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"A perfect storm is brewing up for Ursula von der Leyen. She faces five major crises which she will have to overcome."

2020: Europe’s Annus Horribilis?

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Germany/s Ursula von der Leyen and the European Commission have to overcome five major challenges

Despite the scale and complexity of the task, carbon-neutral industry is feasible and offers a major investment opportunity. If done right, and by 2050 at the latest, the industrial pillar of the Green Deal can make Europe a world leader in climate-neutral and circular technologies, products and services.

A credible industrial pillar for the European Green Deal

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 10, 2020

If done right, the industrial pillar of the Green Deal can make Europe a world leader in climate-neutral and circular technologies, products and services

"If the EU does not just want to be in the business of mouthing big words, it must actually learn to speak the ‘language of power’ and of geopolitics. And for that to be real, this entails for the EU to acquire actual capabilities — and not only military."

Europe/s Sovereignty Fever

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 10, 2020

There are big questions about the viability of the EU in the era of IT dominating technological innovation as well as in an era dominated once again by geopolitics

"The EU cannot and should not throw open its gates to all of the world’s war-stricken, tired and poor. Or even to those whose talents and skills we need. Refugee and migration flows have to be carefully managed. Integration and inclusion must be given similar cool-headed attention."

Goodbye Venus, hello Mars – but so far, Europe’s only being tough with the weak

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Goodbye Venus, hello Mars. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and her team have spent the last 100 days struggling to shed the EU’s image as a geopolitical dwarf

"If the current crisis facing Turkey is entirely of Mr Erdogan’s own making, that has not prevented the Turkish president from trying to deflect attention away from his own mishandling of the conflict by seeking to provoke a new migrant crisis in Europe."

Erdogan’s Attempts to Blackmail Europe are Doomed to Fail

By: EBR | Monday, March 9, 2020

If Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan believes he can bully European leaders by provoking a fresh migrant crisis in southern Europe, then he would be well-advised to think again

“The story of our first 100 days is about tackling the twin transition that Europe is facing..."

A Union that strives for more: the first 100 days

By: EBR | Friday, March 6, 2020

The new Commission led by President Ursula von der Leyen took office on 1 December 2019. Within its first 100 days, the Commission focused on delivering its most important priorities set in the President’s political guidelines

“Thousands of unaccompanied children reach Europe every year. Their protection is a priority for the Commission. This is why I have asked Commissioner Johansson to travel to Greece to find solutions to ensure their protection. Commissioner Johansson and I will now work closely with the Member States to find a safe place for these children.”

Commission takes action for unaccompanied migrant children on Greek islands

By: EBR | Friday, March 6, 2020

Following President von der Leyen’s visit to Greece on Tuesday, together with the Presidents of the other EU institutions, the Commission presented its Action Plan for immediate measures to support Greece

The EU will continue and strengthen its efforts towards gender equality around the world, as part of the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Women, Peace and Security agenda.

Statement by the European Commission ahead of International Women’s Day 2020

By: EBR | Friday, March 6, 2020

Ahead of the International Women’s Day, the European Commission issued the following statement

The EU has already put in place some of the toughest and most ambitious climate legislation in the world and started to modernise and transform its economy in line with its climate goals.

European Climate Law and Climate Pact

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Questions and answers on the European Climate Law and Climate Pact

“To date, it is rather the consumer who has been put forward. While reinforcing these achievements, it is now necessary to go further. Europe’s industrial policy cannot be conducted with the sole aim of reducing prices for the consumer”.

Breton wants EU industrial policy to focus less on consumers, more on businesses

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The EU’s Internal Market Commissioner, Thierry Breton, wants to put businesses back at the heart of the European Commission’s industrial strategy, with less emphasis on reducing consumer prices

“Biodiversity crisis is an important part in climate change. Protection and restoration of biodiversity would not only save the nature for future generations, but also help to tackle climate change, and avoid negative consequences on our food, health and economy..."

European Commission launches global coalition for biodiversity

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 4, 2020

On the occasion of the World Wildlife Day, the European Commission launched today in Monaco a new global coalition for biodiversity. With this communication campaign, the Commission is calling for stronger mobilisation in raising awareness about the need to protect biodiversity

The Eurobarometer Survey reveals that citizens want more to be done to protect the environment, and that they believe responsibility should be shared by big companies and industry, national governments and the EU, as well as citizens themselves.

Protecting the environment and climate is important for over 90% of European citizens

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 4, 2020

According to a new Eurobarometer survey, 94% of citizens in all EU Member States say that protecting the environment is important to them

Many experts believe that the greatest threat to the Balkans, in the next decade and those to come, is the threat of social and political instability.

The Balkans in the New Decade: Regional Opportunities Ahead

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The Balkans’ most valuable regional asset lies in the young, progressive, educated population. It can become the catalyst for the transformation of the region

“I welcome the rapid response of IMI to the Coronavirus outbreak. This collaboration between the public and the private sectors brings their expertise and resources together in our fight against the Coronavirus outbreak."

COVID-19: EU and industry to fund more research

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 3, 2020

The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), a public-private partnership between the European Commission and the pharmaceutical industry, has today launched a fast-track call for research proposals to develop treatments and diagnostics in response to the COVID-19 outbreak

EU summits focus far too much on short-term policy issues instead of on strategies to cope with the hugely disruptive threats on the horizon.

It’s time to repair the EU’s dysfunctional summits

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 3, 2020

"EU leaders are too often bogged down by short-term issues when they should be focussing on strategic solutions to Europe’s ills"

«It is high time for the European Union and the African Union to work together to promote sustainable development in both continents.»

It’s time for the EU to restart its partnership with Africa

By: EBR | Friday, February 28, 2020

Europe and Africa would benefit from a real partnership, but the EU needs to avoid being taken hostage by migration politics

"Tonight, there is no epidemic in France. But there is a problematic situation at the door, in Italy, that we are watching with great attention," Veran told a news conference.

Europe in deep financial trouble with coronavirus

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The impact of the coronavirus is bigger than expected. The expanding of the virus turns the stock markets in deep red

«Although there is a difference between the demands from the number-crunching ‘Frugal Four’ and the solidarity-seeking ‘Friends of Cohesion’ – it isn’t huge.»

These EU budget feuds are so dispiriting – we now need some real glory days

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 25, 2020

They came. They talked (uninterrupted for 30 hours) and then the 27 EU leaders stalked off, tired, distracted, irritated, and without agreement on the EU’s new seven-year budget

With the number of cases topping 200, Italy is currently facing the worst coronavirus outbreak outside Asia. Entire towns in the Northern part of the country have been on lockdown, while schools were closed and public events, such as the final days of the Venice Carnival, were cancelled.

Commission calls for coordination before any border measures for coronavirus

By: EBR | Monday, February 24, 2020

Any border restriction related to coronavirus in the EU should be based on a thorough risk assessment and scientific advice, two European Commissioners said on Monday (24 February), highlighting that it must be a proportional response and above all, one that is coordinated among different member states

Article 6 of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation outlines the conditions under which personal data can be legally processed, one such requirement being that the data subject has given their explicit consent. Article 4 (14) of the legislation covers the processing of biometric data.

EU police plan massive facial recognition database

By: EBR | Monday, February 24, 2020

Police forces in the European Union are planning to establish an interconnected bloc-wide network of facial recognition databases, leaked documents reveal

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