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#Coronavirus – ‘We have taken strong and comprehensive measures’ Ambassador Cao Zhongming

#Coronavirus – ‘We have taken strong and comprehensive measures’ Ambassador Cao Zhongming

Ahead of today’s (13 February) Extraordinary meeting of European health ministers to discuss the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak and related measures, EU Reporter met the Chinese Ambassador Cao Zhongming, to find out more about China’s response and how it was working together with international partners.   Q: What measures China has taken in response to Covid-19?   The sudden outbreak of Covid-19 is a challenge […]

| February 13, 2020

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Now more than ever, international cooperation is necessary

Now more than ever, international cooperation is necessary

Watching the headlines these days, it seems that the coronavirus outbreak may not have hit the world at the most convenient time. For years, the Sirens of deglobalisation have invoked the return to selective economic, political and social isolationism where states are relatively closed systems and enjoy unrestrained decision-making autonomy. In this context, the coronavirus […]

| February 18, 2020
#Coronavirus impact on euro zone economy to be temporary – #Centeno

#Coronavirus impact on euro zone economy to be temporary – #Centeno

The head of the Eurogroup Mario Centeno said on Monday (17 February) he expected the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the eurozone economy to be temporary, writes Francesco Guarascio @fraguarascio . “We expect it to be a temporary effect,” Centeno told reporters in Brussels, adding that the EU should carefully assess developments also for […]

| February 18, 2020
#FairTaxation – EU updates list of non-co-operative #TaxJurisdictions

#FairTaxation – EU updates list of non-co-operative #TaxJurisdictions

EU finance ministers today (18 February) updated the EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions. Four countries or territories- Cayman Islands, Palau, Panama and Seychelles – have been added to the list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, as they failed to comply with the required standards within the deadline. These join the eight jurisdictions –American Samoa, Fiji, […]

| February 18, 2020
Britain will develop its own regime to control #StateAid – #Frost

Britain will develop its own regime to control #StateAid – #Frost

Britain will develop its own system for regulating state aid and controlling subsidies after its post-Brexit transition period is over, London’s negotiator for the long-term relationship with the European Union said on Monday (17 February), write Gabriela Baczynska and John Chalmers. “Obviously we will develop our own state-aid system, our own anti-subsidy regime once the […]

| February 18, 2020
Britain won’t heed EU rules to win #FreeTrade – PM aide

Britain won’t heed EU rules to win #FreeTrade – PM aide

Britain will not be threatened into following EU rules in the future by talk of economic rifts and is ready to trade with the bloc on basic international terms if needs be, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Europe adviser said on Monday (17 February), write Gabriela Baczynska and John Chalmers. Britain left the EU last month […]

| February 18, 2020
New #UKFinanceMinister keeps 11 March budget date

New #UKFinanceMinister keeps 11 March budget date

Britain’s new finance minister Rishi Sunak said he will stick with the 11 March date for the government’s first post-Brexit budget, dispelling speculation that the plans, likely to entail a big increase in spending, would be delayed, write Elizabeth Howcroft, Sarah Young and Andy Bruce. Sunak’s predecessor Sajid Javid (pictured), who was already working on […]

| February 18, 2020
#EuropeanParliament this week: #AI #DrinkingWater #EULongTermBudget

#EuropeanParliament this week: #AI #DrinkingWater #EULongTermBudget

  The impact of artificial intelligence and new rules on water quality are among the topics being dealt with in the European Parliament this week. On Thursday (20 February), Parliament President David Sassoli will outline Parliament’s priorities and its position on the EU’s long-term budget to EU leaders. The president has said the proposal on […]

| February 18, 2020
Commission welcomes Council’s green light to start negotiations for an EU #PassengerNameRecords agreement with #Japan

Commission welcomes Council’s green light to start negotiations for an EU #PassengerNameRecords agreement with #Japan

Today (18 February), the Council gave its green light for the EU to start negotiations with Japan on an agreement to enable the transfer of Passenger Name Records (PNR) data from the European Union to Japan, essential to strengthen the EU-Japan partnership on fighting terrorism and serious transnational crime. The agreement will set out the […]

| February 18, 2020
#Locust swarms in East Africa: EU supports fight against infestation

#Locust swarms in East Africa: EU supports fight against infestation

The European Union has allocated an initial €1 million in emergency funding to support international efforts to tackle the desert locust outbreak currently wreaking havoc in eastern Africa. “The locust swarms are having a real humanitarian impact, destroying crops and pastures. Swift action is needed. Our emergency funding will help pastoralists and farmers in the […]

| February 18, 2020
EU and international donors pledge €1.15 billion for reconstruction after earthquake in #Albania

EU and international donors pledge €1.15 billion for reconstruction after earthquake in #Albania

Around 100 delegations from the European Union, its member states and partners, including international organisations and civil society gathered in Brussels today at the International Donors’ Conference to mobilise support for Albania after the devastating earthquake of 26 November 2019. President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, hosting the event, said: “Today the […]

| February 18, 2020
#GeneralAffairsCouncil, 17 February

#GeneralAffairsCouncil, 17 February

The Council prepared the special meeting of the European Council for 20 February. EU leaders will be called upon to agree on the EU’s multiannual financial framework for the 2021‑2027 period. Ahead of the summit, President Charles Michel had individual talks with all 27 leaders of the member states on the EU’s next long-term budget. […]

| February 18, 2020
Successful international operation seized more than 62 million #SmuggledCigarettes

Successful international operation seized more than 62 million #SmuggledCigarettes

Successful co-operation between the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), the Royal Malaysian Customs and the Belgian Customs led in February to the seizure of 62,6 million cigarettes destined to be smuggled into the European Union. Together with an earlier record-breaking seizure, nearly 200 million smuggled cigarettes have been prevented from entering the EU, writes Zain Ahmed. […]

| February 18, 2020
#China #BeltRoadInitiative seen as ‘most ambitious development initiative since 1944’

#China #BeltRoadInitiative seen as ‘most ambitious development initiative since 1944’

A leading think tank says China’s Belt Road Initiative (BRI) is considered as the “most ambitious development initiative since 1944”, writes Colin Stevens. Giulia Iuppa, of the European Institute for Asian Studies, says the massive infrastructure project “could indisputably increase trade within the EU”. Iuppa, a Researcher at the EIAS, based in Brussels, took part […]

| February 18, 2020
#DavidFrost lecture: Reflections on the revolutions in Europe

#DavidFrost lecture: Reflections on the revolutions in Europe

“Thank you much everyone for that very kind introduction.  It is a really huge pleasure to be here at your university. I would like to say thank you also to the Institute for hosting me, and your distinguished President, Ramona Coman, for being kind enough to host me here tonight.  Your institute here has really […]

| February 18, 2020
#EAPM – Conferences, cancer, and clinical trial info (or lack of it)

#EAPM – Conferences, cancer, and clinical trial info (or lack of it)

As you will probably already know, registration is open for EAPM’s upcoming conference (24 March, Brussels) which will be focused on our key theme of bringing innovation into Europe’s health-care systems, writes European Alliance for Personalised Medicine (EAPM) Executive Director Denis Horgan. Here’s the link to register, for your convenience as well as please see link […]

| February 18, 2020
#Iran: Defiant youth vow to boycott election and target the Interior Ministry

#Iran: Defiant youth vow to boycott election and target the Interior Ministry

Iranian youth, who led the uprisings in November 2019 and January 2020, vowed to boycott what the upcoming parliamentary election next Friday, which they call a shame – writes Shahin Gobadi In addition to writing graffiti on walls in Tehran and many other cities, earlier this morning, they targeted the Iranian regime’s Interior Ministry, located […]

| February 18, 2020
EU invests more than €100 million in new #LIFEProgramme projects to promote a green and climate-neutral Europe

EU invests more than €100 million in new #LIFEProgramme projects to promote a green and climate-neutral Europe

The European Commission today (17 February) announced an investment of €101.2 million for the latest projects under the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action. The funding will support 10 large-scale environment and climate projects in nine member states, helping Europe’s transition to a sustainable economy and climate neutrality. These projects are located in […]

| February 17, 2020
#IMO meeting: Will shipping summit act to protect #Arctic from spills and emissions?

#IMO meeting: Will shipping summit act to protect #Arctic from spills and emissions?

NGOs today (17 February) called on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to protect the Arctic marine environment from the impacts of international shipping, by agreeing to a new regulation banning the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil (HFO) as fuel by ships operating in Arctic waters during this week’s “Arctic IMO Summit” in London. […]

| February 17, 2020

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