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“We look forward to hearing more on the Commission’s state of thought on the EU’s new digital proposal tomorrow.."

Digital package: citizens’ trust, data flows and EU values for AI will be key, say MEPs

The Industry and Internal Market Committees quizzed Commissioner Thierry Breton on the new initiatives in the digital sector on Wednesday

The EU official explained that, due to the fragmentation among national card schemes, even the strongest European operators offer services that only work within individual member states.

EU eyes single space for European bank cards

By: EBR | Thursday, February 20, 2020

The European Commission will present this autumn a strategy on an integrated EU payments market, to facilitate the use of national payment services across Europe and reduce the dependency from international card operators such as Visa or Mastercard

Macron believes Russia is essential for Europe’s security. Without engaging its big neighbor, Europe will not be safe.

Macron’s One-Way Street to Russia

By: EBR | Wednesday, February 19, 2020

France wants a “reset” of relations with Russia, in which values are downplayed and Russia doesn’t have to deliver much in return

Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Hungary, Latvia and Lithuania opposed the changes, which Eastern EU countries now name the “Macron package” after the French President, who was one of the driving forces behind the proposal.

Nine EU countries voice opposition to EU ‘Mobility Package’

By: EBR | Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The number of countries opposing the EU mobility package grew from six to nine on Tuesday (18 February) when the transport ministers of Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Cyprus, Malta and Estonia made their positions clear in Brussels

Today, the Commission unveils its ideas and actions for a digital transformation that works for all, reflecting the best of Europe: open, fair, diverse, democratic and confident.

Shaping Europe’s digital future

By: EBR | Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Commission presents strategies for data and Artificial Intelligence

“While some … risks (to growth) have receded slightly, including in the case of Brexit and trade tensions, the recent outbreak of coronavirus is a reason for concern and one which we will need to monitor closely,” the chairman of eurozone finance ministers Mario Centeno told a news conference.

Eurozone ministers discuss fiscal boost options as coronavirus worries weigh

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Euro zone finance ministers discussed ways to pursue a more growth-friendly fiscal policy mix on Monday (17 February), in a potential nudge to Germany and the Netherlands to spend more as fears of a downturn grow in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic


"The EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions is helping to deliver real improvements in global tax transparency."

Fair Taxation: EU updates list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 18, 2020

EU Finance Ministers today updated the EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions

«No one yet knows the size of the next EU budget, nor what the Green Deal will actually cost.»

The EU is more popular, so it must be more outspoken

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The EU doesn’t often tell it like it is. Even its direst warnings tend to be wrapped in lengthy and impenetrable reports that scarcely dent public opinion

The concept of the “West” — where the sun rises and people have a chance of a better life — is powerful, especially to those living in rather squalid conditions outside it.

“Westlessness” — Seriously?

By: EBR | Monday, February 17, 2020

Europe keeps dithering on the global stage. Even the French and the Germans can’t fake consensus anymore

Caputova and Macron were both grappling, from different perspectives, with how to deal with Europe’s incomplete transformation. Macron’s view was a Europe that needed strategic ambition. Caputova’s view was a Europe that had to protect and practice its values.

Europe’s Unfinished (Western) Transformation

By: EBR | Monday, February 17, 2020

Competing visions about what the European Union should become will either weaken or strengthen the West

The European Child Guarantee is an opportunity to develop and improve services in the areas of health, housing, nutrition, education and childcare.

European Child Guarantee can be EU’s answer to child poverty

By: EBR | Monday, February 17, 2020

A staggering 22.7 million children live in poverty or social exclusion across the European Union. That’s one in four children in the EU. This is unacceptable for one of the most prosperous regions in the world

«Monsieur Macron can rightfully point to a number of key points. None of them is more important than the lesson that France has learned from the euro’s launch for future European endeavors: Wishful thinking does not a solid common future make.»

Thank God for France’s Sense of European Realism

By: EBR | Monday, February 17, 2020

French President Emmanuel Macron’s restrictive stance on EU membership for the Western Balkans injects a much-needed dose of realism into EU affairs

In recent months, Merkel’s Germany has been criticized for not providing international leadership. It’s hard to know what kind of Europe Merkel wants in terms of economic and political integration.

Germany’s Unwelcome Leadership Gap

By: EBR | Thursday, February 13, 2020

The far right is creating a serious leadership crisis for Germany and the rest of Europe. The next CDU leader will need strategy, stamina, and charisma to stop the rise of the AfD

“The crisis had a strong asymmetrical impact and it made the structural problem of member states explode and youth unemployment soar.”

The disengaged youth, a pending challenge in the EU

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The financial crisis of the previous decade was particularly hard on young people. However, as the latest data shows, 15% of young Europeans are neither at work nor studying (NEETs), which means this remains a structural issue

«If Europe plays its cards right, the EU blueprint for pursuing climate neutrality by 2050 could become a truly inspirational manual for other countries and regions.»

The EU Green Deal can go global – but ‘climate diplomacy’ won’t be easy

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 11, 2020

In the 1990s, Europe’s drive to create a single market earned international kudos. It also triggered a wave of anxiety as policymakers across the world fretted about the plan’s external ramifications

One of the ways technology can contribute most to decarbonisation “is through the power of data,” the Commission says in a section dedicated to sustainability.

Europe plans to harness ‘power of data’ in support of Green Deal

By: EBR | Thursday, February 6, 2020

The EU Green Deal needs “digitalisation as an enabler for decarbonisation” in all sectors of the economy, including transport and energy, the European Commission says in a draft policy document seen by EURACTIV

The British (here I should perhaps say “we British”) may often have seemed ungracious in refusing to demonstrate a slavish devotion to the European project, but were never uncooperative.

Brexit aside, the British were not the ’Bad Boys’ of Europe

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Giles Merritt looks back on his 42 years in Brussels when his fellow Brits played key roles in the building of Europe, and looks forward to their eventual return

«Working to reduce the suffering of cancer in Europe is a top priority for me as European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety.»

Cancer – A common European endeavour

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Every day in Europe, new cancer cases are diagnosed. Every day in Europe, patients, their families and friends experience the tidal wave of emotions that a cancer diagnosis brings with it. Uncertainty about the future, feelings of shock, sadness, anger, or even hopelessness, writes EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Stella Kyriakides

Europe will do what it takes to unlock the investment, innovation and the creativity that is needed for the green transition, as European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen put it.

How Europe’s science offers hope in tackling the climate emergency

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 4, 2020

After my first time at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, it is worth taking a look back

For years, differences dogged the relationship between Brussels and London over a plethora of issues, from migration and asylum policy to defense and security issues.

No Excuses for Europe After Brexit

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 4, 2020

For the European Union to become a global player without Britain, there must be a major shift of alliances and direction inside the bloc

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