Industry

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. 


COVID-19 vaccines: here's who is producing them in Europe, and where 

Friday 05 March 2021 | Stefano Valentino
| VoxEurop

Pharmaceutical giants producing COVID-19 vaccines are open to collaboration with third parties, as long as they retain control on vaccine licenses and profits. EU member states complain about supply shortages, but fail to question the power of Big Pharma.


How the Energy Charter Treaty might hamper emissions reductions 

Monday 19 April 2021 | Emanuela Barbiroglio
| VoxEurop

The value of European fossil infrastructure protected by the Energy Charter Treaty is almost €345 billion, says research by Nico Schmidt and Oliver Moldenhauer at Investigate Europe. Lawsuits, allowed by the treaty, are likely to prevent states from adopting ambitious climate policies.


Why the Emissions Trading Scheme is not working, and how to fix it 

Tuesday 20 April 2021 | Emanuela Barbiroglio
| VoxEurop

Emissions are not for free in Europe. As a carbon trade system, the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) sets an annual cap and a price for emissions. Wijnand Stoefs, policy officer at Carbon Market Watch, says it should become “a more ambitious tool”.


Foto da un drone di un'area fortemente inquinata da residui di lavorazione minerari a Rosia Montana, Romania

Mine tailing dams: the giants we ignore at our peril 

Monday 08 February 2021 | Marco Ranocchiari
| OBC Transeuropa

Tailing ponds are among the largest and most dangerous structures engineered by humanity, but their operation is virtually unknown to those who don’t live in their vicinity. Europe is no less at risk from incidents than the rest of the world. 


Plastic packaging: Europe faces a waste problem 

Friday 30 October 2020 | Antoine de Ravignan
| Alternatives Economiques

As a result of more stringent standards, recycling of plastic packaging is set to fall in the EU. Without better industrial capacity, the EU will not reach its 50% target in five years' time. And illegal exports are likely to increase.


Diesel cars in the doghouse  in depth

Wednesday 17 January 2018 | Artur Włodarski
| BiQdata

Despite the Dieselgate scandal, diesel-fueled cars are still the most popular in Europe. A trend that is slowly changing, as governments and the public opinion are starting to grasp with their impact on public health.


Europe’s mechanical engineering industry is set to bounce back next year 

Wednesday 02 September 2020 | Kashyap Raibagi
| VoxEurop

After observing a decline in 2020, the mechanical engineering industry in the EU is predicted to grow next year, in spite of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Timber mafia and deforestation in Romania  in depth

Tuesday 18 February 2020 | Christoph Lehermayr
Sebastian Reinhart
Johannes Kaiser
| Addendum

Virgin forests in Central-Eastern Europe are the last remaining ones on the continent, yet they are being mercilessly torn down. Part of this multi-billion euro industry is a mafia-like system that stretches all the way from Romania to Ukraine. Austrian timber companies are right at the heart of it.


Europe’s dependence on medicine imports 

Wednesday 18 March 2020 | Florence Schulz
| Euractiv

Most of the drugs sold worldwide come from India and China, where production is cheapest. As a result, Europe’s supply of medicines is in the hands of a few companies.