EU tax policy in support of socio-economic recovery in the member states

  Global challenges, digitalisation, sustainability and changing business models, to name a few, are creating new options and limits for tax competition with new opportunities for an “aggressive” tax planning. The suggested EU’s “tax action plan”, consisting of tens of Commission’s initiatives is a timely proposal to be implemented in the coming financial period to […]

Youth in the labour market: EU’s “bridge to jobs” initiative

One of the biggest problems in most of the EU member states is employment and, in particular, among young people. The problem’s vital component is education and training youth to future work’s “positions”; however, in this respect the EU’s involvement is limited to coordination and recommendation, as both education and industrial policies are almost exclusively […]

Politics, economics and finances: another 7 years in the EU’s integration

Financial, economic as well as political outcomes of the post-summit period will definitely have historic implications for the EU’s integration in the coming seven years, and most probably for several decades to come.     Last month’s summit’s agreements are still on the agendas among the EU-27 leaders regardless the summer vocation. The outcomes will definitely […]

The EU’s long-term budget: financial and corporate implications for the states

The Commission’s rescue plan – the Next Generation EU- together with the multi-annual budget, increases the total investment into perspective socio-economic growth in the states for the next seven years to € 1.850 bn, almost double the amount of the previous period. The investments are aimed at: a) tackling the pandemic crises’ damages with a […]

“Integrated education” in Europe: EU’s attempts to make European-wide universities

The idea of “European Universities” has become already a key building block for the European integration efforts in the continent’s education sphere. Starting with 17 EU-universities a couple of years ago, the EU-wide “university clusters” presently are enlarged to 41; they are involving 280 institutions in the EU-27 and around. The initiative is backed by […]

After extraordinary July-2020 summit: a second opinion

  The outcomes of the extraordinary EU-27 summit (17-21.07.2020) are still being discussed in the EU’s capitals. Some winners and losers have appeared already through political dialogues; the European integration has always been about giving some states advantages setting others –for a while- in a backward position, though not visible from the start.   In […]

EU’s “next generation” plan: efforts in assisting socio-economic recovery

Greatest concern in the EU member states during this July was the Union’s new multi-annual financial framework (MFF-2027), as well as the issues of the continental socio-economic recovery in the post-pandemic crisis’ period: the so-called “Next Generation EU” plan. The latter is to provide an unprecedented support for national green and digital priorities in perspective […]

European food quality: national policies through modern challenges

Modern European and global challenges affect all spheres of Union’s integration including such seemingly distant sectors as agro-products and foodstuffs’ quality. European food is famous in the world for being safe, nutritious and of high quality. Besides, national traditional production methods shall contribute to the EU’s objective of becoming a global leader for sustainability in […]

Facing the summit: EU’s political economy discussed at an extraordinary meeting

The first face-to-face meeting of the EU leaders in almost half a year is taking place this week-end. The summit is extraordinary, as the deals to reach are of such importance and dimension that they couldn’t be made online. Two important issues are under discussion during a first summit under German Presidency in the Council: […]