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Politics 06-01-2022

EU observes tension on Ukrainian border and Spain counts dead migrants in the Atlantic

In the first episode of 2022, EURACTIV’s Beyond the Byline focuses on the tension between Russia and Kyiv and the EU’s role in it.
Economy & Jobs 10-12-2021

EU minimum wage directive and COVID vaccinations of children

This week our Beyond the Byline podcast focuses on the position on the minimum wage directive agreed by the EU council. We are also talking about the opening of the vaccinations for children aged between 5 and 11 years old in France and other EU countries.
Future EU 06-12-2021

Civil society fear lack of inclusion and member states inaction in CoFoE

Civil society has raised concerns to EURACTIV over a lack of inclusivity and diversity in the Conference of the Future of Europe (CoFoE). Additionally, they say the conference is at risk of failure if member states do not follow citizens’...
Digital & Media 12-11-2021

Former Commission’s Chief Competition Economist intervenes on the DMA

Tommaso Valletti had a key role in shaping EU competition policy in critical years for the digital economy. In this interview, he gives his take on killer acquisitions, the scope of the DMA, provisions on the regulatory dialogue and the...

Energy prices spike and Poland is asked to protect human lives

This week the Beyond the Byline podcast is focusing on the spike of energy prices, the Commission’s monitoring of the evolution of the electricity prices, and its attempt to come up with long-term fixes like investments in energy savings and renewables as the main answer at European level.
15-09-2021

The State of the Union speech explained by EURACTIV

This week our Beyond the Byline podcast is coming to you with a special episode focusing on the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s annual State of the Union speech. The president addressed the key issues on the EU...

Hungary, Poland refer controversial rule of law mechanism to court

Hungary and Poland have launched legal action at the European Court of Justice (EJC) against the regulation tying the disbursement of bloc funds to the rule of law situation in EU countries, the court said on Thursday (11 March).
Agrifood 05-03-2021

What are the realities of the Biodiversity and Farm to Fork strategies?

According to Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission: “At the heart of the Green Deal the Biodiversity and Farm to Fork strategies point to a new and better balance of nature, food systems and biodiversity; to protect our...
Health 05-03-2021

Vaccine ‘travel pass’ and French trial over data protection risks

This week on EURACTIV’s Yellow Room, we are talking about the proposed vaccine “travel pass” and the controversy around it. EU countries whose economies depend on tourism seem to be eager to adopt the proposed solution, while others are more...
Energy 25-02-2021

Strategic Compass and the EU’s €440 million failed gas projects

This week on EURACTIV’s Yellow Room, we are talking about Friday’s EU summit, where the leaders are expected to discuss security and defence issues. During the first part of their meeting, they will be joined by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg for...
Aviation 19-02-2021

Aviation sustainability and concerns over the implementation of the recovery fund

In the first edition of EURACTIV’s Yellow Room, we are talking about the European airline industry’s sustainability plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The aviation sector is facing the double challenge of coming up with alternative fuel solutions but...
Economy & Jobs 26-01-2021

Worst yet to come? Jobs and Cohesion in 2021

As the EU economy reels from the pandemic, forecasts suggest that unemployment rates across the bloc may hit their peak this year. At the same time, some 20% of firms foresee a permanent reduction in employment, according to the European Investment Bank's (EIB) investment report published last Thursday (21 January).
Digital & Media 14-12-2020

Ethics in the use of AI: Can regulators agree a standard approach?

The EU digital agenda for the 2019-2024 mandate is marked by a series of broad-ranging reforms, which are intended to guide Europe through the digital transition, as new technologies emerge. With Artificial Intelligence at the heart of the debate, the...
Economy & Jobs 26-11-2020

Social Economy – a driver of cohesion

  In the second part of EURACTIV’s series on cohesion policy, the European Union’s project to decrease the disparities between its regions, we look at social economy, its importance to the bloc’s economic and social health as well as its...
Economy & Jobs 26-08-2020

Do you speak cohesion?

  In the first edition of “Do you speak cohesion?” we are breaking down the elements of the cohesion policy or regional development funds, providing a better understanding over the European Union’s support mechanism. We will be explaining what is...
Digital & Media 23-03-2020

The story behind the Commission’s new emphasis on encryption

The European Commission has begun taking more decisive steps toward secure, encrypted communications. But while all of these steps may be positive, not all of them are identical.
Digital & Media 20-03-2020

Netflix to scale down European network traffic after EU pressure

The online streaming giant Netflix has pledged to lower the quality of its videos in a bid to reduce traffic on European networks by 25%. The aim is to preserve the smooth operation of the internet amid an increase in usage during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
Digital & Media 03-10-2018

Connected cars: A question of road safety in the 5G Vs WiFi debate

The automotive industry is moving ever closer in the mass development of connected cars, yet a number of challenges still exist for policymakers if the EU is to foster the development of the technology alongside fulfiling its long-term goal of zero fatalities by 2050 as part of its ambitious "Vision Zero" programme.
Agrifood 12-12-2017

Future CAP: Court of Auditors slams ‘ineffective’ greening measures

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) published a damning report on the so-called greening measures on Tuesday (12 December), stating that they do not meet their environmental objectives.
Circular economy 23-11-2017

Wasted opportunity: EU stalemate on food waste reduction

Food waste reduction targets are causing a stalemate in discussions on the circular economy: member states keep rejecting the parliament ambition to halve wasteful practices by 2030.

Timmermans: ‘Poland should be a leader in Europe – but it needs to cooperate’

The current Brussels/Warsaw spat is not a war of words between Frans Timmermans and Poland (as the Polish government presents it), but rather a collective demand by a decisive majority of EU states to respect the rule of law, the First Vice-President of the European Commission told EURACTIV’s partner Gazeta Wyborcza.