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Biomass 18-09-2020

Biomass: supporting greater climate ambitions without sacrificing sustainability

As Europe’s largest single source of renewable energy, sustainable biomass is a cornerstone of the EU’s low-carbon energy transition. Seeking to accelerate this transition, the European Commission has proposed a series of ambitious new goals to  achieve by the end...
Digital 16-09-2020

Gaia-X group signs corporation papers in bid for EU digital sovereignty

The development of the EU's landmark cloud infrastructure project, Gaia-X, received a boost on Tuesday (15 September) as the contingent behind the project put pen to paper on documents marking the official founding of the organisation.

Germany bristles at US sanctions threat over Russia pipeline

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Monday (10 August) he had expressed "displeasure" to his US counterpart Mike Pompeo about Washington's threat of sanctions against a German port over a gas pipeline from Russia.
Digital 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.
5G 24-07-2020

Commission presses member states to take action on high-risk 5G vendors

EU nations must make urgent progress on mitigating the risks to 5G telecommunications networks posed by certain high-risk suppliers, the European Commission said in a progress report published on Friday (24 July).
Digital 16-07-2020

EU-US data transfers at critical risk as ECJ invalidates Privacy Shield

The EU-US Privacy Shield agreement that attempts to guarantee the secure transmission of EU data to the United States, has been declared invalid by the European Court of Justice, in a ruling that will provoke major disruption to transatlantic data flows.
Future EU 24-06-2020

German EU Presidency: Government sets priorities as ‘motor and moderator of Europe’

One week before Germany takes over the EU Council presidency on 1 July, its highly anticipated programme went through the cabinet, with priorities focused on managing the coronavirus crisis and its economic and social fallout. However, that was not enough to placate critics in the green and left-wing opposition. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital 24-06-2020

Digital tax: Stage set for EU leadership after Trump’s OECD withdrawal

Amazon does not need another massive handout, but that is what the Trump administration gave the US behemoth by withdrawing from international digital tax negotiations at the OECD. The timing could not be worse, write Christy Hoffman and Oliver Roethig.
EU-China 29-05-2020

China: One of Germany’s EU presidency priorities

EU-China relations will be one of Germany's EU presidency priorities in foreign policy matters, with an overall objective of "strengthening Europe as an anchor of stability in the world," said Chancellor Angela Merkel. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 24-05-2020

Byung-Chul Han: COVID-19 has reduced us to a ‘society of survival’

“Survival will become an absolute, as though we were living in a permanent state of war”. That is how South Korean philosopher Byung-Chul Han described the world after COVID-19, in an interview with Efe: “a society of survival that loses all sense of the good life”, one where “enjoyment is also sacrificed for health”.
Digital 31-03-2020

Huawei: Chinese government would not let us get ‘slaughtered’ by US

A top official of the telecommunications giant Huawei has said that Beijing may consider counter-measures should the United States choose to impose further restrictions on exports of American equipment to be used by the Chinese firm.
Digital 12-03-2020

US industry hits out at UK digital services tax

Representatives from the US tech industry on Wednesday (11 March) hit out at the UK's plans to introduce a digital services tax from the beginning of April, following a period of uncertainty as to whether the UK would continue with the measures amid attempts to contract a US trade deal.
Digital 03-03-2020

UK to consider opposition to digital tax in pursuit of U.S. trade deal

Britain said on Monday (2 March) it would consider opposition to its plan to impose a new digital tax on big tech companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon as part of its ambition to agree a free trade deal with the United States.
Economy & Jobs 06-02-2020

EU trade chief Hogan returns to Washington as auto tariffs loom

European Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan returned to Washington on Thursday (6 Febrero) for talks with US counterpart Robert Lighthizer designed to improve transatlantic ties as the threat of auto tariffs looms.
Digital 29-01-2020

5G rollout will lead to an ‘increased exposure to attacks,’ EU says

5G security standards are set to be bolstered across the EU, amid fears that non-EU states may be trying to infiltrate the bloc's next-generation mobile technology networks. The EU has, however, pledged not to exclude any specific suppliers, despite heavy US pressure against the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.
Digital 28-01-2020

UK to make Huawei decision today, amid intensifying US pressure

Huawei's future involvement in the UK's future 5G network infrastructure hangs in the balance today (28 January), as Prime Minister Boris Johnson sits down with members of the UK's National Security Council to come to an agreement on the Chinese telecoms giant.
Economy & Jobs 24-01-2020

Merkel defends financial crisis management legacy before economic elite in Davos

German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her tough stand and the austere fiscal policy she pursued in response to the financial crisis that shook up the eurozone in 2008 as she addressed the World Economic Forum on Thursday (23 January).
Economy & Jobs 23-01-2020

Davos 2020 diary – day #3

Welcome to Davos where the 50th edition of the World Economic Forum (WEF) is taking place on 21-25 January. Throughout the week, EURACTIV gives you a glimpse into one of the world’s most exclusive conferences where political and business leaders meet every year to discuss global economic trends.
Economy & Jobs 21-01-2020

Von der Leyen and Trump fine tune transatlantic relations in Davos

European Commission president Ursula Von der Leyen met US President Donald Trump in Davos on Tuesday (21 January) and vowed to move forward the transatlantic agenda after a period of tense relations and trade threats between the two allies.
Digital 21-01-2020

Talks on digital tax with US remain difficult – France’s Le Maire

France’s Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Tuesday (21 January) talks with the United States on the taxation of digital companies “remained difficult” despite a pledge from the two countries to avoid a trade war until at least the end of this year.
Digital 20-01-2020

‘International alignment’ required on future AI rules, Google chief says

Google chief Sundar Pichai has called for 'international alignment' and 'an agreement on core values' in the future regulation of Artificial Intelligence. But positions of the EU and the US on the issue diverge, following the recent leak of European Commission papers detailing a crackdown on facial recognition technologies.
5G 15-01-2020

Europeans seek ‘lawful’ ways of intercepting 5G communications

The European Commission is working alongside Europol and EU member states to "identify appropriate ways of preserving lawful interception capabilities in 5G networks," said Ylva Johansson, the EU's Home Affairs Commissioner.
Economy & Jobs 07-01-2020

Eurozone growth driven by services, weighed down by industry slump

While the eurozone's private sector stagnated until December 2019, the manufacturing sector saw a prolonged slump. It is the services sector that continues to drive the Eurozone's growth. EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.
Digital 07-01-2020

Avoid heavy AI regulation, White House tells EU

The US administration has urged European lawmakers to avoid heavy regulation frameworks in the future rollout of Artificial Intelligence technologies on the continent. The call comes ahead of the European Commission's planned presentation of its AI strategy, set to be announced early this year.
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