Special Reports

Climate change 20-02-2018

Europe’s mayors: Speeding up the energy transition

While the EU hammers out its continent-wide energy and climate policy for the next decade, steps are being taken at local level to fight climate change and make a low-carbon European economy a reality.
Circular economy 05-02-2018

Packaging and the environment

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European countries are preparing to implement a brand new set of waste and recycling laws, following the conclusion of negotiations on the circular economy package in December. But there is more ahead, with the Plastics Strategy unveiled by the European Commission only one month later.
Health 29-01-2018

Big data revolution and EU healthcare

The ongoing big data revolution could have a significant impact on health policies in the EU. EU policymakers say the big data could considerably change the way healthcare policies are shaped. Through a data-driven approach, health systems will be more...
Agrifood 29-01-2018

European forests and climate change

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Forests are Europe’s biggest carbon sinks and forestry the sector with the greatest potential to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in the quantities needed to meet the bloc’s objectives under the Paris Agreement.

Fact-checking science

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Trust in science may face a tough time ahead as doubts about transparency and the way scientific evidence is used by policymakers persist. But the EU institutions at least seem aware of these concerns, as this latest Special Report shows.
Economy & Jobs 22-01-2018

Davos 2018 debates ‘shared future in a fractured world’

Between 23 and 26 January, the Swiss mountain village of Davos hosts the 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. The programme, initiatives and projects of this year’s meeting are focused on the theme Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World.
Digital 16-01-2018

Domain names on a multilingual internet

More than half of the content on the internet is in English. Some online platforms like Facebook and Google Translate have increased their offers in other languages, and are now available in more than 100 languages.
Economy & Jobs 15-01-2018

Looking for jobs after the crisis

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After almost eight years of economic crisis in Europe, the discussion for what comes next has been launched.
Electricity 04-12-2017

Electricity networks: Connecting the dots

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The growing electrification of the economy, driven by renewables, requires additional power networks to cope with the expected surge in demand for electric vehicles and consumer-centred services. EURACTIV explores the implications in this Special Report.
Alcohol 04-12-2017

Party smart: The battle against excessive drinking

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Excessive alcohol consumption and binge drinking among young people in the EU has raised eyebrows in Brussels.

Seal of approval: Greenland fights stereotypes on Inuit hunt

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Greenland has launched an initiative to support Inuit and indigenous communities in Canada and the EU to improve the perception of sealskin products. It focuses on sewing in a QR code which allows consumers to check their legality by scanning the label...
Africa 28-11-2017

EU-Africa Summit: Focus on youth, security, investment

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Leaders of the European Union and the African Union are attending the fifth EU-Africa Summit in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on 29 and 30 November. The official agenda is dedicated to the youth but migration, security, investment and trade are expected to dominate...
Agrifood 27-11-2017

How the CAP works for you

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The European Commission is working on a major redesign of the Common Agricultural Policy for the post-2020 period. Observers expect a major overhaul of the policy’s structure and the repatriation of certain responsibilities to the EU member states.
Politics 23-11-2017

Lawmaking in the dark

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The image of unelected bureaucrats making secret deals in smoke-filled rooms has gained traction in recent years, fueling populist resentment towards the European Union.
Health 13-11-2017

The true face of the second leading cause of death

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According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease that results in changes in several different parts of the respiratory system and lungs at the same time. COPD affects 1 to 4% of all European adults and costs the EU €50 billion every year.
Central Asia 31-10-2017

Mediation for peace

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This week, EURACTIV reports from Astana about the various mediation efforts of Kazakhstan on the international scene, including the Syria war and the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, as well as the county’s initiatives as non-permanent member of the UN Security...
Energy 25-10-2017

Renewable gas

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Gas is not often mentioned in the same bracket as renewable energy but that could all change, as energy providers look to address the issue of surplus renewable power and storage problems.
Cybersecurity 19-10-2017

Europe’s cybersecurity agenda

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During his annual State of the Union address in September, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced a massive overhaul of EU cybersecurity policies. EURACTIV.com reports on the latest EU initiatives.
Future EU 18-10-2017

What’s next for European socialism?

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After bruising electoral defeats in France, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands, European socialists are looking at ways of turning their fortunes around. For many of them, the era of 'Grand Coalitions' with right-wing parties is now over.
Future of mobility 17-10-2017

Where will big data drive European transport?

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Click here to download this Special Report. This week, EURACTIV reports from the European Transport Forum in Brussels, where stakeholders gather to discuss how big data will transform today’s transport and to assess the associated challenges and risks.
Energy 11-10-2017

Lighting

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The European Union took a bold step when it imposed a ban on incandescent light bulbs in 2008. Almost ten years on, EURACTIV.com takes stock of progress made and sets sights on the next frontier – Human Centric Lighting.
Health 10-10-2017

Pharma innovation

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Hit hard by austerity, the health systems of EU member states are under huge pressure. Combined with an aging population and the alarming burden of chronic illnesses, EU member states have targeted specific aspects of the incentives granted to the pharma industry in order to decrease drug prices.
Energy 09-10-2017

Energy performance of buildings

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Lawmakers in the European Parliament's industry committee are voting this week on the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). EURACTIV.com takes a closer look at the latest changes made to the bill before it clears this major political hurdle.
Health 06-10-2017

Electronic immunisation record

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An increase in vaccine hesitancy, combined with the insufficient preparedness of EU member state healthcare systems against infectious diseases, has raised eyebrows in Brussels and the EU capitals, which now seek ways to minimise outbreak risks.