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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

"The proposal for a Joint Employment Report analyses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the employment and social situation in Europe. The COVID-19 crisis has broken a six-year long positive trend on the labour market."

European Semester Autumn Package

By: EBR | Thursday, November 19, 2020

Supporting a sustainable and inclusive recovery amid high uncertainty

The Hungarian government spokesperson, Zoltan Kovacs, explained their veto by saying that the rule of law compromise “runs contrary to the July Council conclusions”, referring to the summit where EU27 leaders agreed the budget.

Hungary and Poland veto stimulus against pandemic

By: EBR | Thursday, November 19, 2020

Hungary and Poland blocked the approval of the EU’s seven-year budget and the recovery fund totalling €1.81 trillion, as both countries continued to oppose the rule of law mechanism attached to the EU funds

"Hydrogen is seen as a way to decarbonise heavy industries like chemicals and steelmaking, or long-haul transport, like aviation and shipping. However, the processes to produce it are highly energy intensive and inefficient."

Hydrogen produced from nuclear will be considered ‘low-carbon’, EU official says

By: EBR | Thursday, November 19, 2020

The European Commission will consider hydrogen produced from nuclear power as “low-carbon”, said a senior EU official who spoke in the European Parliament

"Governments and social media platforms have proposed fragmented and mostly self-serving options to address some of the problems with online content, while digital rights activists have been calling for deeper reform that puts people’s rights at the centre and addresses the roles states and companies should play in the online ecosystem."

The fundamental rights concerns at the heart of new EU online content rules

By: EBR | Thursday, November 19, 2020

The EU’s proposed Online Terrorist Content Regulation and the Intertim Regulation on child abuse materials raise serious fundamental rights concerns

"The independence of the judiciary is being dismantled in Poland. It is already severely weakened in Hungary."

Germany Needs to End Hungary and Poland’s Blackmail

By: EBR | Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Hungary and Poland are blocking an EU recovery package designed to overcome the deep economic crisis of Europe caused by the coronavirus. Only the political will of EU leaders can stop them

“Ocean energy technologies are expected to make a significant contribution to Europe’s energy system and industry as from 2030.”

EU aims for ‘massive change of scale’ on tidal, wave energy

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 17, 2020

While focusing chiefly on wind power, the European Commission’s upcoming offshore energy strategy also seeks to boost other ocean energy sources like wave and tidal

"It’s going to create a common fiscal policy for the EU that it hasn’t ever had before."

Does Brexit free Europe to seek closer union?

By: EBR | Monday, November 16, 2020

British politicians often speak of Brexit as an opportunity to escape Brussels’ shackles but does the divorce also free Europe to go its own way?

Miapetra Kumpula-Natri currently serves as an S&D Member of the European Parliament from Finland. She is also the rapporteur for the industry committee’s report on the European strategy for data.

MEP: Connectivity is vital for an EU single market for data

By: EBR | Monday, November 16, 2020

In order for the goals in the EU’s data strategy to be realised, connectivity is a necessary prerequisite, but the bloc should also be wary of implementing policies that move towards a culture of data localisation, says Finnish MEP Miapetra Kumpula-Natri

“It is of upmost importance to strengthen the current ETS by aligning the emissions ceiling with the increased target for 2030.”

EU urged to strengthen ETS to reach 2030 climate goals

By: EBR | Friday, November 13, 2020

A strengthened emissions trading scheme (ETS) will be vital to drive further CO2 reductions in the European Union as the bloc discusses an increase of its 2030 climate target

"Despite Member State investment in digital infrastructure for education and training in recent years, large disparities persist, both between and within countries."

Education and training: basic and digital skills essential for education, work and life

By: EBR | Thursday, November 12, 2020

The European Commission published today its annual Education and Training Monitor. The Monitor analyses how education and training is evolving in the EU and its Member States

"Homelessness and housing exclusion are a social problem that should be permanently solved, stress MEPs, adding that decent housing and being part of society is crucial for allowing people to realise their full potential and to contribute to society."

EU should set goal to end homelessness by 2030, say MEPs

By: EBR | Thursday, November 12, 2020

Homeless people and people in precarious housing situations face particular risk due to COVID-19, warn members of the Committee on Petitions

Trade with the 65 preferential partners covered in the report grew by 3.4% in 2019, while the EU’s total external trade grew by 2.5% overall.

EU trade agreements: delivering for Europe’s businesses

By: EBR | Thursday, November 12, 2020

The 4th Annual Report on the Implementation of the European Union’s Trade Agreements in 2019 published today shows the benefits of our expanding global trade network

"Our aim is to protect the health of all European citizens. The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need for more coordination in the EU, more resilient health systems, and better preparation for future crises..."

Building a European Health Union

By: EBR | Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Stronger crisis preparedness and response for Europe

"The ambition to raise the EU4Health programme was recently backed by MEPs in the Parliament’s health committee (ENVI), who adopted its report on the programme for the EU’s action in the health sector last month."

Council meets Parliament halfway on EU health budget

By: EBR | Wednesday, November 11, 2020

European lawmakers have agreed to reduce cuts to the proposed €9.4 billion EU4Health Programme, which will now amount to €5.1 billion in the forthcoming seven-year budget

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