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Politics 15-04-2021

Millions spent on consultancy firms and the Northern Ireland crisis

  This week on EURACTIV’s Yellow Room, we are talking about how some EURACTIV digging led to discussions and examinations over the Commission’s 462 million-euro contracts with several consultancy firms. We are focusing on the Parliament’s next steps and the...
Politics 02-03-2021

Three in four EU citizens want a more sovereign Europe

The demand for more European sovereignty within the EU is strong despite disparities between countries, according to a study published Tuesday (2 March) by the Jean Jaurès Foundation and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, in partnership with the Ipsos polling institute. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 17-02-2021

New study sheds light on ‘depopulated Spain’

Almost 46% of the Spanish territory has lost more than half of its population since 1950 and, as a direct impact of this quick depopulation, also lost considerable economic power, a new survey by Spanish think tank Funcas revealed. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Economy & Jobs 21-01-2021

Sanchez praises EU unity, insists Spain will implement COVID recovery funds

Unity at the national and EU level will be key for Spain and Europe to overcome the unprecedented challenges posed by the pandemic, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has said, adding that his government would successfully implement the €140 billion from the EU for the country's pandemic response and recovery.
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.
Economy & Jobs 31-12-2020

COVID-19 shook, rattled and rolled the global economy in 2020

When 2020 dawned, the global economy had just notched its 10th straight year of uninterrupted growth, a streak most economists and government finance officials expected to persist for years ahead in a 21st Century version of the “Roaring ‘20s.”
Economy & Jobs 15-12-2020

Spain’s prime minister: Economic growth does not guarantee well-being

Spain’s socialist Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, stressed in Paris on Monday (14 December) that "economic growth does not guarantee well-being" and that the world needs a change of paradigm to deal with new challenges. EURACTIV's partner EFE reported.
Economy & Jobs 14-12-2020

Spain’s government encourages regions to submit ‘powerful projects’ eligible for EU financing

Spain’s Minister for Territorial Policy, Carolina Darias, encouraged local councils and regional governments in the country to submit "powerful projects", mainly focused in areas such as the  “green economy”, digital transformation, social cohesion and gender equality, all of which are eligible for financing under the EU Next Generation fund, EURACTIV's partner EFE reported. 
Economy & Jobs 09-12-2020

Spanish minister confident end-of-year economic figures better than predicted

Spain's economy will do slightly better than previously forecast, with a 2.4% GDP increase by the end of this month, the country's Inclusion and Social Security Minister José Luis Escrivá predicted on Tuesday (8 December). EFE reports.
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...

Financing mechanisms for the energy sector

Climate neutrality translates into commitments undertaken by various industries, communities and other stakeholders. The European energy sector is already committed to be carbon neutral before 2050. However, some countries are already fully decarbonised in terms of power generation, while others...
Economy & Jobs 03-09-2020

French economic recovery plan ‘resonates strongly’ with German and EU plan

French Prime Minister Jean Castex unveiled on Thursday (3 September) a detailed national economic recovery plan amounting to €100 billion over two years. The plan is in line with those drawn up by Berlin and the European Commission, according to the head of the influential French think tank IDDRI. EURACTIV France reports.
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...
Agrifood 13-07-2020

Rural broadband – Challenges and opportunities

The economic competitiveness of regions, and notably rural regions, depends on good connectivity. This means not just roads and railways, but also internet highways. Connectivity to fast internet in rural areas is still almost half of what it is on...
Economy & Jobs 08-07-2020

Re-starting the EU economy – How can industry contribute to a resilient and sustainable recovery?

The outbreak of the corona pandemic has posed a serious threat to European industry in both the short and long term, from disruption of supply chains due to transport and travel restrictions, to the loss of suppliers. Most industrial companies...
Economy & Jobs 09-06-2020

Mario Centeno quits Eurogroup post, Portuguese government

Portuguese Finance Minister Mário Centeno, the Eurogroup's president, has resigned from government, following a period of less than idyllic relations with Prime Minister António Costa, and will be replaced by state secretary for budget João Leão.
Economy & Jobs 09-06-2020

Costa e Silva: Portugal’s surprising choice for new economic masterplan

The controversial appointment of the largely unknown Costa e Silva as the man who should draft Portugal's economic plan for the next decade has become a key talking point in the country.
Economy & Jobs 09-06-2020

Madeira: Portuguese archipelago invests in development of safe destination brand

The Portuguese islands of Madeira and Porto Santo will reopen to tourism on 1 July. After almost four months without revenue from one of its economic engines, the Atlantic archipelago's regional government seems optimistic about the reopening, but experts caution that it might still be necessary to rethink the future of tourism.
Brexit 29-05-2020

The Brexit stalemate explained

Nearly four years after the UK voted to leave the European Union, we are back to a familiar conundrum: deal or no deal. Except that this time we are talking about the trade agreement that will govern future EU-UK relations.
Economy & Jobs 26-05-2020

How the EU can emerge from coronavirus stronger – and greener

When the EU re-emerges from this crisis, what will it look like? Will it be stronger and more adept at responding to future crises like climate change? Or will it be weaker, unable to address the concerns of Europeans and in danger of breaking apart? A lot depends on what happens this Wednesday, writes a group of authors from the Jacques Delors Institute.
Economy & Jobs 26-05-2020

2020 will go down in history as the EU’s turning point thanks to COVID-19

In the two months since mid-March, the European Union has seen a change of course that was unthinkable at the start of the year. Entrenched taboos are falling away, and things that had been awaited for more than 20 years are happening within days and weeks. We must not waste this historic moment, writes Luca Jahier.
Economy & Jobs 15-05-2020

With almost €100 billion in tax losses, Scholz announces another stimulus package

For the German budget, the pandemic means greater expenditures and less income. For the first time since the financial crisis, tax revenues are falling but Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) is not thinking about austerity. On the contrary, another economic stimulus package is planned in June to help boost the economy, EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 01-05-2020

How to solve the crisis? Strengthen workers’ voices.

In a matter of a few weeks, the political challenges facing Europe have changed dramatically, with the unfolding health and economic crisis. In the previous economic turmoil, our collective response was to weaken the rights of the worker. This time it must be different, argue Danish MEPs Marianne Vind, Nikolaj Villumsen and Kira Marie Peter-Hansen.
Economic governance 20-04-2020

COVID-19: EU’s plan to save the economy

The European Commission estimates the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak could be greater than the financial crisis in 2008. In order to keep the economy running, the EU executive introduced flexibility for funds and national expenditure, member states approved...