• Swiss to vote again on limiting EU migration

      Swiss to vote again on limiting EU migration

      The Swiss will on 17 May vote on a proposal that could dramatically limit immigration from the EU, six years after a similar referendum nearly destroyed relations with the bloc. Announced last Wednesday by country's government, the so-called “limitation initiative” calls for the country to revise its constitution to ensure it can autonomously handle its immigration policy.

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    • Reviving the dream for Europe

      Reviving the dream for Europe

      The debate for Europe's future will not be easy, and maybe one conference, even if it lasts for two years, will not be enough. This showed the result of the three-hour debate at the EP plenary in Strasbourg on Wednesday, which was attended by Dubravka Suica, Commission Vice-President for Democracy and Demography, and Nikolina Brnjac, representing the Croatian Presidency of the Council.

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    • Estonia expands Danske money laundering probe

      Estonia expands Danske money laundering probe

      Estonian authorities have expanded their investigation into alleged money laundering through Danske Bank's local branch to cover transfers of up to $2bn, the Estonian prosecutor said on Thursday cited by Reuters. Widening of the investigation adds to pressure on Danske Bank, as the lender and its investors await a potentially much larger fine from US authorities for its involvement in one of the world's biggest money laundering scandals.

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    • Poland and Germany to be top beneficiaries of EU climate fund

      Poland and Germany to be top beneficiaries of EU climate fund

      Poland and Germany will be the biggest beneficiaries of a new 100-billion-euro EU fund designed to help coal-dependent regions move towards a greener economy, European Commission data showed. All EU countries, except Poland, agreed last month they should transform their economies over the next 30 years to combat climate change and ensure they do not emit more carbon dioxide than they absorb.

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    • Emissions trading system to be revised

      Emissions trading system to be revised

      In line with the European Green Deal and the EU's objective to become the first climate neutral economy by 2050, the Commission launched last Thursday a public consultation inviting all interested parties to comment on revised EU Emission Trading System State aid Guidelines in the context of the system for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading post-2021, the EU press service reported.

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    • Building strong social Europe

      Building strong social Europe

      The Commission presented last Wednesday a communication on building a strong social Europe for just transitions, the EU press service reported. It sets out how social policy will help deliver on the challenges and opportunities of today, proposing action at EU level for the months to come, and seeking feedback on further action at all levels in the field of employment and social rights. The Commission also launched the first phase consultation on the issue of fair minimum wages in the EU, which has already caused an uproar.

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    • MEPs concerned about post-Brexit citizens' rights

      MEPs concerned about post-Brexit citizens' rights

      In a resolution adopted on Wednesday, MEPs expressed concern about the right of the EU citizens in the UK after Brexit and stated that their consent to the Withdrawal Agreement will take into account “experiences gained and assurances given” about their protection, the EP press service reported. The EP is set to vote on the agreement on 29 January.

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