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EU Commission investigates complaint against DB Cargo
The European Commission is investigating possible unjustified advantages of Deutsche Bahn subsidiary DB Cargo over competitors. The Commission has received a complaint from a competitor and has launched an in-depth investigation, the authority said. Among other things, the investigation is looking into whether the parent company is bearing the losses of freight railroad DB Cargo […] continue reading →
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European standards: how Europe plans to keep China at bay
China is challenging Europe's decades-long supremacy in technical norms and standards, especially in emerging technologies. The EU Commission now wants to take countermeasures with a new strategy – and is taking its cue from Beijing. continue reading →
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Traffic light government: EU coordination still stalled
The new German government has resolved to organize its European policy more stringently. The most important posts have now been filled, but the coordination processes are not yet running smoothly. continue reading →
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Semiconductors: Industry demands massive subsidies
The German Electrical and Digital Industry Association (ZVEI) has called for massive state aid for the expansion of the chip industry in Europe. With the subsidies that have been promised, the EU states rank “among the distant second” compared to Japan, the USA, China, or South Korea, said ZVEI President Gunther Kegel on Monday. Therefore, […] continue reading →
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EP rapporteur wants standard plug for more devices
The European Parliament’s rapporteur, Alex Agius Saliba, wants to mandate a uniform charging port for additional devices. The EU Commission had proposed obliging manufacturers of cell phones, tablets, digital cameras, and portable speakers, among others, to install a uniform charging cable connection in USB-C format. In his draft report, Agius Saliba (S&D) now proposes including […] continue reading →
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Von der Leyen: Chips Act to come in early February
The EU Commission plans to present its draft legislation to promote the chip industry in Europe at the beginning of February. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced this at the World Economic Forum. Europe.Table had previously reported that the Internal Market Commissioner responsible, Thierry Breton, intended to present the proposal for the European Chips […] continue reading →
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Piotr Buras: ‘Olaf Scholz was invisible in this crisis’
The head of the Warsaw office of the European Council on Foreign Relations speaks of a "disaster of European policy" in the conflict with Russia. Berlin is mostly to blame for this, which has so far failed to take a clear line, he says in an interview with Till Hoppe. However, there is a reason for hope. continue reading →
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US explores contingency plans for EU gas supply
In view of the conflict with Russia over Ukraine, the US government has explored contingency plans for gas supplies to Europe with energy companies, according to insiders. Representatives of the State Department have spoken with the companies about capacities for higher delivery volumes in the event that Russian gas deliveries are interrupted, industry and government […] continue reading →
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Chips Act: legislation on the fly
Four months ago, Ursula von der Leyen announced a legislative proposal to promote the chip industry, and the Commission intends to deliver shortly. However, experts and industry warn against setting the wrong priorities in a rush. continue reading →
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Vestager stops shipbuilder deal
The EU Commission has blocked the planned takeover of Daewoo Shipbuilding by Hyundai Heavy Industries. The merger of the two South Korean companies would have created “a dominant position on the world market for the construction of large liquefied natural gas tankers, on which European transport companies depend,” said Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager, explaining the decision. […] continue reading →
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IEA chief blames Russia for gas crisis
Russia is exacerbating the energy crisis in the EU, according to the head of the International Energy Agency (IEA). “In terms of European gas … we believe there are strong elements of the tightness in European gas markets due to Russia’s behavior,” Fatih Birol told reporters on Wednesday. “Today’s low Russian gas flows to Europe […] continue reading →
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Sassoli in hospital again
The President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, cannot perform his official duties until further notice. The 65-year-old has been in hospital in Italy since December 26th due to a “serious complication in the course of a malfunction of the immune system,” his spokesman announced. Sassoli had already been struggling with health problems before: He […] continue reading →
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Study: cryptocurrency fraud is increasing rapidly
Fraud involving cryptocurrencies reached record levels last year, according to a study. However, the total traded volume of cyber-forex also increased massively. According to market research firm Chainalysis, $14 billion worth of cryptocurrencies were misappropriated in criminal activity in 2021. That’s 80 percent more than the year before and more than ever before. Total crypto […] continue reading →
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Paris puts pressure on fiscal rules and supply chain law
The EU finance ministers are expected to discuss the initial findings of the consultation on the reform of the Stability and Growth Pact on March 15th. This is according to the new program of the French Council Presidency. According to the program, the heads of state and government are to discuss a “new European model […] continue reading →
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EU claims revenue from emissions trading
The European Commission wants to redirect a larger share of the revenues from emissions trading into the EU budget in order to repay the funds of the credit-financed COVID-19 Recovery Program. According to the proposal by Budget Commissioner Johannes Hahn, 25 percent of the revenues from the existing ETS would flow into the common budget […] continue reading →
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EU Commission removes many industries from aid list
The authority has presented the new guidelines for climate and energy subsidies. For Germany, this means that several sectors can no longer be exempted from the EEG surcharge. Nevertheless, the industry is relieved. continue reading →
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Zettelmeyer becomes new Bruegel director
It had already been clear for some time that Guntram Wolff would be leaving after nine years as Bruegel director. The respected Brussels think tank has now announced his successor: Jeromin Zettelmeyer. In Berlin, the economist is still known as the former head of the economic policy department in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs […] continue reading →
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DMA: Users should be able to switch to alternative apps more easily
The European Parliament wants to force major digital companies to offer mobile phone users alternatives to pre-installed apps. The majority of MEPs voted in favor of an amendment to the Digital Markets Act (DMA) on Tuesday. According to the amendment, Google, for example, could be obliged to show users a list of alternative search engine […] continue reading →
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