Silvia Ellena

Economy & Jobs 01-07-2022

Digital education key to develop responsible citizenship, experts say

Teaching students how to use digital tools and behave online is crucial to making them active, responsible citizens, according to experts who warned of the risks of the digital divide.
Economy & Jobs 30-06-2022

EU auditors warn of risks linked to Commission’s expenditure on external consultants

The European Commission lacks comprehensive guidelines on the use of external consultants, according to EU auditors, who have warned of risks over conflict of interest and overdependence on a small number of consultancy firms.
Economy & Jobs 30-06-2022

Empathy, solidarity should guide Ukrainian refugees’ education, experts say

While teachers welcome Ukrainian refugee students into schools across the bloc, many are faced with the challenge of language barriers. Academics have called for empathy and solidarity to guide their integration into EU society. 
Economy & Jobs 29-06-2022

Citizenship education needs ‘democratic schools’, stakeholders say

While a common curriculum could help harmonise citizenship education across the bloc,  transforming young people into active citizens requires “democratically structured schools”, stakeholders said, warning not to put the responsibility solely on teachers. “We have common values, and we share...
Economy & Jobs 28-06-2022

Education Commissioner: teaching citizenship values a ‘common political responsibility’

Education around citizenship values across the EU is a “common political responsibility,” Commissioner for Education and Culture Mariya Gabriel told EURACTIV in an interview, adding that teachers can act as “real role models” for European students.
Economy & Jobs 27-06-2022

Citizens, MEPs call for harmonised citizenship education across the bloc

While the debate on EU treaty changes continues, citizens and MEPs call for "shared competences" on education between the EU and member states and more harmonisation of citizenship teaching at the EU level.
Economy & Jobs 17-06-2022

Ukraine reconstruction key to avoid brain-drain, academics warn

Universities across the EU are supporting Ukrainian students through mobility partnerships. Meanwhile, academics warn that reconstruction efforts will be key to avoid the risk of brain-drain and rebuild a country able to attract talents.
Economy & Jobs 16-06-2022

The ‘Great Reallocation’ of European talent

Welcome to EURACTIV’s weekly Economy Brief. You can subscribe to the newsletter here. More than two years after the pandemic struck and long since the last lockdown forced people to turn their work life upside down, a great number of...
Economy & Jobs 06-06-2022

EU urged to quickly adopt plan boosting gender equality on boards, as talks continue

EU lawmakers are working to strengthen the Commission’s proposal to ensure that women fill 40% of non-executive board seats of listed companies, while campaigners call for a swift adoption of the text before the end of the French presidency of the EU Council.
Cities & regions 03-06-2022

European local and regional authorities call for bigger role in CoFoE follow-up

While the follow-up to the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) remains uncertain, local and regional authorities are calling on the EU to grant them a bigger role in the implementation of the citizens’ recommendations.
Economy & Jobs 02-06-2022

Poland to receive €35.4 billion if it proves that the judiciary is reformed

The European Commission approved the €35.4 billion recovery plan for Poland, but the funds will only be disbursed if Warsaw upholds reforms to the judiciary, the Commission’s President Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday (2 June).
Economy & Jobs 01-06-2022

Commission unblocks Poland’s recovery plan, ending dispute over the country’s judiciary

The European Commission on Wednesday (1 June) approved the €35.4 billion recovery plan for Poland after a long delay due to Warsaw's opposition to roll back judicial reforms. 
Economy & Jobs 25-05-2022

More voices join call for EU grants instead of loans for Ukraine

Experts are calling on the EU to give Ukraine short-term budgetary aid in the form of grants instead of loans, citing concern over the impact of massive debt on the country's economy.
Europe's East 24-05-2022

Ukraine war crimes ‘another Nuremberg moment’, US says

Prosecutors will be ready with indictments in hand to hold Russians accountable for war crimes in Ukraine, US ambassador for global criminal justice Beth Van Schaack told EURACTIV, adding that prosecuting Vladimir Putin personally would be possible, though difficult.
Non-discrimination 12-05-2022

UK, Romania lose ground on LGBTI rights despite overall progress in Europe

LGBTI rights are slowly improving across Europe, but “big gaps” persist with a number of countries slipping down the ladder, according to a new ranking published by ILGA-Europe on Thursday (12 May).
Global Europe 10-05-2022

EU urges ‘not to give up on Syria’ amid Russia’s war on Ukraine

The Syrian humanitarian crisis remains among the EU’s top priorities, the bloc's chief diplomat, Josep Borrell, said at the sixth pledging conference for the war-torn Middle-Eastern country in Brussels on Tuesday (10 May).
Global Europe 09-05-2022

Palestine refugee agency could ‘implode’, UN warns

The collapse of the international agency responsible for Palestinian refugees due to chronic underfunding by UN countries could lead to unpredictable consequences in an already unstable region, experts and officials warn.
Global Europe 05-05-2022

MEPs condemn rape as war weapon, call for refugees’ access to abortion

EU lawmakers condemned the use of rape as a war tactic in Ukraine and called on the EU to ensure women refugees can access contraception pills and abortion across the bloc, in a resolution adopted on Thursday (5 May).
Europe's East 26-04-2022

Commission plans to upgrade EU judicial agency to protect evidence of war crimes

The European Commission has proposed reinforcing the mandate of Eurojust, the EU judicial agency, to facilitate the collection and protection of evidence of war crimes in Ukraine. 
Economy & Jobs 22-04-2022

Ukraine’s reconstruction will require sums ‘beyond imagination’, says EIB head

With the EU’s plan for Ukraine’s recovery in the making, the president of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Werner Hoyer warned that the country’s reconstruction will require huge investments from both public budgets and private capital.
Europe's East 20-04-2022

MEPs, Ukraine representatives call for oil embargo and broader sanctions

EU sanctions have failed to deter Russia, MEPs of the foreign affairs committee said on Wednesday (20 April). They asked the EU and member states to impose an immediate oil embargo on Russia and give financial assistance to Ukraine.
Non-discrimination 14-04-2022

Faced with discrimination, Ukrainian Roma refugees are going home

After facing discrimination and being denied humanitarian aid in Hungary, many Roma refugees fleeing Ukraine head back to their war-torn country to reunite with their families, despite the risks, activists say.
Non-discrimination 08-04-2022

Far-right MEPs: EU should focus on Ukrainian refugees, not Romani

Far-right lawmakers in the European Parliament urged the EU to focus on Ukrainian refugees instead of discussing discrimination against Romani people during a debate ahead of International Romani Day (8 April).

Should European citizens dictate the bloc’s budget?

MEPs and experts propose to scale up a city-level tool allowing citizens to decide how to spend a part of the municipal resources and let Europeans shape the EU budget expenditure.