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Whether you’re eating 12 grapes or 12 dishes, take a midnight ride around the block with a suitcase in tow to make sure you travel a lot in the New Year; crush the pomegranates; jump off your sofa; watch “Dinner for one”; wear red underwear – or any combination of these rituals, Playbook wishes you a Happy New Year.

OF OUR REPORTING POLICY – NEW RULES IN 2022: A host of new regulations will come into force next year. Here are a few that may or may not affect you:

Safer Tattoos: From January 4, the use of more than 4,000 hazardous, but previously unregulated chemicals in tattoo inks will be banned under flagship EU chemicals legislation REACH. This includes several ingredients like isopropanol alcohol, which ink suppliers say is present in most pigments on the market.

Cleaner air: Many cities in the EU are also tightening pollution rules. Brussels, for example, will refuse access to Euro 4 Diesel vehicles. Only residents or cars with special permission will be allowed to enter Madrid if they do not have an environmental sticker.

… and safer cars: From mid-2022, new cars sold in the EU will have to be fitted with safer seat belts; better protection for cyclists; intelligent speed assistance; anti-alcohol; drowsiness warning and driver attention systems; as well as event data loggers.

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Free roaming in the EU extended from July: Free roaming in the EU, which was due to expire, has been extended for 10 years until 2032. Under the rules, providers will have to ensure that mobile users can call, text and use data while traveling in the EU at no additional cost and with the same quality that they experience at home. This means that if a user has 5G with their contract at home, they should get 5G abroad as well. Wholesale prices for 1 GB of roaming are capped at € 2 for 2022, and will drop to € 1 per GB from 2027.

Platforms must remove terrorist content online: From June, online platforms will have to remove terrorist content within an hour of being reported by EU authorities.

Updated Customs Code: From January 1, EU import tariffs will be governed by an updated classification that will include electronic waste, drones and specific subheadings for smartphones.

Sweetened organic rules: New EU rules on the standards a product must meet to earn an organic label come into effect in the new year. While they contain animal welfare improvements, they also mitigate what is considered ‘EU agriculture’ on the label, as a higher percentage of undeclared non-EU ingredients will be allowed.

Unlike the US, the new EU rules also allow a product to be marketed as organic even when a test finds pesticides there – a strong demand from German supermarkets who feared that strict pesticide testing would limit their availability. supplies.

UK exporters have told our colleagues at POLITICO Pro that they are concerned that the new rules will complicate their sales in the EU.

Glyphosate debate: The license for the controversial herbicide glyphosate is due to expire at the end of 2022 for the EU market. Expect a big debate among member countries, farmers and agrochemical lobbyists on whether to expand it.

New post-Brexit customs controls come into force tomorrow and threaten to disrupt Britain’s food supply, affecting small and medium-sized businesses the most, writes my colleague Cristina Gallardo. Find out more about what that means on the London Playbook landing later this morning.

Germany is closing more nuclear power plants: Three nuclear power plants will be pulled from the grid in Germany on Friday as part of the country’s plan to end atomic energy.

“The nuclear phase-out makes our country safer and helps to avoid radioactive waste,” said Federal Minister for the Environment and Nuclear Safety Steffi Lemke.

Better late than never? Speaking of nuclear, Finland’s long-delayed Olkiluoto 3 reactor will go into service on January 22. Its construction began in 2005 and was due for completion in 2009, but suffered significant delays and cost overruns (Reuters recall).

The transport headaches to come: Next year, policymakers will also tackle big topics related to climate change and the way we move, including rethinking combustion-engine cars, trucker rights and air traffic control. Our POLITICO Pro Mobility team have compiled this handy list of five transport challenges Europe will face in 2022.

DOWN WITH LINGO: Gen Z can’t be the only one finding cool new words and phrases. Check out POLITICO’s own suggestions on what terms Eurocrats should adopt in the New Year. Like Pangela: the intense feeling of missing Angela Merkel. Maybe some are already going through this …

QUIZ POP! Before we officially bid farewell (and good riddance) to 2021, take POLITICO’s Quiz of the Year to see how much you’ve paid attention to the top headlines that defined this 12-month trip around the sun. Plus, take a stroll through the past with our photo gallery telling the story of the year.


GREECE REDUCES THE QUARANTINE TIMES BY HALF: Greece has reduced the quarantine time for coronavirus patients to five days instead of 10, as new infections skyrocket.

The move follows the lead of the United States, after U.S. health officials earlier this week reduced the recommended time for self-isolation from 10 to five days for those who test positive for the coronavirus but show no symptom. Greece’s move also reflects a judgment that Omicron’s dominant new variant is, in many cases, gentle enough to allow people who catch it to return to work sooner.

BRITISH CITIZENS CAN CROSS FRANCE DURING HOLIDAYS: The French government has said that British citizens living in the EU are allowed to cross France on their way home after visiting the UK, but only during the holiday period.

The announcement will be a relief for British nationals who have faced long and often complicated journeys since Eurotunnel announced on Wednesday evening that EU-based Britons would not be able to drive through France and would be turned away from their car. terminal.

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THE NEW GIG OF KURZ: Former Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has a new high profile private sector job slated for the new year – working for billionaire Peter Thiel. Kurz will be a global strategist for Thiel Capital, whose German-American founder is a long-time acquaintance of the former chancellor, Austrian daily Heute reported Thursday.

THE EU’S NEW MAN IN SPAIN: Spain’s Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares has appointed Pascual Navarro as his new Secretary of State for the European Union, replacing Juan González-Barba, the government confirmed last week.

Looking for a way out: González-Barba’s departure came amid reports of disagreements between him and Albares and amid preparations by Spain to take over the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of 2023, according to our report. colleague Cristina Gallardo.

González-Barba intended to be appointed the new special envoy of the UN secretary general to Cyprus. However, he did not gain the support of the Spanish government, although he has already gained the support of Cyprus, Greece and Turkey, according to diplomats.

He was one of the latest appointees of former Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya, who stepped down as part of a wider cabinet reshuffle in July.


WARNING STROKE: Last night, US President Joe Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that the continued aggressive military build-up of Moscow on the border with Ukraine could force NATO to move more troops to Eastern Europe and reiterated that any further violation of its territory would entail “serious costs and consequences,” the administration said. More POLITICO US here.

BIRTHDAYS: European deputy Gianna Gancia; Bloomberg Jillian deutsch; European Commission Claudia kover; Salman bin Abdelaziz Al Saoud, King and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia.

Saturday celebration: IMF Christine Lagarde; MEPs Bart Groothuis and Brando benifei; Former MEP Laima Andrikiene, now a member of the Lithuanian parliament; by POLITICO Giulia Chiatante; ETUC General Secretary Luca Visentini; Alexis Papahélas, Greek investigative journalist and former POLITICO 28. Creation day of the Slovak Republic / Day of the restoration of the independent Czech state.

Sunday celebration: European deputy Joanna Kopcińska; spokesperson for the Dutch Ministry of Finance Ruud Mikkers; John thornton, Executive Chairman of Barrick Gold.

THANK YOU: Cristina Gallardo, Thibault Spirlet, Louise Guillot and our producer Foreign Grace.

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