Support for CO2 capture and storage: Swedish example

Views: 12The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €3 billion Swedish scheme to support carbon capture and storage, CCS aimed at reducing carbon dioxide, CO2 released during the combustion or processing of biomass (so-called biogenic CO2). The measure will contribute to the achievement of Sweden’s climate targets and the EU’s strategic […]

European “digital decade”: strengthening the EU-wide digital transformation

Views: 10European Commission has published the second report on the State of the Digital Decade, providing a comprehensive overview of the progress towards achieving the digital objectives and targets set for 2030. The 2024-report is accompanied by an analysis of the EU member states’ “digital decade strategic roadmaps” detailing the planned national measures, actions and […]

Managing low-carbon economy: main priorities and controversies

Views: 6The main pathways to low-carbon economic development, often called “deep decarbonization” proceed mainly through energy policy and nature conservation, sustainability and governance’s efficiency, etc. In essence, it is about consuming less energy, using available resources more efficiently in construction (both private and public), in transportation and industrial development. 

European science/research and innovation performance in 2024

Views: 12Recently published the 2024 edition of the Science, Research and Innovation (R&I) Performance report, SRIP-24 has shown that over the past two decades the EU increased investments in R&I which contributed to the EU’s competitiveness in green technologies and, specifically, in the overall EU-wide high quality research. However, the challenges remain and the EU […]

Boosting cooperation among European higher education providers: new funding

Views: 14Recent Commission’s Erasmus+ call for the European Universities in 2024 provides additional support to alliances of higher education institutions. According to this call, 14 new alliances of higher education in Europe uniting 50 previously selected alliances will receive up to €14.4 million each over a period of four years. The 2024 Erasmus+ call was […]

Combining “green deal”, climate and environment issues: feasible options

Views: 5Two European Commissioners commented on the recent Council’s outcomes and acknowledged its conclusions on some vital issues, such as green deal, climate mitigation and the new EU-wide environmental action program. General opinion is that the conclusions have been timely and satisfactory efforts in the right direction.  

Emission trading system in Europe: support for the member states

Views: 17The European Union has disbursed about €3 billion via the Modernisation Fund in order to finance about forty energy developing projects in 10 EU member states. These investments will support the modernisation of energy systems, reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the energy, industry and transport sectors, and improving energy efficiency.  

European annual budget: priorities for 2025

Views: 15The Commission has proposed an annual EU budget of about €200 billion for 2025; besides, it will be complemented by approximately €72 billion of disbursements under the NextGenerationEU program. This substantial financial envelope is aimed at supporting the EU member states actions in meeting their political-economy’s priorities while integrating the changes agreed in the […]

Skilled workforce for net-zero development: European educational priorities

Views: 12EU strategic net-zero technologies manufacturing capacity is expected to reach about 40 percent of the member states’ deployment needs by 2030. European Net-Zero Industry Act foresees the creation of several “net-zero academies” focusing on specific technologies in order to ensure that the net-zero sectors in the states are having sufficient skilled workforce.  

European Semester: spring forecast shows gradual expansion amid high geopolitical risks

Views: 18The European Semester has played a crucial role in supporting strong and coordinated economic policy responses over the past five years, as the EU was confronted by a series of extraordinary challenges. The EU has demonstrated a high degree of economic and social resilience in the face of major shocks, such as post-pandemic complexities, […]