Author: Paolo Licandro

European Union invests on digital health technologies

The future of health services will be highly digital. Or it has to be. One of the flaws that has already led to more than a million deaths in Europe and 3 million worldwide due to COVID-19 has been the inability to transfer existing technological capabilities into healthcare systems. In many countries there is still

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The EU TEN-E: The New Era of Electron

The Commission wants to overturn the EU energy consumption structure and to align TEN-E to European New Deal. It wants to do it by changing the rules of the EU Trans-European Energy Networks (TEN-E). How? By giving funding and priority to electricity infrastructures and nothing to gas and oil pipelines. TAP and NordStream 2 at risk?

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COVID19: Today a showdown at the European Council?

At the Extraordinary European Council of 25-26 February, Charles Michel, President of the European Council, put the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic on the agenda. It might seem routine to talk among prime ministers about the coronavirus, in reality it could be a showdown between member countries and the European Commission. Click on the picture

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EU and its New Mediterranean Strategy

  For the third time, after 1995 and 2008, Europe tries to relaunch the Mediterranean Partnership. EU has now two major challenges: the pandemic and the green transition. The first requires a coordinated approach between Europe and its neighbours. The second needs wide partnerships that can accompany strategies and investments. Why not Mediterranean, knowing that

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What’s in the EU-UK Trade Cooperation Agreement after BREXIT?

Who wins, who loses? Since 1st January the Agreement has been applied provisionally, pending the vote of the European Parliament. The EU Commission proposed to apply the Agreement on a provisional basis only for a limited period of time, until 28 February 2021.    After a process that started in 2016, the UK has left the EU.

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Web Giants under attack by EU Digital Service Act

  The new initiative of the EU commissioner for the internal market, the French Thierry Breton, does not concern trade in goods but web services. Very high fines for those who do not respect the new future rules. Some fear that the new EU rules could move investments and jobs out of Europe. Original: EN

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Debate next week on new U.S. President Joe Biden and relations with EU

10 hours before Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony as the 46th President of the United States, the European Parliament will discuss new perspectives for dialogue and cooperation between the EU and the United States. >> Follow the EP live debate on Wednesday 20 January 2021, starting at 8:30 a.m. here All European leaders recognized that Trump

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EU-China Comprehensive Investment Agreement. U.S. criticism.

Leaders from China and EU concluded the long negotiation on the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investments (CAI). Now they have two years to sign, ratify and conclude the agreement. If all goes well, it will have taken almost 10 years of discussions. But the new U.S. administration urges EU leaders to wait. Last December 30, 2020,

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EU and China reach the Comprehensive Investment Agreement. U.S. criticism.

Leaders from China and EU concluded the long negotiation on the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investments (CAI). Now they have two years to sign, ratify and conclude the agreement. If all goes well, it will have taken almost 10 years of discussions. But the new U.S. administration urges EU leaders to wait. Last December 30, 2020,

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The EP calls for democracy to sign the new economic agreement with Azerbaijan

Original: english Following the cessation of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh on 10 November 2020, discussion continued on a new Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, replacing the one of 1999. However the European Parliament could freeze the deal. The bilateral relations of the European Union with Azerbaijan are based on the EU-Azerbaijan Partnership and Cooperation Agreement in force

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