EU to detail future relationship with Gibraltar next week

EU to detail future relationship with Gibraltar next week

The European Commission will next week put forward a mandate to negotiate a post-Brexit relationship with Gibraltar that would bring Frontex agents to its territory to avoid a hard border with Spain. Gibraltar is a British overseas territory located at the southern tip of Spain. Madrid and London reached a preliminary agreement on 31 December 2020, hours before the UK left the European Union, to keep the Gibraltar land border open. The goal – by keeping Gibraltar in the EU’s passport-free Schengen area – was to avoid a hard border…

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EU kicks off covid travel pass, WHO issues infection warning

EU kicks off covid travel pass, WHO issues infection warning

An EU-wide covid certificate programme, intended to help boost summer travel, started operating on Thursday, but a recent spike in infection numbers could reduce the number of tourists who use it. “The aim of the EU Digital Covid Certificate is to facilitate safe and free movement in the EU during the covid-19 pandemic,” the European Commission stated on 1 July. Digital covid certificate The scheme lets EU residents download a QR code to their smartphone which proves they have been vaccinated in their home country, recovered from covid or have recently tested…

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EU leaders reject Franco-German Russian summit plan

EU leaders reject Franco-German Russian summit plan

In the early hours of today (25 June) EU leaders concluded the first day of the summer European Council. Discussions on Russia ended at two in the morning following a lively exchange. In the early hours of today (25 June) EU leaders concluded the first day of the summer European Council. Discussions on Russia ended at two in the morning following a lively exchange. Please accept the cookie consent It was clear yesterday morning that a proposal for an EU-Russia summit put forward by the French and Germans had upset…

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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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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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Portugal’s ‘Golden Passports’

Portugal’s ‘Golden Passports’

Portugal is seen as being one of the market leaders in the highly controversial so-called ‘Golden Passport’ business, writes Colin Stevens. This is a lucrative scheme started by several countries as a relatively easy way to attract foreign money after the 2008 financial crisis but criticized by many for attracting criminals and money laundering to the EU. It is believed that Portugal has so far issued golden visas to more than 25,000 people, earning more than €5.5 billion, with Henley Partners as the agency mandated by the Portuguese government to…

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Germany to speed up wind and solar energy expansion

Germany to speed up wind and solar energy expansion

The German government plans to speed up the expansion of wind and solar energy by 2030 as part of its climate protection programme, a draft law seen by Reuters showed on Wednesday (2 June). The new plan aims to expand installed production capacity of onshore wind energy to 95 gigawatts by 2030 from a previous target of 71 GW, and of solar energy to 150 GW from 100 GW, the draft showed. Germany’s installed capacity of onshore wind power stood at of 54.4 GW and of solar energy at 52…

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Tax policy: EU solutions to prevent tax fraud and avoidance

Tax policy: EU solutions to prevent tax fraud and avoidance

Fair taxation is a priority for the European Parliament. Find out how it wants to tackle issues such as tax avoidance, tax fraud and more, Economy. Tax policy, including the fight against tax fraud, has become a hot topic over the past decade due to journalistic investigations such as LuxLeaks, the Panama Papers, Football Leaks, Bahamas Leaks and the Paradise Papers, which revealed tax leaks and tax havens. They led to increasing unhappiness about damaging tax practices, particularly after the recession and the resulting budget constraints. Unpaid taxes result in…

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Recovery fund faces new hurdles with first disbursements

Recovery fund faces new hurdles with first disbursements

The European Commission could find it difficult to transfer the first tranche of the recovery funds to all member states according to its calendar, as most plans are expected to be approved at the same time and there will be limited capacity to borrow from the markets. Last July, the EU’s € 800 billion recovery fund was greeted as a historic deal. But its slow implementation, doubts about its size, problems with its ratification in some member states, especially Germany and Poland, and difficulties in drawing up national recovery plans…

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EU countries squabble over 10 million extra doses of Pfizer vaccine

EU countries squabble over 10 million extra doses of Pfizer vaccine

EU nations fell out Thursday (1 April) over how to divide up 10 million extra doses of coronavirus vaccine, with Austria, Slovenia and the Czech Republic refusing to help five struggling countries. A deal was agreed late in the day to distribute nearly three million doses to “those most in need”, said Portugal, which holds the rotating European Union presidency. But Austria, Slovenia and the Czechs had insisted on receiving their full quota of vaccines under the general shareout system according to population, said a statement from the presidency. A…

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