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 […]

Modernising energy systems in central and eastern European states

The Modernisation Fund, MF is a recent European Union program to support 10 EU member states in the central and eastern parts (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia) to meet EU-2030 energy targets by helping to modernise energy systems and improve energy efficiency. The MF operates under the responsibility […]

New European environmental program: an impetus to reach for SDGs

In May 2022 the EU institutions adopted the eight in a row European environment action program (8th EAP), which provided the EU member states with the legal background for the continental environment policy up to 2030. The action program reiterates the EU’s long-term vision to 2050 of “living well, within planetary boundaries”. 

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. 

DEBRA: new Commission initiative in corporate taxation

The green and digital transition requires new investments in innovative technologies. Taxation has an important role to play in encouraging and enabling businesses to develop and grow sustainably. An allowance for equity financing can facilitate bold investments in cutting-edge technologies, notably for start-ups and SMEs. Equity is particularly important for fast-growing European innovative companies in […]

Re-power the EU: vital perspectives in energy security

The European “REPowerEU Plan” is aimed at rapid reduction of EU-27 dependence on Russian fossil fuels by fast-forwarding the clean energy transition and adapting member states industrial and manufacturing sectors, as well as infrastructure to different energy sources and suppliers. The plan is based on additional investments of €210 billion during coming five years (i.e. […]

European rules define new “digital revolution”

Open, clear and harmonised obligations for digital platforms and users, including online intermediaries will be part of consumers and businesses in every-day’s existence. Thus, the “twin digital revolution”: i.e. combining provisions of the Digital Market Act (adopted this March) and the present Digital Services Act, DSA is sending a strong signal to the European states, […]

EU-wide legal protection for local skills, crafts and industries

The EU is already having specific protection mechanism for agro-food products, so-called geographical protection, GI. However, the industrial and manufacturing sectors presently lack an EU-wide mechanism to protect “qualities” attributed to specific local skills and traditions relating to such crafts and industrial products as ceramics, glassware, clothing, lace, jewellery, furniture, knives, etc. The Commission presents […]

EU agricultural policy: resolute decisions in tough time

European consumers’ protection shall be more efficient by modernizing rules to follow citizens’ increased quality expectations in goods and services. Corresponding changes in the national economies will follow, as consumers’ preferences will “transform” agro-sector’s production in a more digital, green and sustainable way. The EU institutions will support the initiative. 

Platform workers: opportunities for digital services

Growing number of digital and ICT services require legal clarification of people involved. The new Commission’s draft of a directive is aimed at recognising these “digital platform” workers offering such services as “regular employees”. The main idea of a new draft is to recognise a salaried status for such “platform” workers.