Jacques Vermeer

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.
Politics 26-03-2021

Tweets of the Week: Vaccine diplomacy, massive boat stuck, lockdown

Vaccine diplomacy is going très mal, massive boat gets stuck in the Suez canal, and lockdown is a blow to everyone’s morale.

How to decarbonise heavy industry: From quick wins to long-term solutions

The steel industry is a major contributor to the overall CO2 emissions worldwide, and, therefore, a significant driver of climate change. The sector generated about 2 billion tons of CO2 in 2018, according to the International Energy Agency, which is double the volume of 2000.
Economy & Jobs 18-03-2021

Gender equality in the workplace: How to build on recent progress to reach true parity

Gender equality is a core value of the EU, a fundamental right and key principle of the European Pillar of Social Rights.
Economy & Jobs 17-03-2021

Towards a mandatory EU system of due diligence for supply chains – Realities and consequences

The Commission is working on a legislative proposal for a European due diligence for supply chains.  
Digital & Media 16-03-2021

French content in Europe – Over a coffee with Netflix’s Sara May

What is so special about France when it comes to streaming platforms’ content? Netflix Director of Acquisitions and Co-productions for France and Italy Sara May sheds some light on the French market, one year after the opening of a brand new office in Paris. She also told us about how they kept the shows on the road in spite of the pandemic restrictions.
Digital & Media 15-03-2021

Knowledge, Science, Democracy: What is the role of evidence in policy and society?

Science and technology have a profound influence on our daily lives. Bridging the gap between science and policy is essential in ensuring good policy-making that is evidence-based.
Brexit 04-03-2021

Post-Brexit trade deal, the long and bumpy road explained

With the EU and UK having agreed their Trade and Cooperation Agreement just in time for the New Year's Eve deadline, Brexit was supposed to finally be done.

Contributing to global climate goals: How can the gas infrastructure sector develop low-carbon and renewable solutions?

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), developing renewable gases is essential to advancing energy sector decarbonisation. The European Commission states in its Energy System Integration, Hydrogen and Methane emission reduction strategies that renewable gas will be critical for the transformation of the energy system.
Agrifood 16-02-2021

Farm To Fork – Can it lead to a ‘gold-standard food system’ in Europe, focused on SDGs?

The Farm to Fork Strategy is at the heart of the European Green Deal, aiming to make food systems fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly.