Economy & Jobs

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09-04-2020

The interchange fee regulation in an evolving European payments markets: what is the way forward?

The European Commission has started assessing the impact and consequences of the Interchange Fee Regulation (IFR) on the payments market. While we welcome the Commission’s initiative, we have several reasons to believe that an assessment of the impact of IFR at this stage is premature.

Climate change in the time of coronavirus: How we can green the ECB

If, like Cicero wrote, the sinews of war are infinite money, let’s make sure the funds are being used for the right battles, write Brook Riley and Peter Sweatman.
07-04-2020

A basic confinement income for European citizens, now is the time

EU citizens need a guaranteed universal income until normal economic activity returns, argues Pere Aragonès.
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07-04-2020

Saving the serving sector: Europe’s cultural heart needs protecting during lockdown

The extraordinary measures being taken to restrict the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, such as shutting down bars, restaurants and festivals to prevent social gatherings, have been keenly felt by the whole hospitality sector and its suppliers.

How to finance virus response in a sustainable way? Scale up synergies with the Green Deal

EU member states should not have to choose between financing the COVID-19 response, undertaking crucial long-term investments to tackle the climate crisis, and debt sustainability, write Irene Monasterolo and Ulrich Volz.
07-04-2020

Any EU Corona Fund must treat the cause, not just the symptoms

Every evening, thousands of Europeans step out of their confinement for a few minutes to applaud the efforts of every health worker involved in fighting COVID-19. The first time I heard it, it gave me a sense of solidarity, shared...
06-04-2020

Coronabonds for a Europe of solidarity, not charity

Today, the European Union is being hit by a symmetrical shock caused by COVID-19. This renders the instruments developed to address the 2008 financial crisis as unfit for purpose, write Iratxe García and Paul Tang.
Future EU 02-04-2020

The European Parliament’s greatest battle is upcoming

In the face of the ongoing crisis, European Parliament lawmakers must make it clear that negotiations for the EU’s long-term budget are starting at 2% of GDP and will not go below 1.5%, and that the EU budget for 2020 will be at least 2% of the Union's GDP, writes MEP Radan Kanev.
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01-04-2020

COVID-19: Safeguarding work by protecting people, labour market and economy

The coronavirus pandemic poses an unprecedented challenge to societies around the world and is severely impacting the private employment services industry. Members of the World Employment Confederation-Europe are actively mobilised to mitigate the impact of the crisis and call out to safeguard work by protecting people, the labour market and the economy.
30-03-2020

Strengthening EU cohesion with European responses to corona crisis

The number of people infected with the coronavirus is increasing daily across Europe. The top political priority must be to take targeted measures to slow down infections, in order to protect high-risk groups and avoid overburdening health systems, write Anna...
Digital 30-03-2020

Does Europe lack a financial market for photonics?

The photonics industry is an emerging but already consolidating market, with more than 100 acquisitions per year. But does Europe lack a financial market for the technology? EPIC's Carlos Lee explores.
27-03-2020

Happy as a ‘sandbox’: Bulgaria’s tech upsurge

The creation of a "sandbox" - a safe environment where FinTech companies can test their products - is big news for Bulgaria and the entire tech community in Central and Eastern Europe, write Eduard Tsvetanov and Filip Genov.  
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Developing the value of transatlantic defence industry cooperation

On 4 March 2020, Chris Lombardi, Vice President European Business Development at Raytheon, sat down at the German Marshall Fund’s conference in Brussels to discuss Raytheon’s contributions and commitment to ‘Developing the Value of Transatlantic Defence Industry Cooperation.’
Aviation 26-03-2020

How to save airlines the right way

As the virus crisis continues to unfold, more and more airlines are grounding flights - some entirely. But carriers must take their responsibilities to society more seriously if they are to be given any public cash, insists William Todts.
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26-03-2020

Protecting children now and in the future

Children infected by COVID-19 are likely to only have mild symptoms. Nonetheless this crisis is having, and will continue to have, an enormous impact on their lives.  The challenges of staying home are compounded for children living in poor housing, and for those for whom school lunches were the only hot meal a day.
26-03-2020

COVID-19 emergency makes EU budget deal more urgent than ever

The seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak makes hefty cuts to cohesion policy in the EU's next long-term budget all the more unjustified, writes Enrico Rossi, the governor of Italy's Tuscany Region.
25-03-2020

Is Bulgaria getting EU help to fight coronavirus impact?

Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov has made public statements about the EU not providing adequate help in Bulgaria's fight with the coronavirus crisis. Former Deputy Prime Minister Ivailo Kalfin, who is the chairman of EURACTIV Bulgaria's board of directors, looked into these statements.
Coronavirus 25-03-2020

COVID-19 has exposed the fragility of our economies

The human dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic reach far beyond the critical health response, as all aspects of our future will be affected - economic, social and developmental. Our response must be urgent and coordinated on a global scale, and should immediately deliver help to those most in need, writes Guy Ryder.

COVID-19 stimulus should address health, economy and climate together

Governments around the globe are quickly designing some of the biggest economic stimulus plan ever seen in peacetime in response to the COVD-19 pandemic. But while the health crisis has forced all concerned to take swift action, we are still moving too slowly when it comes to  the climate crisis, writes María Mendiluce.
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18-03-2020

Building momentum with the private sector to speed up progress towards gender equality

Women’s economic empowerment is a driver for sustainable economic growth and central to realizing women’s rights, but progress in this area has been far too slow. In the context of the International Women’s Day, it is time for companies to step up and do their share for gender equality. #WEPs | #EnterpriseForEqual | #EqualityMeansBusiness | #IWD2020 | #GenerationEquality
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Agrifood 17-03-2020

What is genetic engineering? A plea for a rational definition of what it is and what it isn’t

The public debate on genetic engineering in agriculture is largely characterised by misinformation, myths and a confused understanding of nature, writes plant breeding and gene editing expert, Professor Hans-Jörg Jacobsen (PhD).
Digital 10-03-2020

SMEs: The unseen victims of patent trolling

As the European Commission turns its attention to giving SMEs a helping hand, here is a true story about how patent trolls broke the back of one successful small European business.
10-03-2020

Revamping the Baltic Sea Region strategy

Is the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region still a role-model in the macro-regional cooperation framework? Marta Czarnecka-Gallas gives some answers.
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Energy 10-03-2020

Funding the Just Transition Fund: additional money is needed

PGE is ready to actively contribute to EU climate ambitions by investing heavily in low-carbon power generation technologies as evidenced by our investment plans. However, we will need adequate support in the process.

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