Special Reports

Agrifood 10-12-2018

COP24: Options to decarbonise transport

Transport is the only sector of the economy whose GHG emissions are increasing globally, scientists have warned.
Circular economy 10-12-2018

All that glitters is not just gold

The circular economy is taking on more and more significance but a potential clash is looming between maximising the potential of our waste and safeguarding human health.

Decoupling economic growth from greenhouse gas emissions

In a world already impacted by climate change, the global community still falls short of meeting the Paris Agreement’s goal on curbing climate change under the well-below 2°C target. Countries gathered at the COP24 will have to roadmap how to shift trillions of euros to turn the economy from brown to green. 

Local utilities in the energy transition

While policymakers craft a new long-term European Union framework for the energy transition, some of the most intense changes will fall to local utilities in Europe's cities. For some cities, their own preparations closely track what the European Commission is envisioning.
Agrifood 29-11-2018

CAP: New delivery model, climate and spending

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The European Commission’s new proposal on the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) gives more flexibility to member states when it comes to implementation and pushes for a tailor-made approach adjusted to the EU countries’ diverse farming needs and circumstances.
Economy & Jobs 27-11-2018

Alternatives to animal testing – the state of progress

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The EU ban on animal testing for cosmetic products came into force in 2013, although  testing is still allowed in Europe for healthcare products and pharmaceuticals, as well as some chemicals and food.
Agrifood 26-11-2018

Is EU biofuel policy realistic enough?

In an effort to decarbonise the transport sector, EU member states recently decided to revise the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II). But how do the updated legislation and other rules currently in the pipeline stack up?
Agrifood 22-11-2018

The future of fertilisers in Europe

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In light of the rising global population, the EU fertiliser industry has set a long-term vision by 2030. While fertilisers are essential in boosting plant growth and crop nutrition, there is also an environmental impact that needs to be addressed.
Circular economy 19-11-2018

The global race for raw materials

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The European Union first adopted a raw materials strategy in 2008, at a time when commodity prices were at an all-time high and fears were running high of a global scramble for natural resources. The financial crash that followed conveniently swept the issue under the carpet. But this may have only been temporary.
Circular economy 19-11-2018

The nitty-gritty of recycling

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The EU now has a whole raft of rules, both finalised and pending, geared towards increasing the effectiveness and, perhaps more importantly, profitability of recycling. But beyond the headline targets, how are countries going to stick to the rules?
Electricity 12-11-2018

Electricity prices

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Many European countries have placed limits on electricity prices, often justified by consumer concerns about rising energy bills, or to protect households from energy poverty. But regulated energy prices also thwart competition and hinder the deployment of clean energy solutions....
Circular economy 12-11-2018

Metals in the circular economy

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Metals are essential components in the manufacturing of smart phones, electric car batteries and other green technologies. In this special report, EURACTIV looks at how the EU's circular economy strategy can help secure Europe's supply of critical raw materials in a sustainable way.
EU-China 05-11-2018

A new trade framework for shared prosperity

European countries and companies welcomed China’s new measures to open up its economy and import more goods announced during its first Import Expo organized in Shanghai. But they urged the Asian economy to address some issues including intellectual property rights.
Development Policy 05-11-2018

A new EU-Africa partnership

A new EU-Africa partnership is needed in order to tackle common challenges and fight for sustainable development without leaving anyone behind, according to EU Socialists and Democrats.
Digital 23-10-2018

Global futures: Re-imagining tomorrow’s technologies

The foundations of today's multilateral global order were first laid out 100 years ago, after the end of the First World War. These foundations are today being disrupted by the extension of digital technologies into a plethora of sectors, from defence and security to politics and economy.
EU Elections 2019 22-10-2018

European economy: On the road to recovery or still in stagnation?

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The European economy has gradually moved clear of the recession and austerity that have dominated the past ten years. But how important will the economy be in the minds of Europeans as next May’s European Parliament elections approach? This Special...

Reform of EU family law

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There are more than 16 million international couples in the EU, according to the European Commission. From January 2019, their rights and obligations will be secured by a European regulation for matrimonial property regimes and so-called "registered partnerships".
Development Policy 09-10-2018

Decentralised cooperation: what future for local to local EU’s development policy after 2020?

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Decentralised cooperation has allowed to better adapt EU’s cooperation policies to the needs of the people in the field. However, with the new negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework, the role of local authorities in cooperation policies might be at stake.
Central Asia 09-10-2018

Inter-religious dialogue

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Located at a crossroads of different civilizations, Kazakhstan has placed great importance on promoting religious harmony and mutual respect. This year, the country is hosting the sixth edition of the Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, an initiative which has its roots in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Energy 09-10-2018

Renovation of buildings: The fight is over, time to implement

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The vision for decarbonising the European building stock is clear enough: now comes the time for the member states to enforce these commitments.
Health 08-10-2018

Life-course immunisation

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In his 2017 State of the Union speech, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said it was “unacceptable” that children are still dying from diseases that can easily be prevented with vaccines, like measles.
Economy & Jobs 01-10-2018

From Calarasi to Vidin: common borders, common solutions

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From Calarasi to Ruse, from Costanza to Veliko Tarnovo, EU Cohesion Policy has supported hundreds of actions and infrastructure investment in the fields of transport, science, education, youth employment, environment and support for small and medium-sized enterprises in Romania and Bulgaria.
Energy 01-10-2018

Road to COP24: A just energy transition ahead?

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The Polish city of Katowice will host the United Nations climate summit in December for a make-or-break attempt to make the Paris Agreement a reality. EURACTIV looks at where the global climate action effort stands at the moment, and what may lie in wait in southern Poland.
Energy 26-09-2018

Healthy buildings: Good for our wallets?

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‘Healthy mind, healthy body’, so the saying goes - but both are affected by the buildings in which we live and work. This year’s edition of the Healthy Homes Barometer reveals what the challenges and solutions might be.