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The EU/European Union describes a economical and political union of 28 States. With an estimated population of around 510 million the European Union policies aim to allow the free movement of people, goods and services. Within the internal market it aims to maintain common policies on agriculture, trade and more.

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The EU and European citizenship were established in 1933. With the inner original 6 being Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and West Germany. Although no member state has ever left, in 2016 the UK announced its intention to leave and has begun negotiating their departure for 2019.
More foreign aid is provided by the EU than any other economic union. Due to its Global influence and reach the Union has been described as an emerging superpower.

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EU Right to Repair: Industrial manufacturers need to be held accountable

Augustin Celier, co-founder, Uptime, discusses why industrial manufacturers need to be held equally accountable for fair, open and transparent offerings as the recent EU Right to Repair laws have demanded from our consumer electronics.
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Using industrial side streams in Food, Feed, Cosmetics and Packaging

Prof. Rosalba Lanciotti, University of Bologna, talks about finding new ways to valorise industrial side streams for use in Food, Feed, Cosmetics and Packaging.
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Supporting EU Member States to innovate agriculture

Here, Open Access Government discusses how the European Commission is supporting its Member States in creating a sustainable and resilient agricultural sector.
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Cities: Climate change, transport and beyond COVID-19

Jonathan Miles, Editor of Open Access Government, charts the importance of climate change adaptation, the impact of lockdown, transport and the environment in Europe, as highlighted by Eurocities.
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Smart and sustainable mobility for the future

Open Access Government explores Europe’s current smart mobility priorities, learning why Intelligent Transport Solutions (ITS) are key to advancing the transport sector in a sustainable and innovative way.
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Europe’s clear direction towards clean energy transition

Megan Warrender, Assistant Editor at Open Access Government, explores how Kadri Simson, European Commissioner for Energy is firmly set on achieving Europe’s ambitious targets for transforming the energy sector.
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European bio-based industries: New opportunities in 2021

Executive Director at Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) Philippe Mengal discusses the new priorities and opportunities for bio-based industries in Europe, including new partnership, Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking (CBE JU).
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A vision for a healthier European Union

Open Access Government explores the health priorities of Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, asking if lessons learned from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic can help to improve European healthcare?.
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Natural refrigerant heat pumps for residential buildings

Daniel Carbonell, TRI-HP Project Coordinator, explains solar ice-slurry systems and supercoolers, and reports on the latest innovations in natural refrigerant heat pumps for multi-family residential buildings.
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Going circular is now more important than ever

Open Access Government charts the recent policy priorities of Virginijus Sinkevičius, the European Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, as Europe works towards a circular economy.
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The MOSES Project: Shaping the future of European Short Sea Shipping

Associate Professor Nikolaos P. Ventikos tells us about the MOSES research and innovation project, illustrating its contribution to sustainable European Short Sea Shipping (SSS) cargo transport.
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COVID-19 reveals the state of health and safety at work

European Trade Union Institute’s Marian Schaapman explains how COVID-19 reveals the state of health and safety in the workplace.
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European Commission launches process on dataflows to UK

Logan Finucan, Access Partnership, explains how the European Commission has launched the process towards the adoption of two adequacy decisions for personal dataflows to the UK.
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European Medicines Agency say AstraZeneca does not cause blood clots

The safety committee of the European Medicines Agency said the investigation did not prove that AstraZeneca vaccinations cause blood clots - describing the possibility as an "extremely small likelihood".
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European Commission says vaccine deliveries to UK could be stopped

President von der Leyen today (17 March) said that the Commission would limit vaccine deliveries to the UK if "the situation does not change" - suggesting that the drugmaker AstraZeneca is responsible for vaccination delays in the EU.
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Energy: Barriers to the full-scale adoption of renewables

Tereza Borges, International Business Development at Lumenaza, speaks to Open Access Government about barriers to the full-scale adoption of renewables in this special energy focus.
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The growth of district heating cooperatives in the Netherlands

Here, we discover that EBO Consult will contribute to the expansion of district heating cooperatives in the Netherlands.
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Planning with climate change: Combining climate mitigation and adaptation decisions

AXIS Research Programme Coordinator Rolf von Kuhlmann explains why connecting scientific disciplines with society is crucial for climate change policy.
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Horizon Europe applicants must show gender equality plan to get funding

From 2022, Horizon Europe funding applications by public bodies, research organisations and higher education institutions will only be considered if they have a gender equality plan.
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European Medicines Agency says AstraZeneca vaccine still safe to use

Over the weekend, the Republic of Ireland suspended their use of AstraZeneca due to reports of blood clots in Norway - in response, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) says the AstraZeneca vaccine is still safe to use.

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