Beatriz Rios

Cities & regions 09-07-2020

Cities at the forefront: cooperation as an opportunity for towns to internationalise

Cities across the world have chosen to go beyond fulfilling their citizens’ needs and contribute to development by engaging in international cooperation. EURACTIV has looked into local and regional leaders’ motivation to do so. 
Economy & Jobs 08-07-2020

EU to face difficulties without a deal on recovery plan, Budget Commissioner warns

If EU leaders fail to reach an agreement on a pandemic recovery package next week, “we will enter into difficulties,” the EU Commissioner for Budget, Johannes Hahn, warned during an event in Brussels on Tuesday (7 July).
Economy & Jobs 03-07-2020

Regional leader: Without cohesion, Europe cannot stand

As the EU faces the deepest recession in its history, the bloc's long-contested Cohesion Policy – its regional development instrument – has now become central to the recovery plan. EURACTIV spoke about it with the President of the European Committee of the Regions, Apostolos Tzitzikostas.
Economy & Jobs 02-07-2020

Von der Leyen calls mini-summit to push for a deal on recovery plan

European Commission president Ursula Von der Leyen called on Thursday (2 July) a mini-summit for next week with her counterparts at the Council, Parliament and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to work towards a deal on the EU recovery package.
Economy & Jobs 01-07-2020

From Brussels to Malaga: traveling in times of pandemic

As the summer kicks in and EU countries have been easing travel restriction, I decided to experience what it is like to travel during a pandemic by flying from Brussels to Malaga (Spain).
Economy & Jobs 24-06-2020

Commission pledges almost half of recovery fund for 2021

The European Commission presented on Wednesday (24 June) its €166.7 billion budget draft for 2021 to be topped up with around €344 billion which accounts for almost half of the EU recovery fund.
Economy & Jobs 18-06-2020

No consent to ‘historic’ recovery plan without new revenues, MEPs warn

The European Parliament will only give its consent to a new EU long-term budget if the basket of own resources is increased to pay for the recovery fund, the main political groups warned in a letter addressed to EU leaders ahead of Friday's (19 June) summit. 
Economy & Jobs 17-06-2020

Commissioner Schmit: The future of Europe is not low wages, insecure jobs

The EU is facing the worst recession in history as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. To ensure that the crisis does not turn into a social emergency, the bloc must address issues like job security, minimum wages, or youth opportunities, the Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, told EURACTIV in an interview. 
Economy & Jobs 15-06-2020

Commissioner Ferreira: ‘A crisis of this dimension cannot be addressed with a 1% GNI budget’

The COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in the worst recession in the history of the EU, which the European Commission aims to tackle with an unprecedented stimulus package. The Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira, explained the ambitious plan in an exclusive interview.
Non-discrimination 11-06-2020

Beyond the US: Police brutality, structural racism are a problem in Europe too

Thousands of people have taken to Europe's streets not only to protest the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor in the US but to denounce police brutality and structural racism, which is an issue on this side of the Atlantic as well.
Cities & regions 09-06-2020

Decentralised cooperation: boosting citizens participation from Barcelona to Marrakesh

The Government of the province of Barcelona (Spain) and six municipalities in Marrakesh (Morocco) have been working together to strengthen participatory democracy and upholding women’s rights in the region through decentralised cooperation for three years. 
Economy & Jobs 05-06-2020

Changes in education as a result of COVID-19 crisis are here to stay, experts say

As lockdown measures are relaxed and schools reopen across Europe, EURACTIV has interviewed experts on whether the pandemic could have a long-lasting impact on education systems in Europe, and they said changes are here to stay.
Economy & Jobs 04-06-2020

Commission continues with EU minimum wage push, using coronavirus momentum

The European Commission insists that minimum wages ensuring workers across the EU earn a decent living are crucial to the coronavirus recovery and on Wednesday (3 June) launched a new round of consultations with social partners.
Economy & Jobs 02-06-2020

Worker participation in management can be stabilising factor, expert argues

Worker participation in the management can be a stabilisation factor in times of crisis, according to a recent study conducted by the Institute for Codetermination and Corporate Governance. EURACTIV has interviewed the co-author and political adviser on the matter, Sebastian Campagna. 
Economy & Jobs 28-05-2020

Cohesion becomes central to EU recovery package

Through the new REACT-EU emergency instrument, cohesion policy will be one of the key elements in the European Commission's proposal for a recovery package, which takes into account that the impact of the COVID-19 crisis has been uneven across the EU. 
Economy & Jobs 22-05-2020

Helping disengaged young people in times of pandemic

A European-wide project was supporting young disengaged when the COVID-19 outbreak started. EURACTIV has spoken to the organizers about how they adapted to challenging circumstances. 
Economy & Jobs 20-05-2020

Commission warns against the risk of the COVID19 becoming a social crisis

The economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic has hit the European economy hard, but not equally across all countries and sectors, and the fragmentation could lead to a social crisis, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights Nicolas Schmit warned on Wednesday (20 May). 

LGBTI discrimination still going strong in Europe, warns EU rights body

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersexual people's organisations have denounced a lack of progress in the recognition of sexual minorities rights in the EU ahead of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on Sunday (17 May). 
Economy & Jobs 14-05-2020

EU Parliament to ask for ‘massive’ €2 trillion corona recovery package

The European Parliament will demand a €2 trillion recovery package to counter the economic fallout of the COVID-19 crisis in a resolution to be voted on Thursday (14 May) by the  assembly's five biggest political groups. 
Economy & Jobs 14-05-2020

Von der Leyen unveils details of EU’s upcoming COVID-19 recovery plan

European Commission president Ursula Von der Leyen shed some light on her upcoming COVID-19 recovery plan in the European Parliament on Wednesday (13 May) but did not unveil the size of the updated EU budget that will underpin the plan. 
Cities & regions 11-05-2020

Urpilainen: COVID-19 crisis ‘proves the need for an international rule-based order’

The COVID-19 crisis "proves the need for an international rules-based order,” the EU's Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen said in an interview with EURACTIV.
Economy & Jobs 08-05-2020

ECJ reiterates that rulings are binding, as German court fallout continues

The European Court of Justice is the only legal body able to determine if an EU institution violated bloc law, the Luxembourg-based tribunal said on Friday (8 May), as the fallout from the German Constitutional Court's European Central Bank ruling continued. 
Global Europe 07-05-2020

Borrell: COVID-19 outbreak ‘has ended up blowing up’ the global order

The coronavirus pandemic has effectively destroyed the global governance model and the EU should play a key role in rebuilding the international order, the bloc's High Representative Vice-President Josep Borrell told reporters on Thursday (7 May). 
Economy & Jobs 07-05-2020

EU finance ministers to pass on ECB ruling

The Eurogroup will discuss on Friday (8 May) the German Constitutional Court's controversial ruling on the European Central Bank's critical bond-buying programme but will not take a position, according to EU sources. 
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