Economy & Jobs

19-10-2021

EU-China trade in troubled waters

Trade between the EU and China encounters political issues as global tensions rise and climate change mitigation measures are destined to influence patterns of production and exchange. At the same time, economic developments in both China and Europe seem highly...
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.
16-07-2021

Young Europeans take federal Union into their own hands

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As the Conference on the Future of Europe gains momentum, young Europeans immersed themselves in simulation of federal European structures. The project "Y-FED: Europe is what you make of it" implemented a new bloc constitution written by European youth in 2017, a dry run of a possible new Union, with federal institutions.
23-06-2021

Cohesive recovery: where do structural funds fit in?

Cohesion, the EU’s €330 billion investment package, making up about a third of the bloc’s new seven-year budget, will focus on bringing about a smarter, greener and more connected Europe, closer to its citizens by 2027.  That’s a tall order...
01-06-2021

A just transition? The barriers to central and eastern Europe making the leap from coal

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As the EU Green Week kicks off in Brussels, EURACTIV takes a closer look at an essential step towards a net zero emission Europe – the transition away from coal. Armed with the new €17.5 billion-strong Just Transition Fund, the...
Global Europe 31-05-2021

Building a fairer labour market

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The growing number of third country national workers on the EU labour market poses major questions on the functioning of the bloc’s internal market, and is currently the subject of what could be a landmark European Court of Justice case....
07-05-2021

Recovery fund: the engine behind the European transformation

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The unprecedented Recovery and Resilience Facility, the main instrument of the EU’s €800 billion recovery fund, represents a unique opportunity to overcome the recession triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic and complete the twin green and digital transitions of the European...
22-04-2021

EU scales up efforts to support the culture and creative industry

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The Culture and Creative Industries (CCIs) have been among the hardest-hit branches by the COVID crisis, losing up to 90% of their revenues since the beginning of the pandemic. In this context, the EU is launching a new initiative to...
Politics 16-03-2021

Putting due diligence at the heart of sustainable business

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The European Commission is set to table a draft law by the end of June that will require companies to ensure that their supply chains are free of human rights and environmental abuse and corruption. That follows years of campaigning by EU lawmakers and civil society groups, and a shift in attitude from much of the business community. This event report looks at what is likely to be in the legislation and the challenges ahead.
14-12-2020

The promises and challenges of repayable EU structural funds

With increased pressure on the core cohesion budget, financial instruments utilised as a means of delivering EU structural fund support are touted as a way to do “more with less” by leveraging EU and public money to generate private investment...
05-10-2020

Improving young people’s job prospects in the wake of COVID-19

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COVID-19 has put strains on all sectors of the economy, but while short-term work schemes and social safety nets have prevented crisis levels of unemployment throughout Europe,  the pandemic's impacts have not been distributed evenly.
21-09-2020

The road ahead: challenges and opportunities for Europe’s regions

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This Special Report looks at challenges that lie ahead for the EU's cohesion policy, as the already vast to-do list for Europe's regional and local authorities keeps expanding with ambitious climate and digital transformation goals.  
11-09-2020

EU and China: Charting a new relationship

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With EU-China relations being put to the test this year, policymakers in both parties have been in talks over how best to chart new bonds as part of the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. This report, sponsored by the...
Batteries 22-06-2020

Navigating the road ahead for battery tech

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Europe's climate agenda and willingness to tag its virus-recovery efforts to green objectives mean that electric-battery technology is due for a great decade.
15-06-2020

Hospitality sector: Re-connecting EU citizens after the pandemic

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Bars, cafes and restaurants are going to be vital to the process of “re-connecting” European citizens socially after the coronavirus pandemic. However, Europe’s hospitality sector, which mainly consists of small and medium sized companies, has been badly hit by the...
Digital & Media 09-03-2020

How the light gets in: Europe’s Photonics Landscape

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Photonics technologies are ubiquitous. Earmarked by the European Commission as a Key Enabling Technology for the 21st Century, photonics equipment is used across quantum computing applications, agricultural technologies, Internet of Things devices, self-driving cars, and healthcare tech, amongst many others.
Energy 02-03-2020

Europe’s new Climate Law: Leaving no-one behind?

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When she took the European Commission's helm in December, Ursula von der Leyen pledged to deliver the EU's first Climate Law within the first 100 days after taking office. The proposal, due on 4 March, aims to enshrine into hard legislation the bloc's objective of becoming the world's first climate-neutral continent by 2050.
Agrifood 28-01-2020

Sustainable food systems in the Farm to Fork strategy

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Embedding the concept of sustainability in the way we produce and consume our foodstuff represents a challenge for the food systems as we know them today. But it also offers opportunities for growth, once it becomes clear how to lead the transition.
Energy 09-12-2019

COP25: Countries pressed to deliver

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The COP is meant to pave the way for countries to raise their climate ambition before the end of crucial year 2020. Climate negotiators know that they are under tight scrutiny from stakeholders, first and foremost cities, businesses, and Fridays for Future.
Agrifood 03-12-2019

COP25: Is transport decarbonisation pragmatic enough?

Stakeholders will be meeting in Madrid for the COP25 Climate Change Conference over the next two weeks (2-13 December), and transport decarbonisation is expected to take centre stage in the discussions.
25-11-2019

Frontier Research – A good return on investment?

From healthy lives to sustainable cities, from food security to equal societies – frontier research is often credited to have the potential to produce paradigm-shifting discoveries with economic, societal and policy impacts. With almost 10,000 researchers supported all over Europe,...
Health 25-11-2019

Shedding light on medical cannabis

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The medical cannabis industry is growing rapidly in Europe and thousands of patients are already prescribed with cannabis-based drugs. This created a new demand that now runs the risk of being unsatisfied if the legislation remains fragmented amongst EU countries.
Energy 18-11-2019

Raw materials: Aiming for sovereignty

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In face of fierce global competition, how can Europe secure access to key raw materials for the future of its industry?

EU citizens at a legal crossroad

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The Single Market has torn down the economic barriers all across the EU but the legal discrepancies still stand and citizens find themselves too often at a legal crossroad. A strong EU justice system and legal cooperation across the bloc is key to help Europeans deal with their day to day problems.