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Biometric IDs and health passports: Safety at the expense of personal freedom 

Monday 08 February 2021 | Andreas Vou
| VoxEurop

Digital IDs and health passports are being talked up as the only way to return to normal amid COVID-19 but open the door to an unprecedented central surveillance system and an end to personal autonomy through coercion. And while they are being pitched as optional, those who opt out face exclusion from the most fundamental freedoms.


CO2: the EU disincentives are not working 

Thursday 04 February 2021 | Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

The EU Emission Trading System, the EU’s main mechanism to disincentivise CO2 emissions, seems not to have had the desired results. Major industrial groups, often with the support of their own governments, profit from systemic weaknesses while continuing to produce energy using fossil fuels.


Covid-19 vaccine contracts: EU has hands tied, experts say 

Wednesday 03 February 2021 | Stefano Valentino
| VoxEurop

The clash between the EU and AstraZeneca over delayed vaccines has revealed a stack of questionable contracts signed with Big Pharma. Problems include manufacturers’ ambiguous delivery dates, but lawyers investigating the deals show that companies have a clear advantage over the EU. 


Eloi Laurent: “An alliance between social justice and ecological sustainability must take over” 

Monday 01 February 2021 | Catherine André
| Alternatives Economiques

The Covid-19 pandemic is a cruel reminder that ecosystem vitality and human health are closely linked. For Eloi Laurent, "the best economic policy is a good health policy and the best health policy is a good environmental policy. We see that there is no trade-off between economy and environment."


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Climate renovation of buildings: lessons from around Europe 

Tuesday 26 January 2021 | Antoine de Ravignan
| Alternatives Economiques

To meet its climate targets, the EU must double the speed it is renovating its residential and office buildings. Sweden has already almost completely decarbonised its sector. But it is on its own.


European banks are still major backers of the fossil fuel industry 

Monday 25 January 2021 | Gianluca De Feo
| OBC Transeuropa

As public institutions struggle to implement their plans effectively, private banks are still not pulling their weight. With the slowness and mounting obstacles facing public finances, combined with the unreliability of the private system, how secure is the future of energy transition?


How energy is produced in the EU (and how much greenhouse gas it produces) 

Friday 22 January 2021 | Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

The natural resources used to produce energy directly impact CO2 emission levels and the long-term environmental sustainability of the energy sector. National differences within the EU are large, and suggest the very different approaches being taken.


Emissions in Europe: how much CO2 does energy cost us? 

Thursday 21 January 2021 | Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

In terms of CO2, energy production is the human activity with the worst impact on the environment in Europe. Emissions in the EU may be falling, but there are still major obstacles to achieving climate neutrality. Meanwhile, to the east, dozens of new coal plants will be built in the near future.


The uncountable: How Covid-19 affected migrants and refugees’ health 

Friday 15 January 2021 | Emanuela Barbiroglio
| VoxEurop

With COVID-19 in the spotlight, refugees and undocumented migrants disappeared from public attention. Precisely what swept these communities away from the agenda, however, disproportionately affected them.


Migrants amidst COVID-19: heroes, just for one day 

Tuesday 12 January 2021 | Alexander Damiano Ricci
Daniele Ruzza
| VoxEurop

Fresh data released by the Migration Data Portal highlight the positive role migrant workers have played during COVID-19 crisis in Western societies, as well as their exposure to the pandemic.