Friday, 22 June 2018
More and more citizens feel they have benefited from key Union policies and two thirds of Europeans advocate a strong EU when it comes to trade. Finally, a majority of Europeans have a positive image of the EU and the proportion thinking that their voice counts has reached its highest level since 2004.
Saturday, 16 June 2018
A loan supported by the InnovFin-EU finance for innovators initiative under the EU's Horizon 2020 programme and extended by the European Investment Bank is helping France-based biotech company Valneva develop a Zika vaccine that is safe during pregnancy. This could protect unborn babies from birth defects linked to the mosquito-borne virus. Until recently, the Zika virus was not a priority since it affected relatively few people and the cost of creating a vaccine was estimated at EUR 149-468 million. But the spread of Zika in the Americas and discovery of a link with reduced head size and brain damage in babies of women infected while pregnant changed that.
Friday, 15 June 2018
The Schengen Information System (SIS) – Europe's most widely used information sharing system for security and border management will be strengthened. Consulted over 5 billion times by national authorities in 2017, the reinforced SIS will help border guards to better monitor who is crossing the EU's borders.
Wednesday, 13 June 2018
For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission proposes to modernise Cohesion Policy, the EU's main investment policy and one of its most concrete expressions of solidarity. The main features are a focus on key investment priorities, targeting all regions with a more tailored approach to regional development, simplified rules rules and a more flexible framework, and a strengthened link with the European Semester to improve the investment environment in Europe.
Industrial transition, low carbon emissions, public services, migration challenges and cultural heritage
RegioStars Awards: The independent jury has selected 21 finalists out of 102 applications in the 2018 edition. They come from 20 member states and five partner countries and are competing under five categories: industrial transition, low carbon emissions, public services, migration challenges and cultural heritage.
The projects awarded the EU funding are expected to develop or demonstrate technology for renewable energy sources and bring it closer to the market. They will receive over €140 million to carry out their work plans after signing grant agreements with INEA, for which they have time until mid-October 2018.
Tuesday, 12 June 2018
Sunday, 10 June 2018
Bioplastics are becoming a crucial component in the drive to create a fully sustainable and circular bio-economy. The EU has been actively supporting the development of these materials through ambitious and collaborative research that aims for a greater uptake that will help transform Europe’s plastics’ industry over the coming years.
Saturday, 9 June 2018
Smart recycling containers that reward people for proper use could help drive up the rate of plastic recycling, reducing the amount of plastic that goes into oceans and landfill, and creating business opportunities out of the challenge to cut back on waste.It’s part of a wave of innovations aiming to keep plastic circulating in the economy, which also include a way to turn empty bottles back into raw materials and a new supply chain model enabling the recycling of plastics from electronic waste.