• Sefcovic to hold talks with young climate activists 

      Sefcovic to hold talks with young climate activists 

      European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic has invited 6 youth climate activists from across Europe for a live broadcast conversation inside an autonomous e-bus, driving around the Berlaymont building - the headquarters of the Commission. The autonomous electric vehicle is part of the EU-funded AVENUE Project (funded under the framework research programme Horizon 2020).

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    • Austria to reduce anonymity online

      Austria to reduce anonymity online

      Austria's government has introduced a draft law that would require internet users to provide their real name and address to larger sites before commenting, in a move that is part of global efforts to reduce anonymity online and curb hate speech. As Engadget states, the users would still be able to use a nickname in public, but authorities would now have an easy way to find internet trolls that they believe are harassing users or otherwise violating the law.

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    • Notre Dame fire pledges inflame yellow vest protesters

      Notre Dame fire pledges inflame yellow vest protesters

      Yellow Vest protestors in Paris battled police during violent clashes Saturday - newly enraged at the more than billion dollars that have been pledged to rebuild fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral, overshadowing their anti-wealth cause. Black-hooded demonstrators set fire to trash cans, scooters and a car and pelted police with rocks to draw attention anew to their 23rd weekend of protest.

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    • EU officials attack Facebook election policy

      EU officials attack Facebook election policy

      EU officials from bloc's three main institutions have demanded Facebook make changes to its advertising policy ahead of the European Parliament election, citing "huge political and institutional consequences," a letter sent to the US tech giant on 16 April reads. Under new set of rules, which came into force this week, the social media giant has imposed much stricter requirements on the geographic limits of a given campaign.

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    • InvestEU will bring better jobs

      InvestEU will bring better jobs

      EFSI, the core pillar of the successful Investment Plan for Europe, known as Juncker Plan, will become a substantial ingredient of the InvestEU initiative for the 2021-2027 programme period. On the last day of the last session of this European Parliament, the lawmakers propped up a provisional and partial deal with the Council on a new EU programme to support investment and access to finance during the next seven years with the aim to reduce the significant investment gap that still exists in the EU.

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    • Beefing up Frontex with 10,000 standing corps by 2027

      Beefing up Frontex with 10,000 standing corps by 2027

      Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, will have 10,000-strong standing corps by 2027, agreed MEPs at their sitting on 17 April. With a big majority, the lawmakers adopted a new law to strengthen this EU agency as to resolve the current shortcomings and better respond to the present needs in security and migration, safeguarding better protection of EU external borders. The revamped rules were already agreed with the Council.

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    • MEPs in quarrel over dual quality products negligence

      MEPs in quarrel over dual quality products negligence

      The new legislation that was expected to reinforce consumer rights for the internet age created new East-West division during the last for this Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg. Its weak point was the issue of dual quality products. In fact, the EP didn't succeed to push for more robust measures against this repulsive trade practice.

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    • Whistleblowers to receive better protection in EU

      Whistleblowers to receive better protection in EU

      With a wide majority, MEPs adopted new EU-wide rules that are giving better protection for those disclosing information on illegal or harmful activities acquired in work-related circumstances. The new rules, already agreed with EU ministers, lay down new EU-wide standards to protect people revealing breaches of EU law related to a public procurement, financial services, money laundering, product and transport safety, nuclear safety, public health, consumer and data protection.

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