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Energy 18-10-2019

Decarbonising district energy for our cities

Euroheat & Power has come forward with a commitment to full decarbonisation of Europe’s district heating and cooling networks before 2050 but Managing Director Paul Voss wants everyone to know he’s not proud of it.
Brexit 17-10-2019

Pro Europa Protest Against Brexit

Pro Europa organised an event protesting Brexit in the shadow of the ongoing EU Council Summit of October 17-18.
Digital 17-10-2019

The EU’s Single Market: Digital enough to compete globally?

The European Union, with 500 million consumers, has huge potential in digitalising the economy. The ‘Digital Single Market’ is no longer stand-alone. Rather, digitalisation affects all sectors and companies. It is argued that European digital services lag behind the US and China, especially when it comes to its global presence. However, opportunities exist in B2C and B2B services and beyond.
Economy & Jobs 16-10-2019

EU Research & Innovation: Are we investing smartly?

Innovation is linked to other EU policies, such as competitiveness, environment, industry and energy.
Energy 15-10-2019

Accelerating integrated energy systems for a climate-neutral EU

Achieving the EU climate objectives requires a complete transformation of our energy systems. To get there, we need to take a holistic approach, and to maximise synergies between sectors and systems.
Economy & Jobs 14-10-2019

Ensuring the future competitiveness of EU industry in a fast-changing global economy

Manufacturers are the backbone of the European economy. Yet companies face more and more challenges that put this strong position at risk.
EU Elections 2019 08-10-2019

Over a Coffee with Emily O’Reilly, European Ombudsman

Another five years? European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, has thrown her hat into the ring for another term.
Agrifood 08-10-2019

Digital Farming: Driving productivity and a more sustainable way of farming

Agriculture faces many evolving challenges, some from the past and some yet to come.
Politics 27-09-2019

Tweets of the Week: Boris Johnson, Thomas Cook, and Greta v Trump

Boris Johnson is brought to book, thousands stranded by Thomas Cook, and Greta gives Trump a long hard look!
Global Europe 26-09-2019

China – EU Relations, with Ambassador Zhang Ming

Ambassador Zhang Ming discusses the current affairs of EU-China relations and the future his mission is hoping to forge.
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Digital 25-09-2019

Unleashing digital opportunities in Europe

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, was in Helsinki, Finland, to meet with Finnish Prime Minister Rinne to discuss his priorities for the European Union Presidency, from building sustainable economic growth to achieving a carbon-free future.
Politics 20-09-2019

Tweets of the Week: Boris runs away, Democracy Debate and Commissioner Hearings preparation

This week, Boris pulls a runner, British democracy makes MEPs shudder, and commissioner hearings may be set for a stunner.
Politics 13-09-2019

Tweets of the Week: Phil Hogan on trade, dual-role Vestager, and a European way of life

Phil Hogan on trade could cause post-Brexit strife, dual-role Vestager sharpens Big Tech knife, but what on earth is a European way of Life?
Politics 06-09-2019

Tweets of the Week: Westminster debacle, Italy’s new government, and VDL’s squad

This week, Westminster debacle left us all slack-jawed, Italy’s new government is a little bit odd, and Vdl has her full Commission squad.
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Agrifood 17-07-2019

Share A Snack: Challenge your perceptions about savoury snacks!

The European Snacks Association (ESA) recently organised the 6th edition of its “Share A Snack” event on the crowded Place Luxembourg to raise awareness about savoury snacks products in a convivial atmosphere.

Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS): Time to inject a new sense of urgency?

The European Commission unveiled its 2050 climate strategy on November 28th, saying the transition to “a climate neutral economy” with net-zero emissions by mid-century will be positive for the economy, despite the significant additional investments it will require.
Health 03-07-2019

Work-life balance: Health and well-being in the digital era

The European Commission recognises the importance of work-life balance. It is argued that a positive work-life balance contributes to a more inclusive labour market, reducing the gender employment gap and raising individuals’ quality of life.
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Agrifood 28-06-2019

Agriculture Atlas 2019

Facts and figures on EU farming policy.
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Economy & Jobs 25-06-2019

networX. Inspiring Rural Europe

networX was the largest gathering or rural development stakeholders in the current EU programming period. Over 400 participants from the EU and beyond gathered in Brussels for two days celebrating the results of the past ten years of rural networking...
Politics 21-06-2019

No deal on top jobs or climate neutrality at June summit

The June European Council was all about jobs. Leaders failed to fill the five available positions to lead the EU in the next mandate and to reach an agreement to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, which would lead to the creation of a million jobs, according to a European Commission assessment.
EU Elections 2019 21-06-2019

Rutte: ‘I will never support stabilisation mechanisms at euro level’

In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.com after the European Council, Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, said on Friday (21 June) that he "will never support" new budgetary instruments to stabilise the euro area if an economic shock hits the region.

Powering today’s world with tomorrow in mind

Twelve years. According to the latest IPCC report, that’s how long we have left to make sure global warming doesn’t increase beyond 1.5C. Waiting any longer or allowing temperatures to rise above this limit risks “irreversible impacts.”
Cybersecurity 07-06-2019

AI-enabled facial recognition: More than just ethics?

Facial recognition technology has been advancing rapidly over the past decade and is starting to be common in more devices, more places and real time. The odds are that facial biometrical information is already being analysed regularly. While there are...
CETA 05-06-2019

Over a Coffee with Daniel Costello, Canadian Ambassador to the EU

Daniel Costello, Canadian Ambassador to the EU joins EURACTIV's Brian Maguire to talk over a coffee about the relationship between the the EU and Canada, where it is today and what it could look like in the future.

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