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Technology 09-05-2022

The European Media Freedom Act must be strengthened

The European Commission must take an ambitious approach to the upcoming European Media Freedom Act and consult civil society leaders and industry experts, five journalism organisations write in an open letter.
Shipping 08-04-2022

Europe can be a global leader in shipping decarbonisation

The European Commission put forward a series of proposals to rein in shipping emissions as part of the "Fit for 55" legislative package. However, these proposals must be urgently strengthened if Europe is to achieve zero-emission shipping, write leaders from the Getting to Zero Coalition.
Energy 15-03-2022

The EU must regulate embodied carbon to deliver climate-proof buildings

The EU is neglecting emissions from building materials and construction, but the negotiations on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive can fill this gap, writes a group of leading Danish professional associations and NGOs.
Energy 14-03-2022

The EU can stop the import of Russian gas

The European Commission's plan to reduce the EU's energy dependence on Russia is an important step in the right direction but it's not ambitious enough and should also consider an import ban, writes Kirsten Dunlop.
Economy & Jobs 11-03-2022

Europe must do whatever it takes to save Ukraine

A group of ten European economists have signed a joint call urging EU leaders to impose further sanctions against Russia and restrain Moscow's actions in Ukraine without resorting to military means.
Energy 10-03-2022

Russia’s war in Ukraine: Why doubling down on the Green Deal is the best strategy

As EU leaders meet in Versaille, energy is set to be a key topic. But leaders must ensure that the decisions they make to break away from Russian energy push the EU in the direction of sustainability, argue European sustainability think tanks.
Energy 07-03-2022

The road to European energy independence could start this week

The EU’s 5th list of Projects of Common Interest (PCI), which will be voted on this week in the European Parliament, must be reviewed to include a “Russian check” making sure that energy projects that receive priority EU status increase our independence from Russian gas, write a group of MEPs.
EU-Africa 16-02-2022

Open letter: EU must support a just rural transformation in Africa’s Sahel

Growing instability across Africa’s Sahel threatens the livelihoods of millions, promotes migration across the region and to Europe, and puts at risk the very survival of some states, argue H.E. Mahamadou Issoufou, Chrysoula Zacharopoulou and Catherine Chabaud. H.E. Mahamadou Issoufou...
Technology 03-02-2022

Cloud: the French Presidency of the EU should put European players under the spotlight

Europe’s technological and industrial cloud assets are an indispensable corollary of digital sovereignty.
Economy & Jobs 02-02-2022

An accelerator for a new model of capitalism

The proposed revision of EU rules on non-financial reporting is a further step in the evolution of our business model and investment practices, write a group of leading European business bosses.

Executive pay must be linked to sustainability objectives

Part of the variable remuneration of executive directors must be linked to the achievement of sustainability objectives, a group of CEOs writes in an exclusive op-ed for EURACTIV.
Economy & Jobs 24-01-2022

An EU trade policy for true change on the ground

If we want EU trade policy to become truly sustainable before the end of this legislature, the Commission and the Council need to step up their game, a group of MEPs write, presenting their New Year’s resolution to contribute to global fairness.
China 21-01-2022

The EU and its member states must impose a diplomatic boycott on the Beijing Olympics

The EU and its member states must adopt statements in advance of the Beijing Olympics and boycott the games at the political level, a group of MEPs and national MPs write in a letter sent to EURACTIV.
Energy 16-09-2021

How the European Central Bank can unleash the building renovation wave

Trillions is needed for the deep building renovations required to meet Europe's climate targets.  To make this happen, EU institutions need to use the network of banks across Europe and incentivise loans for home renovation, argue finance campaigners.

Beyond the strategy review: the ECB must act on climate

The European Central Bank (ECB)'s new monetary policy is a positive step, but it needs more ambition to tackle its climate problem, warns a group of European lawmakers, environmental activists and economists.

Make the Fit for 55 package fit for cities

Europe's new and revised climate legislation needs to enable cities to reach climate neutrality by mid-century, including by encouraging more building renovation and driving the transition to clean energy, European mayors write.
Energy 01-06-2021

Energy Charter Treaty: time is up!

After four unsuccessful negotiation rounds, and with a fifth round starting this week that does not bring any silver linings in terms of outcome, the time has come for the EU and its member states to leave the Energy Charter Treaty, argue a group of MEPs.
Climate change 21-05-2021

Time for Paris-compatible coal phase-out plans in Central and Eastern Europe

Central and Eastern European countries need to set national coal phase-out dates by 2030 at the latest in order to fall in line with the climate goals of the Paris Agreement, environmental campaigners write.
Non-discrimination 11-05-2021

Women’s rights: Sign and ratify the Istanbul Convention

The Istanbul Convention is a milestone in the fight against gender-based violence. We are determined to ensure full implementation and enforcement in our countries, write high-level signatories from seventeen European countries. Signatories are ministers from 16 European countries.** Today we...
Economy & Jobs 08-02-2021

Cancel the public debt held by the ECB and ‘take back control’ of our destiny

It is time for the European Central Bank to cancel a large of the public debt it holds, say more than a hundred economists from across Europe including Aurore Lalucq, Nicolas Dufrêne, Jézabel Couppey-Soubeyran, and Laurence Scialom.
Coronavirus 21-12-2020

‘If European governments do not act now, expect further waves of infection’

More than 300 scientists mostly from EU countries published on Saturday (19 December) in the prestigious general medical journal The Lancet a proposal for a joint European strategy for the COVID-19 pandemic. EURACTIV re-publishes the full text.

Time to step up: 5 years on from Paris

It is high time that European and national leaders formally commit to stronger EU 2030 decarbonisation objectives and start working for a climate neutral Europe by 2050, together with our cities and regions, write the heads of four city networks.
Brexit 15-10-2020

The UK, the EU and fisheries: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

Just as Europeans aren’t asking for the sacrifice of British businesses in order to maintain access to the EU single market, we cannot accept the sacrifice of our fishermen, write Pierre Karleskind, Nathalie Loiseau and 57 other MEPs.
Climate change 06-10-2020

Central and Eastern European leaders must back the Green Transition

Leaders should take advantage of the recovery fund to bring the climate goals of their citizens to fruition and use experience from the past to shape a green future, writes NGO members across Central and Eastern Europe countries.