Packaging recycling

The European Commission has set an objective for all packaging placed on the EU market to be "reusable or recyclable in an economically viable way by 2030”. In this special report, EURACTIV looks at the implications for so-called "flexible packaging" such as crisp packets, which are considered hard to recycle.
Politics 18-01-2022

European communities and their view on the future of Europe

The Conference for the Future of Europe is a chance to address the most prominent issues in Europe's regions and translate them into proposals for the future of the bloc, regional stakeholders say.
Digital & Media 10-01-2022

How participation and digitalisation can help implement EU democracy

The ongoing sanitary crisis has highlighted the urgency of improving EU democracy through the implementation of new tools to boost participation. Digitalisation can give a decisive contribution. In this special report, EURACTIV will look at the empowerment of citizens through...

What to expect in EU policymaking in 2022

After yet another year of continuing COVID worries across Europe, EU policymaking is expected to stay the course and wrap up a number of major legislative initiatives in 2022 that should set the stage for the continent's green and digital transition.
Agrifood 23-12-2021

Accelerating climate smart agriculture in Africa

Between climate change, food insecurity, poverty, and environmental degradation, agriculture in Africa faces many challenges. To rise to these, African farmers are increasingly looking to implement climate-smart agricultural practices. Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) is an integrated approach to managing landscape, including...
Transport 16-12-2021

Green laws and the EU’s road transport sector

In July, the European Commission unveiled a package of green laws aimed at cutting the EU’s carbon emissions by 55% by 2030. In this special report, EURACTIV looks at the impact the so-called "Fit for 55" package will have on the road transport sector.

Building decarbonisation

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Reducing emissions from the built environment has become a top priority in the fight against climate change, as buildings currently gobble up 40% of Europe’s energy consumption – most of it fossil fuels.
Politics 09-12-2021

The importance of teaching Europe’s past

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It matters how Europe teaches its past, and the importance of history teaching has been thrown into sharp focus by the emergence during the Covid pandemic of conspiracy theories and scapegoating of communities that echo the darker periods of Europe’s...
Energy 09-12-2021

Energy efficiency

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With the European Green Deal, the EU is increasing its climate ambition and aims to lower energy use by 9% below 2020 levels before the end of the decade. In this special report, EURACTIV looks at European Commission plans to ramp up energy savings.
Global Europe 08-12-2021

Post-pandemic recovery, a chance for renewed multilateralism?

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Post-pandemic recovery has emerged as an opportunity for global governance, putting people and respect for human rights at the centre of the process.
Agrifood 08-12-2021

Putting words into action: Bridging the gender gap in the agrifood sector

Women are being increasingly recognised for their role as sustainability leaders in the field of agriculture. But despite a concerted push to encourage women to enter the field, the number of women in the agrifood world still remains low. In...
Digital & Media 30-11-2021

DSA: Re-establishing trust in the internet society

The Digital Services Act (DSA) is a horizontal legislative proposal to regulate the digital ecosystem at large. By safeguarding the rights of internet users, this new legislative framework will play a key role in rebuilding trust in the internet society....
Economy & Jobs 29-11-2021

A just transition for workers

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The transition towards a fossil-free economy will require regions, companies, and workers to adapt to new realities. Many risk losing out from these changes, and workers are especially vulnerable. A policy dialogue and a policy study organised by the Friedrich...

The future of affordable housing

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The affordability of housing in Europe was already a matter of concern before the coronavirus pandemic hit in 2020 and has now reached crisis proportions, campaigners say.
Health 29-11-2021

Alzheimer’s disease in the EU during and after pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe impact on health services across the EU and one public health condition that was sidelined, among others, was Alzheimer’s disease. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has spotted serious malfunctioning in dementia diagnosis and...
Transport 26-11-2021

Clearing chemical and conventional munitions from the sea

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Tonnes of dangerous chemical and conventional munitions were dumped into Europe’s seas following the end of the world wars, which today pose a serious risk to marine life and seafarers. Lawmakers are pushing the EU to take urgent action to clean up seabeds and ensure Europe's waters are safe from hazards.
Global Europe 24-11-2021

EU-Uzbekistan relations on the move

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Uzbekistan held presidential elections on Sunday (24 October) amid little doubt that incumbent Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who has opened the Central Asian country to the world in recent years, will be re-elected for another five-year term.
Agrifood 22-11-2021

What’s on the ‘horizon’ for agriculture?

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With a budget of €95.5 billion for 2021-2027, Horizon Europe is the largest multiannual budget for an EU research programme, with a 30% increase compared to the previous budget framework, excluding the participation of UK beneficiaries.
Non-discrimination 22-11-2021

(Anti)-discrimination in Europe: Where next?

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As the European Commission is looking to come up with new laws next year to boost the prominence and independence of the bloc's equality bodies and strengthen victims’ rights as part of EU treaties, it is time to take stock of the long-standing issues of racism and discrimination in Europe.

Energy poverty

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Around 31 million Europeans were living in energy poverty in 2019, a figure that is set to rise this year because of the coronavirus crisis and soaring energy prices, affecting the most vulnerable in society.
Health 18-11-2021

An animal-free path towards EU’s sustainable chemical ambitions

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Presented in October 2020, the EU chemicals strategy for sustainability is intended as a first step towards a zero pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment as a key part of the European Green Deal. While its unveiling was widely welcomed...

Participatory budgeting: hype or democratic panacea?

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European cities are increasingly giving their inhabitants a voice on local matters by asking urbanites how to spend municipal budgets and engaging them on innovative platforms. Local leaders believe engaging citizens can strengthen democracy and speed up Europe’s green transition,...
Agrifood 09-11-2021

Carbon farming: Europe’s new trend?

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Carbon farming’s overall objective is to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. In practice, by using various agricultural methods ranging from crop rotation, cover crops, and reduced tillage to precision nitrogen application, farmers aim to contribute to tackling climate...

Green and digital: Europe’s twin transitions

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The European Commission is placing its hopes on digital innovation as one of the driving forces behind the EU’s shift to a zero-carbon economy. In this special report, EURACTIV looks at the opportunities and challenges related to the EU’s “twin...