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2nd Jun 2020

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EU waives customs duties, VAT on vital medical imports

The EU Commission on Friday approved requests from EU countries plus Britain to temporarily waive customs duties and VAT on imported medical devices and protective equipment amid the coronavirus epidemic. The duty-free gear includes masks, testing kits and ventilators. The exemption will apply for a period of six months, with a possibility for extension. The decision takes effect retroactively from January 30.

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Beethoven vs Virus: How his birthplace Bonn is coping

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Bonn cancelled Beethoven: the much-anticipated 'Beethovenfest', as well as numerous concerts, exhibits and theatre performances were called off, some of the events were rescheduled for 2021.

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