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    • Brexit must happen until 26 May

      Brexit must happen until 26 May

      Theresa May has agreed a revised Brexit deal in last-ditch talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, as she seeks to avoid a crushing Commons defeat in today's vote. According to a statement, made by Theresa May three important changes to the withdrawal deal were made and they are aimed at providing additional legal guarantees that the UK can’t be trapped indefinitely inside the backstop arrangement.

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    • 54 alliances vying to become the first European Universities

      54 alliances vying to become the first European Universities

      The first pilot call under the European Universities Initiative has resulted in applications from 54 alliances, involving more than 300 higher education institutions from 31 European countries including all EU Member States. The institutions include comprehensive and research-based universities, universities of applied sciences, technical universities, as well as art and medical schools.

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    • EU to require biometrics on national ID cards

      EU to require biometrics on national ID cards

      The EU Council Presidency and European Parliament have reached a provisional agreement on the introduction of mandatory biometric national identity cards, which will include a photo and two fingerprints. This comes shortly after the European Commission estimated that around 80m Europeans had ID cards without biometric data which were, in addition, not machine readable.

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    • EU and Qatar reach aviation agreement

      EU and Qatar reach aviation agreement

      The European Union and the State of Qatar initialled today an aviation agreement, the first such agreement between the EU and a partner from the Gulf region. As stated, the agreement was negotiated by the EU Commission on behalf of the European Member States as part of its Aviation Strategy for Europe – a milestone initiative to give a new boost to European aviation and provide business opportunities.

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    • EU invests €10bn in clean technologies

      EU invests €10bn in clean technologies

      The European Commission presented today its investment programme worth over €10bn, which is aimed at boosting low-carbon technologies' global competitiveness. EU innovative climate action, as announced today, has a range of benefits for the health and prosperity of Europeans with an immediate, tangible impact on people's lives – from the creation of local green jobs and growth, to energy-efficient homes with a reduced energy bill, cleaner air, more efficient public transport systems in cities, and secure supplies of energy and other resources.

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    • Request for conflict of interest investigation of Lozan Panov is already in Brussels

      Request for conflict of interest investigation of Lozan Panov is already in Brussels

      The European Commission has received a letter with a set of questions concerning the conduct of Lozan Panov, the President of the Supreme Cassation Court (SCC) raised by the Center for Applied Legal Studies (CFALS) to the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC), reported deputy head of Representation at EC, Bulgaria area, Hristo Hristov. He was invited to a regular sitting of the Civil Council to the SJC. The questions of the CFALS were approved at the previous sitting of the Civil Council and it was decided to send them to the European Commission.   

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    • Commission intensifies “no-deal” customs preparedness

      Commission intensifies “no-deal” customs preparedness

      The European Commission has on Monday stepped up its “no-deal” outreach to EU businesses in the area of customs and indirect taxation such as VAT, given the risk that the United Kingdom may leave the EU on 30 March this year without a deal. The outreach campaign is in line with the European Council (Article 50) conclusions of December 2018, calling for intensified preparedness work for all scenarios.

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