Economy & Jobs

16-09-2021

EU sweetens its Blue Card for foreign professionals

The EU's Blue Card giving eligible foreign professionals the right to live and work in the bloc is being made more attractive under modifications approved Wednesday (15 September) by the European Parliament.
16-09-2021

France steps up dual education as EU announces Erasmus for the unemployed

A French scheme pushing for more apprentice mobility within the European Union may serve as a roadmap for ALMA, a EU's new programme to help young people who are neither in employment nor in education.
Energy 16-09-2021

France to boost energy vouchers as consumer bills rise

French government is considering extending the benefit of energy vouchers to more households to ease the cost of rising energy bills, the government's spokesman Gabriel Attal said on Wednesday (15 September).
15-09-2021

Germany’s stance on workers’ representation set for major change

As the German elections near, the EU is simultaneously gearing up for the fight over the revision of the dated Works Council Directive. Germany has always been a pioneer of worker’s co-determination, where will its next government stand?
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15-09-2021

EU Taxonomy: The case of listed real estate

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Renovations have a much greater climate mitigation potential than new constructions. Discover why we must look at a building’s whole life cycle and embodied carbon if we want to align the built environment with the EU’s climate objectives.
Economic governance 14-09-2021

The Brief, powered by EPRA — The politics of the pact

The EU’s fiscal rule book was an early victim of the COVID pandemic, correctly, pushed aside by the need to keep businesses afloat as lockdowns derailed economies. But it has not been forgotten.
10-09-2021

EU budget battle looms, as economy lifts out of crisis

European governments have spent hand over fist, despite ballooning public debt, to prevent the coronavirus pandemic from triggering economic calamity.
07-09-2021

Gas excluded from green bond financing under recovery fund

Green bonds will not finance gas projects included in national recovery plans, according to the new framework put forward by the European Commission on Tuesday (7 September).
06-09-2021

EU ministers clear Irish and Czech recovery plans 

EU finance ministers approved on Monday (6 September) the recovery plans submitted by Ireland and Czech Republic, meaning that the proposals sent by 18 member states since April to access the coronavirus fund have now been validated.
Climate change 06-09-2021

EU considers debt relief for countries hit by floods, wildfires

The emergency costs related to this summer’s floods and wildfires could be classified as “a one-off” expenditure and therefore excluded from the calculation of EU countries’ public deficits this year, the European Commission has said.
Global Europe 06-09-2021

European banks active in tax havens despite scandals

European banks have not reduced their presence in tax havens, despite several scandals that have revealed the dubious practices multinationals use to avoid taxes, according to a study published on Monday (6 September).
06-09-2021

High inflation looms over ECB meeting

Rising eurozone inflation provides the backdrop for the meeting of European Central Bank governors Thursday (9 September), with markets hoping for hints when policymakers might start easing their massive pandemic-era stimulus.
03-09-2021

Poland accuses EU of ‘blackmail’ over recovery funds

Poland's justice minister on Thursday (2 September) accused the European Commission of "blackmail" for suggesting the member state's pandemic recovery funds were contingent on its acceptance of the primacy of EU law over its national system.

Commission says it is holding up recovery money for Poland

Poland's challenge to the primacy of European Union law over national law is holding up the release of €57 billion in EU recovery funds to Warsaw, European Economic Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said on Wednesday (1 September).
Agrifood 01-09-2021

UK government banks on domestic workforce as struggling food sector calls for new visas

The UK food sector has called for a new COVID-19 recovery visa to address workforce shortages, but the government has been non-committal, stressing instead it aims not to rely on labour from abroad.
30-08-2021

Putting sustainability at the heart of the EU’s trade agenda

The question of how to put sustainability at the heart of the EU's trade policy, and retain public public support for it, has become a vital issue for EU policymakers.
Brexit 27-08-2021

As shakes and chicken go off the menu, firms urge UK to act

Britain's leading employers are pushing the government to urgently increase funding to retrain workers and allow Europeans back into key sectors as supply chains buckle under the weight of COVID-19 and Brexit.
27-08-2021

EU Parliament enters the fray in workers’ push for co-determination

The European Parliament is seeking to put a stop to a perceived decline in workers’ participation in corporate decision-making – an issue that affects 190 million employees across Europe – and bring the European Commission to heel.
24-08-2021

Euro zone business boom roared on in August, figures show

Business activity in the euro zone grew strongly this month, only dipping from July's two-decade high monthly pace, as a rapid COVID-19 vaccination drive allowed more firms to reopen and customers to venture out, a survey showed.
Climate change 24-08-2021

Carbon taxes could hurt Russia more than sanctions, says oil tsar

Igor Sechin, chief of oil giant Rosneft, has told the Kremlin that carbon border taxes like the European Union's could inflict far greater damage to Russia's economy than sanctions, the Kommersant newspaper reported on Monday (23 August).
18-08-2021

Trade policy must be sustainable or lose public support, says Parliament’s trade chief

EU lawmakers must put sustainability at the heart of the bloc's trade policy or risk losing public support for it, says Bernd Lange. And that means having civil society at its heart, adds the German lawmaker who chairs the European Parliament’s International Trade committee.
Economic governance 17-08-2021

The new crusade for fiscal prudence

The frugal alliance stands to gain very little if their campaign for premature fiscal consolidation following the pandemic succeeds, but they risk exposing the entire EU to serious political and economic consequences, writes Anna Peychev.
16-08-2021

Nine Super League rebels rejoin European Club Association

Nine of the 12 founder members of the short-lived European Super League rejoined the European Club Association (ECA) on Monday (16 August), but Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus remain outside as they continue to back the breakaway plan which collapsed in April.
03-08-2021

Portugal, Luxembourg, Belgium get first tranches of EU recovery funds

Portugal, Luxembourg and Belgium on Tuesday received their first tranches of money from the 800 billion euro ($950.8 billion) EU recovery fund aimed at helping them rebound from the pandemic and make their economies greener and more digitalised.