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The Future of the European Farming Model research shows structural trends in European agriculture showing a speeding up decline of the overall number of farms in the EU.

EU study: CAP support for ‘couch’ farmers negatively impacts farm communities

Common Agricultural Policy support for landowners not actively engaged in farming has indirectly negatively impacted farming communities, at the same time as the EU continues to haemorrhage farms at an alarming rate, a new EU study has found

"Something is not true just because an NGO says it. Most of what they say about EU biofuels is false, misleading and damaging to EU climate, energy, and food security interests".

NGO biofuel claims are harming climate, energy and food security aims

By: EBR | Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Environmental NGOs have been quick to attack the green credentials of biofuels, with some calling for fuels from crops to be curtailed, but their criticism ignores objective evidence

Unemployment rates are forecast to decline further, to 6.7% this year and 6.5% in 2023 in the EU and to 7.3% and 7.0% in 2022 and 2023 respectively in the euro area.

Spring 2022 Economic Forecast: Russian invasion tests EU economic resilience

By: EBR | Tuesday, May 17, 2022

The outlook for the EU economy before the outbreak of the war was for a prolonged and robust expansion

"Russian aggression in Ukraine has fundamentally changed the context of EU neighbourhood policy. It prompted the three EU-associated countries – Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova – to submit their formal applications to join the club".

Eastern Europe’s experience can help EU’s future enlargement

By: EBR | Monday, May 16, 2022

As this year’s events have shown, hesitation about EU enlargement is short-sighted and potentially very dangerous. The bloc’s enlargement must be conceived of and executed as a geopolitical expansion

Geothermal power plant located at Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland.

Heating neglected in EU plan to ditch Russian fossil fuels, industry says

By: EBR | Monday, May 16, 2022

The European Commission is due to table plans on Wednesday (18 May) to break free from Russian fossil fuels but, apart from a renewed push for heat pumps, there are major oversights when it comes to decarbonising heating and cooling

"The prolongation of the Covid-19 pandemic, the dysfunctions in the production and distribution chains, the increase of prices in the energy sector and the military aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, with profound economic and social implications, will remain as some reference points for a very long time".

The European economies will take the real test of resilience at the end of 2022

By: EBR | Monday, May 16, 2022

The economic and financial context we are going through is full of challenges, being marked by exceptional situations

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"The EU may not need a reimagined enlargement policy—the ingredients for a suitable one can be drawn from past experience and present debate—but it does need a renewed consensus on what its policy is".

Does the EU Need a New Enlargement Policy?

By: EBR | Friday, May 13, 2022

Ukraine’s membership bid has placed enlargement high on the EU’s agenda. The bloc must rethink the accession process to make it more effective while maintaining democratic and rule-of-law standards

“If other categories have no obligation to collect their own materials and use them again for recycling purposes, then the math don’t work.”

New EU laws risk promoting ‘downcycling’ of plastic bottles, industry warns

By: EBR | Friday, May 13, 2022

European Commission plans to include mandatory recycled content targets for all plastics in a makeover of packaging laws expected this summer risk derailing attempts by plastic bottle manufacturers to reach closed loop recycling, the industry has warned

"Close EU-Turkey cooperation in foreign and security policy vitally important".

Turkey Report: Persistently further from EU values and standards

By: EBR | Friday, May 13, 2022

Without clear and significant progress in EU-related reforms, Parliament cannot envisage resuming accession negotiations with Turkey, warn MEPs in a report adopted on Thursday

MEPs expressed their support for the Commission proposal to reach zero-emission road mobility by 2035.

Fit for 55: MEPs back CO2 emission standards for cars and vans

By: EBR | Thursday, May 12, 2022

Environment Committee MEPs are in favour of a pathway towards zero-emission road mobility in 2035 for new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles

While governments adopt welcoming rhetoric and give out humanitarian aid, street protests against Ukrainian refugees have been held in Central and Eastern Europe. However, positive attitudes toward them prevail in most countries.

Resentment for Ukrainian refugees grows in central and eastern Europe

By: EBR | Thursday, May 12, 2022

The welcome citizens of Central and Eastern Europe first showed Ukrainian refugees is slowly waning, especially in more pro-Russian countries like Slovakia and Bulgaria, where refugee “privileges” are being criticised, and comparisons to the 2015 refugee crisis are now being made

Manufacturers are already being pushed to build cars that emit less CO2, including electric vehicles.

EU lawmakers may push 70% emission cut on carmakers by 2030

By: EBR | Wednesday, May 11, 2022

The European Parliament’s environment committee (ENVI) is due to vote on mandatory CO2 standards for car manufacturers on Wednesday (11 May), with the possibility of calling for a 70% reduction target by 2030

"Today’s landmark guarantee agreement with the European Investment Bank will enable to finance the implementation of our Economic and Investment Plans for the Western Balkans, the Southern and Eastern Neighbourhood...".

European Commission and EIB sign an Agreement to enable further investments worldwide

By: EBR | Wednesday, May 11, 2022

European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) signed an ambitious Guarantee Agreement through which the European Commission will support up to €26.7 billion of EIB financial operations

"While social enterprises can differ in their economic sector, their organisational structure, or the kind of social impact they pursue, one thing seems to unite them: The need for funding and the difficulty in accessing it".

State of play in social economy finance in the EU

By: EBR | Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Trying to push the social economy as a flourishing sector of the economy, the EU is using a variety of ways to overcome the tension at the heart of the social economy: How do you attract money to a sector that defines itself as not being about the money?

"One year of deliberations, debates and discussions brought together citizens, regional, national and European politicians, EU institutions, organised civil society and social partners, to build a common trajectory for the EU’s future".

Now is the time to be ambitious and audacious with the EU’s future

By: EBR | Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Europe Day is supposed to mark the conclusion of the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE)

With the European Year of Youth in full swing, and at the end of the Conference on the future of Europe - where youth played a crucial part – it allows to take stock of the sentiment among the young generation.

Eurobarometer on the European Year of Youth: Young Europeans are increasingly engaged

By: EBR | Monday, May 9, 2022

Commission published its Flash Eurobarometer on Youth and Democracy, conducted between 22 February and 4 March 2022

Air pollution is responsible for roughly 300,000 premature deaths a year in Europe, according to the European Environment Agency.

EU citizens may sue countries for health-damaging dirty air, top court adviser says

By: EBR | Friday, May 6, 2022

Citizens in European Union countries may be able to sue their governments for financial compensation if illegal levels of air pollution damage their health, an adviser to Europe’s top court said on Thursday

The majority of Europeans think that since the war started, the EU has shown solidarity (79%) and has been united (63%) and fast (58%) in its reaction.

Eurobarometer: Europeans approve EU’s response to the war in Ukraine

By: EBR | Friday, May 6, 2022

A Flash Eurobarometer survey in all EU Member States published today shows large consensus among EU citizens in favour of the EU’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

The war in Ukraine is changing Europe, even if some governments don’t want to recognize the upheaval that is taking place inside and outside the bloc.

Russia’s War in Ukraine Must Change the EU

By: EBR | Friday, May 6, 2022

The EU needs to plan now for a new policy toward its Eastern neighbors. It cannot wait for Russia to end its destruction of Ukraine or destabilize other countries in the region

"European countries might still continue buying Russian cargoes from other third countries without being aware of its origin".

EXPLAINER: Why the EU may find it tough to squeeze out Russian oil

By: EBR | Thursday, May 5, 2022

The European Union has proposed a phased embargo of Russian oil but may find it tricky to implement, given Europe’s complex distribution network and challenges in tracking crude once it is blended or refined

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