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#EUCDoYouKnow - March 2020


26 March 2020​​​

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Do you know last weekend, the German government organised a hackathon to find innovative solutions to address the different challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic?

The 48 hours hackathon attracted 42,696 international participants resulting in over 800 ideas on topics from shopping to childcare and symptom monitoring. Selected ideas will receive government funding for implementation.

Read more: https://www.euractiv.com/section/digital/news/german-covid19-hackathon-deliver-800-projects/




20 March 2020​​

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Do you know Abisko is warming at least twice as fast as the rest of the world?

2019-2020 is the warmest winter on record in Europe. According to the Copernicus Climate Change Service data, the entire winter period from the beginning of December 2019 until the end of February 2020 was 3.4 degrees Celsius above the 1981-2010 average in Europe. Thriving red foxes, rising tree lines and hungry reindeer are some of the effects of climate change witnessed in Abisko, Sweden.

Read more: https://www.euronews.com/2020/03/16/warmer-winter-in-the-arctic-the-changes-afoot-in-one-of-the-coldest-places-in-europe




19 March 2020​

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Do you know the first Eurovision song contest was held on 24 May 1956 with seven participating countries?

With a legacy of more than 60 years, the annual contest this year – scheduled for May in the Dutch city of Rotterdam – has been cancelled for the first time due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.





12 March 2020​

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Do you know Tallinn was the first capital city in the EU to offer residents free travel 7 years ago, and Luxembourg is the first country to make public transport free for all residents and tourists from March 2020?

Free public transport has its advantages in helping with changing the mindset of people from the usage of cars to public transport. It does have some disadvantages and it isn’t for every city, but most importantly, it is worth it.

Read more: https://www.euronews.com/2020/03/10/is-free-public-transport-everything-it-is-cracked-up-to-be​




9 March 2020​
 
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The COVID-19 coronavirus is spreading throughout Europe. Italy has the highest number of cases (7,375), followed by France (1,209) and Germany (1,040).

Italy has announced emergency measures restricting movement for millions of people in the north (the Lombardy region) in order to counter the coronavirus outbreak. France and Germany announced ban on gatherings and events with over 1,000 people.

Read more: https://www.euronews.com/2020/03/05/two-more-people-die-from-covid-19-in-france-says-the-country-s-health-ministry

 

Related articles:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-51793619

https://www.euronews.com/2020/03/08/italy-coronavirus-lockdown-what-the-emergency-measures-mean

https://www.politico.eu/article/rome-locks-down-northern-italy-as-coronavirus-cases-surge/

https://www.politico.eu/article/european-school-closed-as-preventive-measure-over-coronavirus-fears/

https://www.politico.eu/article/german-minister-calls-for-ban-on-events-with-over-1000-people-as-coronavirus-cases-rise/

https://www.politico.eu/article/france-bans-gatherings-of-1000-people-to-contain-coronavirus/

https://www.euractiv.com/section/all/linksdossier/coronavirus-whats-happening-in-europe/

https://www.euractiv.com/section/health-consumers/news/coronavirus-puts-europes-solidarity-to-the-test/

https://www.politico.eu/article/italy-learns-to-love-in-the-time-of-coronavirus/




6 March 2020
 
Image Source: Michel Barnier | Twitter


EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier and UK negotiator David Frost met for the first round of talks on a post-Brexit relationship on 2 March in Brussels.
 
The first round of negotiations concluded on Thursday with better understanding of each other's positions while identifying the point of divergence and convergence in order to overcome the differences to agree on a new relationship. The negotiations are going to be tough; the next round of negotiations is scheduled for 18 March 2020 in London.

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5 March 2020​

Image Souce: Ursula von der Leyen | Twitter


European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen presented a proposal for an EU Climate Law​ meant to make the EU’s commitment to slash greenhouse gases to net zero by 2050 legally binding. However, the proposal was not well received. It was instead greeted by a blast of criticisms from environmental campaigners including Greta Thunberg.

Read more: https://www.politico.eu/article/brussels-climate-green-deal-climate-law-ambitions-run-into-national-resistance/


Related articles:

https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy-environment/news/eu-debuts-climate-law-compass-greta-dismisses-it-as-surrender/

https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy-environment/video/this-climate-law-is-a-surrender-thunberg-says-of-proposed-climate-legislation/

https://www.euractiv.com/section/climate-environment/news/eus-timmermans-responds-to-gretas-criticisms-over-european-climate-law/

https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-climate-law-sparks-political-battles/




4 March 2020​
 
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Do you know Europe could face a potential new wave of refugees as Turkey threaten to open its borders to let migrants travel towards Europe?

Since Sunday morning, more than 10,000 migrants have reached Turkey's land border with Greece & Bulgaria, and Athens says at least 1,000 people have already arrived on its islands.

Read more: https://www.politico.eu/article/greece-migration/

 

Related articles:

https://www.neweurope.eu/article/turkey-announces-major-offensive-against-syrian-government-forces/

https://www.euronews.com/2020/03/02/greece-cancels-asylum-as-turkey-lets-migrants-travel-towards-europe

https://www.euractiv.com/section/justice-home-affairs/news/eu-turkey-migration-deal-should-be-renewed-croatia-says/

https://www.euractiv.com/section/global-europe/news/borissov-meets-erdogan-gets-assurance-bulgarias-border-will-stay-calm/

https://www.euractiv.com/section/global-europe/news/migrants-clash-with-greek-police-diplomatic-efforts-underway/

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