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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

Advances in administrative cooperation in the field of taxation [EU Legislation in Progress]

The digitalisation of the economy opens the door to new cross-border economic activities that make it possible to under-report income and under-pay tax. Continue reading

Recovery and Resilience Facility [EU Legislation in Progress]

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, on 28 May 2020 the Commission adopted a proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Recovery and Resilience Facility (the Facility). Continue reading

Coronavirus: Uncertainty and discontent [What Think Tanks are thinking]

As the latest wave of the coronavirus pandemic intensifies and some highly infectious new mutations of the virus spread, a growing number of countries have increased restrictions on travel and some lockdowns have been intensified. Continue reading

Access to justice in environmental matters: Amending the Aarhus Regulation [EU Legislation in Progress]

The European Union is party to the Aarhus Convention on access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters. Continue reading

Critical raw materials for the EU: Enablers of the green and digital recovery [Policy Podcast]

The pandemic has highlighted the risk involved, including for the EU, in relying heavily on external suppliers. The EU’s 30 critical raw materials (CRMs) combine two characteristics: they are strategically important for its industry and economy, and there are high risks associated with securing their supply. Continue reading

EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement: An analytical overview

On 30 December 2020, the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) signed a Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), concluding nearly ten months of negotiations. Continue reading

Covid-19 vaccination campaigns: The public dimension [Policy Podcast]

The arrival of the Covid-19 vaccines marks a turning point in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. For European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, vaccination is about self‑protection and solidarity. Continue reading

Economic and Budgetary Outlook for the European Union 2021

Growth in gross domestic product (GDP) in Europe collapsed in 2020 as a result of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading

Plenary round-up – January 2021

The main debates of the January 2021 plenary session were on the inauguration of the new President of the United States, and the presentation of the Portuguese EU Council Presidency. Continue reading

Regulating digital gatekeepers: Background on the future digital markets act [Policy Podcast]

The EU has unveiled an ambitious plan to regulate online platforms, and the European Commission is proposing to introduce ex ante regulation to ensure that markets characterised by large platforms acting as digital gatekeepers remain fair and competitive for innovators, businesses, and new market entrants. Continue reading

What if AI took care of traffic as well as driving? [Science and Technology podcast]

While public discussion concentrates on the idea of autonomous driving as an added feature in a vehicle, could it turn out that the real advantage lies in interoperability? Continue reading

Ten issues to watch in 2021

The year ahead of us is critical in many ways: 2021 is the first year of recovery after the coronavirus pandemic hit the world in 2020. In the five-year European political cycle, it is a year in which progress towards significant action and implementation are expected, after a first year generally more focused on declarations and planning. And global events and geopolitical tensions make it no less critical at international level. Continue reading

What if blockchain could guarantee ethical AI?

Blockchain has the potential to promote compliance with traditional ethical principles, especially in the fields of healthcare, supply chain management and food safety. Continue reading

What if AI could improve thermal imaging, to help fight coronavirus? [Science and Technology podcast]

Thermal imaging cameras have been widely installed in recent months in office buildings, hospitals, shopping malls, schools and airports as a means of detecting people with fever-like symptoms. Continue reading

What if technology and culture combined to boost a green recovery? [Science and Technology podcast]

Technological innovation has always been an indispensable part of recovery from economic, social and environmental crises. Continue reading

The public sector loan facility under the Just Transition Mechanism [EU Legislation in Progress][Policy Podcast]

The public sector loan facility is the third pillar of the Just Transition Mechanism (JTM), along with the Just Transition Fund and just transition scheme under Invest EU. Continue reading

What if artificial intelligence in medical imaging could accelerate Covid-19 treatment?

Artificial intelligence (AI) solutions can help radiologists with the triage, quantification and trend analysis of patient data. AI-powered medical imaging is already used to detect critical diseases, and medical imaging has played a significant role in the fight against Covid-19, easing the pressure on healthcare systems. Continue reading

What if AI-powered passenger locator forms could help stop the spread of Covid-19?

Asking passengers to complete a passenger locator form (PLF) prior to their flights has been seen in recent months as an efficient way to help public health authorities trace travellers potentially exposed to Covid-19 in airports and ports and at other border check points. Continue reading

Climate action: The way ahead [What Think Tanks are thinking]

In a passionate speech delivered recently at Columbia University in New York, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, described the fight against climate change as the top priority for the 21st century. Continue reading

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