Coronavirus

Transport 29-05-2020

Renault targets €2bn in savings, will cut 15,000 jobs

Carmaker Renault said Friday (29 May) that it would cut nearly 15,000 jobs, including 4,600 at its core French operations, as it seeks to steer out of a cash crunch exacerbated by the coronavirus crisis.
Competition 29-05-2020

Vestager defends EU approach to Lufthansa mega bailout, as carrier agrees terms

EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager said on Friday (29 May) that the European Commission was not creating unnecessary obstacles to Lufthansa's €9 billion bailout, shortly before the carrier agreed to accept the Commission's set of conditions.
29-05-2020

Italians least satisfied with EU’s coronavirus response

According to a survey carried out for the European Parliament, Italians are the least satisfied EU citizens when it comes to the EU's response to the coronavirus crisis. EURACTIV Italy reports.
Economy & Jobs 29-05-2020

Will the EU have a new ‘single market tax’ for multinationals?

The European Commission is working on a proposal for a new tax on multinationals operating on the single market to finance the recently proposed recovery fund, but the Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, told EURACTIV he recommends being "very cautious" rather than too imaginative in picking new levies.
Aviation 29-05-2020

EU urged not to mess with UN aviation rules

Leading MEPs have asked the European Commission and Council not to seek changes to the UN's global aviation scheme, which is aimed at making the industry carbon neutral. Airlines have requested more leeway to ride out the coronavirus outbreak slump.
29-05-2020

Denmark reopens borders for locked-out lovers

More than two months after closing its borders, Denmark has loosened restrictions to let couples separated by coronavirus lockdowns finally see each other again -- even if the easing applies just to partners from a few nearby countries for now.
Health 28-05-2020

Bulgaria pins hopes on BCG vaccine against coronavirus

In the worldwide battle against COVID-19, scientists are investigating whether a century-old tuberculosis vaccine might offer some additional protection against the novel coronavirus.
Economy & Jobs 28-05-2020

‘A quantum leap’: German MEPs welcome EU debt for recovery plan

Until recently, the German government resisted taking on joint EU debt. Now, Germans are heaping praise on the recovery plan presented today by the EU Commission. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 28-05-2020

How EU member states reacted to the Commission’s Recovery Fund proposal

Most EU member states have reacted positively to the European Commission’s €750 billion  Recovery Fund proposal, which aims to help the bloc cope with the devastating economic implications of the pandemic.
Future EU 28-05-2020

All eyes on Germany’s ‘crisis’ presidency, expected to lead EU recovery

The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has forced Germany to radically revise the priorities for its EU Council Presidency in the second half of the year. One thing is clear: the biggest EU country takes the helm in the midst of an unprecedented crisis, at a crucial time for the bloc's recovery efforts. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Aviation 28-05-2020

Lufthansa board baulks at EU bailout terms

The board of German airline Lufthansa refused to accept the conditions of a €9 billion aid package on Wednesday (27 May), citing the European Commission's reported requirement that the carrier give up some airport slots at two of its major hubs.
28-05-2020

Spain holds minute’s silence for COVID-19 victims, begins 10-day mourning period

Spain held a minute’s silence yesterday (27 May) to pay tribute to the more than 27,000 people who have died from COVID-19 in the country as it begins a 10-day mourning period. EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.
Transport 27-05-2020

Ships, planes could help EU pay for virus recovery

The European Commission’s €750 billion recovery fund could be covered financially by new sources of revenue, which include extending the EU’s carbon market to the aviation and shipping sectors, the bloc’s executive confirmed on Wednesday (27 May).
Economy & Jobs 27-05-2020

Von der Leyen proposes €750 billion stimulus under member states’ grip

European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, proposed on Wednesday (27 May) an unprecedented stimulus of €750 billion, mostly through non-refundable grants, with governments having a crucial role in deciding how the money will be spent.
Economy & Jobs 27-05-2020

Commission puts forward massive €750bn stimulus against corona-crisis

The European Commission will propose later on Wednesday (27 May) an unprecedented fiscal stimulus of €750 billion, mostly made up of grants that do not need to be reimbursed, to overcome the deepest recession in EU history.
Politics 27-05-2020

COVID-19 lockdown: The EU leaders who didn’t lead by example

In the UK and in many countries in Central and Eastern Europe leaders have shown lack of respect for the lockdown measures – the EURACTIV network looked into how some prime ministers and presidents have conducted themselves through the pandemic so far.
27-05-2020

Illegal football match sparks anxiety in French virus hotspot

An illegal football match played in France's eastern city of Strasbourg sparked fears on Tuesday the game could lead to a resurgence of the coronavirus virus in one of the worst-affected areas in the country.
27-05-2020

MSD official: COVID-19 shows the way toward a new community care perspective

A lesson to be learned from the COVID-19 pandemic is that Europe should switch to a community-based healthcare model with the enhanced use of new technologies, a senior official of the Italian subsidiary of MSD, a multinational pharmaceutical company, told EURACTIV in an interview.
27-05-2020

German states claim sole responsibility for coronavirus regulation, sidelining federal government

At the weekend, the leader of Thuringia announced plans to end coronavirus restrictions in the eastern German state and replace them with local measures. Saxony voiced its support for the idea, while other states quickly condemned the move, possibly heralding the end the country's relatively harmonious federal coronavirus cooperation. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Electric vehicles 27-05-2020

Macron demands carmakers turn to ‘Made in France’ for €8bn virus aid

French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled on Tuesday (26 May) an €8 billion aid package for the auto industry, which includes increased subsidies for electric car purchases and encourages manufacturers to relocate their factories back to France.
Transport 26-05-2020

The Brief – Old dogs, old tricks

Innovation could yet fall victim to the deadly touch of the coronavirus, if governments decide to bet the entire house on a pandemic recovery aimed squarely at established technologies and practices. New ideas cannot be left to die.
Economy & Jobs 26-05-2020

EU and Japan commit to avoiding ‘unnecessary barriers’ in times of COVID-19

Leaders of the EU and Japan agreed on Tuesday (26 May) to avoid “unnecessary travel and export restrictions” to counter the COVID-19 pandemic, and to work together to defend multilateralism.

Coronavirus: Swedes risk being excluded from travelling abroad

With summer approaching, many countries are preparing plans to reopen borders despite the lingering coronavirus pandemic. Sweden, however, could become a pariah because of the COVID-19's ongoing spread. EURACTIV Italia reports.
Agrifood 26-05-2020

COVID-19 crisis could ‘kick off digital revolution in agriculture’

Digital farming is set to boom in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis, given its capacity to help the EU farming sector improve its sustainability and recover from the outbreak's impact. But there are also considerable concerns raised about the pace of this change and whether farmers are adequately prepared for it.
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