“Sustainable business” on both sides of the Atlantic: controversies proceed…

The US administration’s IRA legislation provides for public investment to boost an emerging sector of “green economy”; the efforts are supplemented by regulating expanded federal tax collection and some pharmaceutical-drug price controls. The IRA authorized at least $369 billion in subsidies for clean energy projects and products: in this way, a new US industrial policy […]

Main global technological trends: World Economic Forum’s view for 2023

Modern breakthroughs in new technologies, such as robotics, artificial intelligence, nano-technology, quantum computing, bio-technology, the internet of things, 3D printing, fully autonomous vehicles, etc. will drive national developmental priorities for 2023 and beyond. World Economic Forum warns, however, that world leaders “urgently need to seize the opportunity to direct technology towards positive ends”.   

Harnessing the lack of needed skills and talents in the EU

Recent EU analysis has shown the European member states and even whole regions are affected by the loss of skilled workforce to deal with modern transforming national priorities. The aggravated situation seriously threatens the European regional long-term prosperity: the EU has already identified 82 regions representing together about 30 percent (one third!) of the EU’s […]

Endangered species and biodiversity in the EU

The EU’s efforts for nature protection culminated at the end of January 2023 with the new “deal for pollinators”, which are crucial for reversing negative effects of climate change, protecting peoples’ diets, farmers’ wellbeing and restoring the number of declining and critically endangered species. Some parts of solution are about implementing integrated conservation measures, pest […]

New form of global “collaboration” through a “metaverse platform”

The leaders of the World Economic Forum, WEF are coming with a new idea to support falling globalisation processes by using as the main driving force modern achievements in science, research and innovation. Extensive digitalisation will help adapting to changes is the tool in the idea’s implementation, to enable people manage lives in more effective […]

Global and European sustainability: examples for the SDG-community

Sustainability issues, both public and corporate, have been hot topics at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos. Hence, it is vital not only mentioning companies that are the world’s most sustainable, but to underline necessity in preparing skills and professions required for sustainability and socio-economic transition. Besides, some examples from the Baltic Sea region […]

Educational reform in Denmark: more cons than pros…

Danish educators and academics are worried about the new coalition government’s plan aimed at reforming higher education system, generally, by prioritizing the needs of a modernized labour market and socio-economic transformations. However, some popular disagreements have been also heavily voiced…

Foreign subsidies regulation: closing existing gaps

The EU efforts concerning foreign subsidies to ensure a European level playing field in corporate activities are being augmented with a new regulation. It will both close gaps in existing legislative tools and, probably, transform the WTO rules on industrial subsidies. Hence, the EU will continue to address distortive subsidies through rules in the EU-bilateral […]

World Economic Forum-2023: perspectives for global cooperation

Main issues at the World Economic Forum’s (WEF, 16-20 January) are aimed at providing “cures” to the global socio-economic issues, including present military conflicts, difficulties in international trade and failures to effectively tackle climate change, etc. The theme of the 53rd annual meeting during is “cooperation in a fragmented world”; it brings together 2,700 leaders […]

European digital decade: achieving digital transformation by 2030

The EU “digital decade” program entered into force this January as a monitoring and cooperation mechanism to achieve common targets among member states for Europe’s digital transformation by 2030. The program also creates a new framework for projects that will allow the EU states to join forces on digital initiatives.