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Czech Republic testing woman who landed from Namibia for omicron: PM Babis

  • Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said the woman is vaccinated against Covid-19 and is deemed as normal, and that her sequencing test result to confirm if she is infected with omicron variant will arrive tomorrow.
A person queues to be tested for Covid-19 in Johannesburg, South Africa, on November 26, 2021. (For representation purpose) (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
A person queues to be tested for Covid-19 in Johannesburg, South Africa, on November 26, 2021. (For representation purpose) (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Published on Nov 27, 2021 11:11 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

EU sues Portugal for poor air quality caused by nitrogen dioxide

  • In a statement, the Commission said that Portugal has “continually and persistently” surpassed the annual nitrogen dioxide limit value in three air quality zones.
More than 70% of Covid-19 cases in Portugal’s Lisbon region are from the Delta variant, which is said to be rapidly spreading to other parts of the country.(Reuters)
More than 70% of Covid-19 cases in Portugal’s Lisbon region are from the Delta variant, which is said to be rapidly spreading to other parts of the country.(Reuters)
Published on Nov 12, 2021 05:48 PM IST
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Two months on, EU mulls reopening diplomatic office in Afghanistan

The plan to reopen the diplomatic mission in Kabul stems from the EU belief that it needs to have a presence in Afghanistan to lobby for human rights’ protection and ensure the Taliban live up to their pledge of not letting the country once again become a safe haven for terrorists.
Since recapturing Afghanistan after nearly two decades, the Taliban have constantly been seeking recognition from the global community. (Reuters Photo)
Since recapturing Afghanistan after nearly two decades, the Taliban have constantly been seeking recognition from the global community. (Reuters Photo)
Published on Oct 25, 2021 09:35 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Sohini Goswami, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Industrialised India has special climate responsibility: Frans Timmermans

Frans Timmermans sees contentious issues like a new carbon trading scheme and the issue of loss and damage being resolved at COP 26.
Frans Timmermans, executive vice-president of the European Commission in-charge of the European Green Deal, says industrialised India has special climate responsibility (Sourced)
Frans Timmermans, executive vice-president of the European Commission in-charge of the European Green Deal, says industrialised India has special climate responsibility (Sourced)
Updated on Oct 22, 2021 04:52 AM IST
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Worry over refugee crisis can pave way for common migration policy: EU

  • European Commissioner Margaritis Schinas said that after the takeover of Afghanistan by Taliban, Europe is in a “major crisis” and that he wanted to “avoid a reflex” that takes the continent back to 2015 when there was a massive refugee influx in the region following the 2015 Syrian war.
The UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR) has said that up to 500,000 Afghans could escape by the year-end.
The UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR) has said that up to 500,000 Afghans could escape by the year-end.
Updated on Sep 04, 2021 11:36 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

China a systemic rival, human rights main issue, says EU

"We are strong economic competitors, without any questions, and for that we need tools," the head of the EU's executive told a news conference after talks with US President Joe Biden.
President of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen gives a press conference after an EU - US summit at the European Union headquarters in Brussels on June 15, 2021.(AFP)
President of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen gives a press conference after an EU - US summit at the European Union headquarters in Brussels on June 15, 2021.(AFP)
Published on Jun 15, 2021 06:58 PM IST
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EMA evaluating use of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine in 12-17 age group

In a statement released on the day, the European regulator said that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) will carry out an accelerated assessment of the data submitted by Moderna in their application.
Moderna’s Covid-19 shot received a conditional marketing authorisation for usage within the EU earlier on January 6.(Reuters)
Moderna’s Covid-19 shot received a conditional marketing authorisation for usage within the EU earlier on January 6.(Reuters)
Published on Jun 08, 2021 10:53 PM IST
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European Commission calls on United States and others to export their vaccines

Commission head Ursula von der Leyen told a news conference on the sidelines of a summit of EU leaders that discussions on the waiver would not produce a single dose of Covid-19 vaccine in the short- to medium-term.
Von der Leyen said the European Union had started its vaccine sharing mechanism, citing delivery of 615,000 doses to the Western Balkans as an example.(AP file photo)
Von der Leyen said the European Union had started its vaccine sharing mechanism, citing delivery of 615,000 doses to the Western Balkans as an example.(AP file photo)
Published on May 08, 2021 05:44 AM IST
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European Union 'ready to discuss' Covid-19 vaccine patent waiver

The head of the EU executive said the bloc's vaccination effort was accelerating, with 30 Europeans inoculated per second, while exporting more than 200 million vaccine doses to the rest of the world.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. (REUTERS / File Photo)
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. (REUTERS / File Photo)
Published on May 06, 2021 02:22 PM IST
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India and EU to seal connectivity agreement, revive negotiations on trade

The connectivity agreement between India and the European Union will open a new chapter in relations with both the power blocks slated to create assets in third countries, particularly in the Indo-Pacific region.
Although many a experts have questioned that the EU Indo-Pacific policy only names India once, EU diplomats in their briefing have made it clear India is central to their policy along with US and Japan.
Although many a experts have questioned that the EU Indo-Pacific policy only names India once, EU diplomats in their briefing have made it clear India is central to their policy along with US and Japan.
Published on May 03, 2021 03:28 PM IST
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Biocon Biologics, Viatris get European Commission nod for cancer drug

  • The nod came following the positive recommendation by the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use of the European Medicines Agency.
European Union flags fly outside the headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels.(AFP)
European Union flags fly outside the headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels.(AFP)
Published on Apr 26, 2021 10:56 AM IST
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Ursula von der Leyen taken aback as Erdogan and her colleague snap up the chairs

Footage from their meeting on Tuesday showed Ursula von der Leyen gesturing in disbelief and uttering a surprised sigh as Erdogan and European Council President Charles Michel took the two centre-stage seats prepared, relegating her to an adjacent sofa.
"The president of the Commission was clearly surprised," said the EU executive arm's spokesman, Eric Mamer.(Reuters)
Published on Apr 07, 2021 05:17 PM IST
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EU threatens AstraZeneca with export ban

  • The European Commission said Saturday that AstraZeneca in particular could face export bans to countries outside the EU if it didn’t quickly deliver the promised amount of vaccines to the 27-nation bloc.
“We have the possibility to ban planned exports,” European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said Saturday. Stephanie Lecocq/Pool via REUTERS(REUTERS)
“We have the possibility to ban planned exports,” European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said Saturday. Stephanie Lecocq/Pool via REUTERS(REUTERS)
Published on Mar 20, 2021 05:24 PM IST
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Employers may be barred from asking about candidates’ pay under new EU rules

  • “Previous pay has no bearing on skills and the abilities of the applicant for work and that’s why we believe this must not be revealed if the employee does not want to.” EU Equality Commissioner Helena Dalli said.
The European Commission is proposing binding pay transparency legislation to help close a pay gap that sees women paid 14.1% less than men across the 27-nation bloc. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo(REUTERS)
The European Commission is proposing binding pay transparency legislation to help close a pay gap that sees women paid 14.1% less than men across the 27-nation bloc. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo(REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 04, 2021 04:54 PM IST
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EU to push for greener trade policy, reform at WTO

"Trade policy must fully support the green and digital transformations of our economy and lead global efforts to reform the WTO," EU Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis said.
"The global rulebook is outdated. It no longer guarantees a level playing field," Valdis Dombrovskis said, (AFP)
Published on Feb 18, 2021 06:35 PM IST
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Britain to take much bigger GDP hit from Brexit than the EU

  • "For the EU on average, the exit of the UK from the European Union on Free Trade Agreement terms is estimated to generate an output loss of around 0.5% of GDP by the end of 2022, and some 2.25% point for the UK," the European Commission said.
Britain left the EU at the end of January last year, but kept its full access to the 27-nation bloc's single market until the end of 2020, when it was replaced by a trade agreement.(Bloomberg)
Britain left the EU at the end of January last year, but kept its full access to the 27-nation bloc's single market until the end of 2020, when it was replaced by a trade agreement.(Bloomberg)
Published on Feb 11, 2021 05:32 PM IST
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EU looks to bolster future health response amid Covid-19 vaccine snags

The European Union said it’s taking steps to bolster its pandemic preparedness, citing the risk posed by Covid variants that reduce the efficacy of vaccines.
The discussion follows proposals by the commission last November to beef up the EU’s health agencies, after the pandemic overwhelmed the continent’s hospitals.(AFP | Representational image)
The discussion follows proposals by the commission last November to beef up the EU’s health agencies, after the pandemic overwhelmed the continent’s hospitals.(AFP | Representational image)
Published on Feb 01, 2021 12:05 AM IST
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EU to push member states to target vaccinating 70% of population by summer

The European Commission will also vow to agree with member states by the end of this month on a protocol for vaccination certificates.
The draft policy paper comes amid an increase in infections that has forced EU governments to prolong recession-inducing lockdowns.(AP)
The draft policy paper comes amid an increase in infections that has forced EU governments to prolong recession-inducing lockdowns.(AP)
Updated on Jan 18, 2021 07:47 PM IST
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2020 ties with 2016 as world’s hottest year on record: EU climate change service

After an exceptionally warm winter and autumn in Europe, the continent experienced its hottest year on record in 2020, while the Arctic suffered extreme heat and atmospheric concentrations of planet-warming carbon dioxide continued to rise.
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Representational Image(Unsplash)
Updated on Jan 08, 2021 08:04 PM IST
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EU officials formally sign post-Brexit trade deal with UK

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and European Council president Charles Michel put pen to paper during a brief signature ceremony in Brussels.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen signs the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement.(AP)
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen signs the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement.(AP)
Published on Dec 30, 2020 02:52 PM IST
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Brussels | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav

EU-China investment deal likely this week, officials say

Talks on the investment deal began in 2014, but were stuck for years as the EU said China was failing to make good on promises to lift curbs on EU investment despite a pledge to open up the world’s second largest economy.
Other officials close to the talks said that under the deal China would open up its manufacturing sector to EU companies, as well as construction, advertising, air transport, maritime services, telecoms and, to some extent, cloud computing.(Reuters)
Other officials close to the talks said that under the deal China would open up its manufacturing sector to EU companies, as well as construction, advertising, air transport, maritime services, telecoms and, to some extent, cloud computing.(Reuters)
Updated on Dec 29, 2020 05:35 PM IST
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Brussels | ByReuters | Posted by Srivatsan K C

EU’s von der Leyen will not self-isolate after meeting with Macron

Ursula von der Leyen met Macron earlier in the week, but French authorities said the meeting did not constitute a close contact that required self-isolation.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen met French President Emmanuel Macron earlier this week.(AP)
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen met French President Emmanuel Macron earlier this week.(AP)
Published on Dec 17, 2020 06:07 PM IST
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Brussels | ByReuters | Posted by Kunal Gaurav

Brexit: Duty-free shopping, and other things that will change for UK, EU citizens from January 1

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said that the negotiations are still going on but there is no guarantee that the two parties will be able to secure a deal before the end of the transition period.
The UK left the EU on January 31, 2020, after agreeing on an 11-month transition period, ending December 31, 2020.(AP)
The UK left the EU on January 31, 2020, after agreeing on an 11-month transition period, ending December 31, 2020.(AP)
Updated on Dec 10, 2020 10:59 PM IST
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EU chief says trade talks with Britain to resume Sunday

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Saturday after a phone call with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that trade negotiators will resume talks on Sunday.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gives a statement regarding Brexit talks at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium December 5, 2020.(Reuters photo)
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gives a statement regarding Brexit talks at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium December 5, 2020.(Reuters photo)
Updated on Dec 06, 2020 12:34 AM IST
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Brussels | ByReuters | Posted by Niyati Singh

UK and EU leaders say Brexit talks to resume in bid to find a deal

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen asked their Brexit negotiators to resume talks but cautioned no deal was possible unless key issues were resolved.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in London, Britain, January 8, 2020.(Reuters photo)
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in London, Britain, January 8, 2020.(Reuters photo)
Updated on Dec 06, 2020 02:57 AM IST
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London | ByReuters | Posted by Niyati Singh

First EU citizens may be vaccinated against Covid-19 by December end

“There is finally light at the end of the tunnel ... Vaccines are important, but what counts is vaccination,” European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen told the European parliament.
A research scientist works inside a laboratory which is working on vaccines against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).(Reuters/ File photo)
A research scientist works inside a laboratory which is working on vaccines against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).(Reuters/ File photo)
Updated on Nov 25, 2020 03:37 PM IST
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Asian News International | ByAsian News International | Posted by Mallika Soni

EU Commission recommends wide use of rapid Covid-19 tests

Antigen tests are less reliable than the standard PCR coronavirus tests, but they cost less and help track-and-tracing efforts due to producing results more quickly.
The European Commission encouraged the 27 EU countries to use a common set of Covid-19 tests, a move aimed at slowing infections while facilitating cross-border travel during the pandemic.(Reuters)
The European Commission encouraged the 27 EU countries to use a common set of Covid-19 tests, a move aimed at slowing infections while facilitating cross-border travel during the pandemic.(Reuters)
Updated on Nov 18, 2020 09:26 PM IST
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Brussels | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Prashasti Singh

2019 Pulwama attack: 4 members of European Parliament demand sanctions on Pak

Four MEPs - Thierry Mariani, Julie Lechanteux, Virginie Joron, and France Jamet - in a strongly worded letter to President of European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, have urged to immediately consider sanctions on Pakistan.
Security personnel carry out the rescue and relief works at the site of suicide bomb attack at Lathepora, Awantipora in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, Thursday, February 14, 2019.(PTI File)
Security personnel carry out the rescue and relief works at the site of suicide bomb attack at Lathepora, Awantipora in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, Thursday, February 14, 2019.(PTI File)
Published on Nov 05, 2020 12:20 PM IST
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Brussels | ByAsian News International | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar

Three-day FATF meet begins from Wednesday, Pakistan’s fate hangs in balance

This meeting was earlier scheduled in June but Islamabad got a breather of four months as the Paris-based watchdog temporarily postponed all mutual evaluations and follow-up deadlines due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The FATF is an inter-governmental body that was established in 1989 to combat money laundering, terrorist financing, and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system.(Reuters)
The FATF is an inter-governmental body that was established in 1989 to combat money laundering, terrorist financing, and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system.(Reuters)
Updated on Oct 21, 2020 04:52 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com| Edited by Mallika Soni

European Commission chief self-isolates as Covid makes its mark at a summit

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen left the summit venue in Brussels shortly after the meeting began because one of her close staffers tested positive for Covid-19.
“I myself have tested negative,” von der Leyen, a doctor by training, tweeted. “However, as a precaution I am immediately leaving the European Council to go into self-isolation.”(Reuters Photo)
“I myself have tested negative,” von der Leyen, a doctor by training, tweeted. “However, as a precaution I am immediately leaving the European Council to go into self-isolation.”(Reuters Photo)
Updated on Oct 16, 2020 12:12 AM IST
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