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#Brexit – ‘Seven days is a long time in politics’

#Brexit – ‘Seven days is a long time in politics’

| November 17, 2018

It’s not just UK Premier Theresa May who’s currently standing on a cliff edge – so too is her unpopular draft Brexit agreement. May has, after a spate of dramatic resignations last week, managed to shore up her support in the last few days, notably by keeping arch critic Michael Gove in the cabinet, writes […]

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Top judge says case for new #PlasticsTechnology is ‘clear and compelling’

Top judge says case for new #PlasticsTechnology is ‘clear and compelling’

| November 6, 2018

A report by a former deputy judge of the High Court in England has declared the scientific case for oxo-biodegradable technologies to be “clear and compelling”, writes Martin Banks. Oxo-biodegradable technology is intended to deal with plastic which escapes into the open environment, and especially the oceans, from which it cannot realistically be collected, and […]

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Experts highlight risk to health posed by #MineralWool

Experts highlight risk to health posed by #MineralWool

| October 25, 2018

Safety issues at work took centre stage this week as part of annual EU campaign, writes Martin Banks. The Health and Safety at Work Week from 22-26 October is the annual stocktake on what needs to be done to improve working conditions for Europe’s workforce. But one issue which has passed largely under the radar […]

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#Coreper approves #EMA and #EBA relocations

#Coreper approves #EMA and #EBA relocations

| October 18, 2018

On 17 October, the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) approved, on behalf of the Council, an agreement with the European Parliament on the text of the regulations for the relocation of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to Amsterdam, and of the European Banking Authority (EBA) to Paris, writes Martin Banks.  The two agencies are currently based […]

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EU urged to help tackle corruption and rule of law in Romania

EU urged to help tackle corruption and rule of law in Romania

| October 12, 2018

The European Commission has been urged to do more to tackle “very serious” judicial irregularities in Romania. A hearing in Brussels on Wednesday heard that these include “mass surveillance” of the Romanian population, collusion between the secret services and the judiciary and blackmailing of judges. The demand comes just ahead of the Commission’s latest Cooperation […]

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#Dodik – #Bosnia-Herzegovina is ‘doomed to become failed state’ if Dayton is ignored

#Dodik – #Bosnia-Herzegovina is ‘doomed to become failed state’ if Dayton is ignored

| October 5, 2018

The leader of Bosnia’s Serb population, Milorad Dodik (pictured), is heading into the final hours of a bitterly fought election campaign defending the Dayton Accord agreement and accusing others of ignoring it, writes Martin Banks. It is 20 years since the agreement was reached in Dayton, Ohio to end a conflict that cost some 100,000 […]

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Radicalization threat runs risk of undermining #Balkans links with West

Radicalization threat runs risk of undermining #Balkans links with West

| September 27, 2018

The continuing threat posed by extremism and Islamic radicalization in the Western Balkans countries runs the risk of undermining the region’s ambitions for forging ever closer links with the West, a conference in Brussels was told, writes Martin Banks. It heard that the ongoing threat from so-called Islamic State, which remains a pervasive influence in […]

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