• EU invests in priority energy infrastructure

      EU invests in priority energy infrastructure

      Up to €800m will be invested in key European energy infrastructure projects with major cross-border benefits, after Member States voted on a Commission proposal, the EU press service reported. The funding comes from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), the European support programme for trans-European infrastructure.

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    • Commission warns of investor citizenship schemes risks

      Commission warns of investor citizenship schemes risks

      The Commission presented last Wednesday, for the first time, a comprehensive report on investor citizenship and residence schemes operated by a number of EU Member States, warning of risks such schemes create, the EU press service reported. The report maps the existing practices and identifies certain risks such schemes imply for the EU, in particular, as regards security, money laundering, tax evasion and corruption.

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    • WEF: EU Commission champion in the circular economy

      WEF: EU Commission champion in the circular economy

      Yesterday evening in Davos, the European Commission was awarded the 2019 Circular Economy prize by the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders as recognition of the work done to accelerate the transition towards a circular economy that protects the environment and reduces greenhouse gas emissions while delivering opportunities for jobs, growth and investment

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    • Commission kicks off Women4Cyber initiative

      Commission kicks off Women4Cyber initiative

      Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel, is kicking-off today the Women4Cyber initiative in Brussels, which was launched by the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) in November last year. With the help of the 28 Founding Members, i.e. 28 female leaders coming from the public sector, the private sector and academia, the project aims to increase the involvement of women in the development and promotion of European cybersecurity.

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    • Romanian justice minister to invalidate graft cases

      Romanian justice minister to invalidate graft cases

      Romania's Justice Minister Tudorel Toader announced last Monday that he has prepared an emergency decree that could invalidate hundreds of corruption cases involving the country's most senior officials, news wires reported. The move could lead to the suspension of trials and verdicts, including in the case of Liviu Dragnea, chairman of the ruling Social Democrats, who has twice been convicted but denies wrongdoing. Toader is to meet with PM Viorica Dancila to discuss the step.

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    • France, Germany strengthen ties ahead of Brexit

      France, Germany strengthen ties ahead of Brexit

      The leaders of France and Germany signed a new treaty on 22 January to update their 1963 post-war reconciliation accord, aiming to reinvigorate the EU’s main axis and counter growing eurosceptic nationalism among some other members. At a warm ceremony in the German border city of Aachen, a historical symbol of European concord, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron sought to show they are ready to give fresh leadership to the troubled EU project.

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    • Facebook, Germany to combat election interference

      Facebook, Germany to combat election interference

      Facebook will collaborate with German Federal Office for Information and Security ahead of the EU elections in May to combat fake accounts and misinformation. The project will also apply for India's general election that will begin in April. News was announced by company's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, who noted that the project will also include other companies and research partners in order to "help guide policy making in Germany and across the EU on election interference."

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