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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.

Fighting infectious crop diseases

Fighting infectious crop diseases with big data analyses

Dr Kim Hammond-Kosack, Research Programme Leader Wheat Pathogenomics at Rothamsted Research, explores how big data analyses and knowledge networks can be used to protect global wheat crops from infectious diseases.
transport and energy research

A gateway to transport and energy research: The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

Dirk Beckers, Director of the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency, charts the important work of the organisation in supporting transport and energy research plus the ambitious Horizon Europe research and innovation framework programme (2021-2027).
land policies

An operational platform to reconcile agriculture and environmental protection in Europe

Fabio Terribile discusses the potential of LANDSUPPORT, a Horizon 2020 project showing a way to better manage our landscape and better implement European Union land policies.
industry 4.0

Call for action: Better Industry 4.0 integration of SMEs

Prof. Dr. Julian M. Müller from Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, walks us through how small and medium-sized enterprises can profit from the opportunities brought about by Industry 4.0.
brain diseases

Brain diseases at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic

Prof Monica Di Luca, President, European Brain Council, highlights the importance of continuous prioritisation and attention to brain research during the COVID-19 pandemic.
robotics and artificial intelligence, digital future

Europe’s digital future: Robotics and artificial intelligence

Here, we chart some of the European Commission’s policies around robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) that will positively shape Europe’s digital future.
maturing cannabis market, cannabis

Growing pains: Creating value in the maturing cannabis market

Liam McGreevy, CEO of Ethnopharm Ltd, explains his thoughts on creating value in today’s maturing cannabis market, including how the firm can help both new and established businesses make sense of this.

Europe: Ensuring a modern and sustainable agriculture sector

Here, we learn about Janusz Wojciechowski and his priorities: Ensuring a modern and sustainable agriculture sector in Europe that adapts to changes in climate, demographics and technologies.
European Green Deal

The Commission’s work on the European Green Deal

Here, we delve into the European Commission’s work on the European Green Deal and its first European Climate Law to enshrine the 2050 climate-neutrality target into EU law.
novel food regulation, cbd, cbd in food

EU crackdown: Novel food regulation of CBD

Here, European Union (EU) Novel Food regulations are thoroughly explored and questioned in the context of CBD in food.
EU response to COVID-19, Horizon Europe

Economic and scientific experts discuss EU response to COVID-19

Here we summarise a discussion with experts on the EU response to COVID-19 and the role of Horizon Europe in this pandemic.
climate neutral smart cities

100 climate neutral smart cities

In this article, Anna Lisa Boni, Secretary General of EUROCITIES, explains her thoughts on 100 climate neutral smart cities in more detail.
regenerative business models

HYDROUSA: Water loops with regenerative business models for the Mediterranean

Here, Simos Malamis explains the HYDROUSA project, which seeks to innovate wastewater treatment and create regenerative business models in the Mediterranean region.
Digital transformation in Japan,

Digital transformation in Japan and the European Union

Agnieszka Kuczynska from AGH University of Science and Technology charts the prominence of digital transformation in Japan and the European Union today.
citizen participation,

Getting citizen participation right in the European Union and China

Nikolaos Kontinakis, Acting Projects Director, EUROCITIES, shares his thoughts on getting citizen participation just right in the European Union and China.
AI systems

The FUDIPO Project: AI systems in process industries

Here, Erik Dahlquist discusses the FUDIPO Project, touching on how facilities like oil refineries and power plants can use AI systems.
product liability directive

The EU’s product liability directive and the digital era: Is a regulation revolution required?

Sylvie Gallage-Alwis, Partner, at Signature Litigation, comments on the EU’s product liability directive and the digital era and asks if a regulation revolution is required.
uk immigration rules, global talent

UK immigration rules: Has the new policy changed UK migration statistics?

Sophie Barrett-Brown and Joshua Hopkins, Laura Devine Immigration, describe the effect of the new UK immigration rules on how people are actually migrating.
Mental Health Strategy

The need for a European Union Mental Health Strategy

Laura Marchetti and Jennifer Oroilidis at Mental Health Europe put forward the case for a European Union Mental Health Strategy.
research & innovation in cardiovascular disease

Europe deserves more and better research & innovation in cardiovascular disease

Prof Lina Badimon, Chair, ESC Advocacy Committee 2018-2020 Director, Cardiovascular Program (ICCC) – IR, Hospital de la Santa Crue I Sant Pau, argues that Europe deserves more and better research & innovation in cardiovascular disease.

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