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  • #EUinTwo: Hydrogen’s role in decarbonisation

    April 8, 2020

    Hydrogen has great potential for use in a wide range of commercial applications, but it comes with a set of challenges. In the framework of the EU Green Deal, hydrogen is a versatile resource that can contribute to the decarbonisation of several sectors such as energy, transport and industry in general. In a near future, our heating systems, our trains and cars, or the steel produced in the EU for example, could be powered by...

  • #EUinTwo: The Commission’s industrial strategy

    April 8, 2020

    On the 10th of March, the European Commission released a new EU Industrial Strategy with the objective of maintaining the bloc’s industry’s global competitiveness whilst at the same time helping deliver on its ambitious environmental goals. Whilst the strategy impacts nearly every industrial sector in Europe, there are key highlights in three areas. Firstly, the greening of Europe’s economy is center-stage. By supporting the Green Deal’s focus on decarbonisation and clean and affordable energy sources...

  • #EUinTwo: How the EU Green Deal is taking shape

    March 26, 2020

    The European Green Deal is the flagship political project of the von der Leyen Commission and is expected to impact business across sectors. The European Green Deal will redirect all Commission policy efforts towards achieving climate neutrality in Europe by 2050. The plan sets out a new approach for growth that promotes a more sustainable EU economy with climate-friendly industry and clean technology. The plan will also increase CO2 reduction targets for 2030 and 2040...

  • #EUinTwo: Implementing the Circular Economy

    March 26, 2020

    As a key area of the European Green Deal, the recently announced Circular Economy 2.0 has put in place specific and ambitious actions to transform Europe’s economy. The Commission is focused on reducing the environmental and social impact of products by making sure that by 2030 all products will be circular, increasing the use of secondary raw materials and tackling waste at the source. These measures go hand in hand with greater use of the...

  • #EUinTwo: The Commission’s plan to beat cancer

    March 25, 2020

    Every year, 3.5 million people in the EU are diagnosed with cancer. Directly affecting 40% of EU citizens, cancer impacts the economy, health systems, and European society. To tackle this issue, the European Commission launched a new mandate on World Cancer Day. Officially titled Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, the plan aims to strengthen the European approach at four key stages: prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. However, concrete actions have yet to be determined. To help...

  • Paving way to a Circular Economy

    March 12, 2020

    On 11 March the Commission published it New Circular Economy Action Plan which will facilitate the EU’s transition to a circular economy, to achieve the 2050 net-zero emissions target. According to Commissioner for the Environment, Virginijus Sinkevičius, the Plan has the goal to strengthen the competitiveness of EU industry, empower consumers and protect the environment. By introducing a sustainable products policy framework, it will be easier for consumers to identify sustainable and circular options on...

  • The road to Europe Fit for the Digital Age

    February 19, 2020

    Tech policy is at the forefront of the Von der Leyen Commission’s ambitions for making Europe Fit for the Digital Age; one of the six main ambitions of the President's political guidelines. Indeed, digital transformation touches every corner of our lives, bringing new opportunities, but also new risks. There is growing awareness in Europe of the potential of technology and its central role in transforming our society and economy across all sectors. Over the next...

  • #EUinTwo: Artificial Intelligence in the Commission’s first 100 days

    February 5, 2020

    Throughout 2018, the European Commission’s approach to Artificial Intelligence (AI) was gradually ticking over with a non-legislative Communication on AI for Europe, and the ongoing work of the grandiosely titled ‘High-Level Expert Group Artificial Intelligence’ who were trying to define ethical principles for a ‘human-centric’ AI. However, this was up-ended in July 2019, when the then President-elect of the Commission, Von der Leyen, used her political guidelines to declare that she would “put forward legislation”...

  • European Green Deal: Anticipating the two years ahead

    December 13, 2019

    It is not exaggeration to suggest that the Green Deal is the farthest reaching environmental policy initiative ever undertaken by the European Commission. The integration of sustainability into every pillar of the EU’s activities, from industrial strategy to development aid, is what many have advocated for years. The question now is whether the Commission can follow through on its ambitious work programme, and how well will its unified vision survive the inevitable bruises of co-decision...

  • What are the priorities of the new European Commission?

    December 4, 2019

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdsZV3YESZ8 Today, Ursula von der Leyen chaired the first meeting of the new College of Commissioners. Her team of 26 new Executive Vice-Presidents, Vice-Presidents and Commissioners are ready to deliver on her promises for a Union that strives for more. Her first few days in office are already marked by strong European ambitions on climate policy. Von der Leyen’s first trip as Commission President was to the COP25 meeting in Madrid on Monday. Her first...