• Push for stepping up EMU reform

      Push for stepping up EMU reform

      At the Euro summit held in Brussels on 18 October, with the participation of the Eurogroup President Mario Centeno and European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, leaders of EU27 focused on the state of play of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) reform. It is well know that this track is not advancing with satisfactory pace and this sitting aimed to prepare the next Euro summit in December when important commitments are expected.

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    • EU summit reaches no deal on Brexit

      EU summit reaches no deal on Brexit

      The European Council meeting last week reached no deal on Brexit, and the extraordinary summit on the issue in November waas cancelled. In the beginning of the session British PM Theresa May addressed the EU27, giving the UK Government's assessment of the negotiations. Later the EU 27 leaders agreed not to make step back on Britain;s demands, but on the same take decided to take the negotiations forward taking in account the recommendation made by Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator.

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    • EU adopts new chemical weapons sanctions

      EU adopts new chemical weapons sanctions

      EU foreign ministers have approved in Luxembourg on Monday a new regime of restrictive measures to address the use and proliferation of chemical weapons all around the world. Under the 15 October decision of the EU Council, the EU will be allowed to impose asset freezes and visa bans on people and entities for the development and use of chemical weapons, regardless of their nationality and location.

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    • EU compromise is reached on CO2 emissions of cars

      EU compromise is reached on CO2 emissions of cars

      The EU environment ministers at their more than 13-hours-meeting in Luxembourg on Tuesday agreed to seek a 35% cut in car emissions by 2030, news wires reported. "We saw a really complicated discussion," Europe's Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said of the compromise that gained the support of 20 nations, with 4 voting against and 4 abstaining. "I never believed in the beginning that such a strong support would be obtained."

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    • Council backs plans for investment in European supercomputers

      Council backs plans for investment in European supercomputers

      Today, the Council of Ministers officially backed the Commission's plans to invest jointly with the Member States in building a world-class European supercomputing infrastructure since supercomputers are needed to process ever larger amounts of data, bringing benefits to society in many areas, from health care and renewable energy to car safety and cybersecurity.

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    • EU grants €7.5m to 50 scientists within the bloc

      EU grants €7.5m to 50 scientists within the bloc

      The EU has awarded on Monday 50 ERC grant holders with additional funding of up to €150,000 each to test the commercial or societal potential of their original projects. The awarded projects are made by researchers working in 16 countries, mainly in UK, Spain and France and cover a variety of topics: revealing how the algorithms that determine our personalised feeds on social media actually work, using organoids to test treatments for late stage cancer, creating low-cost greener batteries, making wind turbines more efficient etc.

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