The study is the result of a thorough literature review and expert engagement in discussions and workshops with over 200 participants from academia, civil society, public administration, and industry. The researchers at the JRC used a normative back-casting approach, which means they took the goals of the European Green Deal as a starting point, and then examined the opportunities and pitfalls in the green and digital transitions in achieving this goal.
EMA’s Medicines Shortages Steering Group (MSSG) has adopted the list of the main therapeutic groups of medicines used in emergency care, surgery and intensive care. The list forms the basis from which EMA will draw up concrete lists of critical medicines needed to deal with a specific ‘public health emergency’ or a ‘major event’. The medicines on such concrete lists are closely monitored because of a possible increased risk of shortages. If required, EMA can coordinate swift actions across Member States to ensure continued supply.
The data included in the report show that the EU has made progress towards most goals over the last five years, in line with Commission's priorities in key policy areas such as the European Green Deal, the Digital Strategy and the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan. While progress towards reaching some goals was faster than for others, movement away from the sustainable development objectives occurred only in few specific areas.
This publication is the final report of a study aiming to map and analyse the deployment of strategies related to the bioeconomy at regional level in the EU-27. The findings show that 194 regions in the EU-27 (NUTS 1, NUTS 2 or NUTS 3 level) have, or are working towards, a strategic framework related to the bioeconomy. Of these, 28 regions have fully dedicated bioeconomy strategies, while another region is elaborating such a strategy. 62 regions have strategic frameworks with a strong bioeconomy focus, with another 7 regions elaborating such a strategy.
The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published its latest report, setting out the action we need to take to put a brake on global warming, avoid irreversible impacts on our planet and meet the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C by the end of this century. With the contribution of hundreds of the world’s top climate scientists, the report on mitigation of climate change shows that, despite growing warnings, global emissions of greenhouse gases continue to rise.
The European Commission has made it a top priority for Europe to lead a digital transformation that goes hand in hand with a green transformation, consistent with European values such as privacy and trust, benefiting citizens’ well-being while safe - guarding critical infrastructures and wider security interests. A programme like ECSEL, with its efficiency, effectiveness, and dynamism, is certainly a continuing requi - rement to enable the European Green Deal and ensure Europe’s place at the top table in a highly competitive world.
The European Commission has today proposed two new Regulations to more tightly control fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases) and ozone depleting substances (ODS). The adoption of these regulations would represent a significant step towards limiting global temperature rise in line with the Paris Agreement. The F-gas proposal will also contribute to reducing emissions by at least 55% by 2030 and making Europe climate-neutral by 2050.
The Transitions Performance Index ranks EU Member States and 45 other countries on their performance towards fair and prosperous sustaniability between 2011 and 2020. The report shows overall performance as well in four specific transitions – economic, social, environmental and governance – mirroring the EU policy agenda and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The index confirms that almost all EU countries have progressed well over the last decade in their transitions performance.
The European Commission has published a new standardization strategy to ensure European leadership in global standards, boost investments in the green and digital economy and prepare for the challenges presented by new technologies. To achieve these goals, the strategy aims to shorten the European standardization processes and improve the governance of the European standardization system.
There is a broad consensus on the priorities for the European economic growth model, including the green and digital transitions, and the need to enhance the EU’s economic and social resilience as well as and our preparedness to future shocks. In this document the Commission hilights the priorities to jointly contribute to the objective of fair and inclusive growth and competitive sustainability.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published on February 28th its latest report on the impacts, adaptation and vulnerabilities related to climate change. Authored by hundreds of the world’s top climate scientists, the report confirms that climate change is here to stay and some of its effects are now unavoidable. One of its main findings is that climate change induced by humanity is already impacting nature and people more intensely, more frequently and over a wider geographical area than previously thought.
In their third Policy Brief ‘Industry 5.0: A Transformative Vision for Europe - Governing Systemic Transformations towards a Sustainable Industry’, the independent ESIR expert group recommends a deep transformation of the European Industry to foster the twin green and digital transition in Europe. This transformation will support Europe’s ambition to become more sustainable, resilient, regenerative and circular whilst living within planetary boundaries.