Astana Economic Forum Discusses Challenges and Opportunities to Achieve Sustainable Growth

By Eli Hadzhieva, Guest Contributor. The prominent speakers at this year’s Astana Economic Forum (AEF), organised at the futuristic EXPO Congress Centre of Nur-sultan on 16-17 May, disagreed on many issues, such as the role of the government in managing the economy or the optimal industrialisation path for developing countries but one thing was clear…

Towards a More Ethical Financial Sector

A major EU vote and a direct call to action from investors with assets worth $1.7 trillion signals the start of a transformation of the financial sector – which could help in delivering on the Paris climate agreement, and prevent human rights abuses. Last week saw historic moves from across both politics and industry, which…

Building a Capital Markets Union

The European Commission has said that it welcomes the European Parliament’s final votes on legislation putting in place the building blocks of a Capital Markets Union (CMU). It said the adoption of a substantial number of proposals constitutes another step forward in the completion of the CMU, one of the Juncker Commission’s top political priorities. The Capital…

EIB approves €2.4 bn investment

EIB investment €2.4 bn

The Board of Directors of the European Investment Bank (EIB) has this week approved a total of €2.4 billion of new financing to improve public services, upgrade infrastructure and strengthen private sector investment. ·     €905 million new financing for rail and road transport projects across Europe ·     €1 billion for business investment and corporate…

Future Investment in EU Regions

Future Investment in EU Regions

The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) said it “welcomes” the European Parliament’s decision to adopt the Common Provisions Regulation Report on future investment in EU regions, which represents a positive step towards a strong, reformed Cohesion policy after 2020. In particular, the CPMR supports the Parliament’s decision to remove from the report the link…

Power to Gas

Power to Gas

“Power to Gas” uses renewable or low-carbon electricity to make hydrogen. The electrolysis of water to produce hydrogen and oxygen has existed almost since the “discovery” of electricity, writes Mike Parr. Until the 1950/1960s electrolysis was the key method used to produce hydrogen which is an important feedstock for the production of chemicals such as…