Special Reports

Health 17-09-2021

Alzheimer’s disease tests EU readiness

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias affect each individual in different ways but early detection is always key for effective treatment.
Future EU 15-09-2021

#SOTEU: Key issues from von der Leyen’s annual speech

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivered her annual state of the union address in the European Parliament on Wednesday, praising the EU’s efforts in dealing with the pandemic and economic recovery, but also calling for more efforts to achieve strategic autonomy, climate goals and a coherent European defence.
Economy & Jobs 30-08-2021

Putting sustainability at the heart of the EU’s trade agenda

The question of how to put sustainability at the heart of the EU's trade policy, and retain public public support for it, has become a vital issue for EU policymakers.
Elections 25-08-2021

German election 2021: Key numbers, forecasts and projections

In Europe's key election this year, Germany chooses a new parliament - and Angela Merkel's successor - on 26 September. Who will get to lead the continent's biggest economy? Will the Greens with Annalena Baerbock have the edge over Armin Laschet's conservative CDU/CSU? Or will the Social Democrat SPD be the dark horse of these polls?
Non-discrimination 21-07-2021

EU equality bodies and the fight against racial discrimination

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EU equality bodies have a significant potential to contribute to more equal societies, and they have proved to be effective agents of change. You can also read this Special Report in Romanian. Last September, the European Commission proposed an EU...
Global Europe 19-07-2021

The Associated Trio in action

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For Georgia, who last April initiated the Associated Trio format with Ukraine and Moldova, the presence of Charles Michel at a summit of the three countries in Batumi on 19 July is perceived as a milestone. Until now the Trio initiative was met...

EU carbon market reform

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The EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) is often presented as the crown jewel of EU climate policy, putting a price on carbon emissions from the power sector and industry. With a major reform process now underway, EURACTIV looks at...
Economy & Jobs 16-07-2021

Young Europeans take federal Union into their own hands

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As the Conference on the Future of Europe gains momentum, young Europeans immersed themselves in simulation of federal European structures. The project "Y-FED: Europe is what you make of it" implemented a new bloc constitution written by European youth in 2017, a dry run of a possible new Union, with federal institutions.
Health 15-07-2021

From vaccine race to marathon: What’s next for coping with COVID?

The COVID-19 virus is not going anywhere any time soon and, as new variants keep cropping up across the globe, vaccine development cannot afford to stand still. There are currently just over 100 vaccines in clinical development worldwide but only...
Climate change 12-07-2021

Forestry and climate change

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The capacity of forests to act as a “carbon sink” – absorbing more CO2 than they emit – is decreasing and needs to be reversed, the European Commission said in September last year when it presented its 2030 climate target plan.
Health 01-07-2021

From words to action: Exploring the ecosystem of antimicrobial resistance

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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the ability of microorganisms to evolve to resist antibiotics, leading to infections becoming increasingly untreatable. AMR already claims as many as 33,000 lives in the EU every year, but this is set to drastically worsen, with...
Non-discrimination 29-06-2021

Discrimination in Europe’s schools

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Policymakers across Europe have wrestled for many years with the question of whether and how schools discriminate or disadvantage certain ethnic groups, and how to mitigate this.
Global Europe 28-06-2021

Paths to peace ten years after the Arab Spring

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Ten years after the Arab Spring, the democratic impulse that drove the ousting of regimes appears to be in retreat. Instead, extremist groups, gender based violence, and high levels of economic and social deprivation, and now the Covid pandemic, threaten...
Agrifood 24-06-2021

Next generation livestock farming: technology and tomorrow’s farmers

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While livestock farmers already use a range of innovative tools and technologies to help ease their workload, new precision livestock farming technologies go a step further, paving the way for a digital transformation in animal health. From detection and monitoring...
Economy & Jobs 23-06-2021

Cohesive recovery: where do structural funds fit in?

Cohesion, the EU’s €330 billion investment package, making up about a third of the bloc’s new seven-year budget, will focus on bringing about a smarter, greener and more connected Europe, closer to its citizens by 2027.  That’s a tall order...
Health 18-06-2021

Europe’s ‘decade of the kidney’

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From improving the availability of all treatment options to the development of home therapy and telemedicine, there are many challenges that need to be addressed by the end of the decade to better the lives of chronic kidney disease patients....
Digital & Media 16-06-2021

Unleashing the power of data

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Data is the critical resource of the digital age. As data is an inextricable part of virtually all digital technologies, Europe’s approach to data governance will largely affect EU digital priorities. The way data is managed, stored and processed in...

Energy transition in the Western Balkans

As the European Union adopts tougher climate goals for 2030, aiming for net-zero emissions by mid-century, the bloc's next-door neighbours in the Western Balkans are struggling to keep up and face growing difficulties in the transition to a green economy.

Towards an EU market for clean hydrogen

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Hydrogen today represents a tiny fraction of the energy mix but its importance is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years as the European Union aims to create a Europe-wide market for clean hydrogen to drive the decarbonisation of heavy industry.
Health 04-06-2021

Reshaping global health after COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic has cast a new light on the compelling necessity of addressing health inequalities across the globe.
Economy & Jobs 01-06-2021

A just transition? The barriers to central and eastern Europe making the leap from coal

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As the EU Green Week kicks off in Brussels, EURACTIV takes a closer look at an essential step towards a net zero emission Europe – the transition away from coal. Armed with the new €17.5 billion-strong Just Transition Fund, the...
Global Europe 31-05-2021

Building a fairer labour market

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The growing number of third country national workers on the EU labour market poses major questions on the functioning of the bloc’s internal market, and is currently the subject of what could be a landmark European Court of Justice case....
Digital & Media 26-05-2021

Towards a gigabit society: from ambition to reality

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With its Digital Compass, the European Commission set out its digital ambitions for 2030. In a series of events organised in collaboration with the Presidency of the EU Council, GIGAEurope puts these targets at the centre of the debate, looking...
Energy 24-05-2021

Euro 2021 football cup: The green issue

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The 16th edition of the European football cup starts in June with a one-year delay due to the COVID-19 crisis. With growing attention being paid to the climate impact of spectator sports, EURACTIV looks into how green this edition will be.