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“A strategic approach taking into account the different timelines and legal requirements is warranted in every member state. EU funds can be used in a complementary way to support the similar objectives in the green and digital transition.”

EU’s building renovation wave hits administrative snag

Differing views within the European Commission on how the EU’s unprecedented recovery fund can be spent, and a rush to translate national spending plans from their original language, risk slowing down the EU’s building renovation wave, experts say

“We cannot open internal borders as long as the EU’s external borders aren’t fully closed.”

Austria sides with Denmark on controversial asylum law

By: EBR | Thursday, June 10, 2021

Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer has welcomed Danish legislation to move asylum seekers to third countries as their application is processed

"Alexander Lukashenko is not the kind of man to let his mind be changed by sanctions, but the right sort of sanctions might change the minds of others, on whose support his regime depends."

Can EU Sanctions Change Lukashenko?

By: EBR | Friday, June 4, 2021

EU sanctions will not change Belarusian leader Lukashenko’s determination to cling to power, but they send an important signal. To avoid isolating ordinary citizens, the EU must combine sanctions with enhanced support for Belarusian civil society

"Denmark’s immigration minister, Mattias Tesfaye, whose father was an Ethiopian immigrant, appeared in Rwanda on an unannounced visit to the central African nation, which led to the signing of diplomatic agreements on asylum and political matters."

Denmark passes law to process asylum seekers outside Europe

By: EBR | Friday, June 4, 2021

Denmark on Thursday (3 June) passed a law enabling it to process asylum seekers outside Europe, drawing anger from human rights advocates, the United Nations and the European Commission

"The new law stipulates that multinationals with a turnover of more than 750 million euros from 2023 must disclose exactly how much tax they pay in each EU country."

Widespread division over new EU rules against tax avoidance

By: N. Peter Kramer | Friday, June 4, 2021

After five years of negotiations, EU countries have finally agreed on a law that requires large companies to be more open about the taxes they pay

“Renew Europe has had enough of the constant delaying tactics and playing for time”.

‘Deadline elapsed’: MEPs vow to sue Commission over failing to apply rule of law regulation

By: EBR | Thursday, June 3, 2021

The liberal Renew Europe group in the European Parliament pledged on Wednesday (2 May) to seek a majority in the legislative’s plenary sitting next week to sue the European executive for failing to apply a rule tying disbursement of EU funds to the rule of law situation in member countries

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"Schengen is the largest free travel area in the world. It allows more than 400 million EU citizens and visitors to move freely."

VP Schinas: Schengen has become a symbol of what Europe stands for today

By: EBR | Thursday, June 3, 2021

Schengen has become a symbol of what Europe stands for today. It’s part of our model of society, of our European way of life. It’s in a way the jewel in our crown

The Breakthrough Energy Catalyst Programme will mobilise equivalent private capital and philanthropic funds to finance the selected projects.

Pioneering partnership between the European Commission and Breakthrough Energy

By: EBR | Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Commission and Breakthrough Energy Catalyst announce new partnership to support investments in clean technologies for low-carbon industries

"Shifting energy systems is urgent, to say the least. This has taken the lion’s share of attention when it comes to climate action."

The EU’s Deforestation Package: A Test for Taking the Green Deal Global

By: EBR | Wednesday, June 2, 2021

The EU is preparing a new deforestation package with international dimensions. After failing to meet its target of halting deforestation by 2020, this time the union must be aggressively ambitious

"The EU executive unveiled a first batch of sustainable finance implementing rules on 21 April, spelling out detailed emission thresholds that companies need to comply with in order to win a climate-friendly investment label in Europe."

Brussels offers EU countries greater say on green finance taxonomy

By: EBR | Tuesday, June 1, 2021

The European Commission has offered EU member states a greater role in deciding which technologies can be considered a sustainable investment in Europe after narrowly escaping a humiliating defeat last year over draft labelling rules for gas under its green finance taxonomy

"On 5 May the International Energy Agency (IEA) has warned in a new study that the demand of critical raw materials (CRMs) would quadruple for implementing the targets of the Paris agreement and the lack of investment in new mining projects of CRMs may raise the costs of clean energy technologies and slow down the worldwide energy transition."

Geopolitical dimensions of the EU‘s future supply of critical raw materials

By: EBR | Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Neither the creation of a circular economy nor any other single measure alone won’t offer a silver bullet solution to the rising demand of critical raw materials (CRMs)

"Religion is treated differently in EU member states. France is probably the EU champion of secularism, although this is seen by many as an attempt to limit Islamic religious symbols such as the scarf from public space."

God is a concept

By: EBR | Tuesday, June 1, 2021

The EU has started discussing its future. Our take is that in order to be able to project itself in time and space, the EU needs to be at peace with itself and that most specifically includes its Christian roots and the role of religion in society

The Guidelines on single-use plastic rules adopted today will facilitate a correct and harmonised application of the key parts of the Directive, in particular, on the definition of plastic, of single-use plastic products made wholly or partly of plastic, and the different items covered by the Directive.

Guidance on the application of Single-Use Plastic rules

By: EBR | Tuesday, June 1, 2021

What is the main objective of the Single-Use Plastics (SUP) Directive and the Guidelines on its application?

"Migration is no longer the existential crisis that it appeared five or six years ago. That has allowed national governments to quietly kick the Commission’s plans for an immigration and asylum pact into the tall grass without many people outside Brussels noticing."

Blackmail over borders

By: EBR | Monday, May 31, 2021

When Margaritis Schinas says that “no one can blackmail the European Union”, Morocco and other neighbourhood states might well think that the EU’s Migration Commissioner is bluffing

"One of the significant developments in reforming tax systems in Eastern Europe is the current Polish tax reform that started in the spring of 2021."

Is the Tax Policy of Poland an Example for Countries eyeing the EU?

By: EBR | Monday, May 31, 2021

Accepting new members to the European Union cannot work based on political or geopolitical considerations or at the behest of emotions and feelings

"The European Commission is revising the renewable energy directive – last updated in 2018 – to bring it in line with its more ambitious climate agenda."

Planned revision of EU renewables law opens door to geothermal

By: EBR | Monday, May 31, 2021

A leak of the planned revision for Europe’s key renewable energy legislation bodes well for geothermal energy, but it still does not go far enough to support a full rollout of the technology, according to the industry

“The time has come to bring together the best of these three groups and start playing a decisive role in the EU Parliament.”

Salvini gathers the ‘best’ illiberals in new EU Parliament group

By: EBR | Monday, May 31, 2021

Italy’s League leader Matteo Salvini has proposed to create a new political force in the European Parliament

Brussels and Bern have spent more than a decade discussing a so-called framework deal, which would rejig five major agreements within a patchwork of 120 accords that govern non-EU member Switzerland’s relations with the surrounding bloc.

Swiss scrap talks with EU on cooperation deal

By: EBR | Friday, May 28, 2021

Switzerland on Wednesday (26 May) called off years of talks with the European Union aimed at sealing a cooperation agreement with Bern’s largest trading partner, in a move which angered Brussels

“The pace of renewables uptake is not where it should be, so we are looking at setting an indicative target for renewables in this sector,” Simson said of industry, which is not currently covered by EU renewable energy policies. An indicative target would likely not be binding.

EU to target industry, transport in renewable energy rules

By: EBR | Thursday, May 27, 2021

An upcoming overhaul of European Union renewable energy regulations will include measures targeting transport and industry, where the use of emissions-free energy sources are lagging

“The Commission is taking a very ultra-orthodox approach to the sustainability criteria.”

EU farmers chief: Commission is ‘ultra-orthodox’ on biofuels’ sustainability

By: EBR | Wednesday, May 26, 2021

The European Commission’s insistence on capping conventional biofuels is “ultra-orthodox” as it deprives farmers of a potential market outside the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) while simultaneously hindering agriculture’s environmental potential

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Thursday last week, the Folketing (the Danish Parliament) passed a law that makes possible to send asylum seekers to a country outside the European Union, where their application will be assessed

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