Additional measures for clean and safer cars in Europe: challenges for motor-industry

The EU’s ambitious goal to region’s zero-emission by 2050 requires a fundamental reduction of all sorts of pollution and harmful emissions. Present reform is an integral part of the Commission’s work for a clean, sustainable and competitive car sector. While complementing the EU institutions’ work towards cleaner and safer mobility, present measures are a part […]

VAT in Europe: vital component in econometric integration’s analysis

The annual ‘VAT Gap’ measures the effectiveness of VAT enforcement and compliance measures in the European states. It provides an estimate of revenue loss due to fraud and evasion, tax avoidance, bankruptcies and financial insolvencies. The VAT Gap is an important financial indicator as it shows the states’ contribution to both the EU and the […]

Teaching sustainability: cross-sectoral and holistic approaches

Five years ago, at the SDGs’ inception, the stakes and optimism were high: world leaders thought that the simple adoption of almost perfect sustainable goals and actions would lead to successful national policies. However, as it always happens, the developmental realities appeared to be rather different. The article is showing some challenges facing education policies […]

Boosting digital economy and technologies: new initiatives

Drafting optimal perspectives in digital society and economy issues are able to enhance national recovery and resilience plans. While preparing these plans for the Commission’s adoption (drafts shall be ready this fall and final versions next April) the states have to include numerous digital transitions’ aspects. To assist the states, the Commission issued (in mid-September […]

Strategic planning in the European integration: Commission’s complex approach

Perspectives in the European integration have been always in minds of EU’s governance; presently, the “future” -called strategic foresight – is being formulated in seemingly plain words, i.e. towards a more resilient Europe. The latter is approached through four main directions: socio-economic, geopolitical, green and digital. However, European integration’s political economy – more than ever […]

“Post-covid’s” political economy: facing inevitable changes

Most complicated for central and local governance in the EU states are the issues of the so-called “new normal” and changing economy’s patterns: i.e. already visible and those only slightly seen in the transitional post-pandemic period. Shortly, these changes could be formulated in a fundamental line of changes – drafting new national political economy structures […]

EU tax policy in support of socio-economic recovery in the member states

  Global challenges, digitalisation, sustainability and changing business models, to name a few, are creating new options and limits for tax competition with new opportunities for an “aggressive” tax planning. The suggested EU’s “tax action plan”, consisting of tens of Commission’s initiatives is a timely proposal to be implemented in the coming financial period to […]

Youth in the labour market: EU’s “bridge to jobs” initiative

One of the biggest problems in most of the EU member states is employment and, in particular, among young people. The problem’s vital component is education and training youth to future work’s “positions”; however, in this respect the EU’s involvement is limited to coordination and recommendation, as both education and industrial policies are almost exclusively […]

Politics, economics and finances: another 7 years in the EU’s integration

Financial, economic as well as political outcomes of the post-summit period will definitely have historic implications for the EU’s integration in the coming seven years, and most probably for several decades to come.     Last month’s summit’s agreements are still on the agendas among the EU-27 leaders regardless the summer vocation. The outcomes will definitely […]

The EU’s long-term budget: financial and corporate implications for the states

The Commission’s rescue plan – the Next Generation EU- together with the multi-annual budget, increases the total investment into perspective socio-economic growth in the states for the next seven years to € 1.850 bn, almost double the amount of the previous period. The investments are aimed at: a) tackling the pandemic crises’ damages with a […]