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Europe Needs Better Policies on Digital Skills and Data Sharing to Foster Digital Transformation (Christophe Carugati, Center for Data Innovation)

Increasing the use of data is a  key priority of the European Commission to ensure digital transformation—the adoption of digital technologies by organizations—by 2030. However, organizations face many barriers to using data, including a lack of technical skills and too many data silos where data is isolated and not accessible to others. The Commission has begun to address these concerns through funding programs, such as the Digital Europe Programme that funds digital skills development, and legislative proposals, such as the Data Governance Act and the Data Act that foster data-sharing. However, these initiatives do not fully address these barriers, including some of its own making. Instead, the Commission should address digital literacy issues with targeted programs aimed at boosting in-demand digital skills and revising existing policies that are at odds with the goal of improving data-sharing.

Europe Needs Better Policies on Digital Skills and Data Sharing to Foster Digital Transformation – Center for Data Innovation

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Europe Germany

Germany says EU border protection is ‘legitimate’ (Euractiv)

Germany’s interior minister said Sunday (24 October) it was “legitimate” to protect borders, after several EU states asked Brussels to pay for barriers to prevent illegal migrants from entering the bloc.

Germany says EU border protection is ‘legitimate’ – EURACTIV.com

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China Europe

Chinese companies blame “misinformation” for difficult political climate in EU (Janos Ammann, Euractiv)

62% of Chinese companies in Europe believe that the political climate has deteriorated for them. In a recent survey, they blame “media disinformation” among other factors, a line commonly used by the Chinese Communist Party to discredit criticism.

Chinese companies blame “misinformation” for difficult political climate in EU – EURACTIV.com

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‘Sun beneath our feet’: The European cities turning to geothermal (Anna Gumbau, Euractiv)

A growing number of cities in Europe are betting on geothermal to provide households with clean heating, but the little-known renewable energy source will need more attention from Brussels in order to scale up.

‘Sun beneath our feet’: The European cities turning to geothermal – EURACTIV.com

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Europe Russia

Putin requests providing measures to neutralize European energy crisis aftermath in Russia (TASS)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has tasked the government with developing measures to neutralize in the country the negative consequences of Europe’s energy crisis by November, the Kremlin website reported on Monday.

Putin requests providing measures to neutralize European energy crisis aftermath in Russia – Russian Politics & Diplomacy – TASS

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Europe Hungary USA

Hungary’s Orban accuses EU, US of meddling in 2022 election (Al Jazeera)

Prime Minister Viktor Orban has accused Brussels and Washington of trying to meddle in Hungarian politics in advance of a parliamentary election in April next year.

Orban told tens of thousands of supporters at a rally in central Budapest on Saturday that Washington and billionaire George Soros were trying to get the left-wing opposition elected using their money, media and networks.

Hungary’s Orban accuses EU, US of meddling in 2022 election | Elections News | Al Jazeera

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Belarus Europe

Are the EU and Belarus playing politics with refugees? (Al Jazeera)

The European Union is divided on how to respond to a migration crisis in the Baltics.

Belarus is accused of giving tourist visas to refugees and migrants from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria and then helping them cross the border into the bloc.

Poland has recorded 16,000 attempts since August.

The EU is calling it “state-sponsored smuggling”, in retaliation for sanctions it imposed on Minsk for cracking down on dissent.

Refugees are stuck in the middle. Could this standoff lead to a humanitarian crisis?

Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom

Guests:

Jaroslav Romanchuk – Presdent of Mises Scientific Research Center and former Belarussian presidential candidate

Karel Lannoo – Chief executive of Centre for European Policy Studies

Are the EU and Belarus playing politics with refugees? | TV Shows | Al Jazeera

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Europe Financial Crime

Laura Kovesi: Is the EU doing enough to tackle financial crime? (Al Jazeera)

The European Union is a single market of 27 countries. While the bloc was officially formed in 1993, it took its member states 25 years longer to agree on the creation of a common public prosecutor’s office.

The office is responsible for prosecuting and bringing charges against those accused of crimes against the financial interests of the EU. But Poland, Hungary, Ireland, Denmark and Sweden remain outside of the agreement.

So, without the support of all the member states, how much authority does it have to do its job? The European chief prosecutor, Laura Kovesi, talks to Al Jazeera.

Laura Kovesi: Is the EU doing enough to tackle financial crime? | European Union | Al Jazeera

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Europe Poland

EU summit loads pressure on Poland over rule of law (Al Jazeera)

European Union leaders pressured a defiant Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki Thursday to fall back into line on recognising that EU law trumps national decision-making, hoping that dialogue will stave off a fundamental crisis in the bloc.

Morawiecki instead painted a picture of an overbearing union treating its 27 member nations as mere provinces, usurping ever more powers and feeling free to impose its values at will against the wishes of sovereign peoples.

EU summit loads pressure on Poland over rule of law | News | Al Jazeera

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