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German recovery plan looks greener than it is, critics say

Germany was lauded for supporting green spending criteria in the EU’s €750 billion pandemic recovery plan, but critics now say Berlin’s national recovery programme may look greener than it is.
Economy & Jobs 23-06-2021

Lagging German regions may lose out due to rush of EU pandemic recovery money

Following European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s visit to Berlin on Tuesday (22 June), where she delivered the approved German recovery plan, concerns are emerging that the new pot of money may crowd out funding for weak regions and thwart their efforts to catch up with wealthy areas.

The Green Brief: Building back better?

When the European Union prepared its response to the coronavirus pandemic in May last year, it promised one thing: to “build back better”. But national recovery plans show a gap between what EU countries are willing to do and what the Commission aimed for.

Recovery plans fall short of EU green spending goals, campaigners warn

As the European Commission starts endorsing national recovery plans submitted by EU countries, campaigners are growing concerned that the EU executive may not fully enforce the fund's green spending target.
Economy & Jobs 27-04-2021

From coal and steel to carbon-free and digital: EU reaches turning point

Years from now, 2021 may be seen as the moment the European Union took a leap forward from its post-World War Two birth as a coal and steel bloc to a modern green and digital economy.
Energy 16-04-2021

From Brussels with love: the secret to spending the recovery fund

The post-COVID recovery funds need to be spent quickly by member states already struggling with absorption rates. President Ursula von der Leyen and Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans need to promote the help available, writes Brook Riley.
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Economy & Jobs 22-02-2021

Young people in Europe’s post-COVID transition – enabling them to be the solution, not the problem

Most people have never experienced anything like the current Covid-19 pandemic, its effect on societies and economies. Young people have been particularly hard-hit. Supporting them with quality education and sustainable jobs is essential, not only for this generation, but for...
Economy & Jobs 12-02-2021

Social inequalities overtake climate change in EU citizens’ concerns – poll

Reducing poverty and social inequality has become the main policy priority for EU citizens after the COVID-19 pandemic, a new survey commissioned by the European Parliament has shown.
Economy & Jobs 14-01-2021

Green MEP accuses Germany of ‘setting a bad example’ in its recovery plan

The draft of Germany's recovery plan promises that 80% of the EU recovery funds will go to climate protection and digitalisation, well above the EU's requirements. However, Green MEP Sven Giegold has complained that only a quarter will go to future investments and most of the money is earmarked for old projects.  EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 14-12-2020

Spain’s government encourages regions to submit ‘powerful projects’ eligible for EU financing

Spain’s Minister for Territorial Policy, Carolina Darias, encouraged local councils and regional governments in the country to submit "powerful projects", mainly focused in areas such as the  “green economy”, digital transformation, social cohesion and gender equality, all of which are eligible for financing under the EU Next Generation fund, EURACTIV's partner EFE reported. 
Economy & Jobs 19-11-2020

A call for a Child Union

Ahead of World Children’s Day, over 300 figures from the world of politics, academia and civil society have signed a joint call demanding the rapid entry into force of the European Child Guarantee and a Next Generation EU funding that truly works for Europe’s next generations.
Agrifood 11-11-2020

EU farming recovery fund to be rolled out from 2021

A provisional agreement has been struck on the rollout of recovery funds in the EU agricultural sector, which will make a total of €10 billion available for farmers from 2021 up until the end of 2022.
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Digital & Media 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...
Politics 27-10-2020

EU budget deal ‘virtually impossible’ without face-to-face talks

Reaching an agreement over the EU's €1.8 trillion seven-year budget and recovery plan will be "virtually impossible" without face-to-face meetings, warned the German EU Presidency.
Non-discrimination 22-09-2020

Gender equality: How post-COVID economic recovery programmes took a step back

With domestic violence and health issues having affected French women more than men during the COVID-19 health crisis, the economic consequences of the pandemic have also impacted the country's employment sector and have widened the gender inequality gap. EURACTIV France reports.

Commission must issue green bonds to finance the green recovery

The European Commission has a unique opportunity to issue green bonds to finance the EU's coronavirus recovery plan and ensure overall investment coherence with the Green Deal, write Pascal Canfin and Bas Eickhout.
Agrifood 08-09-2020

Commission urges swift deployment of COVID-funds for farmers

The €7.5 billion top-up coming to the EU’s farming subsidies programme from the bloc's post-COVID stimulus plan should be made available as quickly as possible, Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski said on Monday (7 September).
Economy & Jobs 03-09-2020

MEP Olbrycht: Member states may thwart recovery fund over rule of law

The European Parliament will fight to have a say in the oversight of the EU's €750-billion stimulus package, alongside the Council, MEP Jan Olbrycht, co-rapporteur on the EU's next seven-year budget (MFF), told EURACTIV Italy in an interview.

1,000 ‘shovel-ready’ projects identified in support of EU’s green recovery

Business consultancy EY has identified 1,000 green projects it says will help Europe recover stronger and more resilient from the economic slump caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Agrifood 30-07-2020

Bittersweet budget: what changes for CAP after EU summit deal

The final deal on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) spending that came out of the EU summit in July left a bittersweet taste: the much-feared cuts were not avoided but numbers were improved compared to the Commission's 2018 proposal.
Economy & Jobs 22-07-2020

German industry pleased with EU summit result

German business associations are cheering the deal EU leaders reached at a marathon summit that ended on Tuesday morning (21 July), and they have every reason to do so, explains economic researcher Jürgen Matthes. But some observers are displeased with cuts in funding for innovation, research or defence. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 21-07-2020

Council brokers historic stimulus pact as budget cuts, rule of law retreat plague deal

Leaders of the 27 EU countries finally compromised on a €1,074 billion long-term budget and recovery fund instrument early on Tuesday (21 July) morning, but it took one of the longest-lasting summits in European Council history and the final deal cut funding for some of the bloc's key priorities.

MEPs raise the pressure on EU recovery green spending rules

A cross-party group of lawmakers in the European Parliament – ranging from the far-left to the centre-right – have penned a joint letter calling for the EU’s proposed €750 billion recovery fund to be closely aligned with the bloc’s climate goals.
Economy & Jobs 16-07-2020

ECB to sit tight as EU leaders shape virus recovery plan

European Central Bank governors are expected to refrain from doling out fresh stimulus medicine Thursday, hoping EU leaders will do their bit to shore up the crisis-hit region with a huge coronavirus recovery plan.