The EU offers sustainable financing, but much remains to be done

The EU offers sustainable financing, but much remains to be done

The European Commission announced last week an action plan on sustainable financing to encourage the EU financial sector to invest in a greener and cleaner economy. At this stage the proposals are focussed on environmental investments and social factors are expected to be included later on. Global Witness, known for its campaign against “blood diamonds” and for defending environment activists, called on the Commission to work for stronger safeguards to stop harmful investments. “The Commission’s proposals have failed to go far enough – it is time for robust regulations to…

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Today’s meeting between Mark Zuckerberg and EU Parliament transmitted live

Today’s meeting between Mark Zuckerberg and EU Parliament transmitted live

Today’s meeting between Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, and some MEPs in Brussels to get some explanations on the social network’s shortcomings with respect to the users’ data protection, will finally be transmitted live on the net, announced the EU Parliament Monday. “I spoke to Mr. Zuckerberg about the possibility of a live transmission of that meeting on the net. I am pleased to announce that he accepted this new request,” twitted the President of the EU Parliament, Antonio Tajani. The meeting in the European capital between heads of the EU…

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Zuckerberg will appear before the European Parliament on Tuesday

Zuckerberg will appear before the European Parliament on Tuesday

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of social media giant Facebook, will appear before the European Parliament on Tuesday to answer questions about the company’s privacy policy, the company said. The appearance will take place in closed session, behind closed doors, much to the chagrin of Guy Verhofstadt, former Belgian PM and leader of the parliament’s liberal faction. Zuckerberg’s appearance is in relation to new EU privacy rules which come into force later this month. Facebook has a European base in Ireland, and so is covered by the rules. The parliament will be…

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Europa Nostra Awards: 29 winners for preservation of cultural heritage

Europa Nostra Awards: 29 winners for preservation of cultural heritage

The winners of the 2018 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage were announced today by the European Commission and Europa Nostra, a pan-European network of heritage NGOs. 29 laureates from 17 countries were recognised for their accomplishments in conservation, research, dedicated service, and education, training and awareness-raising. As a contribution to the European Year of Cultural Heritage, this year’s awards put special emphasis on the European added value of the selected heritage achievements. The winners will be honoured at a high-profile award ceremony on 22 June in Berlin, during the first…

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Ready, steady, receive your Wi-Fi now

Ready, steady, receive your Wi-Fi now

From today, 15 May, at 13.00 [Central European time] precisely, Brussels and municipalities throughout the European Union (EU) will be able to apply for a first batch of 1,000 WiFi4EU vouchers, the European Commission announced today, and benefit more from today’s increasingly digital world. Indeed, the aim of this scheme, in the words of Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, is to connect “every European village and every city with free wireless internet access around the main centres of public life by 2020”. “The EU is bringing Wi-Fi into your parks, squares,…

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Pro-Brexit movement fined for violations of campaign financing

Pro-Brexit movement fined for violations of campaign financing

The British election Commission on Friday imposed a fine of £ 70,000 (€79,000) on leave for the movement Brexit. EU for multiple irregularities in the financing of its campaign for the June 2016 referendum on the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU). The Commission said in a press release that Leave.EU had incorrectly reported its spending during the referendum campaign, exceeded its spending limit and submitted incomplete and erroneous statements of expenditure and transactions. It added that there were reasonable grounds to suspect that the responsible person in…

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Belgium and Pakistan looking to increase bilateral trade

Belgium and Pakistan looking to increase bilateral trade

On Tuesday 8 May, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Belgium, Mrs Naghmana Alamgir Hashmi, addressed a large audience of Belgian and Pakistani business people and government officials at a business conference in Brussels. The conference was hosted by the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Mrs Hashmi highlighted the growth in trade between Belgium and Pakistan in recent years, up 38% from 2013 and currently standing at €470 million. “It’s not random but due to important developments that has enabled the space for trade to grow”, the Ambassador emphasised. The Pakistani economy…

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The EU is trying to maintain a nuclear deal with Iran after the US withdrawal

The EU is trying to maintain a nuclear deal with Iran after the US withdrawal

US President trump announced yesterday that the US will withdraw from the nuclear deal and impose sanctions against Iran for allegedly violating this deal. EU and the three European powers that signed the deal in 2015 declared directly after his unilateral withdrawal that they will continue to support the deal and even try to improve it. In his announcement, Trump ignored his own officials who in hearings in the senate had confirmed that Iran complied with the conditions in the agreement. Instead he referred to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s slideshow…

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CO2 emissions increased by 1.8% in the EU last year

CO2 emissions increased by 1.8% in the EU last year

Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions increased by 1.8% in the European Union (EU) last year, according to first estimates for 2017 from the EU statistical office, Eurostat. However, they decreased by 2.4% in Belgium, whose share of total emissions in the EU was 2.3% in 2017. Eurostat estimates show that CO2 emissions went up in most member States in 2017. The highest increases were in Malta (+12.8%), followed by Estonia (+11.3%), Bulgaria (+8.3%), Spain (+7.4%) and Portugal (+7.3%). On the other hand, reductions were observed in Finland (-5.9%), Denmark (-5.8%), the…

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Greek riot police used tear gas against protesters in defiance of the EU migration policy.

Greek riot police used tear gas against protesters in defiance of the EU migration policy.

Greek riot police used tear gas to try to disperse angry protesters in Lesbos who tried to turn the police bus during a demonstration against the EU migration policy. The protesters were among 2,500 demonstrators who gathered at the island’s main port as the Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, arrived to speak at a conference. A large contingent of riot police formed a cordon to stop the protesters from advancing further. Scores of them then tried to push over a police bus. Officers fired teargas and earlier had discharged a…

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