Friday, 24 September 2021: Ministers backing plans for another new nuclear power plant, Boris Johnson says world needs to deal with climate change, EU demands common charger for phones

⊂ UNITED KINGDOM ⊃

Ministers backing plans for another new nuclear power plant: The government is reportedly backing plans for another large-scale nuclear power plant in the UK to help the country achieve its net zero targets. It’s in discussions with American nuclear reactor manufacturer Westinghouse amongst other groups, to develop the new plant in Anglesey, Wales, reports The Times.
independent.co.uk

Sunak set to tighten financial regulations after Greensill scandal: Finance minister Rishi Sunak has ordered two immediate reviews of UK financial regulation related to the collapse of supply chain finance firm Greensill Capital, the Financial Times reported on Friday.
reuters.com

Labour conference: Party pledges to cap foreign sales of new homes: Labour says it would cap the amount of property overseas investors can purchase in new developments, in a bid to help first-time buyers. Under plans to be outlined at its annual conference, the party would also give first-time buyers „first dibs“ on new builds for six months. It will also pledge to reform rules governing how developers contribute towards affordable housing.
bbc.com

Liz Truss accused of treating equalities role as ‘side hustle’: The chair of a group of MPs has accused the foreign secretary, Liz Truss, of treating her second role as minister of women and equalities as a “side hustle”.
theguardian.com

Brexit: EU fears citizens will be barred from flights to UK due to rules confusion theguardian.com
Greensill: David Cameron’s lobbying ‚did not take up very significant part‘ of Treasury’s time, says Rishi Sunak news.sky.com
Inquiry: Ex-Labour MP Keith Vaz engaged in ‘sustained and unpleasant’ bullying independent.co.uk
Business: Kwasi Kwarteng vetoes subsidies for gas supply giants to take on rivals’ clients theguardian.com

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⊂ EUROPE ⊃

Boris Johnson says world needs to deal with climate change: Humanity needs to „grow up“ and deal with the issue of climate change, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday. The prime minister reiterated that the world must curb the rise in global average temperatures to 1.5C – the stricter of the two targets set by the UN in the 2015 Paris agreement. Amid the serious warnings, Johnson also attempted to strike a humorous note at points, including saying Kermit the Frog had been wrong when he sang It’s Not Easy Bein‘ Green.
cnn.com, bbc.com

France says Australia sent letter hours before axing French contract: France has said Australian military officials sent them a letter confirming they were “extremely satisfied” with French submarines just hours before they announced the €56bn submarine contract would be cancelled in favour of a US, UK and Australia defence pact. The Australian government confirmed it had sent the letter to Naval Group on Wednesday last week, but played down its significance. A spokesperson for the Australian Department of Defence said the correspondence did not refer to or authorise commencement of the next phase of the programme, which remained subject to the announcement of decisions by the Australian government. On Thursday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told his US counterpart Antony Blinken that the way out of the diplomatic crisis between France and the US over the submarine deal will take time. French defence contractor Naval Group is preparing to send Australia a bill after the submarine contract was sunk.
theguardian.com, france24.com, washingtonpost.com

EU demands common charger for phones: Brussels has a plan to empty your drawers full of useless chargers: making them illegal. The European Commission is ready to use hard legislation to force tech manufacturers into harmonising charging solutions for small electronic devices like smartphones and tablets, it announced on Thursday. The push by the EU will certainly be cheered by the millions of people who have searched through a jumble of snarled cables for the one that fits their phone. But the EU also wants to cut down on the 11,000 metric tons of electronic waste thrown out every year by Europeans. The main target of this new legislative move is inarguably Apple, as the company’s flagship product, the iPhone, uses a proprietary charging solution called Lightning.
politico.eu, apnews.com

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EU legal adviser says VW software is banned defeat device: A top European Union legal adviser said Thursday that software installed in Volkswagen cars to alter the amount of pollutants coming out of their exhaust pipes in hot or cold weather and at high altitude doesn’t conform to the 27-nation bloc’s laws. In a legal opinion for the Luxembourg-based ECJ, European Court of Justice, Advocate General Athanasios Rantos said that “the software at issue reduces the effectiveness of the emission control system in normal vehicle operation and use, with the result that it constitutes a ‘defeat device.’”
apnews.com

UN says food is a human right: Every day, hundreds of millions of people go to bed hungry. Three billion people cannot afford a healthy diet. Two billion are overweight or obese and yet 462 million, are underweight. Nearly a third of all food that is produced, is lost or wasted. These are just some of the problems and contradictions laid bare by the UN Secretary-General on Thursday at the opening of the landmark UN Food Systems Summit.
news.un.org

TTC: EU confirms transatlantic Trade and Tech Council to proceed politico.eu
Energy: Gas price records jeopardise Green Deal faz.net
EU farm chief: Badly implemented Farm-to-Fork plan could harm production politico.eu
Eurozone business costs surge as supply chain snags slow growth ft.com

⊂ QUOTE OF THE DAY ⊃

I am glad that the interface of our flagship programme for young people, Erasmus+, is becoming more like them. More digital, more mobile, and more community-oriented.
EU Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas on the new Erasmus+ app for students studying abroad on an EU-funded scheme.
euractiv.com

⊂ COUNTRIES ⊃

Ukraine reins in oligarchs: Ukraine’s parliament passed a law on Thursday to order oligarchs to register and stay out of politics, a day after an attempt to kill a top aide to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, which officials said could have been a response to the reform. Oligarchs would be forbidden from financing political parties or taking part in privatisations. Top officials, including the president, prime minister and head of the central bank, would be required to declare dealings they had with them. The European Court of Auditors, meanwhile, said EU aid projects aimed at reforms in Ukraine have not had the desired successes.
euractiv.com, politico.eu, ec.europa.eu

Poland’s Disciplinary Chamber lifts judge’s immunity: The Disciplinary Chamber of Poland’s Supreme Court has lifted the immunity of a judge despite an interim injunction from the European Court of Justice. A region in southern Poland has repealed a resolution targeting non-heterosexual people (LGBTQ+) following pressure from the EU. The EU has welcomed the extension of the broadcasting license for Polish TV station TVN24 Thursday. The network is owned by the US-owned Discovery networks and had fallen into a bit of political headwind in Poland in recent months because of its critical coverage of the government and the ruling Law and Justice Party.
spiegel.de, faz.net, dw.com

Carles Puigdemont arrested in Sardinia: Former president of the Catalan state government, Carles Puigdemont, was arrested in Sardinia on Thursday. Puigdemont along with three Catalan ministers fled Spain in 2017 following an independence referendum. Thats after the Spanish government declared the vote illegal and charged him with sedition.
dw.com

Italy’s Draghi vows no tax hikes: Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi promised on Thursday not to hike taxes and said his government would help soften the blow of surging power costs, winning himself a standing ovation from Italy’s business elite.
reuters.com

Portugal ends almost all Covid restrictions: Portugal will lift almost all remaining Covid-19 restrictions, allowing full occupancy in restaurants and cultural venues from 1 October, the prime minister, Antonio Costa, said on Thursday. Among the few measures that remain in place, mask-wearing is compulsory in public transport, at large events, in nursing homes, hospitals, shopping malls and hypermarkets.
theguardian.com

Greece: New migrant centre opens on the island of Samos euronews.com
France: ‘Eco-feminist’ shocks French politics in bid for Greens’ presidency theguardian.com
Austria: Victims of Vienna attack receive more compensation from the government derstandard.at
Italy: Wild boar on streets of Rome are being used against me, says mayor theguardian.com

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⊂ LAST BUT NOT LEAST ⊃

EU opposes biennial World Cup: The European Commission on Thursday said it was concerned about FIFA’s plan to make the football World Cup a biennial event. “I fully share the doubts of the national European football federations on the possibility of a biennial football World Cup,” said Margaritis Schinas, European Commission vice president for promoting our European way of life.
politico.eu

 

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