Michael Ball

Politics 13-12-2019

Tweets of the Week: Climate Actions, Macron Turtleneck and UK Election

Climate activists set out their goals, Macron’s jumper amuses style trolls, and the great British public goes to the polls.
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Health 12-12-2019

The European Medical Cannabis Association – the Brussels-based industry body – calls for harmonised EU regulatory framework to create equal access for patients

The European Medicinal Cannabis Association (EUMCA), the newly formed Brussels-based industry body, represents the interests of ethical companies working in the supply and manufacturer of medicinal cannabis.
Economy & Jobs 11-12-2019

EU businesses’ total tax contribution – towards greater tax transparency

The fight against corporate tax avoidance is central to the European Commission's political aims of ensuring a fairer Single Market and more stable environment for business.
Energy 10-12-2019

50% Renewables by 2030: Creating a flexible power system to ensure EU’s renewable ambition becomes a reality

Today in Europe, renewable sources of energy meet 30% of electricity needs. The binding renewable energy target for the EU by 2030 is to deliver at least 50% of its electricity consumption from renewable sources of electricity.
Health 10-12-2019

Sustainable Football with Salvatore Sirigu and Elena Linari

Salvatore Sirigu and Elena Linari speak about bringing sustainability into football and into their lives.

Frontier Research: Creating Pathways to Sustainability

This conference covered relevant research supported by the European Research Council (ERC) and provided a networking forum for ERC-funded researchers as well as policy-makers.

A Sustainable Future for Europe – The Contribution of Frontier Research

Launched in February 2007 to fund investigator-driven frontier research, the ERC is a key component of the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
Digital 06-12-2019

EU ‘data sovereignty’: opportunities and challenges

In November 2018, the European Commission presented its Digital Strategy, where it set the vision to become a ‘digitally transformed, user-focused and data-driven administration by 2022’.
Politics 06-12-2019

Tweets of the Week: Commission Handover, NATO jokes, Malta Rule of Law

VDL Commission takes up its seat, Trump under fire as NATO leaders meet, and Rule of Law in Malta feeling the heat.
Digital 05-12-2019

The role of ethics in artificial intelligence and data usage

The EU’s digital agenda for the next mandate will be marked by a series of broad-ranging reforms, from artificial intelligence and data protection to digital tax. However, the issue of ethics in the digital field continues to be at the centre of the debate, namely in regulating AI and data usage.
Politics 29-11-2019

Tweets of the Week: VDL Commission, Climate Emergency, and #BlackFriday nonsense

VdL Commission gets the okay, it’s a climate emergency MEPs say, and #BlackFriday nonsense, please go away.

Do NECPs from the 28 Member States meet EU transport decarbonisation targets?

National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) are the blueprint for climate action between 2020 and 2030. Although transport decarbonisation is an essential part of the puzzle, some argue it lags behind in the EU. Transport’s climate footprint in Europe continues...
Economy & Jobs 22-11-2019

Revitalising the Single Market: Challenges and opportunities for EU’s new leadership

The EU leadership plays a key role in furthering human development, sustainable growth and decreasing inequalities in Europe.

Consumer behaviour & climate change: Can heating make a difference?

The planet is heating up fast. Whichever predictions you read, the consequences look serious.
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Global Europe 18-11-2019

Disability & Migration – AMiD final conference

How many migrants arriving in European have a disability? What kind of support do they need?
Transport 07-11-2019

Emission-free mobility: How will Europe reach its targets?

Decarbonising transport is a core theme of the EU 2020 strategy. The long-term objective of the European Union on CO2 emissions is an overall reduction of 80-95% by 2050.
Health 28-10-2019

Protecting workers: What role for agile solutions?

Over the last decades, the world of work has changed dramatically. While the traditional career model is fading, self-employment and ‘gig’ working is becoming more commonplace and mobility across industries and geographies is increasing.
Politics 25-10-2019

Tweets of the Week: Farewell Juncker, Balkan Rejection and Brexit Uncertainty

This week’s edition, sponsored by Savoury Snacks Europe, features a Juncker deluxe, Balkan slip-ups and Brexit in flux.
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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.

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