Special Reports

Health 24-11-2020

Breaking silos in diabetes care

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According to available data, 60 million people suffer from diabetes in Europe, a figure expected to rise to 68 million by 2045, while diabetes management already represents as much as 10% of overall health budgets.

Recycling of e-waste plastics

Electric and electronic scrap represents a growing share of plastic waste, but most of it is currently not recycled because of inappropriate collection schemes and difficulties in dealing with the harmful chemical substances they may contain.
Non-discrimination 23-11-2020

Media society and non-discrimination: Are we doing enough?

You can also read the Special Report in Romanian. Racist harassment, violence, and discriminatory ethnic profiling are commonplace in Europe, which increases the importance of the role of the media in exposing discrimination based on ethnic origin. Over the years,...
Central Asia 23-11-2020

Kazakhstan elections

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Kazakhstan is to hold parliamentary elections for the Majilis, the lower chamber of the Kazakh parliament, on 10 January 2021. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the Central Asian country is inviting observers and journalists and is hoping to attract international attention.
EU-China 20-11-2020

EU-China cooperation on climate change

In September, the EU and China have agreed to establish a High-level Environment and Climate Dialogue to pursue joint commitments in the fight against global warming.

The EU’s carbon border adjustment mechanism

When she took office in December last year, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced ambitious new climate goals for Europe and a new border levy aimed at ensuring fair competition with countries that do not impose a carbon...
Future EU 20-11-2020

Conference on the Future of Europe: EU overhaul in the making?

In 2020, hundreds of EU citizens were meant to be invited to reflect on Europe’s future at a conference that will debate European policy priorities in an attempt to introduce direct democracy in EU decision-making over the course of the...
Following a provisional agreement between the European Council and the European Parliament recently on the EU's next long-term budget, 20% of the outlay has been dedicated to 'digital.' Where the bloc's priorities lie in this broad field, however, is still up for debate.
Digital 16-11-2020

Recovering with connectivity: a choice for Europe

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Following a provisional agreement between the European Council and the European Parliament recently on the EU's next long-term budget, 20% of the outlay has been dedicated to 'digital.' Where the bloc's priorities lie in this broad field, however, is still up for debate.
Between 9 and 13 November, the European Commission is hosting its fifth edition of the European Vocational Skills Week, comprising of a series of events and workshops taking place all across the continent, as well as the presentation of a New Pact for Skills.
Digital 11-11-2020

Upskilling Europe: The path to a green and digital future

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Between 9 and 13 November, the European Commission is hosting the fifth edition of its European Vocational Skills Week, with a series of events and workshops taking place all across the continent, as well as the presentation of a New...
Aviation 09-11-2020

Decarbonising air travel

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The coronavirus may have slashed demand for air travel but a recovery is expected and, with it, extra growth and extra greenhouse gas emissions. Options to make aviation greener exist but sorely need investment and regulatory support to take off in a big way.

Fluorinated gases

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F-gases, a family of refrigerants commonly used in fridges and air conditioners, are being phased out in order to prevent global warming from spinning out of control. But efforts to gradually ban the refrigerant have also created a thriving black market, which the European Union is struggling to contain.
Health 04-11-2020

Driving progress in Europe’s cancer care

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With the advent of the Commission's long-awaited cancer plan rapidly approaching, now more than ever, the impetus is there for EU lawmakers to drive change in Europe's cancer care.
Health 04-11-2020

The way forward to an animal-free science

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Although the EU remains fully committed to phasing out animal testing, a recent European Commission report has shown that animals are still used in areas such as skin irritation and serious eye damage, areas where alternative methods have reached regulatory acceptance.
Health 03-11-2020

Innovation and patients at the core of EU orphan drugs law review

The EU's Orphan Regulation was introduced in 2000 and its main objective was to address the challenge of regulating medicines which treat an estimated 30 million patients with rare diseases across the EU.
Global Europe 03-11-2020

US Election Special 2020: What to watch and why it matters

A lot is at stake for Europe and the world in the most consequential US presidential election in recent history, after four turbulent years under Donald Trump in which he has turned global multilateralism and transatlantic relations on their head.
In early December, the EU will present ambitious new plans to regulate the platform economy in presenting its landmark Digital Services Act together with new digital competition capacities as part of the Digital Markets Act.
Digital 30-10-2020

Thinking of the whole ecosystem: EU’s plans to regulate the platform economy

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In early December, the EU will unveil ambitious new plans to regulate the platform economy in presenting its landmark Digital Services Act together with new digital competition capacities as part of the Digital Markets Act.
Health 26-10-2020

Transparency in the race for a COVID vaccine

As the coronavirus crisis continues to have a devasting impact on people’s lives and livelihoods, all eyes are on scientists to deliver on a COVID-19 vaccine. It is widely accepted that a safe and effective vaccine represents our best chance...
Transport 26-10-2020

The nexus between data and transport

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Digitalisation and the use of data is increasing in various sectors, not least in transport. As the coronavirus looks set to accelerate the meeting of the digital and mobility worlds, policy-makers and legislators will have to make sure it is...
EU-Africa 23-10-2020

Civil society’s role at the heart of EU-Africa relations

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Civil society groups in Africa and Europe say that they have been repeatedly shut out of the process of influencing and shaping the agenda for EU-African relations. The result, they argue, is a top-down process between political leaders that is...
EU-Africa 23-10-2020

EU-AU relations – A prosperous partnership of equals

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The EU-African Union summit aimed at finalising a new ‘strategic partnership’ between the two continents may have been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Socialist and Democrat group in the European Parliament hosted its own three day Africa Week...
Digital 22-10-2020

Imagining Europe’s Digital Recovery: Options for Investment

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As part of her state of the union speech in September, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen noted that the EU’s recovery fund, the so-called ‘Next Generation EU’ outlay, should be spent on digital projects by member states. Questions have now...

Forests and climate change

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With its 2030 climate plan last month, the European Commission has put the spotlight on forests as Europe's main "carbon sink," saying their ability to store carbon dioxide must be preserved in order to reach the bloc's climate goals.
Health 19-10-2020

Preventing osteoporosis in the EU

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Osteoporosis is a chronic condition in which bones become weak and brittle, leading to fractures and breaks which often carry life-debilitating consequences. As well as causing considerable mental and psychological distress, they also severely impair people’s abilities to participate in...

Preserving biodiversity in Europe: Is sustainability the answer?

While most of the world is focusing on climate change and the steps needed to curb it, another critical environmental aspect - that of biodiversity - is failing to get the attention it deserves.
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