Economy & Jobs

13-12-2018

Of funds and values: Conditionality in EU cohesion policy

As the EU's multi-annual budget is being negotiated, the amounts and efficiency of spending matter but also priorities and European values when disbursing programmes. Smarter conditionality is needed, triggering less political backlash, and, where needed, direct payment to beneficiaries, argue Benedek Jávor and Laszlo Andor.
12-12-2018

Reclaiming EU research and innovation as a public good

EU-funded research and innovation has enormous potential to deliver a sustainable and equitable future, yet we have fundamentally distorted its purpose, prioritising innovation for commercialisation over innovation for society’s needs.
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12-12-2018

EU public says enough is enough on tobacco control

Recent polling evidence shows that public appetite for yet more measures to clamp down on smoking has been exhausted, says Guillaume Périgois.

Green transition: ECB and budgetary authorities should face their responsibilities

Reforming the rules for coordinating budgetary and economic policies in the eurozone is a necessity to conciliate economic, social and climate objectives, write Olivier Bodin and Michael Vincent.
07-12-2018

More holistic approach needed for alternative methods in advancing safety assessment

At the Annual Conference of the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing, I was invited to host a panel on pooling resources to promote the use of alternative methods for advancing safety assessment, writes Julie Girling. As we approach the end of 2018, it is important to take stock of developments in this critical field.
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Transatlantic defence industrial cooperation matters more than ever

2019 marks the 70th birthday of NATO, the most successful defensive alliance in history. But new threats are appearing and collaboration among allies remains essential, writes Chris Lombardi.
Digital 03-12-2018

EU finance ministers need to deliver: Digital companies must pay tax

When European finance ministers meet on Tuesday (4 December), they should swiftly adopt the digital service tax, say Udo Bullmann and Paul Tang.
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28-11-2018

Cross-border mobility in EU: Paris-Ile-de-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry comments on the proposal for a Directive

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) Paris Ile de France welcomes the Commission's desire to create an harmonized framework for cross-border conversions, mergers and divisions, but has reservations about the approach favored by the Commission.
28-11-2018

The European Social Pillar is creating a new political dynamic, but is this enough?

On the anniversary of the establishment of the European Social Pillar, Maria João Rodrigues takes stock of the development of the related directives and the further steps that are still needed.
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28-11-2018

Cigarette Smuggling Between France And Algeria No Longer Going Unnoticed

France has been the worst hit by illegal tobacco among the countries of the EU, and Algeria is one of its main suppliers. EURACTIV recently discussed the situation with the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). It stated that France can seek...
27-11-2018

EU regions affected by Brexit should not be left behind

While studies and reports about the consequences of Brexit on EU27 regions are multiplying, it is increasingly clear that the EU needs to create mechanisms to support territories negatively affected by the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the Union, write Marc Joulaud and Lambert Van Nistelrooij.
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27-11-2018

Five ways to make Europe the best place to work

The World Employment Confederation Europe believes that social innovation is the right approach for designing a new European employment strategy and for reinventing ways of working, learning and ensuring social protection to fit the new world of work, writes Bettina Schaller.
Climate change 27-11-2018

The EU’s trade challenge

The international trading system is facing a crisis – but protectionism isn’t the biggest test EU leaders must deal with, writes Perrine Fournier.
20-11-2018

Trading away the EU principles in the name of national export interests?

MEPs need to follow the lead of the European Ombudsman and force the European Commission to shine the light on the opaque role of national Export Credit Agencies, writes Antonio Tricarico.
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20-11-2018

Future of Europe: What are the views of children and young people?

Children and young people are key stakeholders in Europe’s future. Not only because their future will be determined by today’s decisions, but also because involving them in decision-making puts into practice the democratic values which underpin the European project, writes Jana Hainsworth.
Energy 20-11-2018

Delivering on clean energy research and innovation

Assembling together countries, industry and research institutes, the Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan has been bringing together public and private investments to make the clean energy vision a reality on the ground. Launched in 2007, the SET Plan now stands at an important junction, writes Miguel Arias Cañete.
20-11-2018

Digital skills are essential to youth employment

Organising a videoconference, storing documents in the cloud, finding reliable information on the Internet or protecting your data... Digital skills have become essential in the labour market, especially for young people.

Why Europe should back a robust whistleblowers directive

Those who report corruption, criminal acts and breaches of public trust must be protected, writes Martin Jefflén, who calls for lowering the barriers when it comes to reporting wrongdoing in the corporate sphere.
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16-11-2018

The EU-Japan trade deal – a no-brainer!

The new EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement will give an economic boost and help European firms access markets that are technology-rich and can pay for innovation. It is an agreement that can help overcome pessimism about trade and global cooperation, and show that countries can work constructively together, writes Fredrik Erixon.
08-11-2018

Cohesion Policy and European Semester: Could they have more in common than we think?

Study shows that citizens’ concerns are directly linked to domestic policies, which are consistently the target of EU economic coordination priorities. That is why Cohesion Policy could help the European project, by making it relevant to citizens, writes Katie Cavell.
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05-11-2018

Building a stronger Europe – the case for listed real estate

Listed real estate plays a key role in all aspects of our everyday lives and should be strongly represented in EU policymaking. From spearheading transparency to creating jobs across Europe, the unique contributions of listed real estate is more vital than ever to the EU economy, writes Tobias Steinmann.
26-10-2018

Member states must not let Commission stand against Italy alone

The rejection of Italy’s draft budget by the European Commission on Tuesday is unprecedented in the history of the Stability and Growth Pact. Member states cannot sit idly by but must take a more active role in the political conflict over fiscal sovereignty.
19-10-2018

Putting the EU-South Korea partnership to work

The EU-South Korea summit taking place today (18 October) symbolises the EU's close and multifaceted partnership with South Korea. Yet, Brussels and Seoul should take some practical steps to strengthen their relationship, argue Ramon Pacheco Pardo, Linde Desmaele and Maximilian Ernst.
19-10-2018

Story-telling is key for Europe

While Cohesion Policy remains a cornerstone of EU's action to boost growth and reduce inequalities in the continent, the policy lacks visibility, writes MEP Lambert van Nistelrooij.