Big data: definition, benefits, challenges

Our use of electronic devices is increasing and production processes are becoming ever more digitalised. This means that vast quantities of digital data are generated daily in the economy and by people's personal and social activities. The European Commission forecasts the total global amount of data will grow 530% by 2025 compared to 2018.

Data is an important part of the EU's digital transformation. Artificial intelligence, an EU priority, relies on data and its development depends on how data will be managed in Europe.

(European Parliament)

LIFE Programme: EU invests €121 million in environment, nature and climate action projects

The European Commission today announced an investment of €121 million for new integrated projects under the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action. This funding – increased by 20% compared to last year – will promote the green recovery and help Belgium, Germany, Ireland, France, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Slovakia to reach their green targets. These integrated projects are expected to channel significant additional funds, helping Member States to make use of other EU funding sources, including agricultural, structural, regional and research funds, as well as national funds and private sector investment.

(European Commission)

Strong EU trade enforcement rules enter into force

Robust new trade enforcement rules have entered into force that will further strengthen the EU's toolbox in defending its interests. With the update of the EU's Trade Enforcement Regulation, the EU is able to act in a broader range of circumstances. In line with the Political Guidelines of Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the Commission is further reinforcing the Union's tools to focus on compliance and enforcement of the EU's trade agreements.

(European Commission) 

Commission welcomes European Parliament's approval of Recovery and Resilience Facility

The European Commission welcomes the European Parliament's vote today, confirming the political agreement reached on the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) Regulation in December 2020. This marks an important step towards making €672.5 billion in loans and grants available to Member States to support reforms and investments. The RRF is the key instrument at the heart of NextGenerationEU, the EU's plan for emerging stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic. It will play a crucial role in helping Europe recover from the economic and social impact of the pandemic and will help to make the EU's economies and societies more resilient and secure the green and digital transitions.

(European Commission)

European Commission News

Commission sets course for an open, sustainable and assertive EU trade policy

18 - 02- 2021

The European Commission has today set out its trade strategy for the coming years. Reflecting the concept of open strategic autonomy, it builds on the EU's openness to contribute to the economic recovery through support for the green and digital transformations, as well as a renewed focus on strengthening multilateralism and reforming global trade rules to ensure that they are fair and sustainable. Where necessary, the EU will take a more assertive stance in defending its interests and values, including through new tools.

A renewed multilateralism fit for the 21st century: the EU's agenda

17 - 02 - 2021

Today, the Commission and the High Representative put forward a new strategy to strengthen the EU's contribution to rules-based multilateralism. The Joint Communication lays out the EU's expectations of and ambitions for the multilateral system. Today's proposal suggests to make use of all tools at the EU's disposal, including its extensive political, diplomatic and financial support to promote global peace and security, defend human rights and international law, and to promote multilateral solutions to global challenges.

Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in general and in Cameroon

17 - 02 - 2021

IUU stands for illegal, unreported or unregulated fishing. The European IUU legislation applies to all fishing vessels, under any flag, in all maritime waters.

IUU fishing is one of the most serious threats to the sustainable exploitation of living aquatic resources, jeopardising the very foundation of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and the EU's international efforts to promote better ocean governance. IUU fishing also represents a major hazard to the marine environment, the sustainability of fish stocks and marine biodiversity. IUU furthermore results in unfair competition for those fishermen and women who abide by the rules.

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