Agrifood 07-06-2024

Wojciechowski: Agrifood sector should be spared from EU-China trade tensions

Agrifood products should be kept out of the current EU-China trade tensions as the Asian giant is a key partner for the sector, EU Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski told Euractiv.

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A Thought Leadership conversation with María de los Ángeles Romo, Director of SQM Lithium Ventures

Lithium is a key component in the manufacturing of batteries for electric cars and was recently added to the EU’s list of critical raw materials considered essential for the manufacturing of electric car batteries, mobile phones, and laptop computers.

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Policy Triangle on the PPWR – short version

In this first discussion, supported by ACE, we delved into the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR).

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Thought Leadership conversation with Andreas Schwab, MEP and Jens Bresler, METRO AG

In conversation with Euractiv’s Anna Gumbau, Andreas Schwab and Jens Bresler explain the leadership challenges and opportunities in light of the latest EU policies for a sustainable transition.

Politics 05-06-2024

EU – Kazakhstan relations – What are the drivers for increased economic and trade cooperation?

In recent years, the relationship between the EU and Kazakhstan has evolved significantly, marked by a growing emphasis on economic cooperation, political dialogue, and partnerships in various fields.

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Economy 04-06-2024

Regional Revitalization: Transformative Power Of Investment In Rural Areas

Regional revitalization – driven by green policies and technological advancements – is a key priority across Europe, and it is clear that this transformation is most urgent in rural, post- industrial, and suburban areas adjacent to major cities.

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Agrifood 04-06-2024

EU agrifood policy – Navigating the next mandate

The European Parliament elections are fast approaching, and agrifood policies have taken the spotlight following a wave of protests and demonstrations across the EU in recent months.

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Health 31-05-2024

EHPM 2024-2029 Manifesto: Together for healthy citizens and a prosperous economy in the EU

Ahead of the European Elections in June 2024, EHPM calls on the EU to recognise food supplements as important allies for European citizens’ health, and to promote policies that empower consumers, and enable the continued growth of the European food supplement sector in the next mandate.

Climate change 31-05-2024

Healthy trees play a crucial role in mitigating climate change

Forests, trees and wood have always played a critical role for humanity and our future is intertwined with theirs. The coming years will reveal whether we manage to restore a most sustainable relationship with them and secure healthy forests for future generations.

EU’s climate action – What’s the way forward?

The European Union stands as a leader in global efforts to combat climate change, driven by a commitment to secure a sustainable future for all. At the heart of EU climate action lies the European Green Deal, a framework for transforming the EU into a carbon-neutral and circular economy by 2050.

Circular economy 23-05-2024

Building a sustainable future – The revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

The European Commission identifies buildings in the EU as the primary energy consumer, accounting for 40% of our energy consumption and 36% of greenhouse gas emissions.

Power-to-heat – How can it decarbonise district heating?

Decarbonising the heating and cooling sector is central to achieving the energy transition. This is recognised in the European Green Deal and the ‘Fit for 55’ package, as without increasing the share of renewables in this sector, our energy and climate targets cannot be achieved cost-effectively.

Economy 14-05-2024

Media Partnership – Transformative Power of Investment in Rural and Post-Industrial Areas

Regional revitalization – driven by green policies and technological advancements – is a key priority across Europe, and it is clear that this transformation is most urgent in rural, post- industrial, and suburban areas adjacent to major cities

A roadmap to EU forest resilience – Tackling climate change and forest disturbances

Forests play a vital role in climate change adaptation and mitigation. They act as carbon sinks and preserve biodiversity and ecosystems. Yet, climate change is increasingly causing extreme weather conditions, and damages such as wildfires, windstorms and floods are harming forests all over Europe.

General Purpose AI Models can’t ignore copyright in the EU

Artificial intelligence has posed serious challenges to our understanding of copyright. General-purpose models are trained on massive amounts of text and images in order to produce tools that can answer to a vast array of prompts.

Economy 06-05-2024

Revival of EU Single Market – Defining the road ahead

The European Single Market - one of the EU's greatest achievements - is stuttering, according to several industry stakeholders. Their concerns include too much fragmentation, excessive bureaucracy, and lack of harmonised rules.

Agrifood 25-04-2024

Generational renewal, the EU’s unfinished business

With farmers under the age of 40 accounting for only 11.9% of farm managers in the EU in 2020, the need to ensure generational renewal is becoming a key issue in the agricultural sector.

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European AI Roundtable on Copyright

In 27 March 2024, the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA Europe) hosted the inaugural edition of the European AI Roundtable in Brussels.

Agrifood 18-04-2024

Organic farming in the EU – What role for a greener Europe?

Expanding organic farming and agricultural lands in the EU is at the heart of the European Green Deal’s initiatives. Organic farming uses natural substances and processes to produce food and brings environmental, economic and social benefits.

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Politics 16-04-2024

Nature Restoration Law

The Green Deal is a comprehensive plan that sets ambitious targets to transform economies towards sustainability, yet there is a long way to go to achieve these goals. Time is running out as the impact of climate change continues to worsen, and urgent action is needed. The S&Ds have already achieved significant progress in promoting sustainable policies, such as improving energy efficiency, supporting renewable energy, and reducing carbon emissions – and all of this with a red heart!

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The Huawei Global Talent Summit at MWC

At this year's MWC in Barcelona, Huawei showcased its latest 5G and upcoming 5.5G technologies, emphasizing their transformative potential for both users and businesses.

Media Partnership – Powering Tomorrow, Inspiring Today: Nuclear Energy 2.0

In February, the European Commission proposed its recommendations for an EU 2040 climate target and the global pursuit of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. Nuclear power is seen as part of the solution to tackle climate change and meet growing energy needs to decarbonise our economy.

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Policy Triangle on the PPWR

In this first discussion, supported by ACE, we delved into the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWR). We're thrilled to host three experts on this file, Aurel Ciobanu-Dordea from the European Commission, Larissa Copello from Zero Waste Europe, and Annick Carpentier from ACE.

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Politics 16-04-2024

Our achievements

The S&D Group has been unwavering in its efforts throughout the 2019-2024 mandate, a five-year span marked by pivotal decisions and significant milestones that reverberated across the European political landscape.