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COVID-19 Certificates Issued to More Than One Million EU Citizens

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More than a million EU citizens have received digital COVID certificates since the system was launched in the test mode on June 1, the...

European Commission tasks Ghana to intensify fight against illegal fishing

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The European Commission has called on Ghana to take the necessary actions to abide by its international obligations in the fight against illegal, unreported...
FILED - A gernal view of the European flags in front of the headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels. Photo: Michael Kappeler/dpa

All EU Nations Should Join Schengen Area in Future

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All members of the European Union should join the Schengen area in the future, the European Commission said on Wednesday. "Enlarge the Schengen area: Schengen's...
In trials, less than half of vaccine recipients reported moderate or severe episodes of side effects such as fever, headache and fatigue. Photo: Sina Schuldt/dpa

We need to close the vaccination gap

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By the end of May 2021, only 2.1 % of Africans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. We need to...
FILED - A gernal view of the European flags in front of the headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels. Photo: Michael Kappeler/dpa

New agreement between the EU and the OACPS is a global turning point

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After two-and-a-half years of intense negotiations, a successor to the Cotonou Agreement is in sight. On 15 April, we as chief negotiators concluded the...
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EU seals deal for 1.8 billion more BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine doses

The European Commission has struck a deal with Covid-19 vaccine producer BioNTech/Pfizer to buy up to 1.8 billion additional doses for the next few...
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EU efforts to ratify Chinese investment deal paused after sanctions

A massive investment deal struck between the European Union and China will not be ratified any time soon due cracks in diplomatic ties, the...
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EU to borrow €800 billion to fund recovery from COVID-19

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The European Commission announced on Wednesday that it would borrow 800 billion euros from the capital market in current prices until 2026 to fund...
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Musical chairs: EU executive decries diplomatic affront by Turkey

(dpa) - Two chairs, three leaders: the European Commission on Wednesday expressed its disappointment about its chief Ursula von der Leyen having been relegated...
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Top EU officials head to Turkey to reset ties in talks with Erdogan

(dpa) - European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel are expected in Turkey for talks with President Recep...
A Polish border guard stands beside a European Union flag during a ceremony at the Czech-Polish border checkpoint in Hradek nad Nisou, Czech Republic, Dec. 21, 2007. (Reuters Photo)

Thirteen states threatened with EU restrictions on visa policy

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dpa/GNA - Thirteen states in Africa and the Middle East are reportedly being threatened with restrictions on the issuing of visas for the...
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EU executive wants a quarter of all farmland to be organic by 2030

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dpa - The European Commission wants to see the proportion of EU agricultural land dedicated to organic production increase from 8.5 in 2019...
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UK PM expected to phone EU leaders over potential ban on AstraZeneca Vaccine

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to speak to the European Union (EU) leaders this week in one-on-one phone calls over potential coronavirus...
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European Ombudsman: EU should have vetted Mercosur deal better

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dpa/GNA - The European Commission should have vetted the EU-Mercosur trade deal for sustainability issues better before concluding the agreement, European Ombudsman Emily...

Europe marks day of remembrance of victims of terrorism

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Europe on Thursday commemorated those who lost their life to terrorism with a solemn ceremony in Madrid, the capital of Spain. In an event organized...
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EU approves Janssen’s vaccine, yet challenges remain to reach vaccination goal

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The European Union (EU) authorized the use of a COVID-19 vaccine produced by Johnson & Johnson on Thursday afternoon, only hours after the European...
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The first pan European and African Digital Innovation Hub focusing on smart logistics launched

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The European Commission (EC) has granted EUR 1.9 million to DIGILOGIC, a three-year Horizon 2020 project to boost cooperation and long-term, sustainable partnerships between...
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EU to order up to 300 million more doses of Moderna Covid-19 shot

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dpa/GNA - The European Commission has struck a deal with US pharmaceutical giant Moderna to buy up to 300 million additional doses of...
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen makes a press statement in Brussels, Belgium, Dec. 13, 2020. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Sunday that the European Union (EU) and UK negotiating teams have been mandated to continue the post-Brexit trade talks. After a "constructive and useful phone call" with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, von der Leyen said it remains to be seen if an agreement can be reached even "at this late stage." (European Union/Handout via Xinhua)

EU’s von der Leyen meets pharma bosses for pandemic strategy talks

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dpa/GNA - European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen held strategy talks with seven chief executives from pharmaceutical firms with EU Covid-19 vaccine...
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Eurozone economic confidence weakens in January

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dpa-AFX/GNA - Eurozone economic sentiment weakened in January driven by sliding confidence in retail trade and services as Covid-19 containment measures remain in...
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EU Commission wants 70 percent vaccination rate in bloc by summer

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dpa/GNA - Up to 70 per cent of adults in the European Union should be vaccinated against the coronavirus by summer, according to...

Italy emerging on front lines of Europe’s privacy clash with WhatsApp over new rules

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Italy's privacy regulator on Friday formally opened up a probe into the policies of digital messaging app WhatsApp, a day after the entity called...
Puzzle with printed EU and UK flags is seen in this illustration taken November 13, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Challenges ahead as EU, UK open new chapter in relations

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Challenges lie ahead for both the European Union (EU) and Britain following the inking of a long-awaited deal laying out how the two sides...
Puzzle with printed EU and UK flags is seen in this illustration taken November 13, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

World Insights: UK, EU sign post-Brexit trade deal, but difficulties lie ahead

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The post-Brexit trade deal between Britain and the European Union (EU) has been approved by British lawmakers and signed by EU leaders, paving the...

Weedkiller glyphosate detected in Baltic Sea with help of new method

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The controversial weed killer glyphosate has been detected in the Baltic Sea thanks to a new measuring method, the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea...
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen makes a press statement in Brussels, Belgium, Dec. 13, 2020. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Sunday that the European Union (EU) and UK negotiating teams have been mandated to continue the post-Brexit trade talks. After a "constructive and useful phone call" with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, von der Leyen said it remains to be seen if an agreement can be reached even "at this late stage." (European Union/Handout via Xinhua)

EU and UK post-Brexit trade talks will continue – European Commission

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Sunday that the European Union (EU) and UK negotiating teams have been mandated to continue the...
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EU unveils contingency plan for “no deal” Brexit

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The European Commission on Thursday proposed a back-up plan which aims to ensure, among others, the basic reciprocal air and road connectivity between the...
BRUSSELS, March 18, 2020 (Xinhua) -- European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks at a press conference after a video conference in Brussels, Belgium, March 17, 2020. The heads of state and government of the European Union (EU) agreed during the video conference on Tuesday to endorse a temporary restriction on travels to the EU territory amid coronavirus concerns. (European Union/Handout via Xinhua)

European Commission president calls for EU agreement on new migration policy

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Member states of the European Union (EU) need to make compromises for a deal on the new migration policy, as there is no solution...
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EU executive pushes for higher minimum wages

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The European Commission wants EU member states to lift their minimum wages and determine better standards for setting them, it said as it proposed...
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Greece pressures EU over Turkey ‘provocations’

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Greece on Tuesday stepped up the pressure on its EU partners to act against Turkey over its "provocative" actions in the Mediterranean. It is also...