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Mapping Diversity: the gender gap in Italian toponyms 

Wednesday 21 July 2021 | Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa
Sheldon.studio

A pilot project analysing the gender ratio in street names in Italy's 21 regional capitals. The idea is to replicate similar analyses for other countries or topics related to street names in the future.


Half of the European funds spent to fight climate change went into ineffective measures 

Tuesday 06 July 2021 | Gianluca De Feo
| OBC Transeuropa

As part of the Common Agricultural Policy, the European Union spent 100 billion Euros to combat climate change between 2014 and 2020. But these funds, which make up half of the entire EU budget earmarked for the fight against climate change, have not led to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.


With the FCAS, European integration takes steps forward 

Monday 05 July 2021 | Antoine Laurent
| OBC Transeuropa

The two aeronautical giants Dassault Aviation and Airbus will develop a new fighter aircraft. A strategic programme for the development of the European military industry, which could contribute to the strengthening of the community project


Publishers’ reliance on Google and Facebook is a problem for media independence 

Thursday 17 June 2021 | Andreas Vou
| OBC Transeuropa

Big tech companies bring in plenty of traffic for media outlets but take a disproportionate chunk of the earnings. And even when agreements are signed, it’s Big Tech that sets the rules


Europe is no longer afraid of nationalising companies 

Monday 31 May 2021 | Álvaro Merino
| El Orden Mundial

Nationalising companies is no longer a taboo topic for the European Union's state members. After the 1990s and the beginning of the 21st-century privatisations, the economic crisis of 2008 gave a central role back to State ownership. The COVID-19 outbreak has opened the leading European companies' doors to the public capital.


Covid-19: the plastic pandemic 

Monday 24 May 2021 | Marco Ranocchiari
| OBC Transeuropa

In Europe, the period 2020-2021 was to mark the turning point in the fight against plastic waste, one of the most urgent problems of our century. Then came the new Coronavirus: with masks, gloves, and anti-contagion packaging, the risk of a step back is increasingly concrete


Half of all MEPs do not disclose any meeting with lobbies 

Monday 24 May 2021 | Miguel Ángel Gavilanes
Carmen Torrecillas
Maria G. Zornoza
| Civio

Regulation of the European Parliament is highly voluntary. Compared to 90 percent of Swedish, Danish or Finnish MEPs who disclose meetings with interest groups, only one out of ten Greek, Polish and Bulgarian MEPs do so.


businesswoman walking through revolving door

Meetings on public health between European Commission and lobbies have been booming 

Monday 24 May 2021 | Miguel Ángel Gavilanes
Antonio Hernández
Maria G. Zornoza
| Civio

Meetings with dozens of assistants and thousands of civil servants fly under the radar of the EU's transparency register. The heads of the pharmaceutical industry, EFPIA is one of the most active lobby groups. In less than a year and a half since the start of the pandemic they have held as many meetings with senior Commission officials as in the last five years.


Big Tobacco lobbies battle for smoke-free products taxation 

Friday 30 April 2021 | Stefano Valentino
| VoxEurop
MobileReporter

As the EU sets its sights on harmonising taxation of the rising e-cigarette and heated tobacco products market, lobbyists fight to keep prices down and smokers hooked. The forthcoming negotiations are intertwined with the bitter competition between the two industry giants.


train accident in Greece

Rail accidents: Hungary leads the list in fatality figures 

Friday 30 April 2021 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

According to the annual assessment of the European Railway Agency, the trend of a steady decrease in the number of rail accidents continues. However, rail-related suicide rates remain roughly the same.