Michael Ball

Climate change 19-10-2018

Climate change and natural hazards: What advantages for building resilience?

Climate change is increasing the risk of extreme weather events, including droughts, flooding, hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires. In 2017, costs were estimated to be $306 billion, which is almost double 2016’s loss of $188 billion.

Innovation in oncology – Can science make cancer a manageable disease?

In Europe, more than 3 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year. But recent advances in cancer treatment have offered new hope to those battling the disease.
Politics 12-10-2018

Tweets of the Week: Bono, Timmermans, and Juncker dancing

This week, Bono comes to Brussels to preach, Frans Timmermans thinks the Commission job’s in reach, and Jean Claude’s dance moves make the British Press screech.
Transport 11-10-2018

Green Mobility Forum 2018: Reducing CO2 emissions from trucks: can we do it?

Transport accounts for nearly a quarter of the EU’s emissions and, unlike other sectors, greenhouse gases continue to rise. Trucks only make up a small part of vehicles on the roads in Europe: less than 5% of total traffic.
Africa 28-09-2018

EU-Africa relations: Time for a reset?

Africa and Europe are interconnected by close geographical, business and historical ties. After years during which it received less attention, Africa now tops the European Union political agenda.
Brexit 28-09-2018

Tweets of the Week: Corbyn in town, MEP expenses, and Brexit lemons

This week, Jeremy Corbyn comes to town, MEP expenses ruling raises a frown, and MP lemon tweet is totally shot down.

Europe’s electricity market: Ensuring supply security in the transition to renewables

The on-going transformation of the EU power industry is leading policymakers to re-evaluate the current design of electricity markets. Electricity generated from renewable sources has become one of the most important sources of electricity, paving the way for a transition towards a low-carbon energy system. 
Economy & Jobs 27-09-2018

The EU in your region: Where does cohesion money go?

Cohesion Policy represents one-third of the current EU’s budget and is the main investment policy of the Union. As the negotiations on the next Multiannual Financial Framework are about to kick off, we had a look at how funds are distributed across different regions in Europe and what kind of projects are funded with them.
Politics 17-09-2018

Running the rule over Article 7

It is the strongest punitive measure the EU has against its member states: Article 7. Since disciplinary measures were triggered against Poland for the first time in late 2017, the punitive Article 7 procedure has gained in notoriety.
Digital 11-09-2018

The copyright bill: Explained in under 2 minutes

The European Parliament will vote on its controversial Copyright bill on Wednesday, September 12. The directive aims to ensure that producers of creative content are remunerated fairly online.
Energy 06-09-2018

The evolution and functioning of Europe’s natural gas market as a result of the Third Gas Directive

The liberalisation of European gas markets is widely recognised as a success by industry analysts. But EU politicians are sometimes reluctant to celebrate it because liberalisation on its own has failed to deliver on another key objective – supply diversification.

The role of capacity markets in the electricity market transition

The European Commission presented two proposals on Electricity Market Design as part of its Clean Energy Package of November 2016. Discussions on the package have tended to focus on the level of ambition, in particular Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency targets.

Economy & Jobs 31-07-2018

A journey through EU Cohesion Policy

Cohesion Policy supports the development of regions that are lagging behind and helps in fostering innovation and enterprise in more advanced areas of the European Union.
Politics 27-07-2018

Tweets of the Week: Alexandre Benalla, Juncker in Washington and Chocolate Bar Justice

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Tweets of the Week. This week, Macron’s presidency in question, Juncker looks in Trump's direction, and an iconic chocolate shape misses out on EU copyright protection.
Agrifood 13-07-2018

Greening European agriculture: Can the new CAP be really green?

Environmental pressure and climate change are some of the main challenges facing agriculture today. The 2013 Common Agricultural Policy reform addressed these problems with “greening” measures, in an attempt to make the direct payments system more environment-friendly.
Energy 21-06-2018

The Future of Cooling: Implications for Energy and the Environment

The demand for space cooling in buildings is expected to grow exponentially in the coming decades.
Development Policy 11-06-2018

‘Water, women and waste’ are our development priorities, says Coca-Cola SVP

In an interview at the European Development Days in Brussels, Perez underlined Coca-Cola's hopes to work with the EU on its flagship External Investment Plan that seeks to build partnerships between local communities, governments, and the private sector.

Is the Commission credible about preventing plastic pollution?

June 8th was World Oceans Day and the European Commission was quick to point out their contribution to preventing plastic pollution ending up in the ocean.
Politics 08-06-2018

Tweets of the Week: U.S Trade Tariffs, European Development Days and Penka the Cow

This week, real trade war now, European development days take a bow, and Europe unites to save Penka the cow.
Elections 07-06-2018

European Youth Event 2018

The European Youth Event is a unique opportunity for young Europeans to make their voices heard. EURACTIV went to Strasbourg to learn more about their hopes for the upcoming European Parliament elections, as well as their visions for the future of the EU.
Future EU 06-06-2018

Straight Outta Strasbourg: MEPs rap battle for the youth vote

The 2018 European Youth Event was home to one of the most unusual European Parliament happenings of the year - an MEP rap battle.

Solar trade barriers: Who are they benefiting?

In December 2013, the European Union imposed trade defence measures on solar panels and cells from China, which are set to expire in September 2018.

Heating and cooling: Towards a fossil-free reality?

Today, several renewable technologies are available to decarbonise heating and cooling (H&C). They are mature and ready to deliver but the market uptake of renewable energies in the H&C sector remains difficult.
Freedom of thought 23-05-2018

Freedom of expression in Europe: Who draws the line?

Hate speech laws are spreading in Europe as EU governments and international organisations try to find measures to defuse conflicts.