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Electric vehicles 21-01-2021

Slovakia struggles to keep pace with rapidly transforming car sector

In at least one global economic ranking, Slovakia consistently occupies first place - car production per capita. The sector accounts for 13% of Slovakia’s GDP, almost 50% of its industrial production, and 46% of the country’s exports, but this reliance is also fraught with risks, particularly in times of growing digitisation and green ambitions.
The Slovak government has emphasised the need to support the digital sector, where the country is lagging behind, but the first plans of the 'reform menu', presented in October do not specifically address it.
Digital 19-01-2021

Slovak recovery plan for country’s digital sector remains unaddressed

The Slovak government has emphasised the need to support the digital sector, where the country is lagging behind, but the first plans of the "reform menu", presented in October, do not specifically address it.
Climate change 27-11-2020

Green recovery after COVID-19: Last chance for V4 to climate transition?

The recovery of European economies after the coronavirus pandemic may become - thanks to national recovery plans financed by the EU funds - a prelude to catching up with climate goals. Are the Visegrád countries ready to seize the opportunity?
Digital 02-11-2020

Visegrad Four want to distinguish between ‘illegal’ and ‘harmful’ content in Digital Services Act

Visegrad countries are waiting for the new Digital Services Act. According to the V4 countries, the regulation is necessary but Europe must avoid censorship and any other forms of violation of the right to freedom of expression.
28-08-2020

MEP: Montenegro elections may be the most significant since independence referendum

EU candidate Montenegro is holding a crucial parliamentary election on Sunday (30 Aug). Slovak MEP Vladimír Bilčík, who leads the European Parliament's delegation for relations with the country, said it is "essential" that they are conducted safely, peacefully and freely, recalling a coup d'etat attempt that marred the previous ballot in 2016.
Global Europe 07-05-2020

Crisis is the time for a radical and drastic creativity in governance

Europeans have started to realise what it means to have an absence of American leadership on the international stage. The “opportunity” that this crisis brings is the emergence of different kinds of leaders, Harvard Kennedy School’s Cathryn Cluver Ashbrook told EURACTIV Slovakia.
Elections 02-03-2020

Slovak political map redrawn by unorthodox opposition leader’s victory

The conservative movement Ordinary People (OĽaNO) party won Saturday’s (29 February) parliamentary elections in Slovakia and will be the dominant player in a likely government coalition of opposition parties. Its leader Igor Matovič promises zero tolerance for corruption.
Energy 13-01-2020

Austrian Green MEP: Gas is a better transition alternative to coal than nuclear

The new government in Vienna will aim for “an end to nuclear energy” in the EU, Thomas Waitz told EURACTIV Slovakia. The MEP-elect and Green Party negotiator also calls on the EU to acknowledge that Poland will need financial support in the transition away from coal.

EEA chief: ‘We need systemic-type environmental policies’

You can never reach a decarbonised economy by making the combustion engine perform better and become more efficient, says Hans Bruyninck. Breakthrough technologies, not incremental efficiency gains, will bring Europe to its 2050 objectives, he argues.
Air Quality 03-12-2019

Agricultural emissions: Not enough cash for solutions

European policies on tackling agricultural emissions are insufficient, according to auditors. Although solutions do exist, the cost and time factors often mean farmers are not capable of implementing them.
Air Quality 02-12-2019

Cash for clean air: Between unbankable projects and unpopular measures

EU cohesion funding for environmental measures has not been spent as planned and EU member states are reluctant to apply the “no environmental harm” principle. EURACTIV Slovakia reports. “If you think the economy is more important than environment, try holding...
Freedom of thought 29-11-2019

Slovakia still opposes EU accession to Istanbul Convention preventing violence against women

Slovakia will not ratify the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women, the country's parliament decided, adding that any decision at EU level needs to be made unanimously. EURACTIV Slovakia reports.
Air Quality 28-11-2019

Implementing clean air rules the eternal problem, as EU countries told to raise game

Industry, agriculture and transport were asked to decrease air pollution at a high-level EU forum in Slovakia on clean air but the responsible ministers and new Commissioners were absent from the Bratislava event.
Air Quality 27-11-2019

Polluted air: the invisible killer

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The European Environment Agency estimates that 374,000 Europeans die prematurely every year due to air pollution.
Future of mobility 05-11-2019

Transport committee chair: Kerosene is a European ‘tax haven’

The European Parliament's transport committee head, Karima Delli (Greens), spoke about the need to completely overhaul the transport industry to combat climate change, the next transport Commissioner and France's pick for EU internal market chief, in an interview with EURACTIV Slovakia.
Economy & Jobs 17-10-2019

Smart taxation should consider national and consumption realities

States need to be prepared and equipped to tax what cannot be seen, but also to increase the fairness and effectiveness of the collection of tax revenues, a panel of experts has agreed. The Focus Group ‘Smart taxation in a...
Economy & Jobs 16-10-2019

Tax policy expert: Closing the tax gap can drive political change

Harmonisation of tax rates across the EU should be conducted cautiously, leaving member states the flexibility of setting rates in order not to jeopardise a healthy competition at the national level, says Grzegorz Poniatowski from the Polish think-tank Centre for Economic and Social Research.
Economy & Jobs 14-10-2019

Tatra Summit: EU competitiveness in midst of global ‘crossfire’

Europe’s competitiveness in a world characterised by disruptions has been in the spotlight of the GLOBSEC Tatra Summit. The Green New Deal, sustainable finance and leveraging the EU budget were identified as the keys to help Europe resist the global...
EU-China 19-09-2019

Chinese ambassador asks EU for evidence that Huawei is a ‘security threat‘

The European Union needs to show “concrete evidence” that the Chinese tech giant Huawei is a security threat, China’s Ambassador to Slovakia Lin Lin told EURACTIV Slovakia in an interview.
Future EU 12-07-2019

French Minister: ‘There is a long way to go’ on eurozone budget

France wants to make access to European funds conditional on the European minimum wage and respect for the rule of law, the state secretary for Europe, Amélie de Montchalin, told EURACTIV Slovakia in an interview.

There is no real ‘European foreign policy’, says former EU diplomat

The EU does not have a real 'European foreign policy' because every country works on its own and member states do not want to give full responsibility to the EU's High Representative, a former senior French and EU diplomat told EURACTIV Slovakia in an interview.
Politics 31-05-2019

Professor: Marine Le Pen has more red lines than Salvini

Marine Le Pen will be very cautious in doing business with parties who clearly are anti-Semitic and “she probably had even more red lines than [Italy's Matteo] Salvini on this”, Dr Christian Lequesne told EURACTIV Slovakia in an interview.
Politics 22-05-2019

#EU2019 – Slovakia: Far-right and new parties expected to boost voter turnout

Unlike in the past, surveys in Slovakia suggest that the turnout at the EU election will this time rise to over 20%. However, it’s alarming that some of the increase should be attributed to the mobilisation of extreme right voters.
EU Elections 2019 04-04-2019

Eickhout: Next step for Europe is a ‘Green New Deal’ for industry

Europe must adopt an ambitious industrial policy aligned with its climate agenda by investing in clean technologies, and introducing a carbon tariff at the EU’s external border in order to protect industries against environmental dumping, says Bas Eickhout, the lead candidate for the Greens in the European elections.
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