Correcting plastic collection is considered vital to the success of chemical recycling

Correcting plastic collection is considered vital to the success of chemical recycling

Two billion people worldwide do not have access to proper waste collection services, leading to ever-growing plastic pollution in oceans and waterways, particularly in the global south. To recycle all plastics by 2040, 500,000 people would need to be connected every day to waste collection services across the world, according to estimates. Collecting used plastic is vital to create a circular economy in the industry and prevent fossil fuels from being used to produce new plastics. In Europe, only a third of post-consumer plastic waste is collected for recycling. 85%…

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The report says that the EU cyber defense “at the limit” on the background of coronavirus

The report says that the EU cyber defense “at the limit” on the background of coronavirus

The European Union’s cybersecurity resilience has been pushed to the limit of its capacities as an indirect result of the ongoing public health crisis, warned a new report from the EU’s cybersecurity agency ENISA, published on Tuesday (19 October). The agency’s 2020 Threat Landscape report surveys the landscape of the bloc’s cyber resilience in the unprecedented context of the coronavirus pandemic, which has had a profound impact on cybersecurity formalities. The crisis, the report states, has presented new challenges to EU cybersecurity but at the same time has afforded various…

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Allow scientists to guide us in the fight against climate change

Allow scientists to guide us in the fight against climate change

Scientists have proved vital in the push to control COVID-19. We should also use their knowledge and expertise to tackle climate change, argues Alina Averchenkova. This year, as the coronavirus pandemic spread rapidly throughout the world, we were abruptly reminded of the importance of scientific expertise in ensuring the wellbeing of a society and developing informed policy response in the time of crisis. Citizens needed advice from the health experts – to help keep us safe from the ravages of COVID-19 and give hope for a return to normality. Politicians…

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EU leaders set tougher climate target in December

EU leaders set tougher climate target in December

EU leaders on Thursday (15 October) said they will decide on a more stringent climate target for 2030 at a summit in December, leaving more time to forge a united European response to climate change. Ambitious climate goals are backed by big EU powers including France and Germany, as well as many major businesses, but face resistance from eastern member states still dependent on coal for energy. The 27 leaders meeting in Brussels said they will return to the issue “with the aim of agreeing on a new emission reduction…

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Sassoli calls for “imagination” to break the deadlock in budget negotiations

Sassoli calls for “imagination” to break the deadlock in budget negotiations

European Parliament President David Sassoli asked EU leaders on Thursday (15 October) to increase their financial contributions to the EU budget and called for “imagination” to make progress on the stalled negotiations. “We are going to need some creativity”, he told reporters after meeting with EU leaders at the start of the European Council. The Parliament has requested €39 billion to reinforce 15 priorities in the multi-annual financial framework, the EU’s long term budget totalling €1,074 trillion for 2021-2027. A total of 22 billion will be new contributions from member…

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EU antitrust authorities may narrow Amazon investigation – sources

EU antitrust authorities may narrow Amazon investigation – sources

EU antitrust regulators may narrow the scope of their year-long investigation into Amazon to speed up the case against the U.S. online retail giant, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. Splitting up the Amazon case could address complaints by rivals that antitrust enforcers take too long to address harm done to them through anti-competitive practices and that rulings fail to keep pace with evolving markets. EU regulators adopted a similar tactic against Alphabet Inc’s Google by first addressing complaints about its price comparison shopping service and then opening investigations…

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Fears arise over Italy’s “monopoly” plans to create a unified broadband network

Fears arise over Italy’s “monopoly” plans to create a unified broadband network

Concerns have emerged among EU consumer groups that plans in Italy to establish a single firm overseeing the rollout of the country’s future broadband infrastructure could lead to a ‘quasi-monopolistic’ market structure. Italian Telecommunications firm TIM has plans to merge with rival Open Fiber in a bid to roll out a single ultrafast broadband network in the country, which has received the backing of the Italian government. At the end of August, TIM had signed off on an agreement with Italy’s public investment bank Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP), allowing…

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Netherlands and Belgium implemented travelling ban as COVID-19 seems to enjoy revival

Netherlands and Belgium implemented travelling ban as COVID-19 seems to enjoy revival

Dutch people who still travel to Belgium are urgently advised to return to home quarantine for 10 days. For the time being, it is recommended to make only necessary trips to Belgium. At the end of September, the ministry already announced a colour code orange for Belgium. This opinion was only valid for the Belgian cities of Brussels and Antwerp. Entry restrictions were already in place for Dutch people travelling to Belgium. The Belgian government has classified all the Dutch provinces, with the exception of Zeeland, as red.

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The EU intends to get the green light for the US WTO tariff

The EU intends to get the green light for the US WTO tariff

One year after sanctioning the EU for its support of Airbus, the World Trade Organization is expected Tuesday (13 October) to let the bloc impose sanctions on the United States for aid to Boeing. In the latest development in the 16-year saga between Washington and Brussels over support for their aircraft manufacturers, the EU is expected to get the green light to impose around $4.0 billion in tariffs on US goods and services, according to the Bloomberg news agency. The European Union and the United States accuse each other of…

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Mukhtar Ablyazov, Ilyas Khrapunov and Botagoz Jardemalie got a trouble each

Mukhtar Ablyazov, Ilyas Khrapunov and Botagoz Jardemalie got a trouble each

Mukhtar Ablyazov got a flashback as he entered the French prison. He was freed two days latter but he stays under supervision. After all he is the star among fraudsters. It’s every criminal’s dream to read a book dedicated to him while being free. Kleptopia by Tom Burgis grants this rare opportunity, BPostNews suggests. Mukhtar Ablyazov recently enjoyed extreme levels of media attention. Most of the events around him and his team were negative publicity. This time it wasn’t connected directly with his long-term feud with the Kazakhstan government. Botagoz…

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