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Today in the Express : angry butchers, the first climate test in Finland, Italy wants to become the energy center of Europe
Faced with the risk of an “exodus” of German industry, Berlin declares the “European Year of Industrial Policy”. Berlin and Brussels say they are ready to take on the challenge of reviving their common industrial policy, while the United States is banking on a protectionist law to revive its economy, the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). From our reporters in Berlin, Jonathan Packroff and Nik Kurmayer.
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EUROPEAN JOBS • After Moscow, the Kazakh president visits Paris in the context of the energy crisis. The newly elected President of Kazakhstan Kasim-Jomart Tokaiev arrived in France on Tuesday where he met with his counterpart Emmanuel Macron, after meeting with Vladimir Putin the day before, in a tense energy context in Europe. From our Foreign Affairs reporter Charles Szumski.
ENERGY • There is still no agreement on limiting the price of Russian oil, despite the urgency. EU member states are running out of time to agree on a price cap for Russian crude oil shipments, after another round of fruitless talks between European Union ambassadors on Monday night. A reminder of the Kira Taylor situation and Alexandra Brzozowski.
AGRICULTURE • Butchers cut because of the energy crisis. Meat artisans from all over France gathered in front of the National Assembly on Tuesday to warn the public authorities about the explosion of their energy bills. EURACTIV France was there. Read Hugo Struna’s report.
SOCIETY • Human trafficking: Ukrainian refugees trapped in online ads. During debates in the European Parliament on Tuesday, MPs, non-governmental organizations and members of civil society warned of the rise of networks of sexual exploitation of Ukrainian refugees on the Internet. Explanations by Clara Bauer-Babef.
ECONOMY • High-risk telecom infrastructure financing reform in Europe. According to operator data, 56% of traffic on global fixed and mobile Internet networks comes from six American digital giants (GAFAM, Netflix), while data traffic continues to grow.
Recently, the issue of financing telecommunications was again put on the table, at the highest European level. Commissioners Thierry Breton and Margrethe Vestager want a European reform that would force internet service providers to participate in the financing of telecommunications infrastructure – a form of “European digital toll”. Mr Breton has announced that he will launch a public consultation in the first half of 2023.
But such discussion cannot obscure the crucial issue of net neutrality, which in reality affects the preservation of basic freedoms of access to information in an equal and non-discriminatory manner. Moreover, such a system is worrying because it could limit competition and prevent innovative European SMEs in the technology sector from entering the market.
Our eco-journalist Théo Bourgery-Gonse was invited by the European Movement France and the Maison de l’Europe in Paris to lead a round table on this topic. The full discussion can be found here.
The Czech Republic supports the training of Ukrainian soldiers. On Tuesday, Prague approved a proposal to train Ukrainian soldiers in the Czech Republic and to deploy Czech soldiers to member states to train Ukrainian soldiers there. Aneta Zachová tells us more.
Italy aims to become the energy capital of Europe. The Italian government is investing in clean energy, in addition to gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG), with the aim of achieving energy independence and becoming an energy leader in Europe. Article by Federica Pascale.
Finland: the first climate trial in the process of starting up. The Finnish Nature Conservancy and Greenpeace say the government has failed to meet its carbon neutrality goal and will take the case to the Supreme Administrative Court. Facts with Pekka Vanttinen.
Bulgarian hoteliers threaten to deport Ukrainian refugees. Almost 20 percent of hotels along the southern coast of the Black Sea say they are ready to evict Ukrainian refugees from December 1 if the state does not return funding for meals for refugees, reports our correspondent Krasen Nikolav.
The Commission singles out Belgium for its delay in transposing European directives. The European Commission sent an official warning to Belgium, as well as 14 other member states, because they did not transpose a series of environmental and transport directives into national legislation on time. By Anne-Sophie Gayet and Arthur Riffaud.
[Édité par Théo Bourgery-Gonse & Traductions par Arthur Riffaud]