Economy & Jobs

04-12-2020

Agreement on EU regional funding: Germany gets less

After a tough struggle, the three-way negotiations on EU structural funding rules have been concluded and white smoke rose from the co-legislators. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Shipping 04-12-2020

Italy’s port tax perks against EU rules, Vestager warns

Italy’s regime of offering corporate tax-exemption to its ports and harbours is a breach of EU competition rules, the European Commission announced on Friday (4 December), giving the government until 1 January 2022 to ditch the tax perks.

‘It’s not gonna work’, Orbán says about Polish veto retreat

Hungary and Poland have committed to supporting each other's position in the budget row, and attaching a declaration to the rule of law regulation does not work for Budapest, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in a weekly radio interview on Friday (4 December), following news that Poland may be softening its position on the veto.
Google has warned that features used across the firm's Maps services are at risk of being dropped in the EU, should the Commission introduce prohibitions against certain types of activity in the platform economy as part of the upcoming Digital Markets Act (DMA).
Digital 04-12-2020

Google’s last-ditch plea to Commission: Our EU services are at risk in Digital Markets Act

Google has warned that features used across the firm's Maps services are at risk of being dropped in the EU should the Commission introduce prohibitions against certain types of activity in the platform economy as part of the upcoming Digital Markets Act (DMA).

Why Europe must reskill workers to reach its climate goals

The large-scale social and economic shifts caused by the clean energy transition should be managed with care, write Magnus Tyreman and Hauke Engel. A broad training effort would enable Europe to create a labour force that will thrive during the pursuit of the net-zero emissions target, they argue.
Politics 04-12-2020

Poland ready to drop EU budget veto for EU summit declaration on rule of law

Poland would be ready to drop its veto to the EU's €1.8 trillion financial package if EU leaders endorse an explanatory declaration on the link between EU funds and the rule of law, Poland's deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Gowin said.
04-12-2020

Spanish parliament approves ‘historical’ state budget for 2021

The Spanish parliament on Thursday (3 December) approved by a large majority the new state budget bill for 2021, which gathered the support of 11 political parties, including Catalan and Basque separatists, EFE reports.
03-12-2020

China edges past US as Europe’s top trade partner

China pushed past the United States in the third quarter to become the European Union's top trade partner, as the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted the US while Chinese activity rebounded.
02-12-2020

Lawmakers strike deal on cohesion rulebook amid looming payment cuts

EU lawmakers reached an eleventh hour deal on Tuesday (1 December) on the legislation laying out the rule book for the structural funds that make up almost a third of the future EU budget, after two years of negotiations.
Digital 02-12-2020

Market investigation tool at risk in Commission’s digital clampdown

The European Commission's 'market investigation tool', expected to feature as part of the upcoming Digital Markets Act, will be scaled-down and its powers limited, after the EU executive's internal review panel raised concerns over its operation, two sources close to the matter have told EURACTIV.
02-12-2020

Surviving the pandemic: Lessons from Germany’s mid-sized enterprises

In Germany's industrial heartland, engineering firms have come up with a recipe for surviving the coronavirus pandemic.
Global Europe 02-12-2020

EU, ASEAN upgrade their relations to ‘strategic partnership’

After six years of talks, the European Union and the ASEAN group of ten Southeast Asian countries upgraded their relations from "dialogue" to "strategic partnership" at a meeting on Tuesday (1 December).
01-12-2020

The Brief, powered by APPLiA – When a bailout fund needs a backstop

Hurriedly set up a decade ago as a special purpose vehicle domiciled in Luxembourg, the European Stability Mechanism looks and sounds like a relic of crises past. After being at the centre of attention for the bailouts of five eurozone...
Ludovic Orban is Prime Minister of Romania
01-12-2020

The EU budget: A question of European solidarity

Europe stands at a crossroads in the fight against COVID-19. As on many occasions in the past, the leaders of the EU must choose a direction of travel. Will we move together to confront the virus while upholding the basic ideals which hold us together? Or will we choose to retreat, to retrench, into national siloes? Ludovic Orban explains what is at stake.
Portugal's State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ana Paula Zacarias.
30-11-2020

Ahead of EU presidency, Portuguese say reaching budget deal is ‘fundamental’

Reaching a solution for the deadlocked EU budget between all EU countries as soon as possible is a 'fundamental issue', the forthcoming Portuguese presidency of the EU has said, warning that failure to do so would further undermine citizens' trust in the bloc.
Global Europe 30-11-2020

EU plans two summits with US next year, aiming to forge new alliance in face of China

The European Union has invited US President-elect Joe Biden for two summits – one virtual, and one in person – in the first half of next year to discuss "strategic" issues ranging from the COVID crisis to climate change, peace and security, an EU source has said.
27-11-2020

Exploring discontent with the EU

EURACTIV takes a closer look a what the geography of EU discontent is, what a regional analysis of the citizens’ dissatisfaction can reveal about the places that are most anti-EU and what the EU can do.
The European Commission in October asked Portugal’s communications regulator, Anacom, to clarify the terms of the auction of fifth-generation mobile telecommunications frequencies.
5G 26-11-2020

Portugal: EU asked telecoms regulator to clarify controversial 5G auction terms

The European Commission in October asked Portugal’s communications regulator, Anacom, to clarify the terms of the auction of fifth-generation mobile telecommunications frequencies.
26-11-2020

Poland, Hungary propose two-track way out of EU budget deadlock

Poland and Hungary reaffirmed on Thursday (26 October) their opposition to tying EU finds with the rule of law in member states and instead offered their own proposal for breaking the deadlock that is holding back the EU's €1.81 trillion seven-year budget and the recovery fund.

EU Commission backs global hydrogen market with euro as its key currency

Europe wants to install the euro as the reference currency for trading hydrogen, but a global market with harmonised standards needs to be put in place first in order to meet demand, the EU's energy commissioner said on Thursday (26 November).
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Energy renovation stands at the intersection of the EU’s green priorities and growth objectives and is the linchpin to the EU’s recovery. How are Member States prioritizing energy renovation in their National Recovery Plans? What expectations from the revision of the EPBD next year?
26-11-2020

New EESC President: ‘Jobs do not fall from the sky’

Christa Schweng has served as the President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) since October. She has a vision, but first Europe must get through the coronavirus crisis, protecting both jobs and people.
26-11-2020

Social Economy – a driver of cohesion

  In the second part of EURACTIV’s series on cohesion policy, the European Union’s project to decrease the disparities between its regions, we look at social economy, its importance to the bloc’s economic and social health as well as its...
26-11-2020

Kazakhstan-EU relations: From establishing the partnership to driving it forward

Kazakhstan’s first President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, is given credit for being instrumental in helping to establish Kazakh-EU relations. He helped lay the foundations for the landmark EU-Kazakhstan Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA), which entered into force on 1 March 2020....
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