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25th May 2020

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Large majority of MEPs approve CO2 cars compromise

MEPs supported a political compromise for new environmental rules on the car industry on Wednesday. An overwhelming majority, 521 MEPs, voted in favour, with 63 voting against, and 34 abstaining. The new regulation will require carmakers to reduce emissions from cars they produce by 37.5 percent by 2030, compared to 2021. Additionally it contains a range of measures aimed at stimulating production of greener cars.

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Agenda

Recovery plans unveiled This WEEK

Tough negotiations start this week on both the EU's recovery fund and its revised long-term budget, which are likely to determine the entire future of the bloc.

Malta patrol boat 'intimidates' capsized migrants

Alarm Phone, a hotline service for migrants in distress, has released video footing showing an Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) boat making dangerous manoeuvres next to people swimming for their lives at sea. Malta does not deny the footage.

Opinion

How coronavirus might hit EU defence spending

Among the casualties of coronavirus - worldwide and in the EU - is the defence sector. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has not made the world a less dangerous place and there is no alternative to having a functioning defence system.

Coronavirus

EU links access to recovery fund to economic advice

Most EU countries are now breach the common fiscal rules, as governments tackle the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. The commission plans to link recovery funds to countries following its budgetary advice - but sanctions seem to be few.

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