• New rules to prevent misuse of personal data in EP elections

      New rules to prevent misuse of personal data in EP elections

      The European Council on Tuesday adopted amendments to the 2014 regulation governing the statute and funding of European political parties and foundations, which would prevent the misuse of personal data in EP elections. The new rules allow for financial sanctions to be imposed on European political parties and foundations that deliberately influence, or attempt to influence, the outcome of EP elections by taking advantage of breaches of data protection rules.

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    • European Defence Fund gets shape

      European Defence Fund gets shape

      The Commission adopted last Tuesday a work programmes to co-finance joint defence industrial projects in 2019-2020 worth up to €500m. A further €25m were earmarked to support collaborative defence research projects in 2019, with calls for proposals already launched. The programmes are precursors to the European Defence Fund, which will become fully functioning from 2021.

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    • British PM in hectic search of a Brexit solution

      British PM in hectic search of a Brexit solution

      British PM Theresa May's Brexit plans were once again thrown in disarray on Tuesday after parliament's Speaker John Bercow denied putting her Brexit deal for a third vote after it was defeated twice by MPs. According to him, this could happen only after the PM changes her proposal substantially. Bercow said his ruling, based on a convention dating back to 1604, did not prevent the government reshaping its proposition, or securing a vote in parliament to override his ruling.

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    • La Scala will return controversial Saudi funding

      La Scala will return controversial Saudi funding

      La Scala will give back to Saudi investors over three million euros paid on condition of getting a member on the board of the iconic Milanese opera house, Milan Mayor and La Scala President Giuseppe Sala announced on Monday. "Back to square one. We'll return the money to the Saudis," Sala said, adding that the board had voted "unanimously" to refund over €3 million received so far.

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    • EC lays plans to become next big tech investor in Europe

      EC lays plans to become next big tech investor in Europe

      The European Commission scaled up its campaign to create a new way to fund innovation in Europe, promising a €300m budget boost to help a planned funding agency to start buying shares in small European technology companies as early as this year. The initiative to form a European Innovation Council (EIC) aims to create more world-scale tech companies in Europe with a budget that will eventually top €1.5bn a year. Global competition is intensifying and the EU needs to deepen its innovation and risk-taking capability to compete on a market increasingly defined by new technologies.

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    • Salvini: Migrants rescued by NGO won't enter Italy

      Salvini: Migrants rescued by NGO won't enter Italy

      Italy's Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said on Tuesday that 49 asylum seekers rescued in the Mediterranean by an NGO-run ship flying the Italian flag will not be allowed to enter Italy. "They can be treated, dressed and fed," League leader Salvini told SkyTg24. "We can give them any kind of comfort but they will not set foot in Italy with my permission".

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    • Alert level in the Utrecht area raised to the maximum of five

      Alert level in the Utrecht area raised to the maximum of five

      The head of the Dutch counter-terror agency later on Monday announced there were shootings at "several" locations in the city of Utrecht, with police reporting at least one dead and several others wounded. According to the local media there are three victims. The shooter or shooters remain at large. Police said they were looking for a 37-year-old man of Turkish origin identified as Gokmen Tanis.The National Anti-Terrorism Coordinator announced it had raised the alert level in the Utrecht area to the maximum of five.

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    • Several hurt in Dutch city of Utrecht, terrorist motive possible

      Several hurt in Dutch city of Utrecht, terrorist motive possible

      Several people were wounded in a shooting on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday, police said, adding that there may have been a “terrorist motive”. PM Mark Rutte said he was “deeply concerned” and that crisis talks were to be held in response to the incident. Dutch radio said security had been increased at the seat of the government in The Hague.

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