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Finnish debt above EU threshold as Commission gives to-do list - Fri, 26/05/2023 - 06:53
Finland’s public debt was over 73% of its GDP last year and has continuously exceeded the 60% limit required under EU law since 2013 – making it the only EU country above the threshold where debt has kept growing, according...
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UK strengthens defence export prospects with Czechia - Fri, 26/05/2023 - 06:53
Defence Minister James Cartlidge discussed how the UK defence industry could further support the Czech Armed Forces through defence exports and government-to-government support during a Thursday visit to the International Defence and Securities Technologies Fair (IDET) in Brno. Czechia is...
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Dutch lawmakers call for better protection of North Sea from espionage - Fri, 26/05/2023 - 06:51
Lawmakers from coalition partners VVD (Renew), CDA (EPP) and D66 (Renew) called on the Defence Ministry to take complete responsibility for the protection and surveillance of critical infrastructure in the North Sea. Responsibility for the protection and surveillance of the...
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Austria’s Social Democrat chief retires from politics after losing leadership race - Fri, 26/05/2023 - 06:50
Pamela Rendi-Wagner, the erstwhile leader of Austria’s centre-left, has announced her full retirement from politics after party members placed her third in a three-way leadership race. Rendi-Wagner has led the Social Democratic Party as an opposition party since 2018, a...
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Russia signals end to Black Sea grain deal in July if demands not met - Fri, 26/05/2023 - 06:43
Russia signaled on 25 May that if demands to improve its grain and fertilizer exports are not met then it will not extend a deal allowing the safe wartime export of the same products from three Ukrainian Black Sea ports.
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Hungary ‘unfit’ to hold EU presidency, warn MEPs - Fri, 26/05/2023 - 06:38
Hungary’s multiple breaches of EU law make it unfit to hold the bloc’s rotating presidency in 2024, MEPs have warned in a resolution that is set to be adopted next week. 
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Influential Bulgarian mafia boss killed in South Africa - Fri, 26/05/2023 - 06:33
A notorious figure of the Bulgarian criminal underground, Krasimir Kamenov, nicknamed Karo, and his wife were killed in a bloody massacre in Cape Town, South Africa, on Thursday, sources confirmed to EURACTIV on Thursday. Karo was known as part of...
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NATO to upgrade Ukraine’s partner status without offering swift membership - Fri, 26/05/2023 - 06:30
NATO members are set to offer Ukraine an upgraded relationship format, in a move meant to show political support for the war-torn country and its membership bid, although any concrete roadmap for accession still remains a more distant prospect.
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Outcome of upcoming Spanish elections still open - Fri, 26/05/2023 - 06:29
Polls predict different outcomes of the Spanish regional and municipal elections due on Sunday, with some predicting more wins for Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s Socialist Party-wing party, while others found that the conservative Partido Popular (PP) would come out on...
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Germany to restore electoral threshold for 2029 European election - Fri, 26/05/2023 - 06:28
A new electoral threshold for EU Parliament elections could be introduced in time for the 2029 elections if a government proposal, now in the committee phase, is adopted by lawmakers. In 2014, the Federal Constitutional Court declared the current 5%...
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Employment commissioner favours EU-wide four-day work - Fri, 26/05/2023 - 06:27
The European Union should push for implementing a four-day working week, namely for sectors with labour shortages, EU Commissioner for Employment and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, told Lusa in an interview. “I think it is something that is progressively moving...
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EU extends Ukraine tariff suspension, Zelenskyy wants it permanent - Fri, 26/05/2023 - 06:23
The European Union agreed on Thursday (25 May) to suspend restrictions on imports from Ukraine for a further year after warding off an import ban imposed by some EU nations amid farmer protests over low prices.
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EU Council closes in on product liability rulebook - Thu, 25/05/2023 - 19:09
The EU Council of Ministers is close to formalising its position on the new product liability rules, based on a compromise text circulated this week, seen by EURACTIV.
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EU Council advances on source protection, fund transparency in media law - Thu, 25/05/2023 - 19:08
A new compromise text on the European Media Freedom Act from the Swedish Council Presidency proposes changes to areas including the threshold of application for rules on allocation of public funds and the provisions covering spyware and the protection of sources. 
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COVID highlighted the need for sustainable public health systems in Africa - Thu, 25/05/2023 - 18:13
In 2022, vaccination against Covid in Africa had significantly increased and the number of cases had dropped. But African public health experts say there is now a need for long-term investment.
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MEPs to urge block on Hungary taking EU presidency in 2024 - Thu, 25/05/2023 - 17:52
"This will be the first time a member state that is under the Article 7 procedure will take over the rotating presidency of the council," French Green MEP Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield, the key lawmaker on Hungary, warned.
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Twitter set to exit EU Code of Practice on Disinformation, sources say - Thu, 25/05/2023 - 17:43
Twitter told the European Commission it is seriously considering withdrawing from the EU Code of Practice on Disinformation, a voluntary agreement that preludes upcoming binding rules, EU officials told EURACTIV. The announcement of Twitter’s withdrawal from the code would come...
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The case for engaging with post-growth economics - Thu, 25/05/2023 - 17:11
Alternative economic models that want to ditch the current growth imperative are becoming more prominent for a reason. It is important to engage with them productively.
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PFAS 'forever chemicals' cost society €16 trillion a year - Thu, 25/05/2023 - 16:39
Researchers found that global societal costs of the so-called forever chemicals or PFAS amount to €16 trillion per year. Meanwhile, the bigger producers of these chemicals are also among the ones spending the most to lobby EU policies.
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Highlights - 25-05-2023 Hearing on the implementation of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement - Committee on Foreign Affairs

On 25 May 2023, the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on International Trade will hold a hearing on the implementation of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement that has been in force since 1 May 2021. Members will discuss with four expert speakers how unprecedented arrangements with a third country have been implemented so far.
Their valuable expertise will feed in the preparation of a joint implementation report on the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement that the two Committees are preparing.
Draft programme
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