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Technology 08-09-2021

EU and US working together on trusted connectivity to counter China

The EU and the US are pushing for a trusted connectivity approach to ensure that the exponentially rising global demand for digital and physical infrastructure is shaped by democratic values, in the midst of an ideological clash with China.
Climate change 30-07-2021

EU creates checklist for ‘climate proof’ infrastructure projects

The European Commission on Thursday (29 July) published a guide to assess whether planned infrastructure projects are equipped to cope with climate change impacts like floods and heatwaves, a condition that must be met to receive certain EU funds.
Economy & Jobs 10-02-2020

Germany should be more Chinese – at least a bit

While China has shown it needs a few days to build a hospital, infrastructure projects in Germany are making no progress. But politicians from the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) now want to change this. EURACTIV's partner WirtschaftsWoche reports.
Economy & Jobs 28-11-2017

China strengthens grip on Central Europe and Balkans at Budapest summit

A 16+1 summit of the Central and Eastern European Countries and China took place yesterday (27 November) in Budapest, hosted by the Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orbán. His Bulgarian colleague Boyko Borissov announced that next years’ summit will take place in Sofia.
Economy & Jobs 04-10-2017

Bulgaria and Romania seek investors for big infrastructure projects

Bulgaria and Romania are on the lookout for investors in three big regional infrastructure projects, following a joint session of the heads of government on Tuesday (3 October), Bulgarian media reported.
Development Policy 08-06-2017

African states compete in TV-style ‘Dragon’s Den’ for foreign investment at Dev Days

Three developing African states copied the reality-TV format of Dragon’s Den to compete for foreign businesses from a panel of a nearly a dozen investors, at the EU’s Development Days conference on Wednesday (6 June).
Politics 28-02-2017

Hamon and Jadot call for end to Lyon-Turin rail project

A ban on endocrine disruptors, the end of nuclear power and the suspension of the Lyon-Turin high-speed train line: this is Yannick Jadot’s price for supporting Socialist candidate for the French presidency Benoît Hamon. Euractiv France reports.
Regional Policy 03-10-2016

Romania’s bids for EU funding criticised by own Commissioner

Romanian Commissioner Corina Crețu has urged her country to submit better quality bids for EU money, as the Eastern European nation struggles to secure all-important funding. EURACTIV Romania reports.
Agrifood 20-04-2016

Africa’s farming potential hinges on infrastructure boost

Africa’s huge agricultural potential holds the promise of covering much of the planet’s nutrition needs. But the continent is hampered by lack of infrastructure and intricate local politics.
Climate change 09-10-2015

World finance must flow towards low carbon infrastructure, G20 ministers told

Focusing development and traditional finance towards low carbon energy efficient infrastructure will fight climate change, help the world meet sustainability targets and boost global economic productivity, the world’s finance ministers have been told.

German government bolsters municipal investment power

Germany’s governing coalition hopes to boost investment power among municipalities in the Federal Republic, planning to offer them an additional €5 billion over the next few years. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Transport 09-02-2015

EU launches fraud probe into Lyon-Turin rail link

The controversial high-speed train line between Lyon and Turin is to be examined by the European Anti-Fraud Office, OLAF, amid huge cost overruns and allegations of mafia links in Italy. The EU has already contributed €450 million to the project, but France and Italy will claim a further €4 billion of EU funding. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 09-12-2014

Barriers to infrastructure investment blocking Energy Union

Energy Union, the flagship initiative to wean the EU off its dependence on Russian gas, faces regulatory, financial and political obstacles that can delay or prevent funding for vital infrastructure, the EU Task Force on Investment has warned.

EU embraces green infrastructure package

The European Union adopted a new strategy yesterday (6 May) aimed at promoting green infrastructure, and putting natural processes at the heart of its spatial planning.
EU Priorities 2020 23-05-2012

‘Project bonds’ launched as an experiment

In the absence of an agreement for launching Eurobonds, the EU institutions agreed yesterday (22 May) to launch the first ‘project bonds’ as a pilot project to boost investment in energy, transport and the digital economy.
Euro & Finance 28-04-2011

Fitch casts doubt over EU project bonds rating

EU plans to create a market for project bonds to cover the €2 trillion of investment needed to upgrade the bloc's infrastructure by the end of the decade have received a positive evaluation from credit rating agency Fitch, but are unlikely to secure a top rating.
Energy 04-02-2011

Energy summit runs low on sparks

European Union leaders are holding their first ever energy summit today (4 February) but the policy agenda looks likely to take a backseat to pressing issues such as Egypt and the eurozone debt crisis.
Euro & Finance 15-12-2010

Barroso promises to go ahead with EU project bonds

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso pledged yesterday (14 December) he would "insist" on tabling plans to introduce EU project bonds to fund infrastructure in Europe, as an alternative to the controversial idea of eurobonds.
Trade & Society 08-09-2010

Barroso backs EU bonds to finance infrastructure

The president of the European Commission unveiled plans on Tuesday (7 September) to raise new sources of finance to fund EU infrastructure projects.

Academic: Public-private partnerships ‘cost more, deliver less’

There is no evidence that collaboration between governments and the private sector can help cut the cost of major infrastructure projects, a leading health policy expert told EURACTIV Slovakia. David Price of Edinburgh University said public-private partnerships (PPPs) ultimately cost more and deliver worse outcomes.
Security 11-07-2007

Parliament backs limited EU terrorist protection plan

A pan-European plan to safeguard critical infrastructure against terrorist attacks in areas including energy, health, communication and transport was backed on 10 July 2007 by the European Parliament. However, MEPs also declared that responsibility for protecting critical infrastructure still rests primarily with national governments and private stakeholders.

EU states urged to develop research infrastructures

Science stakeholders have asked member states to develop national plans for large-scale research infrastructures so that the implementation of a European road map, adopted in 2006, can begin.
Transport 07-06-2007

MEPs reject EU road-safety inspection as ‘bureaucratic’

Parliament’s Transport Committee has rejected a Commission plan that would force member states to upgrade their highways. Road stakeholders say the move was "short-sighted and nationalistic" and will slow down progress to reducing road deaths in the Union. 
Transport 09-05-2007

More money needed for EU transport infrastructure

Financial inaction on transport infrastructure is a major failing of EU transport policy and could put economic growth in the Union at risk, states a report backed on 8 May by the Parliament's Transport Committee.