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EU agency to fight election hacking

van EU Observer - di, 09/19/2017 - 17:19
A new-model EU cybersecurity agency could help states defend their elections against "hybrid attacks", the Commission has said.
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Sofia offers low-cost home for EU medicines agency

van EU Observer - di, 09/19/2017 - 16:19
Bulgaria's capital has launched a campaign to prove that it could do as well as the other 18 contenders that want to host EMA - but for less money.
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[Ticker] Merkel poised to win election despite CDU dip in polls

van EU Observer - di, 09/19/2017 - 15:36
German chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian-Democrats (CDU) have seen a dip in the polls, but are still expected to be the biggest party after Sunday's election. On Tuesday, a Forsa survey showed support for CDU/CSU had dropped one point to 36%, its lowest level since April, while the Social-Democrats (SPD) were at 23%. Far-left Die Linke polled at 10%, and liberal FDP and anti-immigration party AfD both came in at 9%.
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[Ticker] EU unveils cyber security ideas

van EU Observer - di, 09/19/2017 - 14:49
The European Commission has said the bloc's cyber security agency, Enisa, in Greece, should increase its staff from 84 to 125 people, double its budget to €23 million/year, and launch "operations" to help stop cyber-attacks in member states. It also proposed a new law to combat fraud with crypto-currencies and one to enable secure sharing of non-personal data designed to help firms, such as financial services companies, do cross-border business.
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[Ticker] EU must do more to cut emissions, auditors say

van EU Observer - di, 09/19/2017 - 12:11
The EU Court of Auditors has said that "more progress is needed" if the EU wants to reach its 2030 targets and 2050 objectives of cutting greenhouse gas emissions. In a report published Tuesday, the watchdog of EU finances pointed to "a lack of cost-effectiveness and obstacles to investment" and that "the shift to low-carbon transport modes is not taking place to a sufficient degree."
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[Opinion] Ukraine: NGOs need EU help

van EU Observer - di, 09/19/2017 - 09:17
EU governments should stop Ukraine from hampering the work of NGOs in revenge against their anti-corruption work.
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[Ticker] Report: 10,000 finance jobs to leave UK

van EU Observer - di, 09/19/2017 - 08:51
Around 10,000 finance jobs will be moved from Britain or created overseas in the next few years if the UK is not part of the EU single market, a Reuters survey shows. Frankfurt was the most popular new destination, followed by Paris. Nearly half of the 123 companies surveyed said they would have to move staff or restructure business because of Brexit. A third said it would have no impact.
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[Ticker] Canada and UK agree to use Ceta as trade model

van EU Observer - di, 09/19/2017 - 08:46
UK prime minister Theresa May and her Canadian counterpart, Justin Trudeau, have agreed to use the EU-Canada free trade deal (Ceta) as a template for a new agreement after the UK has left the EU and can start trade negotiations. "I'm pleased that we have agreed today that Ceta should be swiftly transitioned to form a new bilateral arrangement between the UK and Canada," May said in Ottawa.
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[Ticker] Greek PM calls on cabinet to speed up reforms

van EU Observer - di, 09/19/2017 - 08:39
Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras told his ministers on Monday, according to Kathimerini newspaper, to quickly adopt the measures required by its international creditors. "I would like us to have completed most of the reforms demanded under the third review by November, to avoid giving anyone excuses, at home or abroad," he said. Last week, EU officials said they hoped this third review can be wrapped up before end-2017.
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[Investigation] EU bank accused of muzzling watchdog

van EU Observer - di, 09/19/2017 - 08:32
An ongoing review of the the European Investment Bank's "complaints mechanism" could make the oversight branch less independent and less effective.
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[Opinion] Turkish journalists on trial for fake crimes

van EU Observer - di, 09/19/2017 - 08:22
Journalists from Turkey's Zaman newspaper stand trial this week on fake charges that include "perception engineering" and "violating the rights of statesmen".
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[Analysis] Bayer-Monsanto merger could reshape EU food sector

van EU Observer - di, 09/19/2017 - 08:01
Mega-mergers in the food sector have become commonplace, but EU laws do little to help it keep check on the impact this could have on the environment, public health, and food security.
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UK wants to keep EU security cooperation

van EU Observer - ma, 09/18/2017 - 18:45
The UK aims to maintain and to "instensify" cooperation with the EU to fight crime and terrorism even after Brexit, according to London's new policy paper.
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[Ticker] EU and US kick off data protection review

van EU Observer - ma, 09/18/2017 - 18:31
The EU and the US, on Monday in Washington, launched the first review of the Privacy Shield agreement on transfering Europeans' personal data to the US. "I would like to make sure that Privacy Shield works, that it brings the necessary equivalent protection to what Europeans enjoy in the European Union", said EU justice commissioner Vera Jourova after the first meeting. The US repeated its "promise to protect" data.
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EU monitoring Cyprus passport sales

van EU Observer - ma, 09/18/2017 - 17:56
The European Commission has said it is in a "dialogue" with Cyprus amid concerns on loopholes in its passport sale scheme.
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[Investigation] Diesel cars contribute to about 10,000 deaths a year

van EU Observer - ma, 09/18/2017 - 16:13
Half the premature deaths from car pollution are caused by nitrogen oxide emissions exceeding the EU limits, a new study shows.
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[Ticker] Hungary calls for respecting will of the Catalan people

van EU Observer - ma, 09/18/2017 - 15:53
"The will of the people is always what matters, that is the position," Hungary's government spokesman, Zoltan Kovacs, told reporters in Brussels on Monday, ahead of Catalonia's independence vote - planned for 1 October - which Spain's government has said is illegal. Kovacs said the question of legality was "an internal issue for the Spanish and Catalan people," but added that democracy is "to respect the will of the people".
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Former UN climate chief says US will still leave Paris accord

van EU Observer - ma, 09/18/2017 - 15:10
Christina Figueres said that the "world of post-truth" makes it difficult to assess statements on the United States' climate commitments.
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[Ticker] EU backs controversial weedkiller study

van EU Observer - ma, 09/18/2017 - 14:16
The European Commission on Monday rejected accusations that the European Food Safety Authority (Efsa) used material provided by Monsanto in an assessment of glyphosate, the main component of the firm's Roundup weedkiller. "There are no ground to call into question the scientific assessment and the conclusions on glyphosate," a spokeswoman said, praising a "thorough scrutiny of all available information" by Efsa and the European Chemical Agency (Echa).
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[Ticker] Far-right German party on the up

van EU Observer - ma, 09/18/2017 - 12:35
The far-right and pro-Russia AfD have 11 percent support in Germany ahead of Sunday's election, according to a poll by German newspaper Bild, making them likely to enter parliament for the first time as the country's third-largest party, followed by The Left (10%), a far-left and pro-Russia party. The centre-right CDU/CSU (36%) and centre-left SPD (22%) still dominated. Almost 60% blamed chancellor Angela Merkel's open migration policy for AfD's rise.
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