Von der Leyen announces the distribution of portfolios
Photo: EU Ursula Von der Leyen unveils who will do what in the new College.

Von der Leyen announces the distribution of portfolios

Today, EC President-elect Ursula Von der Leyen announced the distribution of portfolios to Commissioners-designate during a two-hour long news conference at the Commission’s press room in Brussels. “Well-balanced, agile and modern” she labelled the new College adding that it will be led with “determination, clearly focused on the issues at hand and provides answers.”

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    Merkel: Climate change is a challenge for humanity

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday that it would require a "feat of strength" in order for Germany to reach its climate goals by 2030 as planned, news wires reported. "Climate change is a challenge for humanity. In order to deal with this challenge, it will require a real feat of strength," Merkel said in the video posted on the chancellery's official website. She pointed out that passing climate legislation was necessary in order for the country to be able to achieve its goal of producing 65% of energy from renewable sources by 2030.

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    Dunarit theft emerges from spy scandal too

    The whole scheme devised by the criminal duo Tsvetan Vassilev and Emiliyan Gebrev to steal Dunarit is among the revelations that have come out of the espionage scandal that has rocked Bulgaria over the past few days. A one-page report entitled “Gaining control over Dunarit AD by EMKO EOOD” emerged from the documents seized by the Prosecutor’s Office as part of the investigation that has resulted in the indictment of Nikolay Malinov, former Bulgarian Socialist Party lawmaker and publisher of the newspaper Duma and current head of the National Movement “Russophiles”.

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    Taking inspiration from creatures like chameleons who are masters of colour-changing camouflage, researchers at MIT’s Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a new spray-on ink that can infinitely change colours, designs, and patterns when blasted with different wavelengths of light.

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  • Digital education shows upward trends in Europe's schools

    Digital education shows upward trends in Europe's schools

    The European Commission's Eurydice network published on 12 September a report that maps the state of digital education in schools across Europe. The report looks at how digital competences are taught and assessed. It also gives an overview of the digital skills of teachers, the policies designed to support digital education and the use of technology in large-scale national tests.

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  • EU weighs new energy taxes

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    In the last decade, EU Member States have led the global shift toward renewable energy and set up the world’s largest emissions trading system to price carbon and reduce reliance on more polluting fuels. However, the bloc’s rules on energy taxation have not changed for more than 15 years. The European Union is thus considering new energy taxes to meet its climate targets, Reuters reports.

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