Martin Ackermann named as new Swiss Eawag director

On  June 29, 2022, the Federal Council appointed Martin Ackermann as the new director of the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag). Mr Ackermann (51), who is currently Professor for Microbial Systems Ecology at ETH Zurich and a group leader at Eawag, succeeds Janet Hering, who has reached the age of retirement. … More Martin Ackermann named as new Swiss Eawag director

4th meeting of the Industrial Forum focuses on raw materials and sustainable energy

On June 29, 2022, the Executive Vice-President responsible for a Europe in the Digital Age, Margrethe Vestager, and Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton. The members of the Forum, who meet in person for the first time, will address the scaling up of the manufacturing of key products and components for our future energy system and how to … More 4th meeting of the Industrial Forum focuses on raw materials and sustainable energy

Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan: EU Commission proposes to prohibit flavoured heated tobacco products

  On June 29, 2022, the European Commission proposes to prohibit the sale of flavoured heated tobacco products in the EU. This proposal comes in response to the significant increase in the volumes of heated tobacco products sold across the EU. A recent Commission report showed a 10% pick up in the sales volumes of heated tobacco products in more than five … More Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan: EU Commission proposes to prohibit flavoured heated tobacco products

EU’s GDP up by 5.4 % in 2021 but still below 2019 level

In 2021, the real gross domestic product (GDP) showed a strong economic rebound and increased by 5.4 %, even if economic activities were still affected by the containment measures. Nevertheless, GDP remains 0.8 % below the 2019 pre-COVID level, as the economic fallout due to COVID-19 resulted in a 5.9 % decrease in 2020. Looking … More EU’s GDP up by 5.4 % in 2021 but still below 2019 level

Transition Pathway: EU Commission welcomes commitments by businesses and authorities for a greener, more digital and resilient tourism sector

On June 29, 2022, the EU Commission publishes 186 pledges detailing actions to support a greener, more digital and resilient tourism sector in Europe. The pledges stem from specific objectives developed jointly by the Commission and the tourism stakeholders such as public authorities, destination management organisations, large and small companies, business associations and NGOs, among others, … More Transition Pathway: EU Commission welcomes commitments by businesses and authorities for a greener, more digital and resilient tourism sector