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#Poland ordered to suspend activities of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court with immediate effect

#Poland ordered to suspend activities of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court with immediate effect

The EU’s Court of Justice has ordered Poland to immediately suspend the application of the powers of its ‘Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court’, writes Catherine Feore. The Court rejected Polish claims that the European Commission’s case was inadmissible; while acknowledging that the organisation of justice is an EU member states responsibility, the Court stated […]

| April 8, 2020

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#Coronavirus – PM #Johnson moves out of intensive care

#Coronavirus – PM #Johnson moves out of intensive care

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has moved out of intensive care as he continues to recover from COVID-19, a spokesman said on Thursday (9 April), write Andy Bruce and William James. “The Prime Minister has been moved this evening from intensive care back to the ward, where he will receive close monitoring during the early […]

| April 10, 2020
#Coronavirus – UK urges citizens to stay at home over Easter, police ready to get tough

#Coronavirus – UK urges citizens to stay at home over Easter, police ready to get tough

Britain urged its citizens to stay at home over the coming Easter holidays, amid fears that the pull of wanting to see family and friends over the Christian holy day could undermine efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus, write William James and Michael Holden. Britain is enduring its third week of the most […]

| April 10, 2020
EU ministers agree half a trillion euro #Coronavirus rescue plan

EU ministers agree half a trillion euro #Coronavirus rescue plan

European Union finance ministers agreed on Thursday (9 April) on half-a-trillion euros worth of support for their coronavirus-battered economies but left open the question of how to finance recovery in the bloc headed for a steep recession, write Jan Strupczewski and Gabriela Baczynska. The agreement was reached after EU powerhouse Germany, as well as France, […]

| April 10, 2020
Sassoli: We were right to trust Europe – #Eurogroup proposals go in the right direction

Sassoli: We were right to trust Europe – #Eurogroup proposals go in the right direction

Statement by European Parliament President David Sassoli (pictured) on Eurogroup proposals: “We were right to trust Europe. The Eurogroup proposals go in the right direction, with the transformation of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) into a ‘save Europe’ from COVID-19 mechanism. “It will be available to use immediately to increase the capacity of our health-care […]

| April 10, 2020
#COVID-19 is no excuse for #US fraud

#COVID-19 is no excuse for #US fraud

As the United States enters a critical phase in the battle to contain COVID-19, the federal government is unleashing billions of dollars in aid to contain the disease and help soften the devastating impact on an economy that has come to a grinding halt both nationally and globally. But the aid itself is creating a […]

| April 9, 2020
England’s #Coronavirus death toll rises 828 to 6,483

England’s #Coronavirus death toll rises 828 to 6,483

England’s hospital death toll from the novel coronavirus rose 828 to 6,483, the health service said on Wednesday (8 April), write Kate Holton and Guy Faulconbridge. The health service said 46 of the 828 patients, aged between 35 and 96 years old, had no known underlying health condition.

| April 9, 2020
UK government to hold emergency response meeting to discuss #Lockdown review

UK government to hold emergency response meeting to discuss #Lockdown review

The British government is holding an emergency response meeting, known as Cobra, today (9 April) to discuss how it should deal with a review on lockdown measures, Finance Minister Rishi Sunak (pictured) said, write William James and Andy Bruce. “There will be a Cobra meeting chaired by the first secretary of state involving the devolved […]

| April 9, 2020
Commission continues its action in support of fair trading conditions for #EUSteelProducers

Commission continues its action in support of fair trading conditions for #EUSteelProducers

The Commission has imposed provisional anti-dumping duties on hot-rolled stainless steel coils and sheets from China, Indonesia and Taiwan. The duty rates go from 6% to 18.9% and are set at the level of the dumping margin for Taiwan and at the level of injury margin, i.e. the level necessary to remove economic damage for […]

| April 9, 2020
#Huawei Europe showcases EU science

#Huawei Europe showcases EU science

To mark its 20th year in Europe, the Chinese global leader in mobile technology, Huawei, is opening a worldwide audience to share knowledge. More than 20 European science teams will be invited to shoot videos about their work, writes Colin Stevens. It will then be shown on Guokr.com – the official partner of the Huawei […]

| April 9, 2020
#SustainableFinance – Commission launches consultation on Renewed Sustainable Finance Strategy

#SustainableFinance – Commission launches consultation on Renewed Sustainable Finance Strategy

The European Commission has launched a consultation on its Renewed Sustainable Finance Strategy. This is an integral part of the European Green Deal and the Commission’s overall efforts to ensure a sustainable and resilient economic recovery following the coronavirus outbreak. The aim of this consultation is to collect as many views as possible to feed into the Commission’s […]

| April 9, 2020
#Coronavirus – EU steps up co-operation in research and innovation to fight the virus

#Coronavirus – EU steps up co-operation in research and innovation to fight the virus

The Commission and EU member states will co-ordinate research and innovation activities in the fight against the coronavirus even closer. At a meeting via videoconference on 7 April, EU research ministers supported the ‘ERAvsCorona’ action plan, which rapidly resulted from dialogues between the Commission services and national ministries. Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Commissioner […]

| April 9, 2020
Commission provides guidance on allowing limited cooperation among businesses, especially for critical hospital medicines during #Coronavirus outbreak

Commission provides guidance on allowing limited cooperation among businesses, especially for critical hospital medicines during #Coronavirus outbreak

The European Commission has published a Temporary Framework Communication to provide antitrust guidance to companies cooperating in response to urgent situations related to the current coronavirus outbreak. The coronavirus outbreak has given rise to a general supply shock resulting from the disruption of supply chains and a demand surge caused mainly by a steep rise in […]

| April 9, 2020
Spanish #Roma #COVID-19 and the inequities of a pandemic

Spanish #Roma #COVID-19 and the inequities of a pandemic

New research, led by the University of St Andrews, highlights that the Spanish Roma (Gitano) community suffer disproportionate socio-economic and health factors that make them extremely vulnerable during the current pandemic. The research, led by social anthropologist Dr Paloma Gay y Blasco from the School of Philosophical Anthropological and Film Studies and Maria Félix Rodriguez […]

| April 9, 2020
#Huawei AI: Computing in the age of intelligence

#Huawei AI: Computing in the age of intelligence

Huawei Technologies’ Mike Bai (Image: Huawei) Emerging technologies are driving a new industrial revolution across the world and artificial intelligence (AI) has undoubtedly become one of the main forces that will release the potential of the fourth industrial revolution. After more than half a century of development, AI has taken great leaps forward and entered a new […]

| April 9, 2020
France is right: Kids at home during pandemic shouldn’t use cellphones for hours

France is right: Kids at home during pandemic shouldn’t use cellphones for hours

In these worrying times when a new highly contagious virus has ended life as we once knew it, we increasingly rely on cellphones to allow us some sense of connection to those we care about. But, asks Dr. Devra Davis, just how safe are these now-ubiquitous, essential devices and the networks on which they rely? […]

| April 9, 2020
#CPMR calls for an ambitious EU budget proposal  to end division in Europe

#CPMR calls for an ambitious EU budget proposal to end division in Europe

A common threat like the coronavirus calls for co-ordinated European action and solidarity among member states. Although the European Commission has been quick to adopt extraordinary measures, the European Union needs to do much more to show its citizens leadership in difficult times. The upcoming review of the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework proposal, provides the […]

| April 9, 2020
#ETIAS visa waiver postponed until 2022

#ETIAS visa waiver postponed until 2022

The European Commission recently announced that the ETIAS visa waiver is delayed until 2022. The European Travel Information and Authorization System, which has been under development since 2016, had previously been scheduled for 2020, and later 2021, writes Dorothy Jones. The program is now expected to be operational towards the end of 2022. Authorities have […]

| April 8, 2020
#ERC describes Mauro Ferrari’s statement ‘as at best economical with the truth’

#ERC describes Mauro Ferrari’s statement ‘as at best economical with the truth’

Yesterday (7 April) Professor Mauro Ferrari, the European Research Council’s president, took the unusual step of resigning from his post by email and issuing a scathing statement, in which he decribed how his “idealistic motivations were crushed” – this statement was sent by Professor Ferrari to the FT and no doubt others for maximum coverage, […]

| April 8, 2020