SPECIAL REPORT: The new EU executive will continue to focus industrial policy on so-called key enabling technologies, but is seeking to protect European industry from unfair foreign competition.
Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) cover six areas underpinning a range of products in strategic export markets, including the security, health and energy sectors. They include nanotechnology, micro-nanoelectronics, phototonics, advanced materials, industrial biotechnology and advanced manufacturing.
According to a paper from the German Economic Affairs Ministry, the government plans to impose carbon dioxide reductions on energy providers. But Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel denies the plan would forcefully shut down outdated coal-fired power plants. EurActiv Germany reports.
French and British banks are urging the European Commission to reconsider plans to isolate high-risk trading activities at big banks, warning the move could discourage lending to struggling economies.
EU lawmakers will likely vote on Thursday (27 November) on a motion proposing the breaking up of Google and other Internet technology companies, increasing political pressure on the bloc's antitrust regulators to take a stronger line on the search giant.
The crisis has resulted in the emergence of new vulnerable groups, who no longer have access to healthcare, according to a new report.
In the wake of the economic and financial crisis, many governments in the EU cut spending on healthcare services.
The crisis has been a major factor influencing changes to the complex healthcare systems, creating significant differences between member states. But even in countries that chose to make few cuts to the health services, it has still been possible to identify impacts of the crisis on access to healthcare.
The European biodiesel industry has claimed that the carbon savings of biofuels have been underestimated by the European Commission. But the reasoning behind the assertion is flawed, writes Nusa Urbancic.
The French bioethanol industry is leading the campaign to raise the proportion of biofuel in Europe’s transport fuel mix to 15%, while the European Commission continues to hold the sector on a short leash. EurActiv France reports.
The EU is currently witnessing a massive land grab, which has a direct impact on 25 million of its citizens, changing the way lands are being managed and how food is being produced, writes Attila Szocs.
Attila Szocs is Romania correspondent for Arc2020, a platform for civil society and non-governmental organisations interested in good food, farming and rural policies for Europe. He is also campaign coordinator on land grabbing with EcoRuralis in Romania.
With the launch of the 'Independence’ energy project, Lithuania’s long-and-hard-fought striving for energy diversity and security has definitely seen a big boost, writes Linas Jegelevičius.
Linas Jegelevičius writes for EN.DELFI.LT, the main English language news portal in Lithuania.