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Is free transport ambitious enough?

By Maxime Huré / 17 June, 2019

Against the backdrop of the fight against climate change, ambitious new mobility and transport policies have begun to appear. Making public transport free is one of them. Progressive Post: Free public transport has existed for a while now, is it the environmental argument that has stoked the debate? Maxime Huré:...

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European organic agriculture: future challenges

By Isobel Tomlinson / 11 June, 2019

Organic agriculture in Europe is an economic success story. Organic farming offers a real response to the catastrophic decline in wildlife resulting from intensive industrial farming practices. However, challenges remain, and innovation is needed. The European organic movement with the support of the EU needs to rise to the challenge...

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Health in Europe: reducing inequalities

By Vytenis Andriukaitis / 7 June, 2019

In a world with so much wealth, how is it possible that so many people have little or no access to healthcare? Or that different socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, or nationalities, mean poorer health for some? As a doctor, Social Democrat and Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, I find this...

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Towards 100% organic agriculture

By Florent Guhl / 15 May, 2019

New EU rules for organic production and labelling of organic products were adopted in May 2018, after four years of negotiations. The objective is to encourage the development of organic farming by harmonising European practices. Florent Guhl of Agence BIo, the French Agency for the Development of Organic Agriculture, explains...

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A European Union that belongs to all its citizens

By Pierre Bauby / 23 April, 2019

Bringing all forces of society together – individuals as well as groups – is the best way to deal with those who want to create a battleground between economic and financial interests or between ideologies of closure and exclusion. Who owns Europe ? The first question we must ask ourselves...

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Build an open access database on ‘who owns Europe’

By Judith Clifton / 22 April, 2019

Whether a government or private enterprise should directly own and control an activity is at the heart of politics – that’s why the question ‘who owns Europe’ is an incredibly important one. But a lack of consistent, long-term data on public and private ownership makes it virtually impossible for citizens...

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Give people ownership!

By Sean Kippin / 21 April, 2019

Recent elections and the rise of populism show that the centre-left is losing ground. A ‘politics of ownership’, which gives power to citizens by involving them in the economy and in the affairs of the state, may provide a means of answering this difficult set of challenges. European Social Democracy...

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Organic agriculture: environmental public goods in Europe

By Nicola Love / 17 April, 2019

Scientific evidence supports the positive effects of organic farming on the environment, including enhancing biodiversity, mitigating climate change and improving water quality. Europeans are some of the biggest consumers of organic produce, and the EU is a global leader in developing regulations and policies for organic farming. It is officially...

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Europe’s Millennials want more social protection

By FEPS / 13 April, 2019

Millennials want the European Union to do much more to support social welfare policies like minimum wages, according to the new Millennial Dialogue study by FEPS and ThinkYoung. In the context of the run-up to the European Parliament elections, the Millennial Dialogue survey clearly indicates that young people favour progressive...

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Free public transport capital – free public transport nation

By Allan Alaküla / 9 January, 2019

In July 2018, Estonia became the first free public transport nation, where 11 out of 15 counties offer free bus services for everybody. The decision was based on the positive experience in the capital Tallinn, where public transport is free for its residents since 2013. However radical abolishing all fees...

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