Jacques Vermeer

Participatory budgeting explained

Participatory budgeting, the shared decision between local government and citizens on how to spend a part of the municipal budget, is becoming increasingly popular across the bloc.
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Economy & Jobs 06-12-2021

Growing small businesses in a digital world

In November, seven nonprofit organisations from across Europe and the Middle East came together for the Google.org Skills Week on SMB Mentorship.
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Health 05-11-2021

Preparing Europe and the world for future health crisis: lessons learnt from COVAX and the future of HERA

The COVID-19 pandemic has taught policymakers and stakeholders many lessons related to crisis management through coordinated action. However, the greatest challenge facing Europe and the rest of the world is to be prepared for future health emergencies. The roundtable brought...
Agrifood 29-10-2021

Zero carbon brewing and beverages – How can stakeholder co-operation achieve it?

The brewing sector continues to explore a variety of new ideas to become more sustainable and more ecologically responsible.
Health 27-10-2021

Swedish football fans and sustainability

The Swedish Football Association and LIFE TACKLE partner, interviewed a number of Swedish football fans to bring to light their own understanding of sustainability in sport, and what this means to them.
Digital & Media 26-10-2021

Cybersecurity in the EU – Why we need NIS2 and what changes does it mean for the tech sector?

Cybersecurity is one of the European Commission's top priorities and a cornerstone of the digital and connected Europe. An increase of cyber attacks during the COVID crisis has shown how important it is to protect hospitals, research centres and other critical infrastructure.

Climate protestors take to Brussels streets ahead of COP26 climate summit

Tens of thousands of protestors marched through Brussels on Sunday (10 October). They called for more ambition at the COP26 climate summit, due to be held in Glasgow in November.  

NGOs call for ban on waste shipment out of the EU

NGOs protested outside the European Commission with a giant dragon towering over a map, showing the impact of Europe's waste shipped to the rest of the world.  
Agrifood 30-09-2021

What is the current consensus on the CAP?

The EU’s farming subsidy programme, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), is relentlessly debated at the EU level.
Politics 17-09-2021

Tweets of the Week: Pope, SOTEU, Timmermans influential

Pope sticks to the essential, SOTEU has snack potential, and Timmermans is ranked influential.

DEMOTEC – Democratising Territorial Cohesion: Experimenting with deliberative citizen engagement and participatory budgeting in European regional and urban policies

DEMOTEC investigate the role of participatory budgeting in fostering greater and more informed citizen participation in policy-making.

Carbon removal strategy – Is it needed and will it make a difference?

European Union Member States have agreed to reach climate neutrality by 2050 and increase their level of ambition for 2030. This means that Europe needs to amend many of its climate policies.
Economy & Jobs 12-07-2021

The future of work in the EU – Challenges in a fast-changing world

The way we work, and our societies more broadly, are undergoing fundamental transformations in a context of globalisation, demographic changes, and the rapid advance of technologies.
Digital & Media 28-06-2021

The EU Digital COVID Certificate explained

Digital EU COVID certificate is a free tool that opens the EU borders for its citizens that have been vaccinated against COVID-19, have recovered from it or have had a recent negative test result.
Development Policy 11-06-2021

Cohesion Policy – Dialogue between key actors

Cohesion Policy is the EU’s main investment policy. It targets all regions and cities in the European Union in order to support job creation, business competitiveness, economic growth, sustainable development, and improve citizens’ quality of life.
Agrifood 04-06-2021

A re-‘CAP’ of Common Agricultural Policy coverage

This year has been a decisive one for the reform of the EU’s farming subsidy programme, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Agrifood 27-05-2021

What’s the CAP impact on third countries?

Although Europe have abandoned the use of subsidizing export of its agricultural products, the EU’s main farming subsidies scheme continue having an impact on third countries, particularly the ones that can afford a similar direct payments system.
Agrifood 21-05-2021

Animal Health and Welfare: What role for Animal Nutrition?

Animal health and welfare are key dimensions of the Farm to Fork strategy (F2F), the European Commission’s pivotal agri-food policy at the heart of the EU Green Deal.

What can the US and the EU learn from each other to accelerate climate action?

The Paris Agreement, adopted in 2015, has set the way forward for all countries to act together in curbing climate change.
Agrifood 30-04-2021

Coping with climate change: crisis funds and carbon farming

Over the past few weeks, all eyes have been on France where farmers are scrambling to save their crops after a catastrophic frost swept through the country in what French agriculture minister Julien Denormandie has called “probably the greatest agronomic...
Politics 30-04-2021

Tweets of the Week : Brexit, Sofagate, European Commission press releases

Brexit is done, VDL is still narked over not getting a chair and it’s official Eu press releases are too much to bear.
Agrifood 21-04-2021

Policy Dialogue – Farming talks: Experiences from the field

The agricultural sector is faced with exponential population growth and is under pressure from different challenges, including climate change and changing socio-economic dynamics.

Sector integration: How can the EU best create and leverage an integrated energy system?

To become climate-neutral by 2050, the EU plans to transform its energy system, which accounts for 75% of its greenhouse gas emissions.
Climate change 14-04-2021

EURACTIV and Life Terra Foundation – Planting trees in Brussels forest with RFSB

Life Terra is a project co-funded by the LIFE Programme through EISMEA with the goal to plant 500 million trees in Europe over 5 years – 1 tree for every European.