EU’s external trade: new aspects in development strategy

Complexities of the European external trade and neighbors’ policy represent an important part of the broad and cross-sectoral European integration process. Both European states and various countries around the world urgently need positive investment initiatives: hence the EU starts using new investment facilities called “global gateway” to stimulate growth around the world.

Environmental protection: globally and in Europe

Environmental global community celebrates these days the United Nations Environmental Program’s (UNEP) 50th anniversary. Global environmental governance system, regardless of all positive intentions, still lacks necessary strengths and capabilities to deal properly with one of the most complex and urgent problem. Some comparisons between the UNEP and EU on these issues can help to visualize […]

Meeting global sustainable goals: still bumpy road ahead

Global EU-2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted in 2015 by all the UN member countries, included an unprecedented ambition to implement complex and integrated growth patterns with 17 Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets. Recent UN-OECD report presents countries’ achievements in reaching the SDGs and their efforts in meeting specific global sustainable growth patterns by 2030. […]

“Limits to growth” or limiting life-styles: lessons for the EU’s integration

There are reasonable limits to everything; most people as consumers know this adagio quite well: in food and entertainment, in travel and luxuries, etc. On one side, national growth models have to sustain appropriate living standards for citizens; on another, continued scientific progress can promote an ever increasing level of prosperity. However, stopping economic growth […]

Geopolitical issues in energy market: strategic European “re-powering”

Accelerating clean energy transition, increasing energy independence from unreliable suppliers and reducing volatile fossil fuels’ import, coped with climate obligations, etc. are the burning issues in the present EU integration process. Besides, new geopolitical and energy market realities require prompt and radical measures at both the EU and the member states’ levels. 

National recovery plans: sustainability perspectives through the EU support

The EU institutions have accelerated since the end of 2020 support for the states’ recovery-resilience plans with the ever biggest package of stimulus. In line with the member states recovery strategies and plans, agreed by the Commission during 2021, the states are implementing presently these plans under strict Commission’s surveillance. Some ideas behind the NextGenerationEU […]

European energy policy: facing tough time in the states

European energy sector is at a cross-road: on one side, energy consumption is increasing, with a simultaneous dependence on the external energy supplies; on another side, the EU long-term strategy to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 needs additional constructive policy’s re-formulation at the […]

“Taxonomy” and energy security in Europe

European Commission is preparing an executive’s legislative proposal (taxonomy’s delegated act) for sustainable investment guidelines into nuclear and gas energy projects coped with the EU’s green transition programs. The proposal is about “classifying conditions” (hence, the taxonomy) in accommodating nuclear and gas energy sources in the member states’ recovery and resilience measures. 

European social market economy: unique approaches to “social enterprises”

This December, the European Commission presented an action plan to assist the member states in delivering on the European social market economy’ concept with a particular emphasis on employment and job-creation issues, on fair and inclusive recovery, as well as on green and digital transitions. All these aspects in connection with business are included into […]

Hydrogen: a new priority for the European energy sector

Attention to climate-neutrality in the world and in Europe has shown increasing common commitments: about 90% of the countries have committed themselves to emission reduction by 45% by 2030. The “green hydrogen” is one of the safest ways to practical implementation; this clean energy has become a best solutions: now, the second European Hydrogen Week […]