Innovation & Industry

Digital 13-12-2017

Bulgaria makes telecoms overhaul a focus during Council presidency

Bulgaria will focus its attention on speeding up negotiations on a major telecoms bill when it takes over the six-month, rotating presidency of the Council of ministers in January.

Energy 22-11-2017

Commission told Hungary how to win approval for Russia-backed nuclear plant   

The European Commission assisted Hungary in finding the right loophole in EU public procurement rules to get the green-light for the construction of the Russian-backed Paks II nuclear power plant, according to internal documents seen by EURACTIV.com.

Future EU 27-10-2017

Moedas: ‘What’s going around in Spain is very difficult for all sides’

Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation admitted that the dramatic events and tensions in Spain over Catalonia were “very difficult for all the sides”, but repeated the official position of the EU executive that the constitutional order in Spain should prevail.

Economy & Jobs 19-10-2017

Europe’s ‘unicorns’ awarded thousands of euros to boost innovation

Europe’s most innovative start-ups include a belt that tells you where to go, lego-like modular solar panels, and smart chemicals that give wood a second life. But ‘unicorn’ companies are a rare species in Europe: EURACTIV went to Budapest to learn what the EU does to breed more of them.

Electric cars 12-10-2017

European battery alliance launched in Brussels

The European Commission hosted auto, chemical and engineering executives in Brussels yesterday (11 October) to develop battery manufacturing in the EU to compete with Asian and US manufacturers.

Economy & Jobs 04-10-2017

Bulgaria and Romania seek investors for big infrastructure projects

Bulgaria and Romania are on the lookout for investors in three big regional infrastructure projects, following a joint session of the heads of government on Tuesday (3 October), Bulgarian media reported.

Economy & Jobs 02-10-2017

EU eyes corporate rules shake-up with law on seat transfer

The European Commission is preparing a new directive on the cross-border transfer of company seats, a move that could have far-reaching implications for other areas of corporate governance, including tax planning and cross-border mergers, EURACTIV has learned.

Economy & Jobs 29-09-2017

Tax fight draws divisions at EU digital summit

Supporters of a controversial new push to tax tech giants insist they will overcome fierce opposition from a group of around 10 member states.

Railways 27-09-2017

Alstom, Siemens merge to create new European rail champion

The maker of France's TGV trains announced Tuesday (26 September) a "merger of equals" with German industrial leader Siemens in a giant and politically tricky deal to create a new European rail champion.

Future of mobility 22-09-2017

London bans Uber over ‘public safety and security’ record

London’s transport authority has revoked the operating licence for ride-hailing app Uber over the American company’s attitude to customer safety and “lack of corporate responsibility”.

Development Policy 18-09-2017

Ansip: In digital, we are equal partners with Africa

Commission Vice President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip debriefed EURACTIV.com following a recent meeting of the EU ministers responsible for development in Tallinn, where “Digital for development” was one of the agenda items.

Economy & Jobs 18-09-2017

Commission ignores calls for objectives in new industrial strategy

The European Commission did not include new strategic objectives and targets in its industrial package unveiled on Monday (18 September), stressing instead that a master plan already exists for European industry.

Economy & Jobs 15-09-2017

Digital revolution forces rethink of labour and welfare

The transformation of jobs in the digital era will force governments to review their welfare systems and workers to constantly update their skills, senior European officials, experts and ministers agreed during a conference held in the Estonian capital Tallinn this week.

Economy & Jobs 12-09-2017

Europe looks at 3D printing to pursue its industrial renaissance

The European Commission backs additive manufacturing as one of the pillars to strengthen its industrial sector and step up efforts to maintain the EU's global advantage.

Economy & Jobs 05-09-2017

UK employers want access to EU research and development funds after Brexit

Britain must seek to protect research funding for its universities when it leaves the European Union or risk losing its leading role in innovation, one of the country's main employer groups said on Wednesday (6 September).

Economy & Jobs 31-08-2017

Europe watches closely as France unveils ‘mother of all reforms’

The French government unveils on Thursday (31 August) a highly anticipated labour reform plan seen at home and abroad as a crucial test of new President Emmanuel Macron's reform mettle.

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Economy & Jobs 28-08-2017

Millennials see robots as job creators rather than a threat

Young people remain optimistic about the impact of robots and artificial intelligence in the work place, as a large majority of them believe that more jobs will be created than will disappear, according to a global poll published on Monday (28 August).

Air Pollution 01-08-2017

Dawn of new EU emissions rules could sound death knell for coal power

New EU rules formally agreed on Monday (31 July) mean power plants will have to cut pollutants, with the cost of compliance estimated to be over €15bn. Environmental groups predict that the logical next step is widespread closures of the most polluting coal-powered plants.

Digital 18-07-2017

MEPs and ministers hit back on EU plan for longer spectrum licenses

MEPs and national ministers are stripping down an EU proposal to change how wireless radio spectrum is sold to telecoms companies.

Cybersecurity 12-07-2017

MEPs push cyber security rules as ‘political message’ before EU overhaul

MEPs are pressuring the European Commission to propose new cyber crime rules on hacking vulnerabilities, encryption and information sharing between EU countries, ahead of a legal overhaul planned for September.

G20 07-07-2017

Steel overcapacity, North Korea squeeze into G20 discussions

As the G20 summit kicks off in Hamburg (Germany), China's steel overcapacity and the response to North Korea will play an important part in the leaders' discussions.

Economy & Jobs 30-06-2017

SMEs are harnessing the power of digital, but continue to face regulatory hurdles

Social networks present new opportunities for SMEs to grow. But some worry that privacy requirements are stifling that growth

Brexit 27-06-2017

German industry warns ‘both sides underestimating’ Brexit talks

Both sides negotiating the UK's withdrawal from the EU are underestimating the serious long-term effects, a senior figure from German industry has warned at a special event on Brexit held by EURACTIV.com.

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.