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Brexit 30-12-2021

France blocking Britons from transiting to EU homes

Britons who live in the European Union can no longer drive through France to their homes elsewhere in the bloc under new regulations that have created confusion for many holiday travellers.
Economy & Jobs 29-12-2021

Euro banknote artist fears redesign could revive rivalries

Twenty years after arriving in Europeans' wallets, euro banknotes will get a new look with help from the public, a process officials hope will make citizens feel closer to the single currency.
Digital & Media 09-12-2021

Media watchdog: Number of imprisoned journalists hits all-time high

Twenty-four journalists were killed in 2021 and 293 have been jailed concerning their work, making this year the most dangerous on record for media workers, according to data from the Committee to Protect Journalists
22-11-2021

Brexit still an Issue for Europe whilst Britain’s border remains in Ireland

One important issue that the Conference on the Future of Europe needs to deal with is the relationship of the EU with the rest of the world. For me, that ‘rest of the world’ begins a few kilometres from my...

Green, digital transition at core of tourism recovery

EU ministers in charge of tourism agreed at a virtual informal meeting on Tuesday (16 November) that the green and digital transition must form the core of the tourism sector's post-pandemic recovery if the industry is to be put on a sustainable footing.
Future EU 10-11-2021

We can strengthen European democracy by giving the European Parliament more powers

The past year’s crisis underscored the need for a more united Europe. We must seize this opportunity to make the Conference on the Future of Europe a true forum with citizens to work together to achieve a more sovereign and democratic Europe, says UEF President and Renew MEP Sandro Gozi.

Slovenian presidency reaches agreement on expanded EMA mandate

The Slovenian presidency of the EU Council and negotiators of the European Parliament have reached a temporary agreement on an enhanced role of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in preparedness for crises.

EU high court fines Poland €1 million a day for non-compliance

As Poland’s row over judicial independence continues to escalate, the EU’s highest court has imposed a €1 million daily fine on Warsaw for not implementing its summer orders. On 14 July, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) ordered Poland to...
Digital & Media 29-09-2021

EU and US hold first trade and technology talks amid tensions

The new EU-US Trade and Technology (TTC) is set to hold its first meeting in Pittsburgh on Wednesday (29 September), in the shadow of the submarine dispute between France and Washington, which had put the transatlantic relationship to the test.
Economy & Jobs 27-09-2021

Euro zone corporate business slows further

Lending to eurozone companies slowed further last month, European Central Bank data showed on Monday, extending its steady downward trend and likely raising concern among policymakers about banks' reluctance to extend credit.
Enlargement 23-09-2021

The EU’s quest for strategic autonomy in the Western Balkans: Why it flopped

One could cut a long story short and simply note that the EU failed in its dealings with the Western Balkans because it did not put its money where its mouth is. However, this assertion contradicts the accepted narrative in Brussels and most EU capitals, and requires proof, writes Dušan Reljić.
Eastern Europe 23-09-2021

Digital connectivity can fix the EU’s faltering Eastern Partnership

Relations between the EU and its eastern neighbours a going backwards. But a combination of renegotiated trade agreements and digital connectivity could reverse the tide, writes Dan Dalton.
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...
Economy & Jobs 07-05-2021

Young Europeans struggling to find housing – report

Europe's youth is facing difficulties in accessing housing, and the COVID crisis has further aggravated the situation, according to the annual report on the state of poor housing in Europe published on Thursday (6 May) by the Abbé Pierre Foundation and the European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless (FEANTSA).
The European Commission has decided against imposing geographical restrictions on the establishment of so-called 'data sharing services,' as part of ambitious new plans laid out in the executive's landmark Data Governance Act.
Digital & Media 26-11-2020

New EU data brokers won’t have to be European, Commission says

The European Commission has decided against imposing geographical restrictions on the establishment of so-called 'data sharing services,' as part of ambitious new plans laid out in the executive's landmark Data Governance Act.
A contingent of EU nations has pressed the European Commission to urgently develop a strategy to counter disinformation related to 5G telecommunications networks, amid concerns that the bloc may miss legally-binding targets for the rollout of such technologies.
5G 19-10-2020

Fifteen EU countries raise alarm on Europe’s ‘anti-5G movement’

A contingent of EU nations has pressed the European Commission to urgently develop a strategy to counter disinformation related to 5G telecommunications networks, amid concerns that the bloc may miss legally-binding targets for the rollout of new infrastructure.
Concerns have emerged from EU consumer groups that plans in Italy to establish a single firm overseeing the rollout of the country's future broadband infrastructure could lead to a 'quasi-monopolistic' market structure.
Digital & Media 14-10-2020

Concerns emerge over Italy’s ‘monopolistic’ Single Broadband Network plans

Concerns have emerged among EU consumer groups that plans in Italy to establish a single firm overseeing the rollout of the country's future broadband infrastructure could lead to a 'quasi-monopolistic' market structure.
New EU measures regulating the web should avoid, in the first instance, rules on the hosting of online content deemed 'harmful' but not 'illegal,' a Brussels trade association representing the world's largest online platforms has said.
Digital & Media 12-10-2020

Digital Services Act should avoid rules on ‘harmful’ content, Big Tech tells EU

New EU measures regulating the web should avoid, in the first instance, rules on the hosting of online content deemed "harmful" but not "illegal", a Brussels trade association representing the world's largest online platforms has said.
The EU should not 'copy and paste' everyday racial discrimination and bias into algorithms in artificial intelligence, the EU's Vice-President for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová has said.
Digital & Media 18-09-2020

EU must ‘proactively’ tackle AI discrimination, Jourová says

The EU should not 'copy and paste' everyday racial discrimination and bias into algorithms in artificial intelligence, the EU's Vice-President for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová has said.
Digital & Media 18-08-2020

Digital agenda: Autumn/Winter Policy Briefing

After a turbulent start to 2020, in the second half of the year the EU will embark on a range of ambitious initiatives in the digital arena, some of which will be directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and its knock-on effects.
Digital & Media 28-07-2020

Commission eyes US GAFA hearing for future competition challenges

The heads of US tech giants Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple are set to testify in a US congressional hearing on Wednesday (29 July) as part of an ongoing probe into the dominance of digital platforms. For the EU, the hearing could provide a valuable insight into how to address competition challenges in the digital economy.
Digital & Media 23-07-2020

‘Utmost importance’ for transparency rules on political ads, EU report says

It is of the 'utmost importance' for the EU to do more to reign in the unregulated environment of online political advertising by establishing more stringent transparency obligations, said a  European Commission-backed report on media plurality, published on Thursday (23 July).
5G 23-07-2020

French limits on Huawei 5G equipment amount to de facto ban by 2028

French authorities have told telecoms operators planning to buy Huawei 5G equipment that they won’t be able to renew licences for the gear once they expire, effectively phasing the Chinese firm out of mobile networks, three sources close to the matter said.
Digital & Media 10-07-2020

Commission expert group warns against ‘killer acquisitions’ in platform economy

The EU should consider imposing 'new obligations' on major platforms to report their merger and acquisition activities to the European Commission in order to avoid a culture of 'killer acquisitions,' a report produced for the EU executive has said.