New Eurostat’s data has shown that deficit in international trade in goods for the euro area reached €30.6 bn by the start of 2023, with the total deficit of €34.6 bn for the whole EU-27.
“Made in Europe’s idea” through clean-tech and hydrogen
By global challenges and a drive towards climate neutrality, the EU member states will need a massive scale-up of clean technology (clean-tech, in short) in numerous manufacturing sectors in renewables: batteries, solar panels, heat pumps, electrolysers, wind turbines, etc. Main European regulatory measures include the net-zero industry act and hydrogen option. These initiatives need financial […]
Competitiveness globally and in the EU: recent accounts
Present geopolitical uncertainties and the post-pandemic consequences (coped with global challenges) greatly affected supply chains and made it more difficult for states to remain competitive. Besides the EU governance’s efforts in recovery and resilience, attention to new efforts in competitiveness has gained momentum: e.g. through the corporate entities’ facilitating diversification of supply chain and other […]
Contemporary EU political economy: accounts of recent steps
Tackling energy crisis has been presently the headache for the EU and the member states’ governance. Besides, demographic changes in the EU also present problems for development. For the national political economy in modern time it is vital to improve understanding of how companies can build resilience to external challenges and crises. Finally, new vision […]
Responsible business behavior as a modern trend in national governance
Governments, civil society and businesses have been presently under increasing pressures to address and prevent mounting threats to national economies, households’ stability, as well as to environmental protection and sustainability goals, etc. New trends have appeared called “responsible business conduct” to assist states in dealing with modern challenges and crises.
Towards educational revolution: two vital steps forward
Along the mainstream directions in the world-wide educational reforms, two vital issues attracted our attention this March: the global recognition of universities’ certificates and the idea of “reinventing” higher education. The former –after about eight years of deliberation- culminated in the UN global convention; the second issue is about the role and place of education […]
European modern energy transition: one year after
The European plan on rapid reduction on Russian fossil fuels, clean energy transition and industrial adaptation to different energy sources/supplies is called REPowerEU Plan. It was adopted a year ago as the EU response to energy market disruptions and a necessary provider for a huge shift in the whole EU energy system.
Energy efficiency’s reform supported by legal clarification
A provisional agreement between two EU legislative institutions provides for legal support in EU-wide energy efficiency with strong requirement for the member states to implement efficiency measures in policy, planning and investment in socio-economic development priorities. After a formal adoption, the new legislation will be published in the Official Journal of the Union and enter […]
Driving license in the EU-27: new rules expected
Numerous studies performed in the EU-27 have shown that, generally, a great cause of road accidents and crashes occurred: a) due the lack of driving experience, and b) serious breaches of road traffic laws. The higher level of crashes and fatalities involving novice drivers indicates a need to adapt the requirements for issuing driving licenses. […]
New directions in the EU’s political economy for skilled workforce
The EU member states agreed with the Commission’s proposal on the EU-wide social targets by 2030; according to these targets at least 60 percent of adults should participate in training every year, with adequate national budget contributions; to reach this target, the EU has several funding instruments available to support the states in up- and […]