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To prevent future energy prices crises, EU leaders must stop neglecting energy efficiency

When European governments devise solutions to cope with the high energy price crisis, they tend to address the problem mainly with supply side measures. This time around, it would be reassuring to see that leaders recognise the key role of energy savings, writes Arianna Vitali Roscini.
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Health 30-11-2021

Why the EU should boost Patient Blood Management implementation in Europe and align EU legislation with WHO guidance

There are many reasons for the EU to take a greater role in preserving blood – including one’s blood –  to improve patients’ lives. The window of opportunity is here to support EU countries improve health systems, policies and practices...
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Health 02-11-2021

Rare Diseases in the EU: Learning from Spinal Muscular Atrophy

There are 6,000 rare diseases identified to date and an estimated 30 million people living with a rare disease in Europe alone. Furthermore, there is no approved treatment for 95 percent of rare diseases. These staggering numbers demonstrate the urgent...
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Health 20-10-2021

Staying at the forefront of alternatives to animal testing

The EU is leading the way in protecting animals used for scientific purposes and transitioning to chemical safety assessment using alternative methods. But how can we remain in pole position and accelerate our move away from conventional animal tests? Maurice...
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Economy & Jobs 19-10-2021

From Chinese companies: open, fair environment is key, dialogue should prevail

The Chinese business community’s message to the EU is clear: an open and non-discriminatory business environment is key while bilateral cooperation and dialogues should always prevail. Xu Haifeng is the Chairman of the China Chamber of Commerce to the EU...
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Global Europe 04-05-2021

Building a real social safety net for construction workers in the EU

Every year, thousands of workers are misled and abused in all kinds of shady working deals. In most cases, these workers are not recruited by a regular construction company but by a so-called intermediary company. A lucrative business model in...
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Decarbonising Food – Making the case for Green Fertilizers

The fertilizer industry has identified the most promising technologies for making green fertilizers. The challenge is to make the business case for decarbonised products. This can be achieved by driving down the cost and addressing technical challenges on the supply...
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Politics 09-02-2021

The pandemic reveals the importance of enhanced cooperation between the EU and its partner countries

In March 2020, the entire world was thrown into an unprecedented crisis. Although this isn’t over yet, a number of lessons can already be drawn. Koen Doens is the Director General for International Partnerships at the European Commission. Jérémie Pellet...
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Hydrogen – the case for Central and Eastern Europe

Best businesses thrive when faced with challenges and the EU Green Deal offers an abundance of them in the foreseeable future. However, the potential to turn a challenge into an opportunity will rely on joint and coordinated efforts of public...
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Technology 02-02-2021

Europe’s top 5 priorities to kick-start the digital decade

Europe is still reeling from the pandemic’s effects and many countries are battling a third wave. Digital technologies have been proven to be essential in the crisis and are rightly viewed as a way to reinvent Europe’s economy after COVID....
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Global Europe 28-01-2021

Beyond 2020: Global Youth – Voices & Futures

TODAY’S YOUTH HAVE BEEN DEEPLY IMPACTED BY 2020 BUT REMAIN RESILIENT, POSITIVE AND COMMITTED TO WORKING TOWARDS A BETTER FUTURE As the world continues on its path of unparalleled social, political and financial uncertainty, we wonder, what will the future...
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Aviation 15-12-2020

The benefits of Sustainable Aviation Fuel go beyond CO₂

We already know that Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) provides cleaner alternatives to fossil fuels, achieving up to 80% reduction in lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to fossil jet fuels. But what is less well known is the fact that...
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Technology 06-12-2020

Digitalisation of Justice must be based on the experience of practitioners

On 2 December, the European Commission published its Communication on Digitalisation of Justice in the European Union. It recalls in the preamble that “effective justice systems are also essential for the functioning of the internal market and a prerequisite for...
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Circular economy 04-12-2020

End of life Recycling of WEEE Plastics containing Brominated Flame Retardants

Brominated flame retardants (BFRs) are used in plastics materials in electrical and electronic products to aid fire safety by reducing their propensity for ignition. This not only means a contribution to saving lives, but also products and property, thus preventing...
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Agrifood 18-11-2020

The unsung superhero – whole grain

Every year, 11 million people across the globe die due to poor diet. A recent research review in the Lancet suggests that nutrition is a bigger health risk than smoking or high blood pressure. According to a recent Global Burden...
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Technology 16-11-2020

European app makers urge regulators to think outside of the bubble

As app makers, we may not immediately come to mind when discussing the perils of platform regulation. After all, the new competition rules will only directly apply to large companies acting as ‘gatekeepers’. This opinion is the result of a...
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Transport 13-11-2020

Towards climate-neutral aviation: Blending mandate for the European Union

Aviation is the fastest growing transport sector, and it will continue to grow despite the current COVID-19 crisis. Regulatory support is needed to achieve the sector’s emission reduction targets.
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Technology 09-11-2020

GIGAEurope – Connecting for Recovery

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Europe in March, it was clearer than ever how connectivity is underpinning everyday life, particularly in times of lock-down. Because of the uptake in-home working, online learning, remote healthcare services and digital public services, network...
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Transport 09-11-2020

Why road transport needs data governance

Data is power. In the world of road transport, where vehicles and companies generate huge amounts of data, who holds this power? With no legal framework to regulate the use of business-to-business (B2B) data at the EU level, the question...
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Health 03-11-2020

Better Protection of People and our Planet While Building a World Without Animal Testing – Together

Over the past 15 years, the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing has helped facilitate coordination and cooperation via the 3R principles to successfully Replace animal testing with innovative methods, Reduce the number of animals in established methods,...
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The Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism: ensuring fairness

‘I want Europe to be a global advocate for fairness’, said President von der Leyen in her State of the Union address in September. But how do we design fairness into the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM)? The CBAM is...
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Technology 28-10-2020

How to spend €150 billion to build a stronger digital Europe

If there is any – tragic – merit in the hard lessons of the COVID-19 crisis, it is that the pandemic has forced us to face the most pressing issues of our society, and to finally take action. Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl...
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Circular economy 06-10-2020

Shaping together the circular economy for nonwovens

Chances are you have never heard of nonwovens before, but you are surrounded by them at this very moment; in the seat underneath you, the suit you’re wearing, as part of the insulation or roofing of your home or workplace,...
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Health 24-09-2020

If you are serious about health, you should be serious about nutrition

Nutrition and nutritional care are eminently (cost) effective interventions and should therefore be a key component and integral part of any EU health initiative that strives for disease prevention, effective treatment and improved patient outcomes. Olle Ljungqvist is Professor of...