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The EU/European Union describes a economical and political union of 28 States. With an estimated population of around 510 million the European Union policies aim to allow the free movement of people, goods and services. Within the internal market it aims to maintain common policies on agriculture, trade and more.

Members

The EU and European citizenship were established in 1933. With the inner original 6 being Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and West Germany. Although no member state has ever left, in 2016 the UK announced its intention to leave and has begun negotiating their departure for 2019.
More foreign aid is provided by the EU than any other economic union. Due to its Global influence and reach the Union has been described as an emerging superpower.

decarbonisation

Why energy is at the heart of the EU’s decarbonisation efforts

Kadri Simson, EU Energy Commissioner, discusses why the EU has placed energy and the heart of its decarbonisation efforts.
COVID-19 plasma, patient

European Commission gives 24 grants to COVID-19 plasma projects

The projects will happen in 14 Member States and the United Kingdom, with 36 million in funding to get COVID-19 plasma to patients - boosting their immune response to the virus.
BioNTech and Pfizer

EU to purchase further 300 million doses of BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine

The European Commission has proposed to purchase an additional 300 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by BioNTech and Pfizer.
moderna vaccine, covid

Moderna vaccine approved for use by European Medicines Agency

The EMA joins the US in approving the 94.1% effective Moderna vaccine for use, while the UK still waits on further regulatory discussions.
cities in europe

The future of cities in Europe

Here, Open Access Government considers the future of cities in Europe, including the opinions of Anna Lisa Boni, Secretary-General, Eurocities.
seasonal climate forecasts, SECLI

How are seasonal climate forecasts contributing to energy and water industry management?

Here, Alberto Troccoli explains why and how Europe’s H2020 project SECLI-FIRM continues to offer accurate seasonal climate forecasting which can reduce risk and cost alike for energy and water businesses.
migrants with disabilities, mental health problems

How can Europe protect migrants with disabilities and mental health problems?

Mental Health Europe point out that the New Pact on Migration and Asylum leaves behind migrants with disabilities and mental health problems, suggesting how this oversight could be resolved.
civil society

Shaping of post-COVID-19 EU: Only with organised civil society!

Christa Schweng, President, European Economic and Social Committee details the shaping of post-COVID-19 EU and argues that this is only possible with an organised civil society.
dairy industry, plants

Circular economy in the dairy industry: Processing wastes to P-rich bio-based fertilisers

Sergio Ponsá talks about the valorization of the wastes generated by the dairy industry to recover phosphorous, a relevant macronutrient for plant growth that currently depends on a critical raw material.
a british european partnership, bartlett

Towards a British-European partnership on a circular economy

The United Kingdom is about to leave the EU – but there are opportunities to rebuild a strong partnership around a more circular economy, states Professor Raimund Bleischwitz, Director of UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources.
brexit and COVID anxieties, COVID-19

Brexit and COVID anxieties create 25% drop in British exports

According to recent data analysis, Brexit and COVID anxieties have created tangible decreases in how many commodities leave the UK.
cultural sectors

How can Europe support its cultural recovery from COVID-19?

Open Access Government discovers how Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, is prioritising the recovery of Europe’s cultural sectors as well as Research and Innovation.
seafood side-streams

Developing new solutions for better utilisation of seafood side-streams

Charlotte Jacobsen, Professor and Head of Research Group at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, explains how the WaSeaBi project will ensure sounder exploitation of aquatic resources.
social and societal, energy poverty

The social and societal dimension of the energy transition

Christophe Quarez, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee explores the social and societal dimension of the energy transition.
COVID-impacted businesses, EU

European Commission gives €120 million to COVID-impacted businesses

The Commission approved €120 million for the Luxembourg scheme, which will fund COVID-impacted businesses that are still struggling to function.
bio-based composites

SSUCHY: EU-project develops more sustainable & advanced bio-based composites

Vincent Placet, Research Engineer at the UFC/FEMTO Institute of Besançon, (France) and Coordinator of the EU project SSUCHY, highlights achievements in sustainable & advanced bio-based composites.
Brain conditions

Brain conditions, mental and neurological alike

Prof Monica Di Luca, President, European Brain Council, sheds light on brain conditions, mental and neurological alike, starting with comment on the burdens presented.
energy performance

EU Directive on the energy performance of buildings

Adrian Brewin, Co-Founder of Reid Brewin Architects, provides an opinion commentary about the EU Directive on the energy performance of buildings, including sustainability.
offshore wind capacity, climate

European Commission pledges 60GW offshore wind capacity by 2030

The Commission has proposed a specific goal for their ambitions of climate neutrality by 2050, which is bringing offshore wind capacity up to 60GW by 2030.
innovation in Europe

Commissioner Mariya Gabriel on COVID-19 research and innovation in Europe

EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel shares her ambitious policy plans on the coronavirus pandemic, especially in relation to research and innovation in Europe.

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