EU’s budget for 2020 priorities that matter to citizens: climate change, jobs, young people, security and solidarity in the EU

Three EU institutions agreed on the EU’s budget for 2020. This will allow the EU to focus its resources on the priorities that matter to citizens: climate change, jobs, young people, security and solidarity in the EU. Next year’s budget will also prepare the transition to the next budgetary cycle as it will be the Read more about EU’s budget for 2020 priorities that matter to citizens: climate change, jobs, young people, security and solidarity in the EU[…]

How much energy societies actually need to satisfy everyone’s most basic needs

Two fundamental goals of humanity are to eradicate poverty and reduce climate change, and it is critical that the world knows whether achieving these goals will involve trade-offs. New IIASA research for the first time provides a basis to answer this question, including the tools needed to relate basic needs directly to resource use. Researchers Read more about How much energy societies actually need to satisfy everyone’s most basic needs[…]

Micro rubber: another polymer that pollutes our air and water

Rubber in the environment The tread on the tyre is worn out, new tyres are needed. Everyday life for many drivers. But where do these lost centimetres of tyre tread “disappear” to? As micro-rubbers, they mainly end up in soil and water and, to a small extent, in the air. And the amount of these Read more about Micro rubber: another polymer that pollutes our air and water[…]

New Projects of Common Interest (PCI) for a connected European energy grid

European Commission adopted the fourth list of Projects of Common Interest (PCI) for a connected European energy grid, fit for the future providing clean, affordable and secure energy for Europeans. This list reflects the importance of infrastructure for the Energy Union and represents a balance among its objectives: sustainability, affordability and security of supply. Vice Read more about New Projects of Common Interest (PCI) for a connected European energy grid[…]

Africa-Europe Alliance: two guarantees one goal: more investment in partner countries

2019 Africa Investment Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa, the European Commission signed two guarantee agreements with two Member States’ development finance institution: the Dutch ‘Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V’ (FMO) and the Italian ‘Cassa Depositi e Prestiti’ (CDP). These guarantee agreements are part of the implementation of the EU External Investment Plan, the financial arm of Read more about Africa-Europe Alliance: two guarantees one goal: more investment in partner countries[…]

Progress towards the Europe 2020 targets

The Europe 2020 strategy – EU’s agenda for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth – was adopted by the European Council in June 2010 with the aim to overcome structural weaknesses in Europe’s economy, improve its competitiveness and productivity and underpin a sustainable social market economy. The EU targets are set in the five thematic areas: Read more about Progress towards the Europe 2020 targets[…]

Putting energy efficiency first is a key objective of the Energy Union

Energy savings are an efficient way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and thereby contribute to the EU’s action against climate change. They also help Europeans to save money on their energy bills. The European Commission adopted three recommendations to help Member States to transpose and implement the amending Directive on Energy Efficiency. They are particularly Read more about Putting energy efficiency first is a key objective of the Energy Union[…]

Nantes is European Capital of Innovation 2019

The city of Nantes in north-west France is the European Capital of Innovation 2019, the Commission announced today at the European Research and Innovation Days. The title was awarded to Nantes in recognition for its outstanding ability to harness innovation to improve the lives of its citizens and its open and collaborative governance model. It comes with Read more about Nantes is European Capital of Innovation 2019[…]

The impact on brands and profitability through Facebook business pages

There are more than 60 million business pages on Facebook and that number is from 2017. With those pages come scores of positive and negative posts generated by Facebook users. What researchers have seen is companies have very little control over what customers post, and negative posts can severely damage brands. New research in the Read more about The impact on brands and profitability through Facebook business pages[…]

To remain competitive, the EU needs to support industries in the digital transformation

The European Court of Auditors is conducting an audit of EU support and funding for digitising industry and boosting digital innovation in Europe. The auditors will examine whether the European Commission provides effective support to Member States for digitisation of their industries, and helps start-ups and small- and-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in their efforts to Read more about To remain competitive, the EU needs to support industries in the digital transformation[…]

Drone detection radar based on an overseas technology

Senior Researcher Dae-gun Oh’s team in the Collaborative Robots Research Center developed a radar system that can detect subminiature drones that are 3km away. This research is expected to make huge contributions to strengthening domestic industries and defense capabilities by securing a world-class radar sensing technology. As a result of discovering a North Korean drone Read more about Drone detection radar based on an overseas technology[…]