Digitalisation can support shifting to more sustainable transport in Europe

Digital technologies offer opportunities to mitigate the impacts of Europe’s mobility sector — from air pollution, noise, accidents and time wasted in congestions, to land-take, habitat fragmentation and growing greenhouse gas emissions. However, according to a new analysis by the European Environment Agency (EEA), these gains depend on how digital solutions are deployed and how they affect […]

EFSA: Better housing needed for dairy cows, ducks, geese, and quail to improve welfare

Dairy cows, ducks, geese and quail need more space and improved housing according to animal welfare recommendations published today in two new scientific opinions by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The opinions form part of a series on farmed animal species that support the ongoing revision of the European Union’s animal welfare rules.

Europe needs to step up circular economy efforts, including on waste prevention

The EU’s circular economy action plan aims to double the share of recycled materials used in its economy by 2030. The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) assessment, published today, shows that the pace of progress needs speeding up, requiring both more recycling and less overall material use. A second, in-depth report on waste prevention highlights opportunities […]

ECB Consumer Expectations Survey results – March 2023

Compared with February 2023:   consumer inflation expectations increased significantly; expectations for nominal income growth over the next 12 months were broadly stable, while expectations for nominal spending growth rose further; expectations for economic growth over the next 12 months became slightly more negative and the expected unemployment rate in 12 months’ time increased; consumers’ […]

EFPIA and ECHA publish more data to help developing alternative methods to animal tests

Additional information about the hazard properties of 75 substances from 370 tests has recently been published as IUCLID datasets. This more than doubles the amount of data that was made initially available for the scientific community developing alternative test methods when the joint initiative kicked off a year ago.

Euro area monthly balance of payments: March 2023

Current account recorded €31 billion surplus in March 2023, up from €24 billion in previous month Current account deficit amounted to €76 billion (0.6% of euro area GDP) in 12 months to March 2023, compared with a surplus of €189 billion (1.5%) one year earlier In financial account, euro area residents’ net sales of non-euro area portfolio investment securities totalled €181 billion and non-residents’ […]