Smart specialisation aids regional growth
To take up the challenge of economic modernisation in the era of globalisation, Europe needs to empower its regions and help them create value. This means embracing innovation, digitisation, decarbonisation and developing people's skills.
More information, more money per capita, more opportunities
Maria Koleva, Brussels
It is a very simple old type of idea: more information leads to more opportunities. You realise where there are holes; you realise where there are problems and begin to think about what can be done.
Positive labour market, social trends continue
The Commission published last Monday the 2017 edition of its yearly Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) review, which confirms positive labour market and social trends and continued economic growth, the EU press service reported.
Getting the bioeconomy going
A new Bioeconomy Knowledge Centre that sets together all pieces of the puzzle of this vast area and will fully prop up policymakers and stakeholders with science-based evidence, was kicked off on 20 July by the Joint Research Centre, the Commission's in-house science service, in cooperation with DG Research and Innovation.
Engaging on Egypt priorities
The EU and Egypt have been moving forward engaging on shared priorities under their Association Agreement.
Countering hybrid security threats becomes top priority
The EU outlined plans last Wednesday to counter the growing 'hybrid' threat to its security, such as monitoring and countering illegal online content and propaganda.
Poland contests judicial reforms
Demonstrators took last week to the streets of Warsaw and other Polish cities to demonstrate for an independent judiciary in response to controversial reforms put forward by the conservative Polish government.
Vishegrad Group starts talks with EC on inferior foods
Slovak PM Robert Fico (pictured) got a mandate by his colleagues of the Visegrad Group countries to start talks with the European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker for changing EU rules after complaints over inferior quality foods distributed by western companies in the region.
Macron urges local authorities to cut spending by €13bn
French local authorities will have to cut spending by €13bn by 2022, President Emmanuel Macron said last Monday, emphasising that “intelligent” savings can be found.
Europe to become lead market for 5G network
The EU’s competitiveness and telecommunications ministers agreed in Tallinn last Tuesday to work for a future 5G network.
Reaching 40% women in EC management
A new Diversity and Inclusion Charter and fresh action to hire 40% women in its management are two key features of the Commission's new human resources policy presented last Wednesday, the EU press service reported.
Youth organisations to monitor Solidarity Corps
European Solidarity Corps and the Youth Initiative were the topics of the public hearing with the EP, the Commission, civil society organisations and social partners that took place at the EESC in Brussels on 18 July.