EU countries stall over carbon market reform

Brussels December, 22nd 2016


After more than a year of negotiations, EU member states have come up short in their efforts to find common ground on a carbon market reform seen as necessary if the ambitions of the Paris Agreement on climate change are to be met.Meeting at the final ministerial council chaired by the outgoing Slovak presidency yesterday (19 December), environment ministers appeared at odds over the planned reform of the Emissions Trading Scheme, the EU’s main tool to fight climate change and reward clean energy.

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The digital single market needs real skills and substance to succeed

Brussels December, 14th 2016


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Europe is creating digital jobs, but lacks the skilled workforce to fill them. The Commission should promote the benefits of action at national level without drowning member states in red tape, writes Jamie Greene.

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Commission launches youth volunteer 'solidarity' corps

Brussels December, 10th 2016


European solidarity corps

European? Aged 18-30? Unemployed? Want to work abroad for pocket money? The EU’s new Solidarity Corps may be for you.

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Looking at environmental performance across the supply chain

Brussels December, 20th 2016


The environmental impact of business activity is often mistakenly limited to the direct operations of companies. In reality, it is the environmental performance of the supply chain as a whole that needs to be looked into, writes Christian Ewert.

Christian Ewert is director general of the Foreign Trade Association (FTA).

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Commission 'dangerously' out of touch with reality on biofuel

Brussels December, 13th 2016


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A response delivered by Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete in the European Parliament last week demonstrates just how dangerously out of touch with reality the executive is on a policy that impacts on the lives of hundreds of thousands of EU citizens, writes Dick Roche.

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EU scheme set to combine studies and sport, compete with us

Brussels December, 3rd 2016


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A new project aimed at university athletes is due to be launched next year, in an attempt to make Europe more attractive to students and breathe fresh air into public confidence in the European project.

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 How Europe can give a jolt to electric car infrastructure?

Brussels December, 18th 2016


If the EU really wants to supercharge the electric vehicle revolution, it needs a quick, coordinated rollout of recharging infrastructure that sorts out issues with different chargers yet leaves room for further innovation, writes Teodora Serafimova.

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Commission's sustainable development package must be taken further

Brussels December, 12th 2016



The EU will not meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals without rethinking its approach to individual targets. So far, this has not happened, writes Damien Demailly.

Damien Demailly is the coordinator of the New Prosperity programme at the French Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI).

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Eurozone unemployment falls below 10%

Brussels December, 1st 2016


Unemployment in the eurozone has fallen below the symbolic mark of 10% for the first time since April 2011, EU data showed yesterday (1 December).

The fall is a welcome boost to the European economy, which is muddling through a slow recovery from the eurozone debt crisis and faces new problems such as Brexit and the rise of political populism.

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