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"The rule of law enables the EU to function. The single market works because companies from one member state can rely on consistent laws, consistently applied, in the others."

Can the EU Solve the Budget and Rule-of-Law Crisis?

Hungary and Poland have vetoed the next EU budget in protest of a new rule-of-law conditionality. What instruments and treaties can Europe use to circumvent Budapest and Warsaw’s hostage-taking?

“European defence suffers from fragmentation, duplication and insufficient operational engagement,” the EU’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell acknowledged.

Europe must seize opportunity for stronger defence cooperation, says EDA chief

By: EBR | Friday, November 27, 2020

With the pressure in the EU’s strategic environment mounting, the bloc should not miss the opportunity of starting to use all the tools at hand to increase its defence cooperation

Vulnerable groups (particularly women, people with disabilities, the elderly, children, migrants, Roma, Travellers and LGBTI+ people), have been disproportionately affected by cuts in government spending, MEPs say, and call for policies that take into account human, economic and social rights.

MEPs warn of deteriorating fundamental rights in the EU

By: EBR | Friday, November 27, 2020

Parliament adopted its 2018-2019 report on the state of fundamental rights in the EU, identifying multiple areas of concern

In October Cap Gemini published a report called “Net Zero 2020”. Page 36 had a section on green hydrogen with the declaration “At around €6 per kg, green hydrogen is not competitive today with fossil energies (parity at €1/kg equivalent to €25/MWh)”.

What is the real cost of green hydrogen?

By: EBR | Friday, November 27, 2020

What is the real cost of green hydrogen? Is there a reliable and straightforward way to obtain this cost? What information is needed? Is it valid to compare green hydrogen prices with grey or blue hydrogen prices?

"As part of the Commission’s Digital Markets Act, planned for publication on December 9, the executive is set to unveil a list of ex-ante prohibited practices by digital gatekeepers, as well as a market investigation tool that could be used to examine how certain markets are prone to failure."

Breton reveals details of future digital ‘gatekeeper’ definition in EU law

By: EBR | Thursday, November 26, 2020

The EU’s Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton has disclosed details of the forthcoming criteria for the definition of so-called “gatekeeper platforms” as part of the hotly-anticipated Digital Markets Act set to be proposed by the EU executive in early December

"According to the accompanying impact assessment and the evaluation of National Energy and Climate Plans, the EU will surpass its current target for renewable energy by 1.7%, while it will still fail to meet its current 2030 efficiency target by 3%."

EU needs mandatory targets and means to save energy

By: EBR | Thursday, November 26, 2020

The European Commission needs to bring in legally-binding energy efficiency targets to support building renovation and give member states the support they need to reach them

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MEPs see a “growing pattern of intimidation aimed at silencing journalists”, citing the murders of Daphne Caruana Galizia and Jan Kuciak and his fiancee as examples of the risks faced by investigative journalists.

Media freedom: EP warns of attempts to silence critics and undermine pluralism

By: EBR | Thursday, November 26, 2020

Parliament is deeply concerned about the state of media freedom within the EU and denounces the violence, harassment and pressure faced by journalists

The 2018 electoral law reform that aimed to enhance the European dimension of the elections has not yet been ratified by all member states.

Steps to improve EU democracy ahead of 2024 elections

By: EBR | Thursday, November 26, 2020

Parliament aims to enhance democracy and enable full participation in the European political space, based on lessons from the 2019 European elections

"The European Commission’s research shows aviation is flying us into the climate crisis, yet they continue to allow tens of billions in taxpayers’ money to flow into airlines’ pockets without restrictions..."

European Commission must stop flying into climate crisis

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, November 25, 2020

A new study published by the European Commission on the non-CO2 impacts of aviation on the climate crisis confirms that the non-CO2 impacts of air transport is two times worse than its CO2 emissions, as demonstrated by independent scientists

While there has been some significant but uneven progress achieved in advancing women’s and girls’ rights, no country in the world is on track to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030.

Gender Action Plan

By: EBR | Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Gender Action Plan – putting women and girls’ rights at the heart of the global recovery for a gender-equal world

Data governance refers to a set of rules and means to use data, for example through sharing mechanisms, agreements and technical standards.

Regulation on data governance

By: EBR | Wednesday, November 25, 2020

What is data governance?

"According to the Central Election Commission (CEC), the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) party won with 48 percent of the vote."

What Role for Europe as Georgia Heads Toward Political Turmoil?

By: EBR | Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Georgia has missed the chance to achieve a coalition government and end the tradition of one-party rule. After its 2020 parliamentary election, the country seems doomed to another four years of oligarchic rule

"As soon as a 5G supplier registers its components for use in Germany, the government must decide within one month whether use might have to be prohibited. Until the decision is reached, the manufacturer is not allowed to supply anything."

5G expansion: German foreign ministry gets a say, but no veto

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Germany’s upcoming IT security law is intended to protect the country’s 5G network, among other things. When it comes to Huawei, the Foreign Office fought for a right of veto. The result: now it can have a say but cannot unilaterally block a supplier

The new strategy, set to be unveiled on Wednesday, is designed to improve and accelerate patients’ access to safe and affordable medicines while also supporting innovation in the EU pharmaceutical industry.

EU leaked pharma strategy pushes innovation for a resilient Europe

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Affordability, availability and sustainability are the main focus points of the EU’s new pharmaceutical strategy, due to be published on Wednesday (25 November)

The new EEA analysis is based on the latest official air quality data from more than 4 000 monitoring stations across Europe in 2018.

Marked improvement in Europe’s air quality

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Better air quality has led to a significant reduction of premature deaths over the past decade in Europe

The Strategy proposes to increase Europe’s offshore wind capacity from its current level of 12 GW to at least 60 GW by 2030 and to 300 GW by 2050.

Boosting Offshore Renewable Energy for a Climate Neutral Europe

By: EBR | Friday, November 20, 2020

To help meet the EU’s goal of climate neutrality by 2050, the European Commission presents the EU Strategy on Offshore Renewable Energy

"In Brussels, the European Commission is putting the final touches to its upcoming Digital Services Act, an ambitious regulatory framework that will introduce new rules in areas ranging from content moderation to online advertising and the transparency of algorithms."

EU police recommend new online ‘screening tech’ to catch deepfakes

By: EBR | Friday, November 20, 2020

EU law enforcement authorities should make ‘significant investments’ into developing new screening technologies that could help to detect the malicious use of deepfakes, a new report from the bloc’s police agency Europol recommends

President Sassoli referred to the recent tragedy off the coast of Libya in which a six-month-old baby from Guinea lost his life after a shipwreck. He also emphasised that Italian, Spanish, Greek, and Maltese borders are, in fact, European borders: i.e. a shared responsibility for the whole Union.

Migration and asylum: time to find balance between solidarity and responsibility

By: EBR | Friday, November 20, 2020

The EU must help member states at the external borders to manage migration flows and ensure that those seeking protection are welcomed in line with its core values

The European Commission has proposed a 55% emissions reduction target by 2030, branding climate action and the European Green Deal as the EU’s “new growth strategy”.

Warsaw says ‘further analysis needed’ before EU’s 2030 climate target can be agreed

By: EBR | Friday, November 20, 2020

Further analysis into the impact of tougher climate goals on EU member states is needed before Poland can sign up to the European Commission’s proposed 55% greenhouse gas reduction target for 2030

"In a victory speech on November 10, 2020, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev abandoned commitments he had made to grant Karabakh “the highest status in the world” and mocked his Armenian counterpart with the words, “The status went to hell. It failed; it was shattered to smithereens."

What Role for Europe in the New Post-War Caucasus?

By: EBR | Friday, November 20, 2020

Russia’s peace deal for Armenia and Azerbaijan has halted the war over Nagorny Karabakh and exposed the Western countries as bystanders. The Europeans must now try to help shape a lasting peace on the ground

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