Economy & Jobs

23-06-2017

EU SUMMIT WRAP-UP: European Council ends, post-Brexit EU starts to take shape

On the second and final day of the summit on Friday (23 June), EU leaders met ECB President Mario Draghi, who presented the current economic situation. They also discussed migration and Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas outlined the digital ambitions of the incoming Estonian Presidency.

23-06-2017

Leaders tone down Macron’s call for foreign investment scrutiny

A majority of member states on Friday (23 June) resisted a proposal by France, Germany and Italy designed to control and block foreign investment at EU level, citing fears about protectionism.

Climate change 23-06-2017

How Paris can make European industry great again

For much of this century, Europe has been a pioneer and a role model for countries across the world – be it on industrial innovation, democratic and human rights principles, or on climate change. That leadership role is now needed more than ever, writes Jill Duggan.

23-06-2017

Macron isolated over Chinese investment controls

French President Emmanuel Macron’s proposal to protect strategic industries by granting Brussels the power to oversee Chinese acquisitions in the EU will be rejected by other EU leaders at this Friday’s (23 June) Council summit. EURACTIV France reports.

Global Europe 23-06-2017

France and Germany to make joint proposal for future of Europe

French President Emmanuel Macron said yesterday (22 June) that with German Chancellor Angela Merkel they would table concrete proposals for the future of the EU and of the Eurozone in three months’ time.

Digital 22-06-2017

EU telecoms watchdog: ‘We are independent and we bother powerful people’

Sébastien Soriano spoke to EURACTIV about what Yoda can teach us about EU telecoms law, accusations that he is lobbying to change draft rules, net neutrality and the likely new Digital Commissioner Mariya Gabriel.

Enlargement 22-06-2017

Mastercard poll: Serbians concerned about underground economy

The shadow economy limits the state's ability to provide public services, according to 2/3rds of Serbians surveyed. 8 out of 10 say it inhibits growth. For a country in which undocumented trade accounts for 30% of its GDP, the concern could not be clearer. EURACTIV.rs reports.

22-06-2017

Debate: Education, employment and entrepreneurship for Europe’s young people

At a time when Europe is facing multiple crises, what can the European Union do to maintain young people’s faith in the European project?

22-06-2017

Debate: Tackling youth unemployment in the EU

Does Europe do enough for its youth? Half of young people in the EU's southern member states are neither employed nor in training.

22-06-2017

Macron reaffirms hope for EU ahead of first summit

On the eve of his first European summit (22-23 June), French President Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed his belief in a Europe capable of transforming the world with France as a driving force.

21-06-2017

EU mechanism to veto foreign investment ‘not on the cards’

EU leaders will discuss on Friday options to “screen” foreign investment in strategic sectors, but a more far-reaching proposal that would allow blocking takeovers at EU level remains off the table for now.

21-06-2017

MEPs: European funds for poorer member states must not diminish

Negotiations are beginning on the future of the European budget, which also includes funds financing cohesion policy. Meeting in Strasbourg, MEPs agreed they should not be reduced. Aktuálně reports.

21-06-2017

Commission moves to tighten tax evasion rules

The European Commission took a further step in fighting cross-border tax evasion on Wednesday (21 June) by proposing tougher new rules for financial intermediaries who design and promote tax planning schemes for their clients.

Under Pressure: Climate change and the future of the oil and gas industry

The Norwegian oil and gas giant Statoil presented its latest Energy Perspectives report earlier this month, drawing up three possible scenarios for global energy-related emissions up to 2050.

21-06-2017

EU wants gender chapter included in Chile trade deal update

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström wants to include a chapter on gender equality in an update to the bloc’s trade deal with Chile, which is due to be negotiated soon. EURACTIV Spain reports.

21-06-2017

Macron shows the ‘Juncker dilemma’ does not exist

Europe needs serious reform if it is to avoid being turned into a mere museum for rich Chinese tourists. But it is clearly possible to be both European and succeed in the global economy, writes MEP Gunnar Hökmark.

21-06-2017

Fighting poverty across Europe: What’s next for FEAD?

More than 120 million people in the EU are at risk of poverty or social exclusion. The Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth aimed to bring at least 20 million people out of poverty and social exclusion by 2020.

Starbucks set to hire 2,500 refugees in Europe

US coffee chain Starbucks Corp said yesterday (20 June) it will hire 2,500 refugees in Europe as part of a wider worldwide hiring plan, months after the policy prompted a backlash from some customers.

Digital 21-06-2017

Estonia, Bulgaria and Austria ‘presidency trio’ outlines priorities

Ministers representing the incoming Estonian, Bulgarian and Austrian presidencies of the Council of the EU outlined on Tuesday (20 June) their priorities, which seem to differ substantially.

20-06-2017

We need to nurture the biodiversity of the labour market

Europe faces a work revolution. To survive, we need to heed the words of Charles Darwin and adapt and adjust to fit our changing environment, writes Denis Pennel.

20-06-2017

Navracsics: Erasmus increases chances of finding work

As the Erasmus programme celebrates its 30th anniversary, Education Commissioner Tibor Navracsics told EFE that the scheme “increases the possibilities for young people to enter the labour market” and that it is “one of the greatest achievements of the European Union”.

20-06-2017

Green opportunity in ship breaking

Green MEPs and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) see opportunities arising from the rapid contraction and consolidation of the European oil and gas industry where others might see only obstacles, write Margrete Auken and Martin Siecker.

Energy 20-06-2017

Paris Agreement under threat as member states water down building performance measures

While President Trump is grabbing world headlines by publicly trashing the Paris climate agreement, EU member states are also trying to sabotage this deal by watering down measures in the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), writes Adrian Joyce.

20-06-2017

Why Europe needs an industrial strategy

Global investment in energy efficiency now outstrips investment in conventional power generation. Europe is at the forefront and recognises that energy efficiency represents a vast energy resource that is one of the most cost-effective ways of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, writes Heinz Haller.