EESC calls for new EU Strategy for Sustainable Development

The European Union should grasp the opportunity of the new political mandate and financial period to improve its economic policy coordination and governance, says the EESC. The European Semester should become the most important element of economic policy coordination and a multi-level and multi-actor governance approach should be implemented, says the European Economic and Social…

EU Action Against Wildfires

Following a request for assistance from Greece on 13 August 2019, rescEU assets have been mobilised to tackle forest fires ravaging several areas of Greece.  As an immediate response, the European Union has already helped to mobilise 3 forest fighting planes from rescEU reserve from Italy and Spainto be dispatched swiftly to the affected regions….

State of the Energy Union

In its yearly opinion on the State of the Energy Union, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has taken stock of the progress made so far and calls on the European Commission to focus more on social aspects. It says, “The Energy Union is not a reality yet. It may be a reality in…

Major Green success: Commission recommends revolution in combating anti-money laundering

While the newly elected Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is still busy with recruiting members for her college, the existing EU Commission outlined future priorities in the field of anti-money laundering (AML). The ne Communication ‘Towards a better implementation of the EU’s AML/CTF framework’ gives an overview of the four reports published this week…

Libyan Shipwreck Tragedy

A statement has been issued by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and EU Commissioners Johannes Hahn and Dimitris Avramopoulos on the shipwreck off the coast of Libya.  The tragic incident has been described the worst involving migrant deaths so far this year. The statement reads, “We are deeply saddened by the tragic news of a shipwreck off the coast…

Nobel Laureates urge Commission to include photonics partnership or risk jobs

Three leading European Nobel Laureates from France and Germany have warned that failure to include a dedicated photonics programme in the EU’s next Horizon programme will jeopardise all long-term technology capability and capacity, essential in powering the future European digital economy. “Failure to do so will jeopardise Europe’s deep tech capability, its digital ambitions and…

Europe to become top Supercomputing Region

Eight sites for supercomputing centres have been selected across the EU to host the first European supercomputers.  They will support Europe’s researchers, industry and businesses in developing new applications in a wide range of areas, from designing medicines and new materials to fighting climate change. In a major step towards making Europe a top supercomputing…

Tusk Happy with Voter Turnout for EP Election

European council president Donald Tusk says he is “very happy” about the turnout in the EU elections, the highest for 20 years. Tusk said the 50 per cent turnout makes the parliament “more representative.” He said, “First and foremost, we are very happy about the turnout, which was the highest in 25 years.  “This proves…