Data news


Crisis in the tourist sector in Spain: the number of German visitors falls 

Monday 22 July 2019 | Marina Valero
Jesús Escudero
| El Confidencial

The number of package holidays in Spain are dropping at 4% a year, with double digit figures in the Balearic and Canary islands. Hoteliers are feeling the squeeze.


Half of the European countries levy the same VAT on sanitary towels and tampons as on tobacco, beer and wine 

Wednesday 17 July 2019 | María Álvarez Del Vayo
Eva Belmonte
| Civio

The Spanish government has announced its intention to reduce VAT on sanitary towels and tampons in the 2019 budget. Since 2007, European law allows a reduction to the so-called Tampon Tax, although countries such as Hungary, Switzerland and Denmark continue to apply a general rate on such products.


EU: doors closed to the Balkans 

Tuesday 16 July 2019 | Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa

Last June, the European Council dealt another blow to the hopes of Albania and North Macedonia for the opening of EU accession talks. For the other Balkan countries, the situation isn’t much more encouraging.


Over 5000 Russian disinformation items in four years and a half 

Monday 15 July 2019 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

At election time, Russian actors responsible for spreading misinformation seem to be tireless. But even if there is no election, they do not rest, EU Stratcom data suggests.


The EU and Italy ban fishing in the most important protected habitats, but not without delay 

Thursday 11 July 2019 | Stefano Valentino
| VoxEurop

The EU obliges Mediterranean countries, Italy in particular, to ban fishing in three important fish reserves in the Strait of Sicily, as recommended by the FAO in 2016. The NGO Oceana is publishing the names of vessels suspected of ignoring the ban.


Electricity tariffs: why the bill is so high 

Thursday 11 July 2019 | Marc Chevallier
| Alternatives Economiques

For a long time the price of CO2 permits stayed very low. But, starting in 2019, the reform to Europe’s carbon market mechanism has drastically reduced the number of permits in circulation.


EU greenhouse gases: every man for himself 

Thursday 11 July 2019 | Antoine de Ravignan
| Alternatives Economiques

Europe fossil-fuel carbon emissions are dropping. But, breaking down the data, significant differences among the countries appear.


EU closes in on target for gender parity in the European Parliament  in depth

Wednesday 10 July 2019 | Kashyap Raibagi
| VoxEurop

The European Union elected a record number of women MEPs in the latest European Parliament elections. However, men still hold almost 60 percent of seats.


Growing and slowing down: Central Eastern European economies and the EU funds 

Wednesday 10 July 2019 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

Since their accession to the European Union the Visegrad four and Baltic countries' economies have been growing significantly, mainly thanks to EU funds. But there are differences among the countries.


Hungarian prisons are the most overcrowded in Europe 

Wednesday 10 July 2019 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

Lithuania is the EU country with the highest rate of inmates in relation to the population, but prison overcrowding is the highest in Hungary.