Special Reports

Global Europe 24-11-2021

EU-Uzbekistan relations on the move

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Uzbekistan held presidential elections on Sunday (24 October) amid little doubt that incumbent Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who has opened the Central Asian country to the world in recent years, will be re-elected for another five-year term.
Agrifood 22-11-2021

What’s on the ‘horizon’ for agriculture?

With a budget of €95.5 billion for 2021-2027, Horizon Europe is the largest multiannual budget for an EU research programme, with a 30% increase compared to the previous budget framework, excluding the participation of UK beneficiaries.
Non-discrimination 22-11-2021

(Anti)-discrimination in Europe: Where next?

As the European Commission is looking to come up with new laws next year to boost the prominence and independence of the bloc's equality bodies and strengthen victims’ rights as part of EU treaties, it is time to take stock of the long-standing issues of racism and discrimination in Europe.

Energy poverty

Around 31 million Europeans were living in energy poverty in 2019, a figure that is set to rise this year because of the coronavirus crisis and soaring energy prices, affecting the most vulnerable in society.
Health 18-11-2021

An animal-free path towards EU’s sustainable chemical ambitions

Presented in October 2020, the EU chemicals strategy for sustainability is intended as a first step towards a zero pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment as a key part of the European Green Deal. While its unveiling was widely welcomed...
Health 11-11-2021

Lessons from COVID-19 for EU’s health systems

Stakeholders and policymakers are deep in a process of drawing lessons from the pandemic, which exposed flaws in the EU’s health systems. But what did we learn?

Participatory budgeting: hype or democratic panacea?

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European cities are increasingly giving their inhabitants a voice on local matters by asking urbanites how to spend municipal budgets and engaging them on innovative platforms. Local leaders believe engaging citizens can strengthen democracy and speed up Europe’s green transition,...
Agrifood 09-11-2021

Carbon farming: Europe’s new trend?

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Carbon farming’s overall objective is to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. In practice, by using various agricultural methods ranging from crop rotation, cover crops, and reduced tillage to precision nitrogen application, farmers aim to contribute to tackling climate...

Green and digital: Europe’s twin transitions

The European Commission is placing its hopes on digital innovation as one of the driving forces behind the EU’s shift to a zero-carbon economy. In this special report, EURACTIV looks at the opportunities and challenges related to the EU’s “twin...

Diabetes in the EU between awareness and access to care

Diabetes remains a major public health concern despite the efforts to increase awareness and reverse its relentless spread in Europe.
Non-discrimination 27-10-2021

In Bosnia, the migration crisis is far from over

EURACTIV travelled to the Una Sana canton in northwestern Bosnia in mid-October for four days to interview institutional and non-governmental actors to present a clearer picture of the migration situation on the EU’s external border. These interviews and first-hand testimonies...
Agrifood 26-10-2021

Delivering on CAP strategic plans

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The reform of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) aims to have a more flexible, performance- and results-based approach that takes into account local conditions and needs while increasing the level of EU ambitions in terms of sustainability.
Economy & Jobs 26-10-2021

International taxation and green public investments

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A recent event hosted by a range of think tanks looked at current fiscal policy challenges. As public finance plays a role in the transition towards a green economy, it is crucial to examine how the public purse can access...
Climate change 25-10-2021

Forestry at COP26

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The protection of forests will be high on the agenda at this year’s UN climate summit in Glasgow, where world nations are expected to come forward with more ambitious climate goals. EURACTIV gives you a roundup of the issues at...
Health 22-10-2021

Life with SMA: challenges and solutions

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Despite steady advancements in the past years, gaps in Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) care persist across the bloc.
Agrifood 21-10-2021

Ripple effects: How EU decisions impact African farmers

In this Special Report, EURACTIV takes a closer look at how decisions taken in the EU may spill over into Africa and, more specifically, how this could impact small-scale African farmers.

Sustainable sourcing of batteries

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The battery market is currently dominated by Asia, but the EU hopes that new laws setting strict green criteria for batteries sold in Europe will boost domestic production and help the continent to stake its place as a global leader.
Economy & Jobs 19-10-2021

EU-China trade in troubled waters

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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...
Elections 15-10-2021

Orbán’s potential challengers in Hungary pledge pro-European course

Ahead of next year's parliamentary elections in Hungary, EURACTIV spoke to the two contenders who hope to end the 12-year-long rule of Viktor Orban's nationalist Fidesz.
Agrifood 13-10-2021

Exploring farming sustainability options

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As the EU's flagship food policy, the Farm to Fork, and its complementary relative, the Biodiversity Strategy, aim to improve sustainability at all levels of the food chain, the focus is now on the tools that could deliver such ambition.
Health 13-10-2021

The future of biotech in Europe

A fairly recent but already fast-growing industry, the biotech sector seeks to claim a role in Europe as a catalyst for growth in the aftermath of the COVID-crisis.
Health 12-10-2021

Metastatic Breast Cancer: Still a lot to be done

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Although there is no cure for metastatic breast cancer (MBC), pharma innovation has helped to increase survivorship. However, patients with MBC face a number of challenges and inequalities across Europe, from screening to social discrimination and lack of knowledge.

Geothermal energy

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Large-scale geothermal energy has long been constrained to volcanic areas where heat can easily be captured and turned into electricity. Today, breakthroughs in drilling techniques are opening new horizons for the technology, offering the prospect of “geothermal anywhere”.
Central Asia 05-10-2021

EU-Kazakhstan on the move

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A new political season has started, together with some easing of COVID-19-related travel and meeting restrictions. As journalists and politicians prepare to take the plane and renew contacts, EURACTIV has taken snapshots of the ongoing cooperation between the EU and Kazakhstan.