Data news


‘We want to help cities to become interoperable’ 

Tuesday 15 January 2019 | Stefano Valentino
| VoxEurop
MobileReporter

Martin Brynskov, chairman of the board of Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC), explains how data management fuels local governance solutions and citizen-centric services.


EU smart cities join the data boom 

Tuesday 15 January 2019 | Stefano Valentino
| VoxEurop
MobileReporter

Many European cities did not wait for central governments’ green light to take advantage of the opportunities provided by technology and big data to improve governance and their citizens’ lives. A closer look at Utrecht and Santander shows how smart cities can play a role model.


Free travel through Europe: the countries with the most young people competing for Interrail tickets 

Tuesday 15 January 2019 | Pia Seitler
Marcel Pauly
| Der Spiegel

An Interrail ticket makes it possible to cross the whole of Europe by train, visiting up to 30 countries and staying at each stop for as long as you like. This summer, around 14,500 young Europeans will have the opportunity to do just that – free of charge.


Traffic pollution costs €60 billion per year in healthcare 

Tuesday 15 January 2019 | Déborah Berthier
| VoxEurop

Each year 500 000 Europeans die prematurely as a result of air pollution. Road transport alone causes 18 percent of air pollution.


Europe’s vaccine issue: the fault of anti-vaxers or religion? 

Sunday 13 January 2019 | Antonio Villarreal
Cristina Suárez
| El Confidencial

The vast majority of member states have immunization rates below recommended WHO levels. Religion could be playing a decisive role. 


People behind bars in Europe 

Friday 11 January 2019 | Alexander Damiano Ricci
| VoxEurop

Since the turn of the century, the Old Continent stands out as the only macro-region experiencing declining numbers in its prison population. However, positive developments in Russia are key in explaining the trend. The EU benefits from the positive dynamics in Eastern and Central Europe. Recent data for Italy are worrisome.


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Kosovo, dreaming of a life abroad 

Friday 11 January 2019 | Majlinda Aliu
| OBC Transeuropa

Although Kosovo is still on the "black list" of Schengen, many of its citizens dream of a future abroad. Among the most qualified professional categories, such as doctors, we can already speak of brain drain.


Will MEPs vote to ensure the Mediterranean sustainable natural resources? 

Wednesday 09 January 2019 | Lasse Gustavsson
| VoxEurop

On 10 January, the European Parliament should vote on the first multiannual plan for the Western Mediterranean Sea. The head of the NGO Oceana in Europe explains why MEPs should take action to save the “Mare Nostrum” from overfishing.


EU commits itself to 37.5 percent cut in car emissions by 2030 

Tuesday 08 January 2019 | Déborah Berthier
| VoxEurop

EU member states and the European Parliament have agreed to a 37.5 percent reduction in CO2 output for new cars by 2030. A 31 percent cut for utility vehicles is also planned.


2008 crisis is still affecting social programs 

Tuesday 08 January 2019 | Zoé Durand
| VoxEurop

Since 2007, spending on social programs within the EU has shown large contrasts, particularly between East and West. Repercussions of the 2008 crisis are clearly visible, as are policy changes in some countries.