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WHO warns of intensified antimicrobial resistance, updating priority pathogen list

Euractiv.com - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 18:03
The EU’s Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) welcomes publication of the updated World Health Organisation Bacterial Priority Pathogens List (WHO BPPL).
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Commission ‘compels’ Microsoft to provide information on Bing and generative AI

Euractiv.com - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 17:30
The European Commission has moved to "compel" Microsoft to provide information about generative artificial intelligence (AI) risks on its Bing search engine, threatening it with a fine, according to a statement on Friday (17 May).
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EMA safety committee suspend medicine for premature birth

Euractiv.com - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 17:01
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) suspended the use of the hydroxyprogesterone caproate medicines, which mimic progestin hormone, amid doubts about their medical benefits and concerns that they might be related to increased cancer risk.
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The Brief – New Dutch coalition opts for a politics of defeat in Europe

Euractiv.com - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 16:18
Less migration, more manure: For EU purposes, that could have been the motto chosen by the four Dutch right-wing parties that agreed this week on a programme for a new government in the Netherlands. Instead, they went for ‘hope, courage and pride’, preferring to address the Dutch voters.
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Multiple disinformation narratives spreading around the Fico assassination attempt

Euractiv.com - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 16:16
Domestically, the attempt on Fico's life is painted as a consequence of intense political struggle, whereas English-language media are connecting to Russia and Ukraine, as well as the WHO.
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German steel plants needed for democracy, economy minister says

Euractiv.com - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 15:35
German Economy Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) has defended the country’s billion-euro investments into green steel plants, saying it was needed to avoid a breakdown of whole regions’ industries and secure supply of steel at times of geopolitical uncertainty.
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The evolution of Solidarity Lanes

Euractiv.com - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 15:14
On 16 May, the European Commission, in partnership with Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, and the US, inaugurated a renewed Ukrainian-Moldovan border crossing point in Reni, Ukraine.   
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Farmers’ party pushes for hard line on agriculture in Dutch coalition  

Euractiv.com - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 15:07
The Dutch farmers’ party BoerBurgerBeweging (BBB) put agriculture among the top priorities in the coalition agreement signed on Thursday (16 May) with far-right PVV, liberal VVD, and anti-corruption NSC.  
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Does China have an ‘overcapacity’ problem?

Euractiv.com - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 14:11
The White House recently announced steep tariffs on a range of Chinese imports, including electric vehicles and solar panels, to protect the US economy from Beijing’s “unfair trade practices”. But are the US's criticisms of China really justified?
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Press release - Parliament’s “Use Your Vote” video reaches over 190 million views

European Parliament (News) - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 14:03
The short documentary, highlighting the importance of voting and safeguarding democracy, has been viewed more than 190 million times since its release on 29 April.

Source : © European Union, 2024 - EP
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When EU temporary protection for displaced people from Ukraine ends: Possible scenarios

Written by Katrien Luyten.

With no end in sight to the war in Ukraine, the EU has started preparing for the post‑March 2025 period, when temporary protection for displaced people from Ukraine ends. The Temporary Protection Directive – triggered for the first time ever in March 2022, shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine – has enabled EU Member States to offer assistance and rights to people in need of immediate protection.

In principle, once the temporary protection period ends, the general laws on protection and on non-EU nationals in Member States will apply, including on return. Yet, there is a general fear that when large numbers of beneficiaries of temporary protection suddenly start seeking international protection, asylum systems risk being overwhelmed. Moreover, uncertainty about temporary protection beneficiaries’ legal status might place them in a legal limbo, with potential periods of irregular residence owing to slow processing of applications for international protection. Moreover, even if eligible for refugee or subsidiary protection status, beneficiaries will not enjoy the same rights as under the Temporary Protection Directive.

Academics and organisations dealing with migration management therefore agree on the urgency of finding a solution that would ensure a smooth transition out of the temporary protection regime and encourage eventual return to Ukraine. However, with the European elections taking place in June, the timing may not be ideal to amend existing EU legislation or craft new EU laws, as the legislative work in the European institutions will temporarily be put on hold. Moreover, a newly composed European Parliament and European Commission, as well as a new rotating presidency of the Council of the EU as from July, might also complicate decision-making.

This briefing provides an overview of the potential exit strategies discussed by experts in the field, including the pros and cons of the most widely discussed options.

Read the complete briefing on ‘When EU temporary protection for displaced people from Ukraine ends: Possible scenarios‘ in the Think Tank pages of the European Parliament.

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EU needs to catch up with US in research and development, lobby warns

Euractiv.com - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 13:52
Les Entreprises du médicament en France (Leem), an association of French pharmaceutical companies, unveiled its manifesto on Friday (May 17) ahead of June's EU elections, with the focus on investing in research and development (R&D) to avoid falling behind the United States.
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Franco-German lawmakers want to revive energy cooperation between the EU powerhouses

Euractiv.com - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 13:36
The Franco-German parliamentary assembly is set to adopt a declaration advising Paris and Berlin to mend their differences in energy policy and begin moving on hydrogen and geothermal.
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EU maize producers concerned by Ukraine export, eyeing integration as an opportunity

Euractiv.com - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 12:41
According to experts at the European Maize Congress, Ukraine’s reinvigorated capacity to export cereals raises questions about competition with EU producers, but future integration can be an opportunity for the bloc to increase the influence in the food global markets.
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US tariffs on China split EU Social Democrats, Commission names Booking gatekeeper under Digital Markets Act

Euractiv.com - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 12:35
New US tarriffs on Chinese goods, including semiconductors, have split the EU's Social Democrats ahead of the elections, while the Commission designated Booking as a DMA gatekeeper.
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Why does the Green Deal matter for the Foreign Policy of the incoming EU Executive [Promoted content]

Euractiv.com - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 12:00
The political and policy-driven nature of this revolution needs to set up manageable implications for all, everywhere. The EU cannot separate its EGD from its foreign policy as its consequences will reverberate well beyond its borders.
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Free movement rights of rainbow families

Written by David De Groot.

‘Rainbow families’ – same-sex couples with or without children – still face many obstacles while exercising their free movement rights today.

In a debate in the European Parliament in September 2010, then‑European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, Viviane Reding, stated, ‘Let me stress this. If you live in a legally recognised same-sex partnership, or marriage, in country A, you have the right – and this is a fundamental right – to take this status and that of your partner to country B. If not, it is a violation of EU law, so there is no discussion about this. This is absolutely clear, and we do not have to hesitate on this’.

Over a decade later, same-sex couples still experience issues when relying on their free movement rights.

While the European Court of Human Rights has upheld that all member countries must provide for a registered partnership for same-sex couples if they do not provide for same-sex marriage, it can be unclear which rights should be attached to such a status. And while the European Court of Justice has ruled that same-sex marriages and parenthood established for same-sex couples have to be recognised in all EU Member States for the purpose of free movement, this case law is still very unclear, due to mixed concepts, which has led to consistent Member State violations.

In her 2020 State of the Union Speech, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen stated ‘If you are [a] parent in one country, you are [a] parent in every country’. In 2021, the European Parliament declared the EU an LGBTIQ Freedom Zone. It has expressed its deepest concern regarding the discrimination suffered by rainbow families and their children in the EU and insists that the EU needs to take a common approach to the recognition of same-sex marriages and partnerships. In December 2022, the Commission proposed a regulation on the recognition of parenthood.

Read the complete briefing on ‘Free movement rights of rainbow families‘ in the Think Tank pages of the European Parliament.

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French government says low-carbon electricity mix is magnet for foreign investment

Euractiv.com - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 08:24
The French president touts it, the French Delegate Minister for Energy praises it: the decarbonized nature of the French electricity mix is an unparalleled asset in attracting foreign investment, particularly in industry. The reality is more complex.
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Despite Western pressure, China in no hurry to reduce Russia support

Euractiv.com - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 07:51
Despite Western calls on China to cut its support for Moscow's war against Ukraine by limiting supplies of dual-use materials and weapons components to Russia, Beijing has no interest in dropping its backing for President Vladimir Putin, analysts say.
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‘Massive’ French police deployment arrives to secure New Caledonia

Euractiv.com - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 07:38
French police reinforcements have started arriving in New Caledonia as part of a massive operation to regain control of the capital Noumea, the top French official in the Pacific island territory said on Friday (17 May).
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