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Politics 08-07-2021

Far right leaders want to reform EU, and the promising Sanofi vaccine

Our weekly podcast focuses on a document signed by the leaders of 16 far-right parties across the EU asking for a deep reform of the Union in order to preserve its heritage. To shed some light on what this new “coalition” brings, I spoke with EURACTIV’s Senior Editor Georgi Gotev.
Health 01-07-2021

Delta fears and the EU’s ‘politically suicidal’ carbon market

  This week our podcast focuses on the spread of the highly contagious Delta coronavirus variant and the threat it poses to Europe’s long-awaited return to normality after almost 18 months of restrictions and lockdowns. What is the World Health...
Politics 11-06-2021

Transatlantic summits and a Bulgarian organ scandal

  Next week, all the lights will be shining over Brussels, where a double summit is taking place. World leaders are hoping to set a key milestone in renewing the transatlantic partnership and maintaining economic ties between the EU and...
Economy & Jobs 01-06-2021

Global Europe: Is the EU serious about engaging with Africa?

The EU and African Union seek to make up for the time lost in 2020 by accelerating talks on a new strategic partnership covering political and economic cooperation. But some are asking whether the EU’s plan to strike a strategic...
Politics 27-05-2021

EU fury with Belarus and the Turów coal mine dispute

This week, our podcast takes us to Belarus, where a Ryanair passenger plane was forced to land so the Belarusian authorities could detain one of the passengers, the dissident journalist Roman Protasevich.
20-05-2021

Truce calls over Israeli-Palestinian violence and fake EU jobs controversy

  This week our podcast focuses on the violent Israeli-Palestinian clashes, the EU’s role in the peace-making process and the political obstacles and differences among the bloc’s members. To shed some light on the latest developments I’m joined today by...
Politics 06-05-2021

Press freedom crisis in Greece and COVID-19 travel certificates

This week our podcast takes us to Athens, where things are getting quite shady when it comes to press freedom. Last month there was the mafia-style execution of an investigative reporter, Giorgos Karaivaz, and shortly after that, another journalist, Kostas Vaxevanis, reported to the police that he is receiving death threats.
Brexit 29-04-2021

The EU/UK trade deal and Czech PM slams EU auditors as ‘mafia’

  This week on EURACTIV’s Yellow Room, we are talking about the ratification of the EU’s post-Brexit trade agreement with the UK. At last, we may be seeing the turning of the page on economic and diplomatic relations between the...
Global Europe 22-04-2021

Climate law decisions and the phantom paper rocking the Western Balkans

  This week on EURACTIV’s Yellow Room, we are talking about the outcomes of the climate law negotiations that concluded on Wednesday morning – the EU and US goals, the reactions, and what the future has in store. To find...
Romania's centrist government on Thursday (April 15) approved a United States-backed bill that effectively bars China and Huawei from taking part in development of its 5G network, a member of the IT&C and National Security Committee told Reuters.
5G 16-04-2021

Romania approves bill to bar China, Huawei from 5G networks

Romania's centrist government on Thursday (April 15) approved a United States-backed bill that effectively bars China and Huawei from taking part in development of its 5G network, a member of the IT&C and National Security Committee told Reuters.
On the occasion of EURACTIV's launch of its new 'Digital & Media' hub, Editor Samuel Stolton caught up with the Commission's Vice President for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová, to discuss the wide range of issues currently impacting the European media landscape. 
Digital & Media 16-04-2021

Jourová on the future for European media: Big Tech, Democracy, and Independence

On the occasion of EURACTIV's launch of its new 'Digital & Media' hub, Editor Samuel Stolton caught up with the Commission's Vice President for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová, to discuss the wide range of issues currently impacting the European media landscape. 
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...
Renew MEPs have submitted a request to the European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee to hold off on adopting a motion on the UK's adequacy for EU personal data transfers until the EU's data protection watchdog has weighed in on the plans.   
Data protection 13-04-2021

MEPs seek extension on response to Commission’s UK data adequacy agreement

EU lawmakers from the Renew group have submitted a request to the European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee to hold off on adopting a position on the UK's adequacy for EU personal data transfers until the EU's data protection watchdog has weighed in on the plans.
Telecoms giant Huawei is keen to work alongside European companies to help the bloc achieve ambitious new benchmarks for semiconductors by 2030, as the firm continues to face challenges resulting from US trade restrictions.
5G 12-04-2021

Huawei eyes opportunity posed by EU semiconductor goals

Telecoms giant Huawei is keen to work alongside European companies to help the bloc achieve ambitious new benchmarks for semiconductors by 2030, as the firm continues to face challenges resulting from US trade restrictions.
The EU's institutional data protection watchdog has 'critical concerns' with European Parliament plans to install a biometric register that will allow MEPs to collect their daily allowance and sign in for hearings on the Brussels premises, it has transpired.
Digital & Media 31-03-2021

EU data watchdog has ‘critical concerns’ with Parliament’s biometric register

The European Union's institutional data protection watchdog has voiced 'critical concerns' about the European Parliament's plans to install a biometric register that will allow EU lawmakers to collect their daily allowance and sign in for hearings on the Brussels premises.
A contingent of EU nations has locked horns with the European Commission over plans to exclude third-countries from involvement in quantum and space research projects, in a move that could see the UK's involvement significantly downgraded due to concerns over intellectual property.
Digital & Media 31-03-2021

EU nations scold Commission on plans to exclude UK from research groups

A contingent of EU nations has locked horns with the European Commission over plans to exclude third-countries from involvement in quantum and space research projects, in a move that could see the UK's involvement significantly downgraded due to concerns over intellectual property.
The European Commission may "have to go further" on introducing more robust rules for Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies that pose a risk to fundamental rights, a letter written by President von der Leyen to MEPs, obtained by EURACTIV, states.
Digital & Media 30-03-2021

Von der Leyen assures MEPs: We’ll ‘go further’ on AI that harms fundamental rights  

The European Commission may "have to go further" on introducing more robust rules for Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies that pose a risk to fundamental rights, a letter written by President von der Leyen to MEPs, obtained by EURACTIV, states.
Facebook has told Irish lawmakers that proposed new rules in the country to regulate online political advertising should be held off until the European Commission presents its own legislation in the field.
Digital & Media 30-03-2021

Facebook urges Ireland to hold off on political ads rules until EU legislation

Facebook has told Irish lawmakers that proposed new rules in the country to regulate online political advertising should be held off until the European Commission presents its own legislation in the field.
Health 26-03-2021

The EU’s frustration over AstraZeneca and Hungary’s new Chinese jab

  This week on EURACTIV’s Yellow Room, we are talking about the European Commission’s frustration over slow deliveries of the AstraZeneca vaccine and the next steps planned by the EU. To analyse the latest developments on the topic, we are...

EU climate law negotiations and official ban of bird hunting practice 

This week on EURACTIV’s Yellow Room, we are talking about the EU climate law negotiations - the progress made so far and the obstacles to reaching an agreement.
Digital & Media 12-03-2021

EU Commission vies to protect future for platform workers

The European Commission will attempt to protect the future of platform workers in the EU by setting minimum standards and potentially enforcing pension entitlements and insurance obligations.
The US administration has hit out at calls in the EU for personal data to be localized on the bloc and thus avoid having to be transferred to third countries, following a ruling from the European Court of Justice last year in the famed Schrems II case.
Digital & Media 11-03-2021

US ‘concerned’ about EU data localisation, as Irish regulator reveals TikTok worry

The US administration has hit out at calls in the EU for personal data to be localized on the bloc and thus avoid having to be transferred to third countries, following a ruling from the European Court of Justice last year in the famed Schrems II case.
EU negotiators want an 'absolute guarantee' that personal data transferred to the US will not be subject to 'mass surveillance,' as part of ongoing talks on a new EU-US data transfer mechanism, according to the Commission's Vice-President for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová.
Digital & Media 11-03-2021

Jourová defends EU data against US ‘mass surveillance’ in Privacy Shield talks

EU negotiators want an 'absolute guarantee' that personal data transferred to the US will not be subject to 'mass surveillance,' as part of ongoing talks on a new EU-US data transfer mechanism, according to the Commission's Vice-President for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová.
The EU executive's 2030 Digital Compass targets, due to be presented on Tuesday (9 March), highlight a series of benchmarks to be achieved by the end of the decade, as a means to help the bloc become 'digitally sovereign'
Digital & Media 08-03-2021

LEAK: Commission in bid for EU data sovereignty with digital decade targets

The European Commission will try to mitigate the risks stemming from EU data being in the hands of third countries by outlining a series of 2030 objectives that will help the bloc procure next-generation data processing technologies, documents obtained by EURACTIV reveal.