Special Reports

Digital 02-03-2021

Re-connecting Europe

Living under the reality of a global pandemic, the world has turned to digital tools to maintain a sense of normality. As Europe charts its recovery from the coronavirus, there is a renewed sense of purpose with regards to the importance of technology in our everyday lives, as well as the need to employ various technologies in order to meet wider political goals.

Ammonia and the greening of EU industry

A chemical traditionally used in the fertiliser industry, ammonia is now also entering the realm of energy as a way to store and transport hydrogen, or as an alternative transport fuel in its own right.

Hydrogen outlook in Central and Eastern Europe

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According to EU scenarios, the share of hydrogen in Europe’s energy mix is expected to grow from less than 2% today to 13-14% by 2050, as part of efforts to decarbonise transport and heavy industries. Central and Eastern EU countries...
Agrifood 09-02-2021

EU-Africa: translating green agrifood ambitions

On the backdrop of the COVID-19 crisis, the EU is currently establishing a new ‘strategic partnership’ with Africa, of which agriculture is a key focus. The aims of the EU’s flagship environmental policy, the Green Deal, combined with the COVID-19...
Development Policy 05-02-2021

Renewal of international cooperation in a post-pandemic world

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Over the past year, international cooperation has been facing challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic repercussions, as well as by the push for a greener future.
This event report covers DIGITALEUROPE’s annual Masters of Digital conference.
Digital 05-02-2021

Making Europe fit for the digital age

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There has been no greater reliance on digital tools than during the current period, as Europe continues to live under the reality of a global health pandemic. In this context, the European Commission is charting Europe’s digital transition with a...
Politics 01-02-2021

Global youth and post-pandemic futures

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From climate hazards and COVID-19 to protests for racial justice and the rise of identity politics – the past year has left a mark on the young generation. The effects of the pandemic particularly affect young people, they exacerbate existing...
Eastern Europe 25-01-2021

EU ambitions unabated

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The recent visit to Brussels of Georgia’s President Salome Zourabishvili has highlighted the country’s determination to pursue a very ambitious EU agenda, despite the challenge of the Covid pandemic and the difficult international climate. EURACTIV looks into the details.
Agrifood 21-01-2021

From surviving to thriving: preparing for the future of the hospitality sector

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From restaurant closures to travel restrictions, the hospitality sector has been one of the hardest hit by the COVID pandemic that is threatening thousands of jobs and livelihoods across the EU. But as the rollout of the COVID vaccine gets...
Agrifood 13-01-2021

Green Deal and agriculture: between words and deeds

Lying at the heart of the European Green Deal, the Farm to Fork and the Biodiversity strategies play a key role in shaping the debate around the future of the European agri-food sector. In its flagship food policy, the EU...
Future EU 07-01-2021

What to expect in EU policy in 2021?

To bring you up to speed with what's coming up in EU policy this year, EURACTIV’s news team has put together a series of lookaheads for the most important issues in various policy areas, from economy and foreign affairs to energy, digital, and transport.
Agrifood 15-12-2020

EU agrifood relations with Africa: what lies ahead?

The European Union is reshaping its approach to Africa, hoping to promote long-term sustainable food systems and help their people cope with the side-effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Economy & Jobs 14-12-2020

The promises and challenges of repayable EU structural funds

With increased pressure on the core cohesion budget, financial instruments utilised as a means of delivering EU structural fund support are touted as a way to do “more with less” by leveraging EU and public money to generate private investment...
Over the course of this year, European citizens have had to radically realign their lives to the new reality brought on by the coronavirus crisis. For the most part, this has meant rapidly migrating our personal and professional lives online.
Digital 10-12-2020

Legal certainty in the digital world: Lessons for Europe

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Over the course of this year, European citizens have had to radically realign their lives to the new reality brought on by the coronavirus crisis. For the most part, this has meant rapidly migrating our personal and professional lives online.
Agrifood 09-12-2020

Farm to Fork: what role for consumers and innovation

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Although reduction targets set in the EU's flagship food policy stole public opinion's attention at first, consumer behaviour and innovation are expected to have an equal, critical role to play in the path toward more sustainable food system.

Rural innovation

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Rural areas in Europe face particular challenges: lower median income than big cities, lack of social and cultural life, lack of internet infrastructure, and depopulation. By mid-2021, the European Commission wants to articulate a new long-term vision for rural areas, saying they have a special role to play in the transition to a green and sustainable Europe.
Azerbaijan 07-12-2020

Pipeline gas diversification becomes reality

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The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) is the European leg of the Southern Gas Corridor, a gateway project crossing Greece, Albania, the Adriatic Sea and Italy that will transport 10 billion cubic meters a year of gas supplies from Azerbaijan to...
Batteries 07-12-2020

Chemicals management: What’s at stake

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The European Commission has published its vision for what the EU’s strategy should be over the course of the coming years. It aims to eliminate toxic substances, while respecting the bloc’s climate and digital transitions. But the issue is an...

Plastic waste management

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The European Commission launched a circular plastics alliance in 2018, with an initial pledge of reaching 10 million tonnes of recycled plastics used in products by 2025. Can the industry rise to the challenge?
Health 04-12-2020

The future of nanomedicines in Europe

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Nanomedicines are emerging as an innovative technology in the scientific field, as they help address unmet medical needs and offer alternatives for many therapeutic areas. Nanomedicine uses state-of-the-art nanotechnology like nanoparticles, nanorobots or nanoelectronic biosensors for diagnosing or treating cancer,...
Aviation 02-12-2020

Aviation’s green flight-path in focus

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The aviation industry aims to cut its environmental footprint and contribute to society's shift towards decarbonisation. In order to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, air travel will have to make emission cuts and now the discussion is focusing on how exactly to do that.
Agrifood 01-12-2020

Wholesome whole grains: how to encourage uptake in the EU

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This year has served as a stark reminder of the need for a resilient, sustainable, and healthy food system. As many consumers turn to healthier food options in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, policymakers continue to tackle the eternal...
Agrifood 30-11-2020

EU agriculture and Mercosur: what is the state of play?

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The entry into force of the Mercosur deal – set to forge a trade area between the EU27 and Mercosur countries, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay – remains a controversial topic amongst agrifood stakeholders. The deal was struck in 2019,...
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.
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