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German county targeted by ransomware asks military for help

mar, 27/07/2021 - 17:26
The entire IT infrastructure of the Anhalt-Bitterfeld district administration, which was paralysed after being targeted by a ransomware attack at the start of July, has requested assistance from the Bundeswehr, the German armed forces.
Catégories: European Union

The Brief – Don’t ignore your neighbours

mar, 27/07/2021 - 16:47
It is a truism that Europe is unstable if its North African neighbours are unstable. That being so, it should be of some concern to EU leaders that, on the bloc’s south Mediterranean border, Tunisia’s ten-year-old democracy appears to be on life support.
Catégories: European Union

Commission moves against EU countries over unfair trading practices

mar, 27/07/2021 - 16:45
The European Commission has opened infringement procedures against 12 member states after they failed to transpose EU rules banning unfair trading practices in the agri-food sector within the allotted time frame. 
Catégories: European Union

Animal feed spike worries EU countries

mar, 27/07/2021 - 16:37
High feed costs are giving member states a cause for concern, while the European Commission is hopeful that feed prices are likely to go down in the near future.
Catégories: European Union

Facebook teams up with French anti-piracy association on copyright

mar, 27/07/2021 - 16:30
Facebook has teamed up with French anti-piracy association ALPA up to protect content on its platforms from copyright infringement, the tech giant announced on Monday (26 July). EURACTIV France reports.
Catégories: European Union

Connectivity at the core of a more stable Afghanistan [Stakeholder Opinion]

mar, 27/07/2021 - 16:25
At a time when Taliban is likely to take over Afghanistan, the stakes could not have been higher for Uzbekistan’s reformist President Mirziyoyev who hosted the 15-16 July Central-South Asia Connectivity Conference in Tashkent.
Catégories: European Union

Mastery of technology is central to the ‘new geopolitical order’, Breton says

mar, 27/07/2021 - 16:01
The COVID-19 crisis has exposed Europe's strategic vulnerabilities and underscored the need for the European Union to foster its own industrial policy and aim for technological sovereignty in "the new geopolitical order", the EU's Commissioner for the internal market, Thierry Breton, has stressed.
Catégories: European Union

EU hits 70% first COVID-19 jab target but doubts enough to beat Delta

mar, 27/07/2021 - 15:46
The EU on Tuesday (27 July) said it had reached its target of giving 70% of adults at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, though with only 57% of adults fully jabbed, the WHO says Europe is still “far from out of the woods” when it comes to ending the pandemic. 
Catégories: European Union

Two dead, five still missing after explosion rocks German chemicals site

mar, 27/07/2021 - 15:02
Two people are dead and five are still missing as hope for their survival wanes after an explosion rocked an industrial park in the western German city of Leverkusen on Tuesday (27 July) morning, sending dark plumes of smoke into the sky.
Catégories: European Union

French equality body sounds alert about extension of COVID-19 pass

mar, 27/07/2021 - 13:29
While the controversial extension of COVID-19 pass is still being discussed in the French Parliament, the country's equality agency, Défenseur des droits, published 10 points that need to be watched closely.
Catégories: European Union

Billionaires in space

mar, 27/07/2021 - 12:17
For decades, those who dared venture beyond the realm of Earth held a romantic position in our minds – men and women that combined great knowledge with great courage. Today, however, the great mystery of space is commodified. We’re well on our way to space becoming a playground for billionaires. The final frontier is just another bucket list item for the rich.
Catégories: European Union

G20 climate and energy ministers split over coal exit

mar, 27/07/2021 - 10:02
China, Russia and India are among countries resisting a timeline to phase out coal power generation, leaving it to leaders to resolve the impasse later this year. EURACTIV's media partner, Climate Home News, reports.
Catégories: European Union

Critics warn carbon price proposal would exacerbate energy poverty

mar, 27/07/2021 - 08:44
Energy poverty could be exacerbated ad prices rise under the European Commission's proposed revamped emissions trading scheme, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has warned, with other stakeholders raising similar misgivings. 
Catégories: European Union

Parliament draft report pushes for tax hike on all tobacco products

mar, 27/07/2021 - 08:26
A draft of a new report from the European Parliament's beating cancer committee does not distinguish between cigarettes and novel tobacco products on key points, signalling a tighter position on tobacco control, but some EU lawmakers are already mobilising to challenge this.
Catégories: European Union

Austria opposes Turkey’s bid to join EU military project

mar, 27/07/2021 - 08:05
In today's edition of The Capitals, find out more about Poland considering making the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for healthcare workers, Macron discussing the Pegasus spyware case with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, and so much more.
Catégories: European Union

Skopje court sentences those involved in ‘April 27’ case

mar, 27/07/2021 - 08:03
Parliament’s former speaker, Trajko Veljanoski, two former ministers Mile Janakieski i Spiro Ristovski and the former head of the intelligence service Vladimir Atanasovski, all from right centre opposition VMRO-DPMNE Party, were sentenced on Monday to prison terms of up to...
Catégories: European Union

Poll: Serbian citizens recognise EU as biggest donor

mar, 27/07/2021 - 08:01
The majority of Serbian citizens are in favour of joining the EU and see it as the leading donor and trade and investment partner, an opinion poll unveiled Monday and conducted by Ninamedia for the EU Delegation in Serbia shows....
Catégories: European Union

Bulgaria: discrimination against minority in North Macedonia must end

mar, 27/07/2021 - 07:58
Bulgaria is pushing for an end to “discrimination” against the Bulgarian minority in North Macedonia, with Bulgarian Rumen Radev discussing the topic with his Austrian counterpart Alexander Van der Belen on Monday in Vienna. Until now, Sofia has insisted on...
Catégories: European Union

Nine of 14 Slovak MEPs found to be anti-authoritarian ‘hawks’

mar, 27/07/2021 - 07:56
Most Slovak MEPs are consistently critical of Russia and China and supportive of EU foreign and disinformation policy, a new study by the Political Capital Institute that analyses voting patterns has found. “The spectre of authoritarian regimes is haunting Europe”,...
Catégories: European Union

South, North Korea have restored hotlines as leaders seek to rebuild ties

mar, 27/07/2021 - 07:55
South and North Korea have restored hotlines that Pyongyang severed a year ago when ties deteriorated sharply, with renewed efforts by the two countries' leaders to rebuild relations, the South's presidential Blue House said on Tuesday (27 July).
Catégories: European Union