The digital single market needs real skills and substance to succeed

Brussels December, 14th 2016


Europe is creating digital jobs, but lacks the skilled workforce to fill them. The Commission should promote the benefits of action at national level without drowning member states in red tape, writes Jamie Greene.

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Commission launches youth volunteer 'solidarity' corps

Brussels December, 10th 2016

European solidarity corps

European? Aged 18-30? Unemployed? Want to work abroad for pocket money? The EU’s new Solidarity Corps may be for you.

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EU champions 'people power' but devil lies in the detail

Brussels December, 1st 2016


The European Commission’s Winter Package of energy proposals, unveiled yesterday (30 November), is set to boost household and local power generation, but obstacles remain.

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Commission 'dangerously' out of touch with reality on biofuel

Brussels December, 13th 2016



A response delivered by Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete in the European Parliament last week demonstrates just how dangerously out of touch with reality the executive is on a policy that impacts on the lives of hundreds of thousands of EU citizens, writes Dick Roche.

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EU scheme set to combine studies and sport, compete with us

Brussels December, 3rd 2016


A new project aimed at university athletes is due to be launched next year, in an attempt to make Europe more attractive to students and breathe fresh air into public confidence in the European project.

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EU unveils 'winter package' of power reforms

Brussels November, 3rd November

EU regulators will unveil reforms today (30 November) to promote a greater share of renewables in Europe’s grid by 2030, with plans to cut energy use by 30%, phase out subsidies for coal-fired plants and enforce greater cross-border trade.

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Commission's sustainable development package must be taken further

Brussels December, 12th 2016

The EU will not meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals without rethinking its approach to individual targets. So far, this has not happened, writes Damien Demailly.

Damien Demailly is the coordinator of the New Prosperity programme at the French Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI).

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Eurozone unemployment falls below 10%

Brussels December, 1st 2016

Unemployment in the eurozone has fallen below the symbolic mark of 10% for the first time since April 2011, EU data showed yesterday (1 December).

The fall is a welcome boost to the European economy, which is muddling through a slow recovery from the eurozone debt crisis and faces new problems such as Brexit and the rise of political populism.

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Young Europeans keep finding difficult to fly the nest

Brussels November, 29th 2016


New statistics highlight how seriously Europe’s economic malaise is still affecting young people, as significant numbers of 18-35 year-olds continue to live with their parents.

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