Special Reports

Health 13-11-2017

The true face of the second leading cause of death

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease that results in changes in several different parts of the respiratory system and lungs at the same time. COPD affects 1 to 4% of all European adults and costs the EU €50 billion every year.

Central Asia 31-10-2017

Mediation for peace

Download PDF  

This week, EURACTIV reports from Astana about the various mediation efforts of Kazakhstan on the international scene, including the Syria war and the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, as well as the county's initiatives as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.

Energy 25-10-2017

Renewable gas

Download PDF  

Gas is not often mentioned in the same bracket as renewable energy but that could all change, as energy providers look to address the issue of surplus renewable power and storage problems.

Cybersecurity 19-10-2017

Europe’s cybersecurity agenda

Download PDF  

During his annual State of the Union address in September, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced a massive overhaul of EU cybersecurity policies. EURACTIV.com reports on the latest EU initiatives.

Future EU 18-10-2017

What’s next for European socialism?

Download PDF  

After bruising electoral defeats in France, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands, European socialists are looking at ways of turning their fortunes around. For many of them, the era of 'Grand Coalitions' with right-wing parties is now over.

Future of mobility 17-10-2017

Where will big data drive European transport?

Download PDF  

Click here to download this Special Report. This week, EURACTIV reports from the European Transport Forum in Brussels, where stakeholders gather to discuss how big data will transform today’s transport and to assess the associated challenges and risks.

Energy 11-10-2017

Lighting

Download PDF  

The European Union took a bold step when it imposed a ban on incandescent light bulbs in 2008. Almost ten years on, EURACTIV.com takes stock of progress made and sets sights on the next frontier – Human Centric Lighting.

Health 10-10-2017

Pharma innovation

Download PDF  

Hit hard by austerity, the health systems of EU member states are under huge pressure. Combined with an aging population and the alarming burden of chronic illnesses, EU member states have targeted specific aspects of the incentives granted to the pharma industry in order to decrease drug prices.

Energy 09-10-2017

Energy performance of buildings

Download PDF  

Lawmakers in the European Parliament's industry committee are voting this week on the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). EURACTIV.com takes a closer look at the latest changes made to the bill before it clears this major political hurdle.

Health 06-10-2017

Electronic immunisation record

Download PDF  

An increase in vaccine hesitancy, combined with the insufficient preparedness of EU member state healthcare systems against infectious diseases, has raised eyebrows in Brussels and the EU capitals, which now seek ways to minimise outbreak risks.

Digital 02-10-2017

EU law goes digital

Download PDF  

Legal practitioners have so far stayed relatively immune from the digital revolution. But the situation is starting to evolve as technology issues enter the courtroom – from privacy protection to company law.

Economy & Jobs 02-10-2017

‘Working’ toward healthy eating

Download PDF  

People want healthy food. The question for policymakers now is, how do you make it most easy and cost-effective for them to get that food?

Agrifood 02-10-2017

Phasing-out biofuels: What’s really at stake?

Download PDF  

The European Commission's proposal to limit the use of biofuels in transport has drawn heated reactions from farmers who have warned about the effects on jobs and the economy.

Economy & Jobs 26-09-2017

An Erasmus for SMEs to support the economy

Download PDF  

Click here to download this Special Report. Building on the success of a first pilot project, the European Commission and SMEs explore the idea of a mobility programme to increase companies’ exports.

Development Policy 25-09-2017

Youth and the future of Africa

Download PDF  

This week is the Socialists and Democrats Group's second installment of Africa Week, which this year will focus on the "Youth and Future of Africa". Follow EURACTIV's Special Report for insights into work being done for a stronger EU-Africa partnership.

Economy & Jobs 12-09-2017

Additive manufacturing, engine of industrial revival

Download PDF  

Click here to download this Special Report. As the European industry struggles to maintain a leading position in the digital era, the sector and legislators call for continuous support to ensure that key technologies such as additive manufacturing could contribute to Europe's industrial renaissance.

Agrifood 11-09-2017

Can the next CAP measure its green performance?

The discussion about the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy has kicked off as well as the talks about the policy’s long-term green obligations.

Central Asia 30-08-2017

Expo 2017 Astana

Download PDF  

EURACTIV.com reports from the International Exposition in Astana, Kazakhstan. Highlighting the theme "Future Energy," the expo aims to foster a global debate on "how to ensure safe and sustainable access to energy for all while reducing CO2 emissions".

Agrifood 24-07-2017

The added value of EU quality schemes

Download PDF  

Europe’s farmers are coming under extraordinary financial pressure as shifting export markets and volatile prices take their toll. But new markets are emerging and consumers in Europe and beyond are increasingly choosing to buy high-quality products from the EU.

Brexit 05-07-2017

European Medicines Agency: What’s at stake?

Download PDF  

Last month, EU Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker presented the procedure for relocating the European Bank Authority (EBA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) from the UK after it leaves the EU.

Digital 26-06-2017

Cross-border business in the digital era

Download PDF  

Online platforms are changing the face of business, allowing millions of consumers to benefit from the advantages of e-commerce. 

Economy & Jobs 26-06-2017

EU civil society at a crossroads

Download PDF  

Factors ranging from lack of funding to mounting political pressure have sparked a discussion regarding the future of civil society organisations in the EU.

Energy 21-06-2017

Heating and cooling

Download PDF  

The heating and cooling of buildings and industry is responsible for half of the EU’s energy consumption, and “much of it is wasted” according to the European Commission.

Health 19-06-2017

Regulating consumers?

Download PDF  

Over the years, sales and marketing restrictions have piled up on food, drinks and alcohol products. Some are now beginning to worry about a “slippery slope” where tobacco-style regulations – and taxation – are being applied to a whole range of consumer products in the name of public health objectives.