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Energy 11-06-2019

The energy storage era is upon us

European citizens increasingly demand energy that is greener and available when needed. European gas storage operators are preparing to become a driving force of that transition by storing excess renewable energy, writes Lubor Veleba.
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Global Europe 06-06-2019

Civil society organisations at the Sabir Festival put up a fight against nationalistic agendas in the EU

A few days ahead of the surge of Salvini’s party, Sabir and its organisers represent the flipside of Italian social movements, who want bridges where nationalists want walls, writes Francesca Chiavacci.
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Agrifood 04-06-2019

World class manufacturing demands standards, consistency and transparency

It is a pivotal time for nutrition companies across the world as more and more people take aim at making healthy living a priority. How can nutritional products manufacturers achieve product quality, consistency and transparency?
22-05-2019

Don’t let politics derail Greece’s economic recovery

With the Greek national elections on the horizon and the European parliamentary elections imminent, political controversy is driving inaccurate pronouncements on the state of the economy in Greece, writes Dimitris Papadimitriou.
22-05-2019

Five clauses for a new European Social Contract

A group of Socialist employment ministers set out five requirements for a new European Social Contract, ranging from equal pay and social dialogue to reducing inequality.

How can EU members make good on new single-use plastics law?

The European Parliament and the Council gave their official green light to the Single-use Plastics Directive on Tuesday morning (21 May). Larissa Copello de Souza explains how the implementation period is a golden opportunity to raise the bar even further.
Competition 15-05-2019

Champions grow through competition

Instead of letting governments picking ‘champions’, the EU should strengthen the single market, invest more in innovation and “assertively” pursue fair and equal trade policies, argue Dutch ministers Eric Wiebes, Sigrid Kaag and Mona Keijzer.
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Circular economy 14-05-2019

UNESDA priorities and aspirations for 2019-2024

UNESDA’s Aspirations for the 2019-24 legislative period address the three core areas of Sustainability, Responsibility and Competitiveness. They build on the priorities of the entire food and drink industry and articulate a single market purposed around: Growing sustainably, Serving consumers, and Feeding Europe’s economy.
14-05-2019

The success of populism, and why it’s all about the middle class

Addressing the shrinking of the middle class is crucial to fight the rise of nationalism, protectionism and populism in the next European elections, Margherita Movarelli argues.
09-05-2019

Europe’s future lies in the hands of its regions and cities

As heads of state and government of the EU member states meet in Sibiu on Europe Day, Karl-Heinz Lambertz urges them to work towards a more cohesive, sustainable and democratic Europe.
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5G 09-05-2019

Vote for 5G: securing the legacy of Robert Schuman

As in 1950, Europe today is again facing the choice of being bold and forward-looking on its future, writes Abraham Liu, Huawei’s Chief Representative to the EU institutions.
09-05-2019

Europe is better together: Franco-German Treaty shows the way

On 22 January 2019, in Aachen, Germany and France renewed their vows for enhanced cooperation among the two countries. This signature came 56 years after the first treaty that had been signed in Elysée, writes Ilona Raugze.
Future EU 03-05-2019

If Europe doesn’t care for the people, the people won’t care for Europe

The next EU budget is a golden chance to put our continent on the right path for the long term, write socialist EU affairs ministers.

Bringing industry emissions down to net-zero is possible. Here’s how.

The EU needs an industrial strategy that helps basic material industries achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, and innovation needs to be a large part of it, write Tomas Wyns and Gauri Khandekar.
24-04-2019

Big business is ready to provide the leadership Europe needs

Big business has not done enough to address citizens’ concerns – which is why populism and protectionism are increasing risks. European companies are now ready to offer leadership on investment in skills, climate change, diversity and inclusion, writes Carl-Henric Svanberg.
24-04-2019

Embracing the European way is crucial for the future of China’s Belt and Road

The building blocks for mutually-beneficial cooperation between the EU and China are there. Time now to translate those principles into practice, writes Maroš Šefčovič who will be the EU representative at this week’s second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing.

What EU innovation policy can learn from professional cycling

Mission-oriented innovation is potentially significant in tackling big societal challenges such as climate change. When establishing those missions, the EU could take a few lessons from Britain’s most successful cycling team, writes Simon Skillings.
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11-04-2019

Europe’s future of work requires new safety nets

How, where and when we work is changing rapidly. There are now many diverse forms of work. In addition to the challenges that this new world of work brings to our existing systems of labour legislation, lifelong learning, taxation and collective bargaining, its impact on our social protection systems is of particular concern, writes Michael Freytag.
Batteries 09-04-2019

Battery manufacturers of Europe unite!

As electric vehicles begin to soar in popularity, one of the key members of the European Commission's in-house think-tank, Sami Andoura, asks: does Europe want to take the lead on electro-mobility or not?
5G 05-04-2019

European cooperation will mark 5G era

The EU might have been in the dark about 5G security for too long, but this will now change with the European Commission taking the lead, Green MEP Reinhard Bütikofer writes.
02-04-2019

Stopping the demise of Europe’s aluminium industry

The European Commission needs to tackle the abusive market practices of aluminium producing countries like China that rely on state aid and environmental dumping to erode the market share of European companies, writes Mario Conserva.
28-03-2019

Letter-box companies and coordination of social security systems

Ahead of a vote in the Council on Friday (29 March), which risks derailing the updating of the Regulations on Coordination of Social Security systems, Marek Benio provides some timely insight and advice.
27-03-2019

Gearing up for fair globalisation and accountable business

Every day goods produced by European companies abroad enter the internal market, tainted by serious human rights violations. Things will not change unless Europe moves to change them, argue Heidi Hautala and Jude Kirton-Darling.
Competition 25-03-2019

Europe needs to think in the long-term

The European Commission's opposition to the Alstom/Siemens merger belongs not in the 21C, but in last century's old economic mantras. The Commission doesn't seem to have fully taken the measure of how much our world has changed, writes Bernard Spitz.

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