland, as president of the Eurogroup, in line with Protocol 14 of the EU treaties. The new president will take office as of 13 July 2020 and will serve a two-and-a-half-year term. The first Eurogroup […]

| July 10, 2020
14 entrepreneurs to start the #OECS – #CaribbeanExport coaching programme

14 entrepreneurs to start the #OECS – #CaribbeanExport coaching programme

The OECS-Caribbean Export Development Agency’s Technical Assistance and Coaching Programme launched on July 8, 2020 with the aim of strengthening the entrepreneurial and leadership skills of 14 selected young entrepreneurs from six countries of the Eastern Caribbean. In her remarks at the virtually held launch event Caribbean Exports’ Services Specialist – Allyson Francis, underscored the […]

| July 10, 2020
Carpe diem: Now is the time for the EU to break free of the capital markets impasse 

Carpe diem: Now is the time for the EU to break free of the capital markets impasse 

The second EU capital markets overhaul might not be in time for the impending recovery plan but is a must for its new post-COVID chapter, writes Sona Muzikarova, chief economist at GLOBSEC Policy Institute.  No stone should be left unturned as countries are gearing up for what  will likely be Europe’s deepest economic slump in peacetime. The EU architecture is being shaken up at its core, as a joint […]

| July 10, 2020
European Commission and #WorldBankGroup renew agreement to strengthen development co-operation

European Commission and #WorldBankGroup renew agreement to strengthen development co-operation

The European Commission and the World Bank Group have signed a Financial Framework Partnership Agreement, which guides the terms under which the Bank Group will use funding from the European Union to implement development projects across the world. Building on the partners’ longstanding co-operation, the agreement will encourage economic growth and digital development, create jobs, […]

| July 10, 2020
#CohesionPolicy – Portugal’s important suburban train line modernized

#CohesionPolicy – Portugal’s important suburban train line modernized

The European Commission has approved €50 million of financing from the Cohesion Fund to modernize the 25 km-rail line between Lisbon and Cascais, a very important suburban line serving tens of thousands of commuters daily. Works include installing new electrical infrastructure, signalling and control systems aiming at making train journeys safer and more energy efficient. […]

| July 10, 2020
#RegioStars2020 – 25 finalists announced and Public Choice Award now open

#RegioStars2020 – 25 finalists announced and Public Choice Award now open

The European Commission has announced the 25 finalists of the 2020 RegioStars competition for the best EU Cohesion policy projects. They competed in 5 categories: ‘Industrial transition for a smart Europe’, ‘Circular economy for a green Europe’, ‘Skills & education for a digital Europe’, ‘Citizen engagement for cohesive European cities’, and the specific for 2020 […]

| July 10, 2020
#EUCitizenship – New survey shows EU citizens are more aware of their rights

#EUCitizenship – New survey shows EU citizens are more aware of their rights

A new Eurobarometer survey on EU Citizenship and Democracy released on 9 July by the European Commission shows that a vast majority of Europeans (91%) are familiar with the term “citizen of the European Union”. This is the highest level of awareness yet since 2007 and a steady increase from 87% recorded in 2015. Most Europeans […]

| July 10, 2020
MEPs want the EU to play a stronger role in improving public health

MEPs want the EU to play a stronger role in improving public health

MEPs want stronger EU tools to deal with health emergencies such as COVID-19© EUEP-DLL  In a debate on the EU’s future public health strategy, MEPs said COVID-19 has shown that the EU needs stronger tools to deal with health emergencies. In the plenary debate with Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides and the Council, preceding Friday’s (10 […]

| July 10, 2020
Parliament to vote on revision of trans-European energy guidelines

Parliament to vote on revision of trans-European energy guidelines

MEPs are set to call for funding guidelines for key energy projects and improved storage solutions to better match the EU’s ambitious climate goals. During July’s plenary session, MEPs will vote on a resolution calling for a revision of funding guidelines for cross-border, trans-European energy infrastructure projects to bring them into line with EU climate […]

| July 10, 2020
Angela Merkel presents German Presidency priorities to the European Parliament

Angela Merkel presents German Presidency priorities to the European Parliament

MEPs discuss German Presidency priorities with Chancellor Merkel and Commission President von der Leyen © EUEP/DLL-LDI-JBR  MEPs have discussed with Chancellor Angela Merkel and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen the strategy and goals of the German Presidency in the coming six months. Under the motto “Together for Europe’s recovery”, the German presidency is determined […]

| July 10, 2020
#EUBudget and recovery: MEPs push for clarity on EU own-resources

#EUBudget and recovery: MEPs push for clarity on EU own-resources

Charles Michel during the debate in Parliament  The EU should secure adequate funding to push through its recovery plans and emerge stronger from the COVID-19 crisis, MEPs said during a plenary debate on 8 July. The discussion with European Council President Charles Michel focused on the prospects of member states finding an agreement on the EU’s […]

| July 10, 2020
#Coronavirus ‘Class of 2020’: Europe’s lost generation?

#Coronavirus ‘Class of 2020’: Europe’s lost generation?

When Dunia Skaunicova graduated in media marketing from Prague’s Metropolitan university she quickly found a dream first job at a startup in the Czech capital, where companies were fighting to snap up multi-lingual graduates, writes Michael Kahn. Months later, however, she suddenly found herself back looking for work after losing her job as the coronavirus […]

| July 10, 2020
EU action had little effect on halting the decline of #WildPollinators, say auditors

EU action had little effect on halting the decline of #WildPollinators, say auditors

EU measures did not ensure the protection of wild pollinators, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors (ECA). The biodiversity strategy to 2020 was largely ineffective in preventing their decline. In addition, key EU policies, among which the Common Agricultural Policy, do not include specific requirements for the protection of wild […]

| July 10, 2020
#FORATOM welcomes improvements in hydrogen categorization

#FORATOM welcomes improvements in hydrogen categorization

FORATOM has taken note of the two strategies released on 8 July in relation to smart sector integration and hydrogen.  The Association welcomes the addition of a ‘low-carbon hydrogen’ category but its usage should not be limited to the short and medium term and says it nevertheless remains concerned that the insufficient attention is paid […]

| July 10, 2020
Banning #Huawei from Europe would cause billions in economic losses

Banning #Huawei from Europe would cause billions in economic losses

The British research agency Oxford Economics has compiled an extensive study into the costs of excluding Huawei from parts of European networks. Depending on the scenario, these costs could amount to €3 billion annually. This would represent an annual cost increase of 19%, which translates to €3 million a year in Iceland and €479m a […]

| July 10, 2020
New EU rule changes would mean bad news for #Smokers and #Vapers alike

New EU rule changes would mean bad news for #Smokers and #Vapers alike

In its conclusions in June, the European Council approved a new consensus on excise duties on tobacco. The member states suggest rule changes that would increase the price of tobacco, and equally affect non-tobacco products such as e-cigarettes, writes Bill Wirtz.  Since 2011, the European Union has had a common minimum excise duty on tobacco […]

| July 9, 2020

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