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The COVID-19 outbreak has revived fears over acute drug shortages in Europe, sparking calls to repatriate the production of pharmaceutical ingredients from China. But rebuilding capacity would take years, if it were even possible.
The use of plastic has been increasingly questioned because of environmental concerns, but hundreds of million tonnes of plastic continue to be produced every year.
By 2030, as many as 20 million manufacturing jobs will be lost to robots, according to a report published by Oxford Economics, a global forecasting company. Some people have already started to fight back – in the footsteps of the 19th-century Luddites – deliberately sabotaging the robots they work with on a daily basis. They are afraid that these robots will take over their jobs.
A report by the NGO Transport and Environment promises a six-fold increase in Europe’s electric-car production by 2025. But Chinese producers continue to dominate the sector.
The Mana-Vox platform ranks companies according to their environmental impact (deforestation, threats to biodiversity, support for fossil fuels, etc.).
In September the confidence of consumers in Lithuania increased considerably compared to the same month last year.
In September the confidence of construction businesses in Malta decreased significantly compared to the same month last year.
In September the confidence of retail businesses in Cyprus decreased considerably compared to the same month last year.
In September the confidence of retail businesses in Croatia decreased considerably compared to the same month last year.
A survey of companies in Europe is published every four years by Eurofound, mapping business practices and enabling comparisons across Europe.