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Central Bank of Austria VP joins the International Council of Greek House Davos

Barbara Kolm, Vice President of the General Council of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank, the central bank of Austria, has been appointed a member of the International Council of Greek House Davos

“The planned obligation that new vehicles in Europe must be practically emission-free from 2025 onwards would be an ecological, economic and technological aberration.”

EU plotting ban on internal combustion engine as of 2025: industry

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 2, 2021

The European Commission’s proposed Euro 7 emission rules on cars, vans, trucks and buses would amount to “a ban through the back door” of internal combustion engines as of 2025, if implemented in their current form

"Europe needs to starts learning from Asia, where one of the key lessons is in how to adapt and innovate quickly."

Europe needs to learn from Asia to stop falling behind in tech

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 2, 2021

"When I started my technology company in China 7 years ago, everybody in the West thought China was just copying European and US technology and there was no real innovation taking place"

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need to “redesign” the economic development of the EU, which recently committed itself to becoming the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, said Costa who was addressing the opening session of a high-level conference ‘Climate Change – New Economic Models‘.

‘New economic model’ needed to deal with climate change, EU presidency says

By: EBR | Monday, March 1, 2021

Europe’s current economic model “has no future” and does not respond to “major environmental challenges”, Portugal’s prime minister Antonio Costa said on Friday, calling for the adoption of new models such as the circular economy and sustainable bioeconomy

"This was a world first: CEOs of the main vaccine manufacturers appearing before elected representatives. It’s good for transparency, and it’s good for democracy. It is crucial to regularly check accountability and commitments made..."

COVID-19: MEPs discuss ways to increase roll-out of vaccines with pharma CEOs

By: EBR | Friday, February 26, 2021

In a hearing today, MEPs demanded clarity on vaccine deliveries and insisted that pharmaceutical companies honour their contracts

Vestager said “digitalisation can become a powerful platform for social convergence” by equipping “more disadvantaged regions and communities”.

European industry more competitive if digital transition investment made now: Vestager

By: EBR | Friday, February 26, 2021

European Commission executive vice-president Margrethe Vestager said on Thursday (25 February) that European industry would be “even more competitive in a digital future” if it starts investing “now” in people, technology and the right regulatory frameworks

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While some countries trumpet them as a way out for the hard-hit tourism and airline industries, others are more sceptical with only a tiny percentage of the world’s population vaccinated.

Ticket to ride: Vaccine passports divide world

By: EBR | Friday, February 26, 2021

As European Union leaders debated the idea Thursday (25 February) amid claims that it could be divisive and discriminatory, on the global scale, the idea of vaccine passports, which would allow people who have been inoculated the freedom to travel, is gaining traction

"The digital travel pass proposed by IATA would store details of travellers’ vaccination status, as well as recent COVID-19 test results, allowing passengers to rapidly share health information with governments prior to entering their territory."

Airlines implore EU countries to implement ‘vaccine passports’

By: EBR | Thursday, February 25, 2021

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on EU leaders to introduce controversial “vaccine passports” to restart the ailing air travel sector

"While the EU does everything within its power to mitigate climate change, domestically and internationally, we must also get ready to face its unavoidable consequences."

Building a Climate-Resilient Future - A new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change

By: EBR | Thursday, February 25, 2021

The European Commission adopted a new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change, setting out the pathway to prepare for the unavoidable impacts of climate change

"The digital age opens up great opportunities for businesses, consumers and citizens. Platforms can help people to find new jobs and explore new business ideas."

Protecting people working through platforms

By: EBR | Thursday, February 25, 2021

Commission launches a first-stage consultation of the social partners

"It’s high time the EU stopped muddling through. It needs bold strategies to tackle the big issues it has long ducked."

The EU needs a gutsy strategic rethink, not a ’new narrative’

By: EBR | Thursday, February 25, 2021

It is commonplace to say the European Union lacks strategic thinking. It responds reasonably well to immediate crises, but stumbles to find a clearcut approach to longer-term challenges

"Europeans are now starting to wonder: Will the Brits be the only ones on the sunny side this summer?"

The price of EU indecision

By: EBR | Thursday, February 25, 2021

With its vaccination programme well underway, the UK is starting to see the light at the end of the long COVID-19 tunnel, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson has presented a roadmap for “a path to freedom”

"We are at our best in Europe when we work together. This is particularly important when it comes to mastering the challenges of the digital transformation..."

10 new European Partnerships between the European Union

By: EBR | Wednesday, February 24, 2021

EU to set up new European Partnerships and invest nearly €10 billion for the green and digital transition

"As part of the Commission’s proposal for the DSA, presented in December, platforms will face the prospect of billions of euros in fines unless they abide by new rules across fields including advertising transparency, illegal content removal, and data access."

MEP vies to target rogue traders in Digital Services Act

By: EBR | Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Online sellers of dangerous and counterfeit goods could be further targeted under the European Parliament’s Internal Market committee report on the Digital Services Act

"Last summer, the European Commission published its blueprint for climate adaptation, building on its previous 2013 strategy. The document included updates like improving knowledge, reinforcing planning and preparedness."

Europe’s adaptation strategy to tackle human cost of climate change

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The EU’s climate adaptation strategy, due to be unveiled on Wednesday (24 February), will aim to tackle the human cost of climate change, both within Europe and around the world, amid calls from trade unions to reinforce protection for the most exposed workers

According to Global Witness, the failure of those projects is explained in large part because the TEN-E regulation gives a role for gas companies – represented by ENTSOG, the association of gas transmission system operators – to select the infrastructure projects shortlisted to receive EU public funding.

Failed gas projects have cost EU €440 million, new research shows

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 23, 2021

In less than a decade, the European Union has spent €440 million on gas pipelines that have either never been completed or are likely to fail, according to new research published

"Policymakers are just as unlikely to support ambitious revisions of the energy efficiency, buildings, renewables, emissions trading and other directives needed to deliver 55% emission cuts, if the price tag looks too high."

Why the Commission is getting it wrong on climate number-crunching

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The European Commission’s cost-benefit analysis for its upcoming ‘Fit for 55’ package of green laws for 2030 is outdated, assuming an eye-watering 10% cost of capital for climate action

Upon taking office, President von der Leyen tasked her Commission to "ensure cross-fertilisation between civil, defence and space industries" and "focus on improving the crucial link between space and defence and security".

EU Action Plan on Synergies between civil, defence and space industries

By: EBR | Monday, February 22, 2021

Today, the Commission presents an Action Plan on Synergies between civil, defence and space industries to further enhance Europe’s technological edge and support its industrial base

"The European Research Council awards grants through open competitions to projects headed by starting and established researchers."

First calls under Horizon Europe to be launched by the European Research Council

By: EBR | Monday, February 22, 2021

The European Commission today presented the Work Programme 2021 for the European Research Council

"The new strategy will strengthen the capacity of trade to support the digital and climate transitions."

Commission sets course for an open, sustainable and assertive EU trade policy

By: EBR | Friday, February 19, 2021

The European Commission has set out its trade strategy for the coming years

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