New Commission's proposal to reduce the emission of fluorinated gases by 2030

The European Commission presented a proposal in order to reach a significant reduction in emissions of climate-warming fluorinated gases (F-gases). Emissions of F-gases, which have a warming effect up to 23,000 times more powerful than carbon dioxide, have risen by 60% since 1990, while all other greenhouse gases have been reduced.

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MEPs rejected the proposal to boost competition to supply ground-handling services at major EU airports

The Transport and Tourism Committee in the European Parliament rejected further liberalisation of ground-handling services as proposed in a draft legislation by the European Commission. Many MEPs feared that the proposal would lead to a deterioration of working conditions and safety and deplored the lack of evidence that the regulation would increase the overall efficiency of ground-handling operations.

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The Commission proposes to update the EU visa policy to spur the tourism

The European Commission adopted a Communication that examines how the implementation and development of the common visa policy could help growth in the EU by facilitating travel opportunities for third country nationals willing to visit the EU.

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€58 million in European grants to support culture, transport and youth employment in Algeria

The European Union and Algeria have signed three financing agreements on the protection of cultural heritage, support for reform in the transport sector and support for youth employment. These three agreements will be translated in grants for worth of a total of €58 million.

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MEPs want the Commission to do more to address crises that could infect an entire banking sector

The Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee in the European Parliament commented on one of the three key building blocks for establishing an EU banking union that its bank crisis resolution plans focus too closely on individual troubled banks, and must do more to address crises that could infect an entire banking sector.

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