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EU climate action policy: Responding to the global emergency

The European Green Deal aims at making the European Union (EU) climate-neutral by 2050, a target supported by all EU institutions. Continue reading

Living in the EU: Circular economy

Circular economy is a production and consumption model that involves reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products to keep materials within the economy. Continue reading

Plenary round-up – March I 2021

The highlight of the March I 2021 plenary session was the official signature of the Joint Declaration on the Conference on the Future of Europe, allowing the Conference’s work finally to get under way. Continue reading

Pushbacks at the EU’s external borders

In recent years, the migration policy of the European Union (EU) has focused on strict border controls and the externalisation of migration management through cooperation with third countries. Continue reading

Reform of the Comitology Regulation [EU Legislation in Progress]

On 14 February 2017, the European Commission adopted a proposal amending Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 (the ‘Comitology Regulation’) in order to increase the transparency and accountability of the decision-making process leading to the adoption of implementing acts. Continue reading

International Women’s Day 2021: Gender equality in the shadow of the pandemic

nternational Women’s Day on 8 March is a time for celebrating women’s achievements and a time to measure and commit to parity, globally and in our own European region, countries and communities. Continue reading

Digital services act [EU Legislation in Progress]

The rules governing the provision of digital products and services in the EU have remained largely unchanged since the adoption of the e-Commerce Directive in 2000, while digital technologies and business models continue to evolve rapidly and new societal challenges are emerging, such as the spread of counterfeit goods, hate speech and disinformation online. Continue reading

European Parliament Plenary Session – March I 2021

Continuing to mark International Women’s Day 2021, the agenda for the first plenary session of March 2021 kicks off with a ceremony celebrating women’s day, not least their role in fighting on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading

Green and sustainable finance [Policy Podcast]

The dramatic consequences of climate change and environmental degradation have brought the need for a more sustainable economy to the top of the agenda. Continue reading

Learning for the future

The European Union is beginning to deploy significant amounts of coronavirus recovery funding and has introduced visionary initiatives such as the , a European Green Deal, and a Europe fit for the digital age. Continue reading

Women in politics in the EU: State of play

One hundred years after women won the vote or were first elected to parliament in some EU countries, the data show that women continue to be under-represented in politics and public life, in the European Parliament, national parliaments and governments, and local assemblies. Continue reading

Covid-19: The need for a gendered response

In the midst of the current pandemic, adopting a gender perspective may seem a secondary concern. However, pandemics are known to affect women and men differently, making it essential to recognise these differences in order to understand the impacts on individuals and communities and to respond effectively and equitably. Continue reading

Support for democracy through EU external policy: New tools for growing challenges

The crisis of democracy and the rise of authoritarianism across the globe, compounded by the coronavirus pandemic, highlight the importance of taking a more strategic and autonomous approach to supporting democracy worldwide – an objective often balanced against other external policy aims until now. Continue reading

Revision of the TEN-E Regulation: EU guidelines for new energy infrastructure [EU Legislation in Progress]

On 15 December 2020, the European Commission adopted a proposal to revise the 2013 regulation on trans-European networks in energy (TEN-E). Continue reading

New EU regulatory framework for batteries: Setting sustainability requirements [EU Legislation in Progress]

Given the important role they play in the rollout of zero-emission mobility and the storage of intermittent renewable energy, batteries are a crucial element in the EU’s transition to a climate neutral economy. Continue reading

The NIS2 Directive: A high common level of cybersecurity in the EU [EU Legislation in Progress]

The Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive is the first piece of EU-wide legislation on cybersecurity, and its specific aim was to achieve a high common level of cybersecurity across the Member States. Continue reading

EU hydrogen policy: Hydrogen as an energy carrier for a climate-neutral economy

Research and industrial innovation in hydrogen applications is an EU priority and receives substantial EU funding through the research framework programmes. Continue reading

Cohesion policy contribution to New European Bauhaus

The New European Bauhaus is a European Commission initiative, which links the sustainability, aesthetics and inclusion dimensions of building design. Continue reading

EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture / Mies van der Rohe Award: A tribute to Bauhaus

The EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture (also known as the EU Mies Award) was launched in recognition of the importance and quality of European architecture. Continue reading

Myanmar: The return of the junta

On 1 February 2021, the Myanmar armed forces seized power and imprisoned Aung San Suu Kyi, de facto leader of the country since 2016. Continue reading

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