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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.

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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.

health policy priorities

What are Europe’s health policy priorities going forward?

Open Access Government explores the European Commission’s Department of Health and Food Safety’s response to the COVID-19 crisis and charts their next steps towards a vaccine for every European citizen.
nanomaterials and risk, nanosafety

NanoStreeM: Final outcomes and perspectives – nanomaterials and risk

Here, Dr Dimiter Prodanov from IMEC explains the final outcomes and perspectives of the NanoStreeM project, including comments on nanomaterials and risk.
citizen engagement

Five principles for citizen engagement

Here, Anna Lisa Boni, Secretary General of Eurocities discusses five principles for citizen engagement.
technology in hungary

The future of innovation and technology in Hungary

Here, we explore just some of the many areas covered by Hungary’s Economy Protection Action Plan, put in place to ensure a strong future for innovation and technology in Hungary.
green deal covid, European Green Deal Call

The Green Deal: Using the COVID-19 crisis as an innovation opportunity

The European Green Deal Call has opened for registrations to spur Europe’s recovery from the COVID-19 crisis by turning green challenges into innovation opportunities.
Sensing technologies, ore deposit modelling, X-Mine project

X-Mine project: Sensing technologies and 3D ore deposit modelling methods

Janne Paaso from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland tells us what we need to know about the X-Mine project that develops X-ray and 3D vision-based sensing technologies plus 3D ore deposit modelling methods.
research and innovation in Europe

Research and Innovation in Europe: Pushing science forward after COVID-19

Megan Warrender, Assistant Editor at Open Access Government, discusses research and innovation in Europe, and why in a post COVID-19 world, science is more important than ever.
Fertilising products

From farm to market: Upcycling manure to improved fertilising products

Laia Llenas explains the FERTIMANURE project, which aims to close the manure nutrient cycle by providing innovative manure management strategies and business models to take new fertilising products to the EU market.
progressive state leadership, international development

Progressive State Leadership: A Vision for the New FCDO

Here, Richard Beardsworth continues his series on the nature of progressive state leadership, asking how the present merger of British diplomacy and development could promote progressive global leadership in a post-Brexit UK.
critical raw materials, sustainable Europe

Plans for Europe’s raw materials supply to be more secure and sustainable

The European Commission is introducing an Action Plan on critical raw materials to aid the transition to a more secure and sustainable supply chain.
innovation ecosystems

Cross-sectoral innovation ecosystems enable the European Green Deal

Dr Jatta Jussila discusses the benefits of open innovation and how cross-sectoral partnerships can better solve systemic challenges such as climate change and enable the European Green Deal.
reducing transport emissions, transport

The political barriers holding back progress on reducing transport emissions

Here, we discuss how some political barriers create a significant challenge for those pushing to reduce transport emissions.
japan trade deal, brexit

What you need to know about the UK-Japan trade deal

On 11 September, the UK and Japan announced a successful free trade deal: What does this mean for Brexit?
heat pumps

H2020 TRI-HP Project: Trigeneration systems based on heat pumps

Here, we learn about the TRI-HP Project that concerns trigeneration systems based on heat pumps with natural refrigerants and multiple renewable sources.
EU long-term budget

The European Commission’s next EU long-term budget

Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Budget and Administration charts his priorities for the next EU long-term budget and the impact of COVID-19 on the Union.
COVID-19 crisis

Universities looking beyond the COVID-19 crisis

Amanda Crowfoot, Secretary-General of the European University Association, examines what the future holds for universities in Europe beyond the COVID-19 crisis.

Animal health focus: Well-managed and healthy livestock

Well-managed and healthy livestock play a key role in the European Green Deal, Roxane Feller, Secretary General of AnimalhealthEurope argues.
small scale solution, european union

European Union: Small scale solutions for climate neutrality by 2050?

The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies proposes that small scale solutions could be the cheaper way that climate neutrality happens by 2050.
green recovery

How employee ideas can play a role in the green recovery from COVID-19

Chris Sheen, COO for Sideways 6, explores how employee innovation can play a role in the green recovery from COVID-19.
brain research

Brexit impact: Health and brain research

Prof Monica Di Luca, President, European Brain Council, sheds light on the greater impact of Brexit in terms of health and brain research being up for negotiation.

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