Innovation & Industry Archives

  • Buildings are crucial to meeting COP21’s ambition

    Climate change 11-03-2016

    The COP21 Paris agreement to pursue efforts to limit global warming to 1.5°C has shifted the goalposts for European energy policy decisions, writes Oliver Rapf. Oliver Rapf is executive director of Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE). Greenhouse gas reduction targets will have …

  • Private copying in Spain: A slap in the face for authors

    11-03-2016

    The Spanish government’s decision to limit the amount of compensation payable to rightsholders is a slap in the face to authors, as well as to the culture industry, writes Fernando Carbajo Cascón.

  • From fish to finance: Sustainable development affects every sector

    Agrifood 04-03-2016

    In order to meet the SDGs, we need a clear and ambitious overarching EU strategy for implementing the 2030 Agenda. All aspects of EU policy, from trade to agriculture to finance, will be affected and EU decision-makers must begin to ensure that happens today, writes Geneviève Pons.

  • Stitching up the EU-Japan Trade Deal

    Global Europe 29-02-2016

    After thirteen negotiating rounds, the ambitious target of finalising the EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement has now been set. The textile and fashion sector gives an example of what can be gained, writes Isabelle Weiler.

  • A ‘Chapter 11’ Law for Europe’s entrepreneurs

    Euro & Finance 26-02-2016

    Europe’s conflicting insolvency rules create uncertainty among investors, discourage cross-border investment and delay the restructuring of companies facing financial difficulty, writes Paul McGhee. Ironing out these inconsistencies will give businesses a better chance of bouncing back and deliver growth to the real economy, he argues.

  • Good jobs – threatened by the Internet

    15-02-2016

    For decades, workers in Germany, Europe and the United States have been the wealthiest in the world. That is about to change for the worse as America heads towards a "freelance society", writes Steven Hill.

  • A fresh look at public-private partnerships

    12-02-2016

    Public-private partnerships remain an invaluable tool for driving progress, but the unwillingness of governments to collaborate with private businesses has to change, writes Erin Huntington.

  • Breaking barriers for businesswomen: A resolution on female entrepreneurship

    Social Europe & Jobs 10-02-2016

    Despite existing equality legislation, women are massively underrepresented in business. Stronger implementation of EU directives and changes to national social policies can turn this around, writes Barbara Matera.

  • Space: Another frontier under threat

    05-02-2016

    The weakness of security in outer space is a growing common threat to the whole of society and it is only going to get worse if we do not take action, writes Didier Schmitt, in his personal capacity.

  • Europe 4.0

    28-01-2016

    The technological transformation brought by home automation, driverless technologies, or the new generation of drones, comes at a timely moment for Europe, presenting new opportunities during these challenging times, writes Maroš Šef?ovi?.

  • The high road: Europe must seize the potential of advanced manufacturing

    26-01-2016

    To carve out a competitive advantage for the future, Europe must anticipate the potential of advanced manufacturing for clean, efficient and high quality production, write Karl Aiginger and David Bailey.

  • The data revolution: Europe’s chance to lead in the digital economy

    20-01-2016

    Europe needs to cash in on the data economy—and in a lot of ways, it already is, argues Paul MacDonnell.

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