Category: <span>European Union</span>

Category: European Union

Irregular Border Crossings into EU Drop in 2024, But Concerns Remain

The European Union has seen a significant decrease in irregular border crossings in the first five months of 2024, with numbers falling by 23% compared to the same period last year, according to preliminary data from Frontex, the EU’s border agency. This decline is primarily attributed to a substantial decrease …

Boosting Research Funding to Navigate Global Competition with China

In the face of growing systemic rivalry with China, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has announced a significant increase in funding for research projects focused on modern China. The initiative, titled “Modern China Research II,” aims to enhance independent China expertise in Germany and Europe, enabling a …

Consequences of the EU’s New Environmental Crime Directive

The EU’s new Environmental Crime Directive, which came into force on May 20, 2024, marks a significant step forward in the fight against environmental crime and the protection of the environment. This landmark law is designed to bolster the EU’s commitment to environmental protection, align with the objectives of the …

Council of the European Union Adopts Reform of Asylum and Migration System

The Council of the European Union has adopted a landmark reform of the European asylum and migration system, establishing a set of rules to manage arrivals, create efficient procedures, and ensure fair migrant-sharing between member states. The reform includes 10 legislative acts that overhaul the entire European framework for asylum …

Cybercrime Hotspots Revealed: New Index Maps Global Threats

A groundbreaking study shed light on the world’s most dangerous cybercrime hubs. Compiled over three years of in-depth research, the ‘World Cybercrime Index’ pinpoints the countries posing the greatest risk for online criminal activity. Russia emerges as the top cybercrime threat, with Ukraine, China, the USA, Nigeria, Romania, and the …

EU Parliament Approves New Ethics Body to Boost Transparency and Accountability

The European Parliament made a significant move toward greater integrity and transparency within the EU. On Thursday, it approved the establishment of a new Ethics Body. This collaborative effort involves multiple EU institutions including the Council, the Commission, the Court of Justice, the European Central Bank, and others. In the …

Bosnia-Herzegovina Edges Closer to EU Membership as Commission Recommends Negotiations

The European Commission today issued a historic recommendation to open accession negotiations with Bosnia-Herzegovina, marking a critical turning point in the country’s decades-long pursuit of European Union membership.  The move comes after significant recent progress made by Bosnia-Herzegovina following years of political deadlock. Plagued by ethnic divisions and the legacy …

EU Shifts Foreign Policy Focus to Forge Strategic Alliances

Brussels, Belgium – In response to Russia’s unprovoked war in Ukraine, the European Parliament is calling for significant changes to the EU’s foreign policy. Reports released last week outline the need to prioritise strategic alliances and accelerate the enlargement process to bolster European security. Foreign Policy to Strengthening Defences and …

Food and Textile Reforms – EU fights the Waste Mountain for a Circular Economy

In a landmark move, the EU Environment Committee has taken aim at the mountains of food and textile waste plaguing the continent. By a resounding vote, MEPs have proposed stricter regulations, setting ambitious targets and placing the burden of responsibility squarely on producers, in favour of the Circular Economy. Feast …

EU Makes Modest Progress on Renewable Transport Goals, Needs Major Push to Meet 2030 Target

The share of renewable transport energy in European Union reached 9.6% in 2022, marking a slight increase from 2021 but still falling short of the ambitious 29% target set for 2030. While this 0.5 percentage point increase represents progress, it’s not enough to stay on track for the EU’s climate …