Economy & Jobs

German 30-year green bond attracts record demand

Investors have been scrambling to purchase Germany's new 30-year green bond despite the ongoing sell-off in the bond market that usually depresses demand. Previously, green bonds had only been issued with five or 10-year maturities. EURACTIV Germany reports.
12-05-2021

As Hungary lauds its ‘Eastern Opening’ policy, statistics fail to show benefits

The Hungarian government has been boasting of its trade policy’s Eastern success, but data shows that the country’s economic reliance on the EU has not changed since 2010, and the promised Eastern opportunities have never materialised. EURACTIV’s media partner Telex...
Competition 12-05-2021

Amazon wins court fight against €250 million EU tax order

Amazon won on Wednesday (12 May) its fight against an EU order to pay about €250 million euros in back taxes to Luxembourg, as Europe's second-highest court dealt a blow to the bloc's efforts to make multinational corporations pay more taxes.
Digital & Media 12-05-2021

EU court to decide on Amazon tax appeal

An EU court will rule Wednesday (12 May) on an appeal by online giant Amazon against an order that Luxembourg recoup €250 million in unpaid taxes.
Climate change 12-05-2021

Can the European Green Deal solve Bulgaria’s demographic crisis?

Bulgaria could take advantage of financing available under the EU Green Deal to solve the most pressing challenge the country is currently faced with – the demographic crisis. But is it really that simple? EURACTIV Bulgaria discussed the issue with leading economist Krassen Stanchev.
11-05-2021

EU’s Comittee of Regions calls for local participation in Future of Europe summit

The Conference on the Future of Europe launched Sunday (9 May) in Strasbourg can only succeed if local and regional communities are involved, the European Committee of the Regions has argued. EURACTIV France reports.
10-05-2021

France ready to pick up the baton on EU minimum wage proposal

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday (8 May) that Paris was ready to pick up the baton on the EU’s minimum wage proposal if an agreement cannot be reached during the Portuguese EU presidency, which ends on 1 July.
10-05-2021

EU recovery fund struggles to find its true nature

Amid doubts around the implementation of the €800 billion recovery fund, European Commission and experts stress that the EU instrument is not a US-like emergency stimulus but an investment tool for the medium-term to transform the European economy.
Coronavirus 10-05-2021

Spaniards return to new normal as state of alarm expires

Spaniards have celebrated the dawn of a new normal as the country's pandemic-era state of alarm expired at midnight on Sunday with the government refusing to propose a new legal framework to allow regions to implement new restrictions in case of fresh coronavirus outbreaks. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
08-05-2021

Poland, Hungary block ‘gender equality’ from EU social summit

Lobbying by Poland and Hungary has led to the removal of the phrase “gender equality” from a Friday (7 May) declaration on advancing social cohesion in the European Union as it strives to rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic. Poland’s nationalist...

ILO wants investment in training, social protection

It is necessary to invest in training people, social protection and new forms of green and digital work, considering that Europe has enormous possibilities to do so, the Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, urged on Friday...
Agrifood 07-05-2021

EU agri-food trade plunges in first month after Brexit

The post-Brexit era opens with a slump in the agri-food trade of 11% in January compared to the same month last year, according to the latest data released by the Commission.
07-05-2021

Recovery fund: the engine behind the European transformation

The unprecedented Recovery and Resilience Facility, the main instrument of the EU’s €800 billion recovery fund, represents a unique opportunity to overcome the recession triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic and complete the twin green and digital transitions of the European...
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07-05-2021

CEN and CENELEC: European Standards contribute to the EU’s Industrial Strategy

European Standards are key to make the European ambitions a reality. In this video, Elena Santiago Cid, CEN and CENELEC’s Director General, presents how the European Standardization System helps advance European harmonisation and make European industry more innovative, sustainable and resilient.
07-05-2021

Young Europeans struggling to find housing – report

Europe's youth is facing difficulties in accessing housing, and the COVID crisis has further aggravated the situation, according to the annual report on the state of poor housing in Europe published on Thursday (6 May) by the Abbé Pierre Foundation and the European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless (FEANTSA).
07-05-2021

Cyprus to push for gender equality at Porto summit

Cyprus will prioritise women’s role in the post-COVID era at the EU social summit in Porto, according to a non-paper seen by EURACTIV.com.
07-05-2021

Spain eyes overhaul of tax, labour market and pensions

The Spanish government wants to implement a series of extraordinary measures in the coming months so as to be eligible for EU funding, including changes to tax laws and reforms of the labour market and pension system. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
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07-05-2021

Porto Summit: A New Paradigm for SGI at the heart of the Social Europe

On 7 May, the Social Summit organised by the Portuguese Presidency should be a milestone to reinvigorate the project of a fairer Europe. SGI Europe, EU social partner representing employers of services of general interest (SGI) and of public services, will present its vision and contribution to making Social Europe a reality.
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06-05-2021

SEA EUROPE CEOs Open Letter to the Comission

SEA EUROPE (1) CEOs calling for Commission action against unfair competition from foreign subsidies in shipbuilding. Dear Commission President Von der Leyen,  Dear Executive Vice Presidents Vestager and Dombrovskis,  For decades, the European Commission is fully aware that European shipyards suffer...
Brexit 06-05-2021

UK-France fishing row escalates as protest descends on Jersey

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has sent two Navy patrol vessels to Jersey over concerns that French fishermen could blockade its main port in an escalating post-Brexit row.
06-05-2021

Transition of cities – an opportunity for people and planet

Mayors and city leaders can play a double role in the green transition – as ambassadors for the European green deal locally, and as representatives of people’s concerns and interests to other levels of government, writes Dario Nardella
Competition 05-05-2021

Commission bolsters toolbox against disruptive foreign subsidies  

Companies subsidised by foreign governments will have to win EU authorities' green light to acquire European firms or to bid in public procurements, according to a European Commission proposal published on Wednesday (5 May).
Global Europe 05-05-2021

Ambassador: EU and South Korea born to be best like-minded partners

Climate change is likely to be a key area to strengthen cooperation between the Republic of Korea and the EU in the coming years, the country's ambassador to Brussels, Yoon Soon-gu, told EURACTIV in an interview about multilateralism, climate cooperation and the EU's Indo-Pacific strategy.
Climate change 05-05-2021

Union leader: ‘With more social ambition, climate ambitions will also become higher’

European trade unions welcome ambitious EU climate policies, but warn that they need to be implemented alongside an equally ambitious social transition plan or risk sowing the seeds of a backlash, says Judith Kirton-Darling.