• EC opens infringement procedures against 12 Member States

      EC opens infringement procedures against 12 Member States

      The European Commission opened infringement procedures against 12 Member States for failing to transpose EU rules banning unfair trading practices in the agri-food sector. The Commission sent letters of formal notice to Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czechia, Estonia, France, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Spain requesting them to adopt and notify the relevant measures. The Member States have now two months to reply.

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    • Explosion at German chemicals plant, extreme danger warning issued

      Explosion at German chemicals plant, extreme danger warning issued

      An explosion at a chemicals plant in the western German city of Leverkusen on Tuesday led to an "extreme danger" warning being issued and residents of the city on the Rhine being urged to close windows and doors, dpa reported. Leverkusen police said several people were injured. A large number of police officers were deployed at the place of incident. They closed the nearby motorway and urged residents to keep roads free for the emergency services.

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    • EU vows €122m for 32 small innovative projects

      EU vows €122m for 32 small innovative projects

      The EU Innovation Fund announced it had decided to invest €118m in 32 small innovative projects that are located in 14 Member States, Iceland and Norway. The grants are aimed to support projects targeted to promote low-carbon technologies to the market in energy intensive industries, hydrogen, energy storage and renewable energy.

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    • EC approves €525.3m aid for German Condor

      EC approves €525.3m aid for German Condor

      The European Commission has found €525.3 million aid package by Germany in favour of the airline Condor, in context of coronavirus outbreak, is in line with EU State aid rules. The approval of the aid package, based on three separate Commission's decisions, relates to two measures to compensate Condor for damages suffered as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, worth in total €204.1 million, and €321.2 million of restructuring support to enable Condor's return to viability.

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    • EU reaches a new milestone in its vaccines strategy

      EU reaches a new milestone in its vaccines strategy

      EU is among the world leaders in vaccination process, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday. „Our target was to protect 70% of adults in the European Union with at least one vaccination in July. Today we have achieved this target. And 57% of adults already have the full protection of double vaccination“, she said in a statement, pointing out that these figures put Europe among the world leaders.

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    • Hungarians protest against the government for alleged use of Pegasus spyware

      Hungarians protest against the government for alleged use of Pegasus spyware

      About 1,000 Hungarians protested on Monday over allegations that the government used Israeli-made Pegasus spyware for illegal surveillance of public figures in Hungary, drawing comparisons with the country's communist past, Reuters reported. Protesters gathered at the House of Terror Museum in the capital, Budapest, which commemorates victims of Nazism and Communism, and marched to the headquarters of the governing Fidesz party. Criticising PM Viktor Orban, some chanted: "Victator."

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    • EC urges Google not to mislead consumers

      EC urges Google not to mislead consumers

      The European Commission and the Consumer Protection Cooperation authorities, under the lead of the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets and the Belgian Directorate General for Economic Inspection, have issued a formal letter to Google asking them to be more transparent and comply with EU law. The letter confirms that consumers needed to be aware of the results of their searches in Google's online engine are ranked and it should be noted whether payments may influence the ranking.

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    • Recovery fund: EU ministers approve four more national plans

      Recovery fund: EU ministers approve four more national plans

      European Union finance ministers approved on Monday the national recovery plans of Croatia, Cyprus, Lithuania and Slovenia, paving the way for the disbursement of EU pre-financing for projects envisaged under the schemes, news wires reported. The European Council is expected to adopt its implementing decisions on the approval of these plans by written procedure shortly after the informal ministers’ meeting held on Monday. Following the formal adoption of the decisions, this second batch of member states will be able to use the facility’s funds to foster their economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    • Loneliness has doubled across the EU since the pandemic: report

      Loneliness has doubled across the EU since the pandemic: report

      One in four EU citizens reported feeling lonely during the first months of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report from the Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), presented on Monday. The report contains the latest scientific evidence on loneliness and social isolation in the EU, and analyses the survey by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, showing that feelings of loneliness doubled across all age groups in the early months of the pandemic, EC Press service reported.

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