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"Mature renewable energy markets tend to have a strong pipeline of projects under development. This is usually not the case in emerging renewable energy markets."

Emerging renewable energy markets require well-designed auctions

Auctions are an essential part of the policy toolkit for promoting cost-efficient renewable energy development. Still, policymakers must be prepared to tailor their design to local conditions and adjust for market-specific challenges

“The EU has the power of attraction, but its transformative powers are more limited,” said Bulgarian political scientist Ivan Krastev in Belgrade in 2014.

Has the EU Lost the Western Balkans?

By: EBR | Friday, October 15, 2021

The EU remains the Western Balkans’ primary trading partner and investor. But failing to step up engagement and deliver on enlargement promises will come at a high cost and benefit the likes of Russia and China

"Policymakers must walk a fine line between patient support for the recovery and being ready to act quickly."

IMF: Will inflation remain high?

By: EBR | Friday, October 15, 2021

The economic recovery has fueled a rapid acceleration in inflation this year for advanced and emerging market economies, driven by firming demand, supply shortages, and rapidly rising commodity prices

The 2011 Fukushima disaster was a catastrophe for the nuclear sector. Less than three months after the accident, Germany decided to phase out nuclear power entirely by 2022.

Stars align for nuclear

By: EBR | Friday, October 15, 2021

The current energy price spike is something of a storm. But it is also wind in the sails of nuclear energy in Europe, after many years of being given the cold shoulder

“It is, therefore, absolutely necessary that nuclear power is included in the European taxonomy framework by the end of 2021.”

10 EU countries back nuclear power in EU green finance taxonomy

By: EBR | Wednesday, October 13, 2021

“Nuclear power must be part of the solution” to the climate crisis and the rise in energy prices, according to a group of 10 EU countries led by France and Poland who signed a joint opinion article published across major European newspapers

“We learned last week that […] throughout that period of time, throughout those negotiations, this study was put in somebody’s drawer in an office. But it’s really going to have an impact on farmers and on consumers.”

MEPs slam Commission for delaying release of Farm to Fork report

By: EBR | Wednesday, October 13, 2021

European lawmakers have criticised the European Commission’s decision to sit on the controversial study on the impacts of the Farm to Fork for half a year, calling it a “sneaky” move designed to conceal its contents

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"Updated legislation needed to tackle innovative tax schemes".

EU must step up its game against harmful tax practices, says Parliament

By: EBR | Friday, October 8, 2021

Parliament outlined on Thursday its priorities for reforming EU policy on harmful tax practices as well as a blueprint for a new system to assess national tax policies

55 small, four-wheeled autonomous mobile robots have been introduced to sort through mail in Greece’s postal service.

Greece has introduced a fleet of postal robots to speed up its service

By: EBR | Friday, October 8, 2021

Fifty-five small, four-wheeled autonomous mobile robots -- or AMR’s -- powered by artificial intelligence, glide around Hellenic Post’s sorting centre in Athens, speeding up an often arduous process

"With around 70% of the global economy now committed to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, the urgency of exiting coal and completely phasing out fossil fuel subsidies is crystal clear."

Countries are wasting money on energy sources they already know are history

By: EBR | Thursday, October 7, 2021

With many countries facing an emerging fuel price crisis, the world has received a stark reminder of how important energy is to our everyday lives, and also how important government decisions are in keeping us well served

"People with disabilities should have access to barrier-free travel, education and the digital realm, as well as non-institutionalised housing."

Disability rights: A European Disability Card to harmonise status across the EU

By: EBR | Thursday, October 7, 2021

Mobility, education, housing and active inclusion in public life are key areas where Europeans living with disabilities would benefit from reform, say MEPs

"French defense contractor Naval Group may have lost a $66 billion deal to the United States, but it is a fact that France has no intention of withdrawing from a region it has long considered one of its priorities."

France’s Indo-Pacific “Third Way”

By: EBR | Thursday, October 7, 2021

Despite the fallout over AUKUS, France does not intend to withdraw from the Indo-Pacific. The diplomatic crisis has given President Macron a chance to make his country’s voice heard on a major geostrategic issue

"The directive, adopted in 2009, aims to reduce the risks and the impacts of pesticide use on human health and the environment but has been criticised for its poor implementation in the majority of member states."

On EU Commission’s menu for agri in 2022: pesticides, carbon removal, packaging

By: EBR | Thursday, October 7, 2021

The sustainable use of pesticides and a carbon removal certification scheme will be placed front and centre of the European Commission’s agricultural priorities next year

"As the meeting took the form of an informal dinner on the eve of the EU-Western Balkans summit in Slovenia on Wednesday, there were no decisions to be made and no official documents adopted."

EU leaders caught in either-or argument over European defence strategy

By: EBR | Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Amid disunity over the way forward on European defence, EU leaders discussed on Tuesday night (5 October) whether the bloc should enhance its capacity to act independently and/or strenghten its partnership with NATO, but with no clear result

"There wasn’t really much evidence of a new wall being built between the pending new EU member states and Belarus, then as now ruled by the authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko."

EU’s New Walls

By: EBR | Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Belarus is illegally sending migrants to Lithuania and Poland in response to these governments’ outspoken criticism of Lukashenko’s crackdown on the opposition. This cynical strategy is prompting the EU to forge its own short-sighted migration policy

MEPs want 30 km/h speed limit in residential areas.

European Parliament issues wake-up call on road safety

By: EBR | Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Robust road safety measures, such as a 30 km per hour speed limit and zero-tolerance for drink-driving, are the way to reach zero deaths on EU roads by 2050, say MEPs

Both public and private buildings might be required to turn down their thermostats by 1 degree during the winter, to save fuel while not compromising on comfort, write Simone Tagliapietra and Georg Zachmann.

The only quick-fix to Europe’s energy price crisis is saving energy

By: EBR | Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Faced with rising energy prices, the only thing Europe can quickly do to prevent a potentially difficult winter is to actively promote energy conservation in both the residential and industrial sectors

"MEPs are concerned about the privacy implications of AI technologies."

Use of artificial intelligence by the police: MEPs oppose mass surveillance

By: EBR | Wednesday, October 6, 2021

To combat discrimination and ensure the right to privacy, MEPs demand strong safeguards when artificial intelligence tools are used in law enforcement

"Oceans absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through microscopic algae that carry out photosynthesis and then sink to the deep sea when they die."

What is ’marine snow’ and how does it help the ocean to store carbon?

By: EBR | Wednesday, October 6, 2021

New research sheds light on how oceans absorb carbon dioxide

“Journalists and rights defenders should be the watchdogs of our democracies, not legally harassed for keeping in check those in power. The public consultation will help us to understand what we need to do to protect them.”

EU plan to protect journalists from malicious lawsuits moves forward

By: EBR | Tuesday, October 5, 2021

The European Commission initiated on Monday (4 October) a public consultation on its plan to protect journalists and human rights defenders from litigation designed to curtail their work

"While military escalation is on the rise in the Aegean, we can only wonder: where is the EU in all this?".

French frigates to fight German submarines in the Aegean?

By: EBR | Tuesday, October 5, 2021

The EU is quick to call for de-escalation in case of conflicts, it is ambitious about setting itself targets such as “strategic autonomy”, and it succeeds to make its voice heard in the world

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Emerging renewable energy markets require well-designed auctions

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Auctions are an essential part of the policy toolkit for promoting cost-efficient renewable energy development. Still, policymakers must be prepared to tailor their design to local conditions and adjust for market-specific challenges

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