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8th Jul 2020

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'Cohesion group' of EU states reject budget cuts

Fifteen member states rejected cuts in the EU's next seven-year budget at their meeting in Portugal over the weekend, as EU countries gear up for budget talks at an emergency summit on 20 February. The 'friends of cohesion' group - who are net-recipients of EU money - have said they want to freeze cohesion funds at current levels. Richer net-payers want to reduce the budget's overall size.

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Commission chief under fire for Croatia campaign video

EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen recorded a video in support of Croatia's ruling party, which the EU executive said was in her "personal capacity" - and admits it was a "mistake" that this was not made clear.

Parliament vaping booths 'too confidential' to discuss

The European Parliament is refusing to disclose documents on an internal debate on whether to set up e-cigarette smoking booths at its premises in Strasbourg and Brussels, posing questions on how it handles transparency on relatively minor issues.

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