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Close to half of Europeans trust the European Union (49%), after a 6-point increase since the Standard Eurobarometer of summer 2020. It is the highest level registered since spring 2008.

Eurobarometer: Trust in the European Union has increased since last summer

By: EBR | Monday, April 26, 2021

While the coronavirus pandemic has been impacting on European daily lives for more than a year, attitudes towards the EU remain positive, according to the latest Standard Eurobarometer conducted in February-March 2021

“I am delighted to hear that energy efficiency is well represented in the drafts of the member states’ Recovery and Resilience Plans (RRP). As I emphasised to ministers, this must remain in the final plans across the EU.”

Brussels urges 27 to ‘make the most’ of energy efficiency funds

By: EBR | Friday, April 23, 2021

The European commissioner for energy, Kadri Simson, said on Thursday (22 April) that member states should take advantage of the European Union’s historic €1.8 trillion budget and recovery fund to invest in energy efficiency

MEPs stress that Turkey’s lack of political will to carry out the reforms assumed in the accession process, and its failure to address the EU’s serious concerns on the rule of law and fundamental rights, have negatively affected the accession process.

EU-Turkey relations are at a historic low point, say MEPs

By: EBR | Friday, April 23, 2021

In a report adopted on Thursday, MEPs call on Turkey to credibly demonstrate the sincerity of its commitment to closer relations with the European Union

"On Artificial Intelligence, trust is a must, not a nice to have. With these landmark rules, the EU is spearheading the development of new global norms to make sure AI can be trusted..."

Europe fit for the Digital Age

By: EBR | Thursday, April 22, 2021

Commission proposes new rules and actions for excellence and trust in Artificial Intelligence

"The EU Taxonomy is a robust, science-based transparency tool for companies and investors. It creates a common language that investors can use when investing in projects and economic activities that have a substantial positive impact on the climate and the environment."

Sustainable Finance and EU Taxonomy

By: EBR | Thursday, April 22, 2021

Commission takes further steps to channel money towards sustainable activities

"For instance, Christine Lagarde has been raising expectations that the ECB will take concrete action against climate change when completing the ECB’s strategy review."

The ECB needs political guidance on secondary objectives

By: EBR | Thursday, April 22, 2021

While EU Treaties clearly stipulate that the European Central Bank “shall support the general objectives of the European Union”, politicians cannot simply stand by, hoping that it will use its discretionary power to act on them

Yet recently, despite the EU’s new global human rights sanctions regime, Germany’s commitment toward defending human rights, whether behind closed doors or openly, has been waning.

Germany’s Ambiguity Toward Human Rights Weakens Europe

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 21, 2021

As she nears the end of her last term as Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel should revert to toughening the EU’s stance on human rights. Making them subservient to trade and economic ties discredits the EU

"It is clear that there is no country or company manager in Europe at the moment that does not support the development of a trustworthy and innovative AI ecosystem, which promotes a human-centric approach and that primarily services people, increasing their well-being."

Artificial intelligence: Commission must think small first

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The European Commission will this week present its proposal on Artificial Intelligence (AI), seen as a step toward a new regulatory framework

"Transitioning to a green economy could create 18 million jobs."

How can we ensure a just transition to the green economy?

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The global shift to a green economy could create 18 million jobs, with the potential to provide high-quality employment and livelihoods around the world

“Some plastics are intrinsically toxic, while others have toxic additives that can leach into the environment, including during recycling operations.”

Stop exporting plastic waste out of Europe, EU lawmakers say

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Thirty-one lawmakers in the European Parliament have signed a manifesto calling for the end of plastic waste exports outside Europe and the facilitation of intra-EU shipment procedures to promote a genuine circular economy within the EU

“Future developments in sustainability criteria for forestry will be taken into account in revisions of this Delegated Regulation.”

EU taxonomy draft leaves bioenergy and forestry off the hook

By: EBR | Monday, April 19, 2021

The European Commission has decided to leave out agriculture but kept controversial criteria for bioenergy and forestry in the first batch of proposed implementing rules

The Regional Aid Guidelines are the first set of State aid rules that are revised following the announcement of the European Green Deal and the European Industrial and Digital Strategies.

State aid: Commission adopts revised Regional Aid Guidelines

By: EBR | Monday, April 19, 2021

The European Commission has adopted revised EU guidelines on regional State aid (the “Regional Aid Guidelines”)

“The fall in lignite emissions in 2020 meant that – for the first time – gas power plants overtook lignite power plants to become the single largest contributor to power sector emissions in the EU ETS.”

Gas overtakes lignite as Europe’s largest source of power emissions

By: EBR | Friday, April 16, 2021

Gas power plants overtook lignite in 2020 to become the EU’s single largest source of power sector emissions

The third wave of the COVID-19 continues to spread in Europe in spite of tightening restrictions in various member states and the progress, albeit patchy, made with the vaccine strategy.

Member states press Commission to speed up evaluation of recovery plans

By: EBR | Friday, April 16, 2021

Some EU finance ministers are expected to request the European Commission on Friday (16 April) to shorten the two-month evaluation period of the recovery plans in order to speed up the implementation of the long-awaited European stimulus

Reynders reassured MEPs that the Commission is ready to complete the necessary technical infrastructural work by the end of June, and that the certificate would not result in a central database created at the EU level.

Digital Green Certificate: MEPs seek clarifications regarding the travel facilitation tool

By: EBR | Thursday, April 15, 2021

On Tuesday, MEPs quizzed Commissioner Reynders on the recently proposed Digital Green Certificate and discussed data protection aspects with the EDPS

The latest EU carbon market emissions data released by European Commission on April 1 was not a joke. It shows the impact of the COVID pandemic and a total year-on-year emission reduction estimated at 13% for all installations and airlines covered by the EU carbon market.

Four key issues to watch in the EU’s carbon market reform

By: EBR | Thursday, April 15, 2021

EU carbon market emissions experienced a record fall last year, but when it comes to heavy industry, the effect is likely to be short-lived

"Serious and organised crime touches the lives of Europeans in unprecedented ways. It is destructive, pervasive and complex."

Press remarks by Vice-President Schinas on EU Strategies to tackle Organised Crime and fight Trafficking in Human Beings

By: EBR | Thursday, April 15, 2021

"When we presented our Security Union strategy last year, we committed to stepping up the EU’s work against organised crime"

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) looked at how the European Commission supports member states in expanding electrical charging infrastructure as well as how it manages EU funding.

Deployment of EU electric vehicle charging stations too slow, auditors say

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The European Union’s deployment of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles is not quick enough to meet the bloc’s targets

The Commission will use a diversified funding strategy to raise up to around €800 billion in current prices until 2026.

NextGenerationEU: Commission gets ready to raise up to €800 billion to fund the recovery

By: EBR | Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The Commission has today taken steps to ensure that borrowing under the temporary recovery instrument NextGenerationEU will be financed on the most advantageous terms for EU Member States and their citizens

“We believe that, first and foremost, we need to continue to apply the energy efficiency first principle, ensuring that really we make the most out of our limited resources,” Pinho said.

Energy efficiency must apply across all renewables, EU Commission says

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Europe needs a massive increase in renewable electricity to meet its 2030 decarbonisation targets, including a ramp up of clean hydrogen production from electrolysers

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