Tuesday, October 19

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Stricter rules for Google, Apple & Co.
Companies

Stricter rules for Google, Apple & Co.

With the EU law for digital markets, the Commission wants to limit the power of the Internet giants. The Monopolies Commission is not entirely satisfied with this. Mith traditional competition law, digital corporations such as Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple are difficult to deal with. The EU Commission therefore wants to create a new instrument with the “Law for Digital Markets” to regulate Internet platforms. The law, which is often just DMA for the English name “Digital Markets Act”, is intended to prohibit certain types of behavior from corporations that control access to platforms like a kind of bouncer. For example, that they position their own offers better than those of the competition. First of all, however, the EU Parliament and the Council of Ministers must now dete...
How “green” is nuclear power?
Climate Enegry and Enviroment

How “green” is nuclear power?

In a planned EU directive for green financial investments, nuclear power is to be designated as a sustainable energy source. An alliance of states around Germany is opposing this. IIn the dispute over the classification of nuclear power as green and sustainable energy, an alliance of states around Germany is putting pressure on the EU Commission. Every country has the right to choose its own form of energy, write ministers from five countries in a letter to the commission available to Reuters. The planned so-called taxonomy – the guideline for green financial investments – is about sustainability.“We worry that including nuclear power in the taxonomy will damage its integrity and credibility, and therefore its usefulness.” Savers and investors would lose their confidence in financi...
EU Commission dares to push for a kerosene tax
Climate Enegry and Enviroment

EU Commission dares to push for a kerosene tax

Recently there was hardly any talk of a kerosene tax in Europe. But now the European Commission wants to act according to FAZ information. Dhe introduction of a European kerosene tax was a key issue in the European election campaign of today’s Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans. Since then it has become quiet about it, even if Timmermans occasionally promoted the idea. Now, however, the Commission wants to propose new rules for energy taxes in its “Fit for 55” climate package in mid-July and also make aviation responsible. This emerges from a draft that is available to the FAZ.The states should be obliged to apply the European minimum taxes for energy to kerosene as well. However, this should only apply to intra-European flights. In addition, the kerosene tax is to be in...
A generation contract for agriculture
Climate Enegry and Enviroment

A generation contract for agriculture

The Agriculture Commission for the Future is calling for more climate protection and more animal welfare. The next government has to decide who should pay for that. When resistance is so great that hardly anything moves politically, one thing often happens: a commission of experts is set up. It was the same in autumn 2019, when farmers drove their tractors through the Berlin government district and other large cities for weeks to vent their displeasure with ever stricter requirements. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) suggested a future commission for the restructuring of agriculture, with representatives from the peasantry as well as from environmental associations and the food industry. The 31 members deliberated for a year, and on Tuesday they presented their final report to Merke...