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Development Policy 27-03-2014

Health and Development: What role for the EU?

African governments are increasingly investing in healthcare, but their progress in preventing infectious diseases could be set back without financial support from the EU and other donors.
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Towards a Resource Efficient Europe – EPR for packaging waste

The European Commission is reviewing European Waste legislation in line with the EU Resource Efficiency objectives. This review includes a revision of the waste management targets and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) as one key policy tool to achieve existing and higher recycling and recovery targets for packaging waste.
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Extended Producer Responsibility: how does EPR contribute towards a resource-efficiency Europe?

According to the EU Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe, each year in the EU we throw away 2.7 billion tonnes of waste. Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) was introduced in the 2008 Waste Review as a means to support the design and production of goods, efficiently using resources during their entire life-cycle. However, EPR is not consistently applied throughout Member States.
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Energy efficiency: what role for chemicals in reducing greenhouse emissions?

The buildings sector is one of the largest contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, buildings account for about 40% of the total amount of energy consumption in the EU. The European Commission acknowledged this in its Energy Efficiency Directive stating that “the greatest energy savings potential lies in buildings”. The chemicals sector has already significantly reduced its emissions, but there is still potential to reduce them further.
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Technology 28-10-2013

Open and Connected Learning: How to improve and expand education through technology

While the digital revolution has led to an increase in educational resources via the Internet, European education systems are still unable to integrate ICT in their mainstream practices. A Commission initiative titled 'Opening up Education' aims at enhancing education and skills development through new technologies.   How can a coherent infrastructure and use of ICT in schools be achieved across Member States?   What are the main reasons for not fully exploiting new digital resources such as &#
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Energy 21-10-2013

Energising tomorrow’s world: one year after the approval of the energy efficiency directive

Europe aims to reduce its primary energy use by 20% by 2020, although the target is not legally binding. The policies and measures taken to achieve this target will continue to deliver beyond 2020 helping to reduce emissions by approximately 40% by 2050, according to the Energy Roadmap 2050. While trying to achieve the 2020 goals, the EU will have to find ‘flexible’ resources in the power system.
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Development Policy 04-10-2013

New ideas for EU’s development action

While the current eight MDGs expire in 2015, global and EU political thinking is focusing on the new priorities for development action. With the largest donor -- the EU -- currently going through an economic crisis and the fact that many 'developing' countries are now 'developed', there is an increase need for revising the current MDGs. What are the lessons learned in the past decade regarding development policy? Which are the areas that need stronger emphasis? Are there issues that have been disregarded in the previous MDGs?
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Economy & Jobs 03-10-2013

The Changing Face of Financial Reporting and Auditing

With new auditing rules and underlying regulations on cross-border taxation, one of Europe’s traditional strength services – financial reporting – faces challenges on several fronts: Corporate governance initiatives are increasing the range and substance of traditional corporate reports;
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Economy & Jobs 27-09-2013

The Payment Services Directive Revision

The original Payment Services Directive (PSD) was adopted by the EU six years ago, but an explosion in the ownership and use of smartphones and tablets, and new buying patterns, has taken place since. The Commission has now proposed a new directive to bring the original up to date. With the directive now under consideration in the European Parliament and Council, Fondation EURACTIV is pleased to invite you to a round table debate to explore answers to questions such as:
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Future EU 20-09-2013

eParticipation in the EU – Engaging Citizens in Policy Issues

eParticipation showcases how Web-based eParticipation initiatives, such as Puzzled by Policy [www.puzzledbypolicy.eu] and OurSpace [www.joinourspace.eu], can enhance traditional participation mechanisms, by providing accessibility, transparency, and real-time interaction.
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Economy & Jobs 15-07-2013

Growth in Times of Austerity: What measures to help businesses grow?

Eurostat data is still showing debt in many Eurozone countries despite severe budget cuts and tax increases. Economic growth is a continued challenge with annual GDP growth now forecast at -0.1% in the EU and -0.4% in the euro area. For 2014, economic activity is projected to expand by just 1.4% in the EU and 1.2 % in the euro area.
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Agrifood 04-07-2013

Sustainable Agriculture: A key ingredient to food security in Europe

Food security and food sustainability are key EU priorities in 2013. By the end of 2013, the European Commission is expected to follow up on its Resource Efficiency Roadmap with a Communication on Sustainable Food. How can this new policy framework best integrate a long- term approach to food and the environmental, social and economic pillars of sustainability? What options are at our disposal in Europe?
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Achieving Environmental and Sustainability goals – Does recycling improve air quality?

Sustainable development depends on real commitments and actions, by real people in the real world – statement from 2002 Johannesburg Earth Summit Declaration. Several voluntary commitments where mentioned at Rio +20 as good practice of industry moving towards improved sustainability. VinylPlus was one of these initiatives. VinylPlus is also referenced in the Green Paper on Plastic Waste published by European Commission on the 7th of March 2013.
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Development Policy 11-06-2013

The 2014-2020 EU Aid Budget: Enough to do the job? – Madrid 2013

Europe is going through one of the worst economic and financial crisis in decades and governments across the continent have implemented tough austerity measures. In Spain, where cutbacks have been particularly tough, the government recently decided to reduce the budget for development aid by 80%.
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Energy 10-06-2013

Southern Gas Corridor: Interconnecting grids and diversifying supplies in South East Europe and the Balkans

Following the January 2009 gas crisis, diversification of gas supplies and the identification of additional supply sources have become a strategic priority for the EU.   With the extraordinary EU summit in May, dedicated to energy, EU leaders will have to be well prepared to discuss the bloc’s energy relations in the long-term.  
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Economy & Jobs 27-05-2013

The EU’s Illegal Tobacco Market: The problem, the consequences and effective solutions

In 2011, KPMG estimated that the annual consumption of illegal cigarettes in the EU was 65.3 billion cigarettes. This was the highest ever recorded level and the fifth consecutive yearly increase. KPMG estimated the annual EU-wide tax loss due to cigarette smuggling to be approximately 11.3 billion euros.
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Future EU 29-03-2013

The Future of Europe: How will the debate be communicated?

With the urgency of the financial crisis passing, attention turns to European integration. European countries (Eurozone, non-Eurozone or non-EU) are re-assessing their relationship with the EU. This will be an over-arching debate in Europe in the next 5 years. Many actors will drive this debate. Think-tanks and academia have started to circulate ideas and scenarios. Senior EU policymakers, multi-national corporations, political parties and national politicians will all weigh in.
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Development Policy 26-03-2013

The 2014-2020 EU Aid Budget: Enough to do the job?

Europe’s leaders are in the final stages of negotiating one of the world’s biggest aid budgets. But how committed are they to delivering on promises to sustain the EU’s involvement in developing economies? In austerity-hit Europe, should development be prioritised and how? What will 2013 and beyond bring for those in the EU’s development sector?
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REACH Review: Re-opening a can of worms?

The review of the REACH regulation published early 2013, is meant to assess the positive and negative impacts of REACH. The review could however lead to a legislative revision in the future. Will REACH be able to create a balance between regulation, competitiveness and innovation? • Given the costs involved in the REACH process, prices for certain end products could increase. How can industry remain competitive throughout the entire supply chain? What will be the impact on SMEs?
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Reach authorisation: What impact for industry, SMEs and consumers?

Authorisation, one of the REACH processes for managing risks of substances of very high concern (SVHC), has the ultimate aim of phasing out SVHC of non-essential uses. In order to obtain an authorisation, companies must prove either that the risk to health and the environment is controlled or there are strong socio- economic arguments. After 5 years, it is important to draw some lessons from the efficiency of REACH, whilst at the same time reviewing the Risk Management part of the legislation.
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REACH Review: Looking ahead at 2013 and 2018

The review of the REACH regulation in 2012, 6 years after adoption, is meant to assess the positive and negative impacts of REACH that could translate in a potential legislative revision later on.
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Health 20-11-2012

Youth and Policy: A Healthy Mix?

A stakeholder workshop organized by Fondation EURACTIV to explore issues surrounding the protection of young people in the policy debate. Participants were asked to contribute to a range of ideas designed not to answer all the questions relating to youth and health policies, but to provide a blueprint for how such issues can be addressed in the future. Such issues include: Can an age be defined when a young person is no longer "vulnerable"? What is the best long-term approach: regulation and protection or education and empowerment?
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Europe's East 18-10-2012

EU – Ukraine in 2020, Looking beyond the current paradigm

After joining the Eastern Partnership in 2009 and recommitting to it in September 2011, Ukraine took a step further in its modernization. What should Ukraine's top 5 priorities for a 2020 vision be? How can democracy be consolidated in Ukraine? What are the steps towards this goal? Keeping in mind both Ukrainian and European interests, what would a new model of relations between the two look like? In a changing world, what would the triangle Kyiv-Brussels-Moscow look like?