Economy & Jobs

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20-07-2021

Private Equity is private & Public Markets are public… and never the twain shall meet?

For some time a misplaced false dichotomy has been going around as part of the narrative of the ecosystem in capital markets. According to this, private equity fund managers should be in opposition to the well-functioning of the public markets....
Transport 19-07-2021

The rise of electric vehicles could deliver green jobs – but we need a plan

As electromobility grows, it’s triggering enormous change to the automotive sector, writes Judith Kirton-Darling. Handled right, this transition could bring Europe an unrivalled opportunity for competitive advantage and provide a future for the 14 million workers in Europe who depend directly or indirectly on the automotive industry, she argues.
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16-07-2021

We are struggling to get out of bed, but we still demand a seat at the table

While the coronavirus pandemic has left a scar on an entire generation of young people’s mental health; a youth-led political simulation game has exposed the failure of governments to support its young people. Rebecca Gaff is a Project Assistant at...
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15-07-2021

Beyond the Mirage: Classifying ‘work platforms’ is as important for decent work as classifying workers

The time for talking is over. Following years of roundtables, research papers, and policy advice, legislators are stepping up to the plate to regulate platform work.  Jochem de Boer is Public Affairs Manager at World Employment Confederation-Europe. So far, it...
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13-07-2021

Clearing Up Emissions from Buildings: A Life Story

“Carbon emissions” and decarbonisation are now such common phrases that we sometimes forget to think about what they mean. Put simply, too much carbon in the atmosphere is a threat to our health, our environment and our economy and the cause of rising temperatures.
Economic governance 02-07-2021

Revamping fiscal rules requires a new understanding on debt sustainability

It is necessary to reform the European Union’s flawed macroeconomic architecture as the post-pandemic world demands a new fiscal rulebook to boost our economies, argues Margarida Marques.

How to make a success of the EU carbon border adjustment

The EU has clearly fallen short in communicating its upcoming carbon border levy abroad, including on how it intends to use the revenues raised by it. Fortunately, it still has time to fix these shortcomings, write Anne Gläser and Oldag Caspar.
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30-06-2021

Sectoral Social Dialogue is essential for driving the economic recovery in Europe

The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply impacted and transformed labour markets and the way we work. Remote working has become the norm for many people. Workers need new skills,  training and guidance to adapt to new realities and sustain their employability....
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28-06-2021

Buildings fit for Europe

Europe was right to suggest a fitness regime when it dubbed new proposals to tackle climate change “Fit for 55.” Like any plan to improve health and resilience, for the climate as for the human body, there are no easy shortcuts to guarantee lasting success: the whole system must be engaged in a long-term fitness-programme.
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25-06-2021

How private equity creates jobs and a brighter future

Private equity is an essential part of the solid foundation on which the European economy is built and its society flourishes. It is an engine for growth, and that growth is an engine for job creation. From food and clothing...
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Cities & regions 23-06-2021

Raising awareness on what citizens can do and policy makers should do

“We must be able to count on ambitious political commitment that takes into account local communities’ needs,” writes José Hila Vargas, Mayor of Palma, Balearic Island (Spain). He signs the forward of a publication on Global Citizenship Education just released...
21-06-2021

A fairer playing field for businesses and consumers

The EU's new VAT regime will create rules fit for the digital age and benefit businesses and consumers, writes Gerassimos Thomas.
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18-06-2021

Just Transition demands a European legal framework on anticipation and management of change

The Fit for 55% package should be accompanied by a legal framework on anticipation of change that leaves no one behind. This would be a stepping stone towards a more sustainable economy, turning Just Transition from rhetoric to reality.
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Politics 17-06-2021

Has Covid-19 left a ‘pandemic scar’ on young people?

The end is in sight. Restrictions are lifting and slowly but surely, we’re starting to feel ‘normal’ again. Across Europe and beyond, offices are starting to reopen, empty classrooms have welcomed back students, and spending time with family and friends...
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16-06-2021

Thinking about investing in Portugal? Think again.

In 2017, a coalition of institutional investors, including Pimco and Blackrock, boycotted an issuance of Portuguese bonds to protest the risks associated with actively investing in Portuguese public or private debt “as the Banco de Portugal still has not addressed...
Agrifood 15-06-2021

No CAP reform without trade reform

Negotiations to attempt to align the next phase of the Common Agricultural Policy to the EU Green Deal drag on. Yet the goal of a truly sustainable European agricultural policy will only be achieved alongside a courageous trade policy, argues Thilo Bode.
14-06-2021

A historic day for children growing up in poverty in the EU

Today marks a historic day for the rights of the millions of children growing up in poverty in the EU, as the EU launches an unprecedented revolutionary framework to tackle child poverty and social exclusion, write Anita Bay Bundergaard and Jana Hainsworth.
07-06-2021

The Brief – Wifi by the sea

Sitting on the beach with an overpriced cocktail in the Montenegrin resort town of Budva while furiously typing away stories on EU affairs would sound like a dream if it was not preceded by a desperate tour-de-ville looking for a stable wireless connection.
07-06-2021

Lack of coal phase-out commitments in Eastern Europe jeopardises just transition

Unambitious coal phase-out policies in central and eastern Europe threaten the just transition in the region and the European Commission should only accept plans that use the just transition fund to develop and diversify local economies for a greener future, writes Alexandru Mustață.
03-06-2021

The Brief, powered by UNESDA – Europe’s debt disciple raises the alarm

“Borrowing in times of crisis to stabilise the economy makes sense, as long as the question of repayment is not forgotten.” So says Bundestag president and former German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble, a welcome, if unlikely, convert to Keynesian economics.

EU must sharpen its focus on innovation to address climate change

The upcoming ‘Fit for 55’ package of EU regulations will have a vital role to play to support the creation and deployment of clean energy innovation, writes Peter Sweatman.
03-06-2021

Does Switzerland try to friendzone the EU?

The Swiss Federal Council decided to withdraw from the framework agreement with the European Union. It is now imperative to clarify that both sides pursue a completely different kind of relationship, writes Stefan Legge.
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02-06-2021

Looking for sustainable products: the case for their sustainable use

As the European Commission puts forward the Sustainable Products Initiative, VinylPlus® shows that the European PVC industry is continuously improving the sustainability performance and sustainable use of PVC products – starting with the building and construction sector.
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01-06-2021

Private equity industry ready to finance recovery

Europe’s private equity industry stands ready to finance the recovery and contribute toward climate neutrality and digital leadership. Eric de Montgolfier is the CEO of Invest Europe.  How has your industry been coping with this health and economic crisis? With...