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Europeans ready to ‘green’ their lifestyles, study finds

Two-thirds of people in Europe, the US and China think their individual behaviour can help tackle climate change - but Europeans and Chinese are more willing to change their living standards to limit global warming than Americans.

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MEPs call on EU states to act on Hungary and Poland

In a draft resolution, MEPs say that EU countries inability to deal with rule of law breaches by Poland and Hungary undermine the EU's integrity and credibility.

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Belgium, France, UK in EU court surveillance blow

Although non-binding, a critical opinion from the EU's top court could mean laws in Belgium, France and the UK allowing for the indiscriminate bulk collection of people's data may have to be eventually amended to respect EU privacy rules.

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Poland and Germany get most from Green transition fund

Despite Warsaw's refusal to commit to the 2050 emissions-neutrality goal, Poland will receive the upper limit of €2bn from the Just Transition Fund - while Germany is set to enjoy €877m.

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[Ticker] Auditors: Non-compliance on energy-labelling a problem

EU eco-design legislation (for greener product design) and energy-labelling (consumer information on energy consumption and environmental performance) are contributing to improving energy efficiency, a new report of the European Court of Auditors showe...

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[Ticker] Italian police arrest EU subsidies mafia in Sicily

Italian police have arrested 94 people in Siciliy over allegations of EU farm subsidies fraud worth €10m since 2010. Members of the Batanesi and Bontempo Scavo mafia clans, in league with corrupt officials, had declared non-existant farmland to get the grants, prosecutors say. The dawn raids, involving over 600 Italian military police on Wednesday, followed the murder of a Slovak investigative journalist looking into mafia-linked EU subsidies fraud in 2018.

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[Ticker] 20,000 students to take train through Europe for free

The European Commission announced on Wednesday that 20,000 students have been selected to travel across Europe in 2020. After successful previous programmes in 2018 and 2019, a total of 50,000 students have benefitted from the new DiscoverEU scheme whi...

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[Ticker] NGOs demand transparency in EU copyright debate

Over 40 digital rights organisations sent a letter on Tuesday to the European Commission demanding better transparency during dialogues with stakeholders about the application of article 17 of the controversial copyright directive. The commission will ...

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[Ticker] Russia’s prime minister and government resign

Russia's prime minister Dmitry Medvedev announced on Wednesday that he and his government are resigning, in order to give president Vladimir Putin the opportunity to implement constitutional reforms. Earlier the same day, Putin made his intentions for ...

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Boost for Right in post-Brexit EU Parliament

The far-right Identity and Democracy will overtake the Greens as the fourth-largest party in the European Parliament on 1 February, after the UK's MEPs vacate their seats.

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[Ticker] MEPs approved Green Deal, but ask for 2040 target

MEPs approved on Wednesday the proposal presented in December by the European Commission on the Green Deal - with 482 votes in favour, 136 against and 95 abstentions. The Green Deal aims to achieve climate-neutrality by 2050. However, the parliament sa...

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[Ticker] Turkey deployed 2,000 Syrian troops to Libya

A total of 2,000 Syrian fighters have travelled from Turkey or will arrive imminently to fight on the battlefields of Libya, the Guardian writes. Turkey sent these troops to support the Libyan UN backed government of prime minister Fayez al-Sarraj agai...

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