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The European Commission is to work alongside the European Central Bank (ECB) in probing a range of 'policy, legal and technical' pitfalls that could emerge as part of plans to introduce a Digital Euro crypto-currency in mid-2021.
Digital 20-01-2021

Commission and ECB join forces on digital euro as privacy concerns emerge 

The European Commission is to work alongside the European Central Bank (ECB) in probing a range of 'policy, legal and technical' pitfalls that could emerge as part of plans to introduce a digital euro crypto-currency in mid-2021.
Health 06-01-2021

EU seeks up to 100 million more doses of Pfizer vaccine in new deal

The European Union is in talks with Pfizer and BioNTech over ordering up to 100 million more doses of their COVID-19 vaccine, three sources close to the matter said, as European governments battle to speed up immunisations.

How to talk climate? Engaging all EU citizens in the climate discussion

Climate science and technology are complex topics with a high potential for controversy. But ensuring people adequately understand the climate challenges is an essential element of the global response to the climate crisis. More than ever before, the European Commission...
Online platforms giants will be forced to abide by a broad range of obligations as part of ambitious new plans laid out by the European Commission in its Digital Markets Act (DMA) and Digital Services Act (DSA) on Tuesday (15 December).
Digital 16-12-2020

Commission vies to ‘put order into chaos’ with new digital crackdown

Online platform giants will be forced to abide by a broad range of obligations as part of ambitious new plans laid out by the European Commission in its Digital Markets Act (DMA) and Digital Services Act (DSA) on Tuesday (15 December).

A sustainable path to climate neutrality: How can energy utility operators contribute?

The European Commission tabled the updated 2030 climate target in September, saying a 55% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions was “achievable” and “beneficial” for the EU economy. The European Parliament subsequently voted for a 60% target for greenhouse gas reductions...
Energy 14-12-2020

Offshore wind power: How to unlock the necessary investments?

The European Commission estimates up to 450 GW of offshore wind power is needed by 2050 for Europe to deliver climate neutrality. Electricity will represent at least 50% of the total energy mix in 2050 and 30% of the future...

Towards carbon neutrality – one year in

December 2020 marks the first anniversary of European Commission President Von der Leyen’s announcement of the European Green Deal – with the centrepiece ambition to make Europe a carbon-neutral continent by 2050. The initial climate action initiatives include the European...
Transport 10-12-2020

The transition to sustainable and smart mobility: How do we get there?

In February 2020, European Commissioner for Transport Valean gave her first insight into the Commission’s reflections on the future of transport and mobility. She welcomed the European Parliament’s choice to put sustainability at the centre of the debate as it...

Clean Gas Technologies: What opportunities for the EU?

According to the European Commission, renewable and low-carbon hydrogen is a key building block towards a climate-neutral and zero-pollution economy in 2050, by replacing most fossil fuels and feedstock. It can contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions ahead of 2030...
Economy & Jobs 07-12-2020

Implementing the EU Industrial Strategy – how to track Europe’s competitiveness?

In March 2020, the European Commission presented a “new Industrial Strategy” to help Europe’s industry lead the transitions towards climate neutrality and digital leadership. The Strategy aims to drive Europe’s competitiveness and its strategic autonomy, at a time of agitated...
Agrifood 07-12-2020

Farm to Fork and feed additives: What lies ahead?

With its newly-adopted pivotal agrifood policy, the Farm to Fork Strategy (F2F), which is at the heart of the EU Green Deal, the European Commission has set the goal to make food systems fair, healthy and sustainably-friendly. One of the...
Digital 02-12-2020

Market investigation tool at risk in Commission’s digital clampdown

The European Commission's 'market investigation tool', expected to feature as part of the upcoming Digital Markets Act, will be scaled-down and its powers limited, after the EU executive's internal review panel raised concerns over its operation, two sources close to the matter have told EURACTIV.
Austria has laid out its stall for the forthcoming Digital Services Act, calling on the Commission to make online platforms more accountable for the hosting of illegal content, citing the country's Communication Platforms Act as an example for the EU to follow.
Digital 30-11-2020

Make Big Tech accountable, Austria says in Digital Services Act recommendations

Austria has called on the European Commission to make online platforms more accountable for the hosting of illegal content in a series of recommendations for the EU's Digital Services Act, citing the country's Communication Platforms Act as an example for the EU to follow.
The EU's Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton has disclosed details on the forthcoming criteria for the definition of so-called 'gatekeeper platforms' as part of the hotly-anticipated Digital Markets Act, set to be proposed by the EU executive in early December.
Digital 26-11-2020

Breton reveals details on gatekeeper criteria in Digital Markets Act

The EU's Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton has disclosed details on the forthcoming criteria for the definition of so-called 'gatekeeper platforms' as part of the hotly-anticipated Digital Markets Act, set to be proposed by the EU executive in early December.
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 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.
The European Commission's Intellectual Property action plan will seek to promote the increased sharing of intellectual property-protected data, a draft of the strategy obtained by EURACTIV reveals.
Digital 23-11-2020

Commission charts increased data sharing in leaked IP strategy

The European Commission's Intellectual Property action plan will seek to promote the increased sharing of intellectual property-protected data, a draft of the strategy obtained by EURACTIV reveals.
Coronavirus 20-11-2020

EU could pay over $10 billion for Pfizer and CureVac vaccines

The European Union could pay more than $10 billion to secure hundreds of millions of doses of the vaccine candidates being developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and CureVac, an EU official involved in the talks told Reuters.
Agrifood 19-11-2020

Can the EU Commission scrap its CAP plan?

The European Commission's threat to withdraw its legislative proposal for the post-2020 EU’s farming subsidies programme has irritated EU lawmakers. EURACTIV.com asked some legal experts to clear the air about the controversy.
Health 19-11-2020

Climate-conscious football fans not ready to change their ways, says study

A study carried out as part of the Life Tackle project demonstrates that while football fans attach great importance to the environment, their behaviour is not always "climate-friendly". EURACTIV France reports.

Meeting the new 2030 emissions targets: how do we get there?

Alongside the ambition of making Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, President von der Leyen’s Commission has made clear its aim of ensuring a ‘just transition’ for all European citizens and territories.
EU auditors have questioned the effectiveness of antitrust fines dished out by the European Commission, as part of a landmark audit of the EU executive's role as an enforcer of competition rules.
Digital 19-11-2020

Commission has never evaluated ‘deterrence effect’ of antitrust fines, auditors say

EU auditors have questioned the effectiveness of antitrust fines dished out by the European Commission, as part of a landmark audit of the EU executive's role as an enforcer of competition rules.
The EU's proposed Online Terrorist Content Regulation and the Intertim Regulation on child abuse materials raise serious fundamental rights concerns, says Eliška Pírková.
Digital 19-11-2020

The fundamental rights concerns at the heart of new EU online content rules

The EU's proposed Online Terrorist Content Regulation and the Intertim Regulation on child abuse materials raise serious fundamental rights concerns, says Eliška Pírková.
The European Commission has expressed concern that EU nations may fail to meet 'legally-binding' deadlines in the assignment of 5G frequency bands, further postponing the bloc's development of next-generation telecommunications networks.
Digital 18-11-2020

Commission ‘disappointed’ with 5G delays in Europe; reminds nations of ‘legal obligation’

The European Commission has expressed concern that EU nations may fail to meet 'legally-binding' deadlines in the assignment of 5G frequency bands, further postponing the bloc's development of next-generation telecommunications networks.

The EU’s imported deforestation problem – a closer look

Forestry policy was on the agenda for Europe's agriculture ministers on Monday, which made for a heated debate since Europeans are, through their lifestyles, contributing to massive deforestation worldwide. EURACTIV France reports.
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