Economy & Jobs

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Services of General Interest and their role in the post-COVID19 recovery

While the COVID-19 crisis has significantly highlighted and impacted the services of general interest,  they will be central in landing the green and digital transitions in a fair and inclusive way. On the occasion of their new identity, SGI Europe...
07-12-2020

Implementing the EU Industrial Strategy – how to track Europe’s competitiveness?

In March 2020, the European Commission presented a “new Industrial Strategy” to help Europe’s industry lead the transitions towards climate neutrality and digital leadership. The Strategy aims to drive Europe’s competitiveness and its strategic autonomy, at a time of agitated...
27-11-2020

Exploring discontent with the EU

EURACTIV takes a closer look a what the geography of EU discontent is, what a regional analysis of the citizens’ dissatisfaction can reveal about the places that are most anti-EU and what the EU can do.
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#Renovate2Recover – Why prioritise Energy Renovation in the National Recovery Plans?

Energy renovation stands at the intersection of the EU’s green priorities and growth objectives and is the linchpin to the EU’s recovery. How are Member States prioritizing energy renovation in their National Recovery Plans? What expectations from the revision of the EPBD next year?
26-11-2020

Kazakhstan-EU relations: From establishing the partnership to driving it forward

Kazakhstan’s first President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, is given credit for being instrumental in helping to establish Kazakh-EU relations. He helped lay the foundations for the landmark EU-Kazakhstan Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA), which entered into force on 1 March 2020....
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17-11-2020

Europe needs steel and steel needs Europe

European steelworkers and their unions are mobilising to call on national governments and the EU for a NEW European steel action plan. 
Circular economy 09-11-2020

Sustainable Finance: Opportunity or threat for the manufacturing industry?

Since the publication of the Sustainable Finance Package in 2018, the European Commission has sent clear messages to investors in Europe that the financial sector must not harm the planet and its citizens, and must avoid green washing. The objectives...
04-11-2020

The transatlantic bond: How can a close German-U.S. relationship play a pioneering role for the Euro

The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has forced the EU to radically revise its strategy – both internally and in the global arena. Similarly, Germany’s priorities for its EU Council Presidency have also changed. Although the main priority is overcoming...
30-10-2020

Tackling migration through cohesion: what role for regions and civil society?

With the EU’s New Pact on Asylum and Migration presented recently, the issue of migration remains on the top of the agenda for decision-makers across the bloc. Though most often thought of as the competence of national governments, local and...
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15-10-2020

#ErasmusDays: share your experience on the networks!

If you organize an #ErasmusDays event or if you have benefitted from an Erasmus+ mobility grant, let us know on the social networks!
12-10-2020

Protecting an evolving workforce: The case for agile protection

Deepening the EU data economy and investments in AI are top priorities on the agenda of the von der Leyen Commission. Because of the COVID-19 crisis, the digital transformation in all sectors is speeding up, intensifying our reliance on software, data and AI.
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06-10-2020

A bridge to jobs

How to support young people’s transition to work during and beyond the pandemic? The recent StartNet virtual conference discussed the European Commission’s recent policies to improve young people’s transition to work with European Commissioner Nicolas Schmitt as well as best...
05-10-2020

Unlocking the benefits of diversity in the workplace

The European Commission announced in March 2020 that it will launch a five-year gender equality strategy. It will revive plans for mandatory quotas of women on company boards, amid slowing progress towards gender equality among top management. The EU commissioner...
14-09-2020

European climate law: How to reach climate neutrality?

With its Climate Law, Europe will be the first continent in the world to have a climate neutrality target for 2050. Whilst this will produce a positive environmental impact, it is expected that some sectors will suffer economically with job...
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14-09-2020

Introduction to REITs and EPRA’s Global REIT Survey 2020

Discover what REITs are and how they span around the world. Fourteen European countries have already recognised a public benefit to incentivise real estate investment through public markets and have introduced REIT legislation to maximise returns through an effective tax...
31-08-2020

Climate protest against the EU-Mercosur trade deal

Protests against the planned EU-Mercosur trade agreement were held on Friday (28 August), with the participating groups citing the incompatibilities of the EU's climate ambitions with actions taken by the Brazilian government.
15-07-2020

Investing post-COVID: Is a green recovery assured?

As policymakers turn their attention to the economic recovery post-COVID, there is a risk that investments in a green recovery may be side-lined.
15-07-2020

STEM skills: Mind the gap!

We often hear from policymakers, media and employer groups that the EU faces a shortage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills. However, what we rarely hear are specific details of what those skills shortages actually are and —...
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15-07-2020

Make Child Poverty History

Eurochild President H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca urges EU leaders to act against #childpoverty at the upcoming EU Council meeting on 17-18 July 2020 on the EU’s recovery plan from #Covid-19 and its long-term budget. H.E. Coleiro Preca leads the pan-European...
Agrifood 13-07-2020

Rural broadband – Challenges and opportunities

The economic competitiveness of regions, and notably rural regions, depends on good connectivity. This means not just roads and railways, but also internet highways. Connectivity to fast internet in rural areas is still almost half of what it is on...
08-07-2020

Re-starting the EU economy – How can industry contribute to a resilient and sustainable recovery?

The outbreak of the corona pandemic has posed a serious threat to European industry in both the short and long term, from disruption of supply chains due to transport and travel restrictions, to the loss of suppliers. Most industrial companies...
29-06-2020

Achieving a digital and sustainable recovery

The COVID-19 crisis led to new creative solutions and long-term policies to make society more resilient to future shocks.
25-06-2020

Pubs ask for VAT cut on alcohol to face post-COVID reality

Europe’s hospitality sector has been hit hard by the lockdown measures enforced across the continent to contain the spread of COVID-19. In Belgium, pubs and restaurants were forced to shut down on 13 March. The Belgian government provided one-off payments and...

European energy decarbonisation: reinforcing the EU’s 2050 climate goal through a green recovery

Decarbonising the energy sector in Europe by 2050 is an ambitious, yet achievable objective.
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