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  • Europe has its strengths in industrial innovation: it has one of best educated workforces in the world; European organisations have been responsible for around a fifth of all clean-tech-related patents in the last fifteen years (the largest share in the world); the EU’s research and development programmes, like Horizon 2020, are some of the best publicly-funded schemes in the world; Europe has an enviable record of setting global regulatory standards.
  • Nikos Pappas: ”We should show our partners and ourselves and send a message to society that we will not repeat these mistakes.”
  • Research into self-organizing systems has produced software that can manage complex operational problems in energy infrastructure. Air Liquide, for example, has a unique system in its US operations that improves its gas transportation efficiency. It uses a software system that is based on the foraging behaviour of Argentine ants, which use pheromones to communicate which foraging routes are the strongest.
  • “The value of falsely labelled geographical indication infringing (GII) products in the EU remains high, with the main producers of the original products, such as Germany, Spain, France, Italy and Greece, being the most affected by counterfeit labelled comestibles,” Europol noted, adding that the products most affected were wine, spirits, cheese, meat, fruit, vegetables and cereals. China is the leading producer of counterfeit products while Turkey is also considered an important hub.
  • In addition to the certification system, Ansip’s announcements in September will include an updated EU cybersecurity strategy and a new legal basis for ENISA, the bloc’s Athens-based cybersecurity agency. ENISA’s directors have argued for a budget increase so they can hire more staff members and better coordinate how national cybersecurity authorities share information, especially if an urgent attack hits on a weekend or during the night.



The vote you’ve never heard of – and why it can change Europe’s investment climate

A revision of the EU accounting rules on the treatment of public-private energy performance contracts would allow massive injections of investment into the EU economy. Yet, there is opposition from some national statistical offices — especially Germany –which have to take a position next week

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Ansip plans new EU cybersecurity centre

EU digital chief Andrus Ansip wants to set up a new office to certify the cybersecurity level of technology products — which would make them more competitive globally — as part of an overhaul of the bloc’s rules in September

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ECB keeps easy money pledge despite better growth

The European Central Bank left its ultra easy monetary policy stance unchanged as expected on Thursday (20 July), keeping rates at record lows and even leaving the door open to more asset buys if the outlook worsens

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Cities can create European solidarity and trust between residents and refugees

At the end of 2015 the number of refugees worldwide stood at 65 million. There has never been more

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Four reasons why internal negotiations are harder than external ones

Jessica thought it would be easy to borrow two members of David’s team for a four-month project she’d been asked to undertake on behalf of the board

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Balkans & Black Sea Cooperation Forum

The Forum refers to international conference aiming at highlighting cross‐border cooperation, enhancing bilateral and multilateral relations, strengthening business opportunities and promoting economic growth and sustainable development among the 17 States of the Balkans and Black Sea Region

Mobile World Congress 2017 - The next element

EBR’s Editor-in-chief N. Peter Kramer is among the 100.000 visitors from 200 countries to MWC 2017. The annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is the largest gathering of the mobile industry in the world

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017

3,000 people converge on a small town in the Swiss mountains for the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting 2017, running from 17 to 20 January. What are they doing there? Who are they and what do they hope to achieve?

Too late to save the EU?

Brexit brought an enormous excitement in the discussion about EU's future. The unexpected election of Trump as US President another one. The Pavlov reaction by many of the EU leaders was twice the same old song: we need more Europe, more budget, more buildings, more staff, more member states


No right to dream: The on-going journey of a young journalist through thousands messages of Greek despair

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Study: Commission’s biofuels policy ignored ‘Better Regulation’ principle

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Tech for dinner: how our food is changing as fast as our iPhones

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The EU and the Balkans: Parallel lives forever?

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Why cyberattacks could be war crimes

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The new issue of EBR is out to explore

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

4 ways Africa can achieve a manufacturing renaissance

Monday, July 17, 2017

Poland strengthen his defense with billions of dollars

Monday, July 17, 2017

These countries have the most positive influence on the world

Monday, July 17, 2017

UN to partner with 11 global banks to encourage climate transparency in financial markets

Monday, July 17, 2017

Will North Korea’s nuclear ambitions provoke a new arms race?

Monday, July 17, 2017

Brazil: A fallen hero and the start of a new era?

Friday, July 14, 2017

Estonia, the land of digital natives

Friday, July 14, 2017

Jean-Claude Juncker: «Greece and Europe: A story - a humanitarian journey»

Friday, July 14, 2017

MEPs to give telecoms regulators new muscle to police big firms

Friday, July 14, 2017


A real industrial strategy for Europe could unleash the low-carbon innovations we need

Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement on climate change provided the backdrop for the 8th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), held this year in Beijing


China’s $900 billion New Silk Road. What you need to know

You’ve probably heard of the Silk Road, the ancient trade route that once ran between China and the West during the days of the Roman Empire. It’s how oriental silk first made it to Europe. It’s also the reason China is no stranger to carrots

Editor’s Column

High Representative / VP Federica Mogherini also Commander-in-Chief of the EU Army

By: N. Peter Kramer

Listening to the martial language used by the highest ranked EU dignitaries such as Juncker, Tusk, Tajani and Mogherini, their EU has many enemies: Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Recep Erdogan and, after Brexit, maybe even the UK


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