EU Confidential #174: Team Macron turmoil — Minimum wage push — OECD contenders
Trouble in French President Emmanuel Macron's inner circle, the European Commission's move to boost minimum wages, and the battle to lead the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development all feature in this episode.
France plans new €20B stimulus package ahead of second lockdown
PARIS — The French government announced a new €20 billion aid plan Thursday for small businesses and sectors hit hard by the coronavirus crisis as the country is set to enter a second lockdown on Friday amid surging cases. “This lockdown is a hard blow for all the companies that will be forced to close,”
Borrell: EU must improve its offer to Africa to remain its ‘first partner’
The EU will need to significantly improve its offer to the African continent if it is succeed in maintaining its position as its “first partner”, the EU’s chief diplomat said on Thursday (29 October).
Parliament and Council near agreement on rule of law conditionality
The European Parliament and the Council were close to reaching an agreement on Thursday (29 October) on the Rule of Law conditionality attached to EU funds, but they continued to disagree on how to trigger the mechanism.
Kazakh, Kyrgyz foreign ministers discuss cooperation
NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tleuberdi and his Kyrgyz counterpart Ruslan Kazakbaev, who arrived in Nur-Sultan on a working visit, discussed cooperation in… Read More »
European Court of Human Rights condemns Turkey for violation of opposition leader’s freedom of expression
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday found that Turkey was wrong to fine Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of the main opposition party,… Read More »
SIBIU Innovation Days - 26-27 November 2020, Online & Sibiu (Romania)
[Source: Research & Innovation] Sibiu Innovation Days has emerged from the desire to bring closer academia, businesses and decision makers. The event closely follows the successful model of Cluj Innovation Days , which has proven over the years to be a platform among all the main stakeholders in the Cluj wider region interested in bringing innovation in many aspects of their activities. The format of the event will include three sections: Session of innovative projects developed by […]
European Innovation Council - European Innovation Council invests €191 million in 58 game-changing technologies
[Source: Research & Innovation] Fifty-eight novel, high-impact technologies have been selected in the last round of investment from the European Innovation Council (EIC) ‘Pathfinder Open’ Pilot, funded under Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme.
Bankrolling a green revolution, one mortgage at a time
With some 210 million buildings in Europe, most of them energy inefficient, the scope for sustainability gains is huge. How would Europe deal with the cost of all those renovations? An EU-funded pilot scheme that already involves 65 banks is proposing incentivised mortgages as a way to leverage the necessary funds, fast.
A bright future for perovskites in lighting and displays
EU-funded researchers behind a breakthrough solar-energy technology have also laid the material foundations for a new generation of digital displays that could surpass latest-generation OLED screens in brightness, colour range and energy efficiency.