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Cities & regions 25-01-2021

Happy and safe new year 2021 from Platforma!

Throughout the year, all over the world, local and regional governments have been at the forefront of the COVID-19 crisis. Whatever happens in 2021, PLATFORMA and its partners will continue to assist towns and regions! HAPPY AND SAFE NEW YEAR!
Politics 22-01-2021

Tweets of the Week: EU Bauhaus, Navalny, Frontex celebration dinner

Commission hopes EU Bauhaus will be ideas spinner, Navalny’s Putin video is an internet winner, and Frontex splurges 94k on a celebration dinner!
Politics 15-01-2021

Tweets of the Week: Government Resignations, Frontex Uniforms, Luxembourg Affront

Italy and  Estonia looking weak, Frontex fashion wear is on fleek, and Secretary of State cancels trip in fit of pique.  
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Services of General Interest and their role in the post-COVID19 recovery

While the COVID-19 crisis has significantly highlighted and impacted the services of general interest,  they will be central in landing the green and digital transitions in a fair and inclusive way. On the occasion of their new identity, SGI Europe...
Politics 08-01-2021

Tweets of the Week: Covid Vaccine, Capitol Mob and China Deal

Brand new vaccine is just the job, US capitol stormed by angry mob, and China investment deal makes MEPs sob.

EU Charter: Rights of People in the EU – Jourová | Lenaerts | O’Flaherty | Van Dunem

7 December marks the 20th anniversary of the proclamation of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights by the Presidents of the EU institutions in 2000. On that day, FRA, in partnership with the European Commission held a virtual conference ‘Reinforcing...
Politics 21-12-2020

A look-back at 2020

2020 is nearly over. Coronavirus has dominated all the news over the last 12 months but plenty more happened besides. Sam Morgan saves you the trauma of trying to remember it yourselves and looks back at what happened in 2020.
Non-discrimination 18-12-2020

Media advocate: Quotas could boost diversity in newsrooms

Europe’s newsrooms are still predominantly white and middle-class, though societies are changing at a rapid speed. In Germany, Neue deutsche Medienmacher*innen, an association of media professionals, advocates for more diversity in the media. EURACTIV spoke to Tina Adomako, board member of...
Politics 18-12-2020

Tweets of the Week: The Year in Tweets

A look back on the highlights of 2020 - and the tweets that came out of it.
Agrifood 17-12-2020

Delivering on the EU Green Deal: What role for innovation and disruptive technologies in agriculture

The EU Green Deal seeks to “transform the EU into a fair and prosperous society, with a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy, where there are no net emissions of greenhouse gases in 2050 and where economic growth is decoupled from...

How to talk climate? Engaging all EU citizens in the climate discussion

Climate science and technology are complex topics with a high potential for controversy. But ensuring people adequately understand the climate challenges is an essential element of the global response to the climate crisis. More than ever before, the European Commission...
Azerbaijan 16-12-2020

The importance of Azerbaijan to the EU: What path to develop deeper relations?

In the Caucasus, political stability in recent years has allowed the region to experience strong and consistent economic growth. More recently, big energy infrastructure projects such as the Southern Gas Corridor and the East-West Corridor have also underlined the strategic...

A sustainable path to climate neutrality: How can energy utility operators contribute?

The European Commission tabled the updated 2030 climate target in September, saying a 55% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions was “achievable” and “beneficial” for the EU economy. The European Parliament subsequently voted for a 60% target for greenhouse gas reductions...
Energy 14-12-2020

Offshore wind power: How to unlock the necessary investments?

The European Commission estimates up to 450 GW of offshore wind power is needed by 2050 for Europe to deliver climate neutrality. Electricity will represent at least 50% of the total energy mix in 2050 and 30% of the future...
Digital 14-12-2020

Ethics in the use of AI: Can regulators agree a standard approach?

The EU digital agenda for the 2019-2024 mandate is marked by a series of broad-ranging reforms, which are intended to guide Europe through the digital transition, as new technologies emerge. With Artificial Intelligence at the heart of the debate, the...

Towards carbon neutrality – one year in

December 2020 marks the first anniversary of European Commission President Von der Leyen’s announcement of the European Green Deal – with the centrepiece ambition to make Europe a carbon-neutral continent by 2050. The initial climate action initiatives include the European...
Politics 11-12-2020

Tweets of the Week: Brexit Dinner, Vaccine Winner and Single Seat

Boris and Ursula have ill-fated dinner, UK bizarrely claims it’s the world vaccine winner, and in the single seat row things have rarely been grimmer.

Setting the EU on track for climate neutrality: The role of gas infrastructure

To successfully achieve climate neutrality by 2050, the EU needs to establish an integrated energy infrastructure.
Climate change 10-12-2020

Sustainable Products Policy: Do all stakeholders agree on what is ‘sustainable’?

For decades, the standard approach to production and consumption has been “ make, use, dispose”. How  can the EU ensure that all products placed on the EU market become increasingly sustainable.
Transport 10-12-2020

The transition to sustainable and smart mobility: How do we get there?

In February 2020, European Commissioner for Transport Valean gave her first insight into the Commission’s reflections on the future of transport and mobility. She welcomed the European Parliament’s choice to put sustainability at the centre of the debate as it...

Clean Gas Technologies: What opportunities for the EU?

According to the European Commission, renewable and low-carbon hydrogen is a key building block towards a climate-neutral and zero-pollution economy in 2050, by replacing most fossil fuels and feedstock. It can contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions ahead of 2030...
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Cities & regions 10-12-2020

Another success! The #LocalSolidarityDays 2020

Discover what happened all over Europe at the European Days of Local Solidarity 2020! +70 municipalities, regions and provinces +60 events over 2 weeks +20 local and regional elected officials +770 Tweets and retweets with #LocalSolidarityDays The EDLS are coordinated...
Economy & Jobs 07-12-2020

Implementing the EU Industrial Strategy – how to track Europe’s competitiveness?

In March 2020, the European Commission presented a “new Industrial Strategy” to help Europe’s industry lead the transitions towards climate neutrality and digital leadership. The Strategy aims to drive Europe’s competitiveness and its strategic autonomy, at a time of agitated...
Agrifood 07-12-2020

Farm to Fork and feed additives: What lies ahead?

With its newly-adopted pivotal agrifood policy, the Farm to Fork Strategy (F2F), which is at the heart of the EU Green Deal, the European Commission has set the goal to make food systems fair, healthy and sustainably-friendly. One of the...
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