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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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Do more to tackle energy poverty

Ioannis Vardakastanis, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee, argues that the EU and Member States must do more to tackle energy poverty and protect vulnerable consumers.
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Nikolina Angelkova discusses the uncapped tourism potential in Bulgaria

Nikolina Angelkova, former Tourism Minister for Bulgaria, speaks with Open Access Government about Bulgaria and Southeastern Europe's uncapped tourism potential.
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The EU must enforce a pesticide tax

Experts warn that the EU agriculture sector is stuck in "permanent pesticide-dependence," and that major flaws exist in the current attempts to reduce the use of pesticides across the EU.
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Another Cold War: EU to cut gas use by 15%

EU to cut gas use by 15% in response to Putin's weaponisation of energy exports - moving one step closer to reducing dependency on Russian energy.
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Unprecedented fire risks: Europe’s driest summer on record

Europe is facing one of its driest summers in history and there is an unprecedented risk of drought, fires and destruction.
Floating globe art on the water on September 5, 2012 in Amsterdam. The art was made from plastic bottles and other junk collected around the city by Peter Singer.

Horizon Europe: Six European cities piloting solutions for circular waste

European cities are moving towards becoming fully circular – not only recycling all their waste but also changing their production modes to fit circular waste models.
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EU urban mobility must be sustainable and inclusive

Mateusz Szymański, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee, sheds light on sustainable and inclusive urban mobility, including a call for the better use of inland waterway transport.
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How will Brexit policy affect your diet?

Brexit policy is to affect micronutrient food supplies in the UK, where foods imports will become harder to access due to trade deals.
Badger in forest, animal nature habitat, Germany, Europe

Europe’s Nature Restoration Law to repair damaged ecosystems by 2050

The Nature Restoration Law aims to restore damaged ecosystems and bring nature back across Europe, as well as reduce the use and risk of chemical pesticides by 50% by 2030.
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First NATO summit since Russia Ukraine war

Allies promise to back Ukraine at first NATO summit since Russia invaded Ukraine, but this is not enough to stop Putin.

Will Nicola Sturgeon secure another Scottish independence referendum?

Sturgeon says she wants to hold a second Scottish independence referendum on 19 October 2023 but it's not certain she will get what she wants.
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District heating is necessary to repower EU’s heating sector

Carsten Østergård Pedersen, Rune Kaagaard Sørensen and Asbjørn Ebbesen discuss the necessity of district heating to speed up the phasing out of Russian fossil fuels.
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Research & innovation for bio-based industries in Europe

Philippe Mengal, Executive Director at CBE JU ‐ Circular Bio‐based Europe Joint Undertaking, charts the priorities for a strategic research & innovation agenda for competitive bio-based industries in Europe.
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JPND: Towards a stronger brain health partnership

One of JPND’s key objectives is to fortify its work in brain health partnerships in Europe to better combat the challenges of neurodegenerative disease (ND).
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Support the mental well-being of young people

Laura Marchetti, Policy Manager at Mental Health Europe, states the case for supporting the mental well-being of young people.
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UK’s New Procurement Bill to replace 350 EU laws for business growth

A more flexible and simple New Procurement Bill is to replace 350 of the EU’s laws to drive economic growth and open business for SMEs.
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The energy crisis as a catalyst for the energy transition

Thomas Kattnig, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee, argues that the energy crisis is a catalyst for the energy transition.
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Leaked EU document says research salaries higher in US and Japan

The leaked draft of the European Innovation Agenda finds that research salaries are generally higher in the US and Japan, while currently 85% of start-up funding goes to all-male teams.
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Horizon Europe budget expanded by nearly €562 million

The Horizon Europe budget is now at nearly €16 billion for 2021 and 2022, with the EU pushing for innovation in climate, health and digital.
sustainable mobility, transport

Learning the lessons of resilience for smart & sustainable mobility

Henrik Hololei, DG MOVE Director-General at the European Commission, outlines the importance of learning the lessons of resilience for smart & sustainable mobility.

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