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[l] at 6/22/24 4:26am
Apple is halting the rollout of three new features in the European Union, citing "regulatory uncertainties" caused by the Digital Markets Act (DMA), the tech giant announced on Friday (21 June).

[Category: Apple, artificial intelligence, Digital Markets Act (DMA), DMA, European Commision, iOS, iPhone]

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[l] at 6/22/24 1:03am
At today’s (21 June) Health Council in Luxembourg twelve EU states put forward a paper calling for the Commission to initiate a debate on all nicotine-based products.
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[l] at 6/21/24 11:31pm
A major power outage hit Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania and most of Croatia's coast on Friday (21 June), disrupting businesses, shutting down traffic lights and leaving people sweltering without air conditioning in the middle of a heatwave.

[Category: air conditioning, Albania, Balkans, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, extreme heat, Montenegro, power grids, power outage]

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[l] at 6/21/24 10:59pm
The Slovak government has asked police to investigate the former cabinet and defence minister Jaroslav Nad for donating fighter jets and an air defence system to Ukraine to help it defend against Russia's invasion, a government official said on Friday (21 June).

[Category: MIG-29, Robert Fico, Russian invasion, slovak elecions, Slovakia, SMER-SD]

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[l] at 6/21/24 10:44pm
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said during a visit to Berlin on Friday (21 June) that Germany "no longer smelled and looked the same", saying it had turned into a "colourful, multicultural world" due to migration.

[Category: anti-immigration, Germany, Hungary, Racism, Viktor Orbán]

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[l] at 6/21/24 10:13am
The EIB launched a new programme to "actively participate in the European Commission’s industrial alliances and initiatives" on net zero and strategic technologies, in its 2024-2027 strategic roadmap.

[Category: AI (Artificial Intelligence), biotech, chips, EIB, EIF, European Investment Bank (EIB), net zero, semiconductor]

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[l] at 6/21/24 10:04am
As negotiations on the EU parliament’s top jobs are due to heat up next week, the Liberals’ main lead candidate, German Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, has yet to find an office, her preferred post – chairing a new defence committee – is highly contested.

[Category: 2024 EU elections, ALDE, FDP, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, Renew Europe, Sandro Gozi, Sophie Wilmes, Spitzenkandidaten, Valérie Hayer]

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[l] at 6/21/24 8:15am
Sometime next month, former European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi—“the guy who saved the euro”—will publish his much-anticipated report on the competitiveness of the European economy.

[Category: The Brief]

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[l] at 6/21/24 8:15am
Sometime next month, former European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi—“the guy who saved the euro”—will publish his much-anticipated report on the competitiveness of the European economy.

[Category: The Brief]

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[l] at 6/21/24 8:03am
This week, the EU finally closed the chapter on the contentious Nature Restoration Law after months of political deadlock. This legislation has become a lightning rod for farming organisations opposing new sector regulations.
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[l] at 6/21/24 7:33am
NATO members are looking to craft more than a political support package for Ukraine to deliver at the Washington summit in July, but a formal invitation for membership remains unlikely as they are divided over the timeline for Kyiv’s potential entry.

[Category: Anthony Blinken, Jens Stoltenberg, Joe Biden, Nato, NATO membership, Ukraine, Washington summit]

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[l] at 6/21/24 7:08am
The European People’s Party (EPP) failed to show up at a court hearing in Brussels for a case in which the plaintiff is trying to have them remove Ursula von der Leyen as their top candidate for the European Commission presidency.

[Category: Commission presidency, EPP, European Commision, European People's Party, Ursula von der Leyen]

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[l] at 6/21/24 6:38am
After months of stalemate over the rules for innovative biotech crops, EU ambassadors will next week discuss the latest compromise text, seen by Euractiv, with new proposals on patentability.

[Category: gene ed, gene editing, gene editing techniques, NGT, NGTs]

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[l] at 6/21/24 5:38am
Welcome to Euractiv’s Tech Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU.

[Category: Amazon, Apple, artificial intelligence, Audiovisual Media Services Directive, child sexual abuse material (CSAM), CSAM, Hungarian presidency, Meta, OpenAI, Tech Brief]

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[l] at 6/21/24 5:22am
The Hungarian government, which will take over the presidency of the Council of the EU next month, wants to address the EU’s currently sluggish economic development by mobilising “untapped labour potential” in the EU.

[Category: Competitiveness, demographic change, Hungarian EU Presidency, Hungary, Labour shortages, Viktor Orbán]

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[l] at 6/21/24 5:15am
The EU is considering a range of measures, including sanctions on top government officials, cutting financial assistance and restricting visa-free travel, in response to the Georgian governments controversial foreign agents law, according to an internal document seen by Euractiv. EU...

[Category: EU sanctions, EU-Georgia, Georgia, Georgian Dream, Josep Borrell, visa liberalisation]

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[l] at 6/21/24 4:00am
It is fitting that the European Commission periodically reviews legislation to ensure that it is still delivering on its objectives in a cost-effective way. Sometimes, however, a ‘REFIT’ risks poking a hornets’ nest.

[Category: promoted, REFIT, seal products]

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[l] at 6/21/24 3:58am
The Czech ANO movement announced on Friday (21 June) its departure from the liberal ALDE and the Renew group in the European Parliament, as its chairman Andrej Babiš, the former Czech prime minister, declared his party would not be able to fulfil its program in its current European political family.
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[l] at 6/21/24 2:33am
Ministers gathering in Luxembourg today (21 June) for the final Health Council of the Belgian Presidency will grapple with one of the thorniest issues of the pharmaceutical package: incentives.
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[l] at 6/21/24 2:31am
A closer monitoring of the consequences on European ports of the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme extension is needed, according to Spain's position expressed at Tuesday's (18 June) Transport Council.
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[l] at 6/21/24 1:13am
A Russian-American woman arrested earlier this year while visiting family in Russia went on trial for alleged treason on Thursday (20 June) after authorities accused her of raising money to send to the Ukrainian army.

[Category: hostages, Russian invasion, Ukraine, United States]

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