Tourism in EU: vital socio-economic sector facing modern challenges

Perspective tourism and travel has to follow three main directions: be resilient, digital and sustainable; however, not all EU member states ready for such challenges. In June 2022, the Commission prepared an analysis of key figures and trends in European tourism, as well as existing and perspective ICT and digital tools in modern tourism’s triangle […]

Shaping European future: STARTS program for science and art cooperation

Art, culture and modern technology are actively entering the European integration process. Established six years ago, the program supports creation of regional centers (so-called “residences”) as catalysts of perspective cross-sectoral cooperation. It is expected that synergies between art, science and technology shall help in regional development on a social, ecological and economic level by boosting […]

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.

European cultural heritage: digital dimension

Facilitating cooperation in preserving European cultural heritage, both material and intellectual is among recent EU efforts. Researchers and museum professionals, artists and tourist operators, etc. shall be more active in safeguarding regional cultural heritage by enable easy access to cultural content and allowing future generations to enjoy it for years to come. These efforts are […]

Sustainability in the European priorities: cohesion policy and business

Contemporary global challenges greatly affect all EU-wide development, in particular the European regional and cohesion policies: both are having solid sustainability’s implications and therefore are presently heavily supported from the European financial sources and funds. Progress in reaching SDGs in the EU and OECD countries is reflected below. 

Diversification of supply: resolving European energy crisis

Newly created the EU Energy Platform in the beginning of April 2022, is aimed at coordinating measures in securing energy supplies for the EU states, incl. through voluntary common purchase of pipeline gas, LNG and hydrogen. Thus, new platform’s “task force” has an objective of reducing EU’s dependence on Russian fossil fuels by enabling the […]

European climate and energy challenges: changes in modern states’ governance

It is generally recognized that the best available science is important for effective climate actions and decision-making in national energy policy. The urgency is vital in enhancing ambition and action concerning mitigation, adaptation and finances to implement the goals of Paris-2015 Agreement and secure European energy independence during present critical decade. 

Education for sustainable growth with the common global roadmap for 2030

During last six years UNESCO has been working on implementing sustainability into states’ sustainable policies and higher education (HE). Finally, in May 2022 the global educational community adopted a general roadmap for HE and a plan to “reinvent education for a sustainable future”. Although it is not an action plan agreed by governments, it represents […]

Cultural economics: vital part of European integration

Culture as an economic category has acquired recently additional attention. Disjunctions between economy and culture are quickly disappearing, giving room to closer liaison with different types of connections, such as design and architecture, art and poetry, fashion and music, as well as in various brand-names and other “intellectual products”. 

EU’s spring-2022 Semester: optimal coordination of states’ development

Generally, the European Semester’s main purpose is to provide broad socio-economic policy coordination among Union’s member states; however, present spring-2022 cycle is coped with the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) requirements. The RRF’s implementation is necessary for adapting the Semester in taking into account joint EU-states’ efforts focusing on the delivery of […]