Commission and industry invest €22 billion in new European Partnerships to deliver solutions to major societal challenges

Commission and industry invest €22 billion in new European Partnerships to deliver solutions to major societal challenges

The Commission has launched 11 new European Partnerships together with industry, to boost investments in research and innovation and to overcome major climate and sustainability challenges, towards making Europe the first climate neutral economy and delivering on the European Green Deal. In line with the goals of the ‘twin’ green and digital transition, the Partnerships will also deliver on the EU’s digital ambitions for the next decade, Europe’s Digital Decade. They will receive more than €8 billion from Horizon Europe, the new EU research and innovation programme for 2021-2027. The…

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Banks too involved in fossil fuels: study

Banks too involved in fossil fuels: study

A French study shows that the biggest European banks continue to support the fossil fuel sector. A double threat–climatic and financial–which, according to the study, could generate a financial crisis, similar to that of the subprimes. While the financial world swears by green finance, a French study shows that the largest banks in the euro zone still strongly support the fossil fuel sector, through credit products or investments. Commissioned by the Rousseau Institute, associated with environmental NGOs Reclaim Finance and Amis de la Terre, the “Fossil assets, the new subprimes?” study calculated that…

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Future of Europe plenary, migration, biodiversity

Future of Europe plenary, migration, biodiversity

MEPs will participate in the inaugural plenary of the Conference on the Future of Europe and discuss migration and development issues. The inaugural plenary of the Conference on the Future of Europe takes place on Saturday, 19 June in Strasbourg. The Conference Plenary gathers representatives from EU institutions, and national parliaments together with citizens and will develop people’s proposals into recommendations for EU action. All Europeans can participate in the Conference by sharing their ideas on the multilingual digital platform, EU affairs. Following the approval of the EU Digital COVID…

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Football: the growing interest of investment funds

Football: the growing interest of investment funds

Investment funds in control of football clubs as varied as AC Milan, Burnley, Toulouse and Caen. What is their interest and how has financing football changed over the years? “Investment funds are only there for business. They have no business [being involved] in football!” Last April, these comments from Christophe Dugarry, part of the French team that won the World Cup in 1998 and the European Championship two years, made the pages of sports daily L’Équipe. And they sparked a lot of debate. The former striker, who has become one…

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German nuclear waste to remain in France after years of talks

German nuclear waste to remain in France after years of talks

Germany and France have agreed that 152 containers of nuclear waste from Germany are to be treated in La Hague in northwestern France, while only three to five containers will return to Germany as the country is contractually obligated to take back its nuclear waste reprocessed abroad. According to a joint information paper by German economy and environment ministries, three to five containers with highly radioactive nuclear waste are to be returned from La Hague in France to the interim storage facility in the southwestern German state of Baden-Württemberg by…

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Big countries’ tax deal to reveal rift in EU

Big countries’ tax deal to reveal rift in EU

A global deal on corporate tax looks set to bring to a climax a deep-seated European Union battle, pitting large members Germany, France and Italy against Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Although the smaller EU partners at the centre of a years-long struggle over their favourable tax regimes, welcomed the Group of Seven deal on June 5. for a minimum corporate rate of at least 15%, some critics predict trouble implementing it. The European Commission, the EU’s executive, has long struggled to get agreement within the bloc on a common…

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Corruption leading to Biden: the corrupt connection between the US presidential administration and Ukraine

Corruption leading to Biden: the corrupt connection between the US presidential administration and Ukraine

The United States may be the world’s largest donor to democracy. They sponsor a large number of anti-corruption programs. However, in recent years, the American pillar of democracy has begun to show its cracks. And strangely enough this could be a result of the relations in the US President’s administration. On June 2, 2021, Press Club Brussels Europe hosted a presentation of a documentary film by British journalists, “A LOT OF HOT AIR. Who’s telling the truth in the Burisma gas scandal?” It covers how the Ukrainian company Burisma, with…

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Recovery plan analysis says EU will fall short of meeting 2030 digital targets

Recovery plan analysis says EU will fall short of meeting 2030 digital targets

An analysis of 12 recovery plans submitted by European Union member states seen by Leuropeennedebruxelles.com ahead of publication indicates that the investment proposed will see the bloc falling radically short of the digital targets it has set itself for the end of the decade. The analysis, conducted by consulting giant Deloitte and set to be published on 21 June, focuses on the recovery plans of 12 member states submitted to the European Commission in order to unlock funds from the bloc’s historic post-pandemic recovery fund. The study looks at to…

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Rethink Nature

Rethink Nature

Be among the first ones to view art created as part of the European month of photography (EMoP) exhibition in Luxembourg. Rethinking nature and landscapes forms the basis of the eight edition of the European Month of Photography in Luxembourg. The themed exhibition questions man’s relationship with nature and explores political, ecological and artistic changes in society through the eyes of photography, while amplifying the global and environmental focus of previous editions. A select number of 50 artists worked with the chosen theme and the works of five artists were…

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EU turns to active labour market policies to beef up job recovery

EU turns to active labour market policies to beef up job recovery

The European Commission wants member states to adopt measures to support workers’ hiring and retraining in the aftermath of the pandemic, as the green and digital transitions will shake up a European job market already in pain because of COVID-19. Europe is in the midst of a twin transition, officials repeat. National economies want to become ‘greener’ and more digital this decade. But there is a third and more complicated transition ongoing, as the bloc is trying to overcome the biggest recession in three generations and offset the job losses…

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