About: Competitiveness

Economy & Jobs 15-10-2019

Europe seeks a comprehensive strategy to lift its competitiveness 

The dominance of US firms and Chinese companies in the digital world has sounded the alarm bells in Europe. EU and national officials have agreed that the competitiveness of European firms requires a comprehensive strategy that goes beyond easing the bloc's competition rules.
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Politics 12-11-2018

France continues fight against ‘gold plating’ of EU laws

French senators have removed around 20 over-transpositions of EU directives, which are considered to harm businesses’ competitiveness. This was part of a “tidying-up” mission which is sometimes at odds with the public interest. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 09-03-2018

Commission levels up France on economic imbalances

The Commission highlights the progress of French competitiveness but also points out structural issues in the French economy. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Economy & Jobs 22-01-2018

EU countries best in class for inclusiveness and talent competitiveness

If you thought the EU was incapable of being inclusive or attracting and producing talents, you’d better think twice, business leaders gathered in Davos heard on Monday (22 January), hours before the start of the World Economic Forum.
Economy & Jobs 05-10-2017

Commission adopts proposal to improve apprenticeships in EU

The European Commission adopted on Thursday (5 October) a proposal aiming to improve the conditions and outcomes of apprenticeships for young people across the block, in the hope that it will facilitate their job search later.

Spain improves its competitiveness despite political deadlock

Despite having an acting government for nearly a year, Spain is the only Southern Europan member state to have increased its competitiveness compared to 2015, the World Economic Forum said on Wednesday (27 September).
Agrifood 29-07-2016

Smart farming trying to find its feet in EU agriculture

The EU Common Agricultural Policy after 2020 should mobilise both direct payments and rural development pillars, in order to pave the way for the introduction of much-needed digital technologies in the farming sector, experts in precision agriculture told EURACTIV.com.
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Euro & Finance 11-04-2016

Brussels criticises inefficient French public spending

Increasing economic competitiveness should still be France’s top priority, according to Jyrki Katainen. The Commissioner has called for new reforms before the end of President François Hollande’s mandate. EURACTIV France reports.
Euro & Finance 29-02-2016

Romania sets sights on EU funding with new ‘competitiveness council’

Bucharest is to establish a National Council for Competitiveness in the hope of attracting EU funding. EURACTIV Romania reports.
Emmanuel Macron. Photo: French government
Digital & Media 03-12-2014

Germany and France to table joint investment projects

Germany and France aim to come up with joint investment projects focused on the digital economy by the time a European Union summit takes place in mid-December, ministers Sigmar Gabriel and Emmanuel Macron said at a meeting in Berlin yesterday (2 December).
EU Priorities 2020 28-11-2014

French, German economists offer plan to counter EU ‘stagnation’

Warning that Europe risks a "stagnation trap", leading French and German economists proposed reforms and investments to revive growth in the eurozone's two biggest economies, but Berlin swiftly dismissed a key proposal to boost its public investment.
Brexit 26-09-2014

Juncker rejects UK push for independent scrutiny of EU laws

EXCLUSIVE: The new European Commission has rejected the UK Government's call to set up an independent body to scrutinise EU regulation and impact assessments before and after legislative proposals are adopted by the executive.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has promised to finally implement reforms in the eurozone's second-largest economy. [Mathieu Delmestre/Parti socialiste/Flickr]
Euro & Finance 23-09-2014

German conservatives cast doubt on French reform pledges

On a visit to Berlin, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls pledged to get France’s budget back on track and called for "trust from the German people", a demand met with scepticism from Germany's centre-right. EURACTIV.de reports.

Innovation gap divides member states, warns Commission Secretary-General

The innovation gap between northern European countries and their southern and eastern counterparts risks deepening political and economic divisions between member states, the EU executive’s most senior civil servant has warned.

Swiss reject world’s highest minimum wage

Swiss voters on Sunday rejected proposals to introduce the world's highest minimum wage of 22 Swiss Francs (€18) an hour.
Trade & Society 28-02-2014

Europe abandons hopes of US-style shale gas revolution

Shale gas has had a “minimal impact” on the US’s manufacturing industry, and will have even less significance for Europe, according to a new report by the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI). In Europe, industrialists are abandoning hopes of a similar revolution, at least in the short- to medium-term.

Study: Insulation could save industry €3.5 billion a year

EXCLUSIVE / Better insulation could shave 4% off European industry’s total fuel consumption and emissions bill, a sum worth €3.5 billion a year, says an unpublished report by the Ecofys consultancy.

IPCC Scientist: Climate change will hit Europe’s competitiveness

One of the lead authors of a key UN climate report launched on Friday (27 September) has told EURACTIV that Europe’s business competitiveness would be badly hit by global warming of the sort most scientists now believe is likely to arise this century.
Trade & Society 25-09-2013

EU seeks to tackle industrial decline, high energy costs

EU nations will be left far behind the US unless they address high energy costs that are worsening the continent's industrial decline, the European Commission said on Wednesday (25 September).

French pension reform raises concerns in Brussels

As France fails to make in-depth changes to its pension system, the European Commission expressed concerns over the additional burden it could place on the private sector’s competitiveness. 
Energy 23-05-2013

Cheap shale gas bubble ‘will burst within 2-4 years’: Expert

The current shale gas boom which has bathed the US economy in cheap energy will soon go bust, a former gas industry geologist has told EURACTIV.

Single European patent officially signed

After 40 years, one of the longest negotiations in the trading bloc’s history, the European Union yesterday (19 February) formally signed on a new unitary patent for 24 participating member states.
EU Priorities 2020 12-02-2013

The EU’s 2014-2020 budget in figures

After 26 hours of negotiations, European heads of state and governments decided on a smaller EU budget for the period 2014-2020. Here are the numbers, compiled by EURACTIV France.

Southern Europe competitiveness gap ‘rapidly declining’: Report

Greece, Portugal and Spain are rapidly reversing the loss of wage competitiveness that was a significant cause of the eurozone crisis, new figures showed today (30 January). The report also looks at labour cost evolution in Germany, France and Britain.