Timothy Spence

Agrifood 16-06-2016

CAP: Still a work in progress

In June 2013, politicians approved the first major reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in a decade, following months of haggling over quotas, subsidies and measures to improve environmental accountability.

10 years after Katrina, Austria faces its own storm over bungled refugee response

Immigrant-bashing politicians are making enormous capital out of Austria's refugee crisis. The Hurricane Katrina tragedy offers voters important lessons that can help prevent the scapegoating of migrants, writes Timothy Spence.
Good Food March demanding real CAP reform, Brussels 2012
Agrifood 20-07-2015

Reformers call for new thinking on ways to finance the CAP

Under pressure from farm ministers and food producers, the European Commission is working to simplify agricultural rules that took effect this year. But some analysts say what the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) really needs is a radical change in the way it is financed.
Agrifood 20-07-2015

Simon Coveney: CAP simplification will ease the burden on farmers

Simon Coveney, Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, was a lead negotiator of the 2014-2020 Common Agricultural Policy during his country’s EU presidency in the first half of 2013.
Transport 19-06-2015

Trouble on Europe’s flanks lifts interest in drones and military aircraft

SPECIAL REPORT / A possible Greek exit from the eurozone, on-going tension with Russia, and a refugee crisis that is causing widening conflicts within the European Union. Added together they could become today’s Waterloo. Yet for the aviation industry participating in the biennial Paris Air Show this week, there is opportunity in these difficulties.
Transport 18-06-2015

Clean Sky: Aviation researchers test radical ideas in a conservative industry

SPECIAL REPORT / European researchers foresee a time when people could travel across the globe in the equivalent’s of today’s hybrid cars – an airplane that uses fossil fuel when a burst of energy is needed, then switches to stored electricity while cruising to a landing.
Transport 17-06-2015

Engine executive: Using technology to trim aircraft emissions

SPECIAL REPORT / Building aircraft propulsion systems involves a balancing act between reducing fuel use and addressing noise and air pollution, a leading engine executive tells EURACTIV at the Paris Air Show.
Transport 17-06-2015

Vraneš: Cutting aviation emissions starts on the ground

SPECIAL REPORT / While airlines are under the gun to cut their greenhouse gas emissions, a new EU-financed study by researchers from Germany, Ireland, Italy and Serbia suggests that airports waste significant amounts of energy. By taking relatively inexpensive steps, airports could save money, cut energy consumption - and reduce emissions.
Transport 17-06-2015

Aviation industry looks for more than hot air on emissions talks

SPECIAL REPORT / With steady growth projected for decades to come, the aviation industry is banking on a global regulatory framework for curtailing carbon output to avoid a mishmash of regional policies like Europe’s emissions trading scheme.
Transport 16-06-2015

While airlines pay for pollution, airports fly in a different class

SPECIAL REPORT / Today’s passenger aircraft are becoming ever more efficient, driven by regulations like the EU’s emissions trading scheme and airlines looking to squeeze profit out of every drop of fuel saved.

REACH: Aviation hopes to streamline approval for ‘mission critical’ chemicals

SPECIAL REPORT / When the European Commission began working on landmark legislation to regulate potentially dangerous chemicals, it barely appeared on the aviation industry’s radar screen.
Development Policy 27-02-2015

Lack of social safety net hampers fight against killer diseases

SPECIAL REPORT: Billions of people in developing nations lack the health and social protections that most Europeans take for granted, a gap that experts say harms efforts to reduce poverty and prevent crises like the killer Ebola epidemic in West Africa.