EU Rules Adopted for Drone Transport

The European Commission has adopted EU rules to ensure increasing drone traffic across Europe is safe and secure for people on the ground and in the air. The rules will apply to all operators of drones – both professionals and those flying drones for leisure.  Following the recently adopted technical rules for drones, the Commission completes…

Dr. David Baxter Awarded Linneborn Prize

The European Linneborn Prize for Outstanding Merits in Biomass is awarded every year on the occasion of the EUBCE Conference. The prize was established by the European Commission in 1994 for outstanding contributions to the development of energy from biomass. Dr. David Baxter receives the Linneborn Prize 2019 as a highly appreciated and recognised R&D…

WHO sets targets to reduce snakebite deaths

The international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) welcomes the release today of the long-anticipated World Health Organization (WHO) strategy on the prevention and control of snakebite envenoming, with the ambitious targets to cut in half the number of snakebite deaths and cases of disability by 2030.  Governments and funding organisations must step up…

Fighting Climate Change with the Bio-economy

The bioeconomy is a crucial factor in fighting climate change, responding to the growing food demand and boosting rural areas. In its opinion on the adopted at its plenary session, the EESC calls for better support for SMEs in the form of advice and access to finance.  Public-private cooperation should be promoted and supported through…

“We were blackmailed”: Goyens

Facebook and Google pressured and “arm-wrestled” a group of experts to soften European guidelines on online disinformation and fake news, according to new testimony from insiders released to journalists at Investigate Europe and published today by openDemocracy, the London-based global news website. Extracts from these testimonies allege that Facebook and Google undermined efforts to make the tech giants…

UK Employment Statistics Positive: McIntyre

New UK jobs figures show “progress on all fronts”, says the Conservative Party’s employment spokesman in Brussels. Anthea McIntyre pointed to falling unemployment in tandem with rising wages as clear evidence that government policies were transforming Britain’s jobs landscape. Welcoming the latest employment statistics McIntyre, Conservative MEP for the West Midlands, said: “We have let…

Magnus Hall New President of Eurelectric

Magnus Hall, President and CEO of the Swedish-based electricity company, Vattenfall, has taken over the Presidency of Eurelectric. The priorities of his two-year mandate will be to continue the efforts of the electricity industry in becoming carbon-neutral by 2045 and leading a timely energy transition. Under his Presidency, Eurelectric will call on new EU policymakers to enable widespread electrification, while ensuring a…

EU Must Deliver on Social Policies or Face the Consequences

Trust in political institutions will plummet if decision-makers fail to follow up on promises to improve EU social policies, warns Europe’s largest social civil society network. Invited to represent civil society at the European Commission’s fourth Annual Convention on Inclusive Growth, Social Platform called on EU and national decision-makers to end the practice of introducing…

Sanctions to be Applied Against Cyber Attackers

Cyber attackers around the world could now face EU sanctions, thanks to a new regime pushed for by the UK and its partners. The new sanctions regime, which was signed off this week in Brussels, sends a clear message to hostile actors everywhere that the UK, and the EU, will impose tough consequences for cyber-attacks….

Improvements Needed in Tackling Fraud with Regional Funding

Despite improvements over recent years, EU Member States’ efforts to tackle fraud in cohesion spending remain too weak, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. Member States’ assessments of the effectiveness of their anti-fraud measures are too optimistic, say the auditors. Detection, response and coordination still need substantial strengthening to prevent,…