The EU’ dilemma: balancing between the “free markets” and/or regulated growth

The EU explores both a “sense of victimization” and a drive to change integration patterns: presently the EU-27 is being squeezed by both the US and China on most vital issues in green growth and sustainability. Trading partners from over Atlantis and the Far East are showing some positive examples; is the EU able to […]

Global active fall-2022: world in transformation pressed by challenges and risks

This November is tensely compacted with numerous global – as well as some national – events that can help us both understand the world “moving around” and show some perspective paths towards stable and prosperous future out of emerging crises. The state of global order is definitely affecting European integration’s process.  

Reducing transport pollution: towards zero-emission mobility in EU by 2035

A strong signal to industry and consumers is being sent at the end of October: the EU-27 is entering the path to zero-emission mobility. A preliminary agreement between the European Parliament and Council requires that all new cars and vans registered in Europe will be zero-emission by 2035. As an intermediary step towards zero emissions, […]

European citizens and SMEs supported competition policy

As is known, competition issues are within the exclusive competence of the EU institutions and bodies. It means competition rules and practices are universal among all member states. Thus, the Commission’s executive Vice-President M. Vestager, acknowledged that while “improving life of citizens and SMEs, competition brings better prices, more choice and increased innovation”; therefore, she […]

Commission’s working plan for 2023: confirming integration process

On 18 October 2022, the Commission adopted its work program for the next year to deal with modern challenges and looming crises and with a due attention to the ongoing EU-wide green and digital transformations. Making the member states more resilient, the Commission will support both people and businesses by reducing energy prices, securing the […]

EU integration through the EU’s “Skills year-2023”

New Commission’s skills-initiative for 2023 seems to be too complicated to deliver within just a year: it is involving all three existing “division of competence” between the EU and the member states. Some, as the education policy, is almost fully in the states’ competence shared; however, the initiative touches upon important issues vital for the […]

Minimum wage: perspective European socialist agenda

Securing adequate minimum wages for workers in the EU has been a long-standing theme in the EU-wide social agenda. This September was a pivotal moment: the draft directive was endorsed by the European Parliament to confirm an agreement between the Parliament and the Council in June while providing hope for a successful adoption of a […]

European Interreg: programs for sub-regional recovery and resilience

Priorities in the EU’s Interreg program – concerning the Baltic Sea region (BSR) – include three main directions: save the sea, connect the region and prosperity. Already there are 48 projects’ applications contributing to such activities as innovation, energy, transport, bio-economy, spatial planning, etc.  

EUSBSR in successful cooperation: the ways forward

The set of articles on the EU’s macro-regional strategies (and the EUSBSR, in particular), was aimed at: first, informing the readers about present Baltic Sea countries’ issues; second, showing the role of numerous organizations involved in the progressive strategy’s implementation; and third, to visualise the strategy’s ways forward… 

Sustainability as a new facet in European integration

Seven years in the EU’s sustainability efforts, which is about half the way to a final goal, have been marked by extensive actions towards reaching sustainable development goals (SDGs) in the member states. The whole picture seems quite optimistic: out of 17 SDGs, significant progress has been noticed in 5 and moderate progress in nine. […]