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EUCDoYouKnow - July 2020

29 July 2020​​​​​​​​​​​
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Do you know hydrogen, which doesn’t release any carbon dioxide, is already being used to power a train built by French manufacturer Alstom? This is very much part of the EU’s race towards climate neutrality in 2050. 

Alstom’s Coradia iLint train uses hydrogen fuel cells to generate its own electricity. It’s the first regional train of this kind to have entered commercial service, and has been successfully running in northern Germany for nearly two years.

Alstom Vice-President of Regional Trains Platform Brahim Soua said “overall, there are 5,000 diesel trains to replace in Europe”, adding that “it is a solution for the future because the performance of hydrogen is perfectly capable of replacing diesel with the same or even greater autonomy”. Alstom and Eversholt Rail also unveiled a plan to invest more than €1 million in hydrogen trains in the UK.

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22 July 2020​​​​​​​​​​​
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Do you know to reach a compromise on EU long-term budget and the coronavirus rescue package, leaders of the EU27 countries had to green-light major cuts to funds earmarked for key sectors such as research and innovation, health and climate initiatives?

While many hailed the “historic” deal that will allow for the EU Commission to raise billions of euros on markets on behalf of the EU27, some criticised the extraordinary summit’s conclusions, citing that it does not reflect the Commission’s priorities, such as the fight against the pandemic and climate change, the digital transition, and building resilience.

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15 July 2020​​​​​​​​​​

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Do you know that the Paris' Louvre Museum typically accommodates 30,000 people each day?

On 6 July 2020, the Louvre, which originally opened in 1793, reopened its doors after being closed for several months amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. However, only 7,000 people with reserved tickets can enter the museum. The drop in visitors did not come as a surprise to the institution due to the fact that 75% of the museum's guests typically come from overseas. Art enthusiasts that travelled to the famous institution to view Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa and other well-known works were met with quite a different experience than they would have previously had before the spread of COVID-19.

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9 July 2020​​​​​​​​​

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Do you know that Germany spent over 1 billion euros to cover costs linked to US troops presence in Europe?

The federal government’s transatlantic coordinator Peter Beyer said “the cost of deploying the US soldiers of just under billion euros in ten years is anything but too high for Germany”. He also mentioned that “the bottom line is that one billion euros for ten years is a good investment in our security”.

Although many European countries have boosted their defence budgets, only seven of the 29 NATO allies are currently reaching the recommended target of 2% of GDP, according to NATO’s annual report. The US, with its military budget at around 3.4% of GDP, spends more on defence than all 29 other allies combined.

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8 July 2020​​​​​​​​
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Do you know France has shut down its oldest nuclear plant at Fessenheim?

The closure of France's oldest nuclear plant was mourned by electricity workers but celebrated by anti-nuclear campaigners. The nuclear plant near the border of Germany is closed to reduce France’s dependence on nuclear power and put more emphasis on renewables.

The government has outlined plans for 12 more reactors to close and for only half of France's electricity to still come from nuclear by 2035.

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1 July 2020​​​​​​​​
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Do you know Cyprus has most higher education graduates per capita in the EU?

A report published by the Statistical Service in Cyprus, found that 58.2% of people aged 30-34 have higher education qualifications in Cyprus, surpassing the 40% target set by the EU. Cyprus also has the fourth highest percentage of young people (20-24 years) with highest educational attainment of at least upper secondary education.

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