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#EUUrbanAgenda: European cities get their say in EU policy-making

#EUUrbanAgenda: European cities get their say in EU policy-making

Today (30 May), the informal ministerial meeting on urban matters agreed on the Pact of Amsterdam, which sets out the principles of the Urban Agenda for the EU. The Commission is taking part in the informal meeting in Amsterdam of the 28 Ministers in charge of urban matters, along with representatives from other EU Institutions […]

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#HNA: First five-star hotel in Brussels for 25 years launched

#HNA: First five-star hotel in Brussels for 25 years launched

The Chinese investment group, HNA, has launched the first five-star hotel to open in Brussels for 25 years, writes Martin Banks. HNA is a conglomerate that grew and prospered against the backdrop of China’s reform and opening up. The group was founded in 1993 and, in the past two decades, it has grown and prospered […]

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#Health: Safer medical devices: MEPs strike deal with Council

#Health: Safer medical devices: MEPs strike deal with Council

Plans for stricter monitoring and certification procedures to ensure that medical devices such as breast or hip implants comply fully with safety and traceability requirements have been informally agreed by MEPs and the Dutch Presidency of the Council. MEPs also secured tighter information and ethical requirements for diagnostic medical devices, e.g. those used for pregnancy […]

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#DigitalSociety: Breaking down barriers – giving consumers equal access to online products

#DigitalSociety: Breaking down barriers – giving consumers equal access to online products

The internet is meant to give you unlimited access to knowledge, yet when you are shopping online, you could be prevented from purchasing a product or service because of where you live. The European Commission has proposed new rules to make an end to the unjustified use of the practice known as geo-blocking as well […]

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#Japan: Joint statement on Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement/Free Trade Agreement, Ise-Shima

#Japan: Joint statement on Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement/Free Trade Agreement, Ise-Shima

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, French President François Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and UK Prime Minister David Cameron, made the following joint statement in the margins of the G7 Summit in Ise-Shima: “We, the leaders of Japan, the European Union, France, Germany, Italy and […]

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#Housing protests at the EU urban ministers’ meeting

#Housing protests at the EU urban ministers’ meeting

Housing organizers from across Europe are coming together this weekend to protest against the adoption of the EU Urban Agenda by the 23 housing ministers of Europe in Amsterdam. A series of actions were planned by the European Action Coalition for the Right to Housing and to the City, a network of groups fighting for […]

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EU maintains close watch on #Thailand for signs of progress on fishing and democracy

EU maintains close watch on #Thailand for signs of progress on fishing and democracy

Thailand  has been put on formal notice that it faces a potentially crippling exports ban unless further action is taken to tackle fishing irregularities, writes Martin Banks. The European Union says that it is dissatisfied with progress made in improving conditions in the Thai fishing sector. Brussels has now given Thailand another six months to […]

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