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‘New economic model’ needed to deal with climate change, EU presidency says

Europe's current economic model "has no future" and does not respond to "major environmental challenges", Portugal's prime minister António Costa said on Friday, calling for the adoption of new models such as the circular economy and sustainable bioeconomy.

Mafia eye health, recovery projects in virus-hit Italy

In coronavirus-hit Italy, mafia groups are eyeing the health sector and EU-funded infrastructure projects as their next big money spinners, police warned in a report Wednesday (24 February).

EU countries back green building renovations, but quiet on binding standards

European Union countries will rally behind the bloc's plan to massively expand building renovations to cut emissions, according to a draft document, but it did not explicitly endorse using legally-binding energy performance standards to do it.
Economy & Jobs 19-02-2021

Cohesion Commissioner tells Bulgaria to make good use of EU’s unprecedented funding

The opportunities that the EU’s new long-term budget and the Recovery and Resilience Fund, totaling €1.8 trillion, offer a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the EU and Bulgaria, Elisa Ferreira, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms told a mostly Bulgarian audience.
Economy & Jobs 18-02-2021

Social dialogue must be stronger after the pandemic, trade union leader says

Nearly a year into the coronavirus crisis in Europe, the world of work has changed drastically with more transformation on the horizon. In an interview with EURACTIV, trade union leader Michael Vassiliadis discusses the EU policy agenda from economic recovery to the Democracy Action Plan and responsible supply chains.
Elections 16-02-2021

Thumbs up on new Italian government led by ‘Super Mario’ Draghi

Germany and financial circles expressed optimism at the taking over of the helm in Italy by Mario Draghi, a former head of the European Central Bank, nicknamed as ‘Super Mario’ by some media for his ability to navigate treacherous waters.
15-02-2021

Message to the government: Poland needs a new Marshall Plan

An unprecedented alliance of Polish environmental NGOs and business associations denounce a lack of transparency and misleading signals in the energy transition. They are challenging the Polish prime minister to publish the national recovery plan as soon as possible and drive the transition to a climate neutral future, writes Marcin Korolec.
Economy & Jobs 10-02-2021

Drafting national recovery plans: A laborious exercise for Visegrad countries

The process of drafting national recovery plans under time pressure seems to be a handful for Visegrad countries. Frequent issues include a lack of stakeholder involvement, problems with streamlining different requests and ensuring transparency in the process.
5G 09-02-2021

EU needs cross-border network of 5G ‘corridors’ to spur recovery, says Vestager

European Union countries should use a chunk of the bloc's €750 billion recovery fund to set up 5G corridors to help the 27-country bloc to bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic, Europe's digital chief said on Monday (8 February).

EU does not exclude funding gas, highways under green recovery plan

The grants and loans provided to EU countries under the bloc’s €750 billion recovery plan will not automatically exclude funding for gas infrastructure or highways, as long as these are part of a coherent national decarbonisation strategy with clear milestones, EU officials have said.
Economy & Jobs 08-02-2021

Cancel the public debt held by the ECB and ‘take back control’ of our destiny

It is time for the European Central Bank to cancel a large of the public debt it holds, say more than a hundred economists from across Europe including Aurore Lalucq, Nicolas Dufrêne, Jézabel Couppey-Soubeyran, and Laurence Scialom.
Elections 19-01-2021

Italian PM faces Senate confidence vote as pandemic rages

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will on Tuesday (19 January) face a vote of confidence in parliament, seeking the Senate's support for his teetering government as it battles a deadly coronavirus pandemic.
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Services of General Interest and their role in the post-COVID19 recovery

While the COVID-19 crisis has significantly highlighted and impacted the services of general interest,  they will be central in landing the green and digital transitions in a fair and inclusive way. On the occasion of their new identity, SGI Europe...
Politics 04-12-2020

Poland ready to drop EU budget veto for EU summit declaration on rule of law

Poland would be ready to drop its veto to the EU's €1.8 trillion financial package if EU leaders endorse an explanatory declaration on the link between EU funds and the rule of law, Poland's deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Gowin said.

Greek official: Rule of law discussion is ‘bigger than the EPP’

Hungary and Poland's opposition to Brussels' oversight of the rule of law and their vetoes over the long-term EU budget and the coronavirus recovery fund are symptomatic of bigger problems in the EU that go beyond the divisions within the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), a Greek government official told EURACTIV.
Future EU 16-11-2020

Does Brexit free Europe to seek closer union?

British politicians often speak of Brexit as an opportunity to escape Brussels' shackles but does the divorce also free Europe to go its own way?
Energy 09-11-2020

EU lawmakers set to open door for recovery funds to support fossil gas

On Monday (9 November), MEPs in the economic affairs and budgetary committees will vote on the EU's recovery fund package, but the ban on spending funds on fossil fuels, suggested by the environment committee, will not be in the final agreement.
Economy & Jobs 29-10-2020

ECB to pave way for more stimulus as recession fears grow

The European Central Bank is expected to resist pressure to unveil fresh stimulus measures on Thursday (29 October) but it will likely pave the way for action in December as fresh restrictions aimed at containing the coronavirus pandemic fuel fears over a new recession.
Politics 27-10-2020

EU budget deal ‘virtually impossible’ without face-to-face talks

Reaching an agreement over the EU's €1.8 trillion seven-year budget and recovery plan will be "virtually impossible" without face-to-face meetings, warned the German EU Presidency.
Economy & Jobs 22-10-2020

Over half Europe’s small firms fear for survival, survey finds

Over half the small and medium-sized companies which together provide jobs for two-thirds of European workers fear for their survival in the coming 12 months, according to a survey released by management consultancy McKinsey on Thursday (22 October).

Lawmakers vote to exclude fossil fuels from EU recovery fund

The environment committee in the European Parliament voted on Monday (12 October) to exclude fossil fuels from support under the EU’s €750 billion recovery fund intended to boost the bloc's economy in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
Economy & Jobs 08-10-2020

EU governments, parliament edge closer to deal on recovery plan

The European Union edged closer on Wednesday (7 October) to a deal over the bloc's budget and recovery package of €1.8 trillion after national governments offered concessions, but key differences remained.

Medical advice to EU leaders: prevention comes before cure

The EU’s recovery package is the not-to-be-missed opportunity to lead us to a healthier future and should not extend a lifeline to the pollution that is making us sick, writes Peter van den Hazel.
Politics 18-09-2020

For the benefit of youth – for the benefit of inclusion

Funding for Erasmus + should not be sacrificed as the EU gears up for its massive spending plan to combat the economic damage caused by Covid-19, writes Florian Sanden.
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