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How waste shipments contribute to protecting the environment
Sarah Fluchs / Adriana Neligan IW News 17. November 2021

Circular economy: How waste shipments contribute to protecting the environment

The European Commission aims at further reducing illegal waste exports and is therefore revising its regulations. Legal waste shipment is an important step towards an efficient circular economy: it reduces resource utilization and saves CO2.

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Puzzling attitudes towards protectionism related to lacking knowledge
Galina Kolev IW News 28. March 2019

Protectionism: Puzzling attitudes towards protectionism related to lacking knowledge

The changing course of US trade policy since the election of Donald Trump has strengthened the image of free trade in the EU. However, almost 40 percent of EU citizens also support protectionism. This is puzzling, yet lacking knowledge is an important explanation, a new IW study shows. An information campaign is inevitable in order to secure the sustainability of EU Trade policy.

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New priorities for the EU
Berthold Busch / Jürgen Matthes IW News 30. May 2018

European Union: New priorities for the EU

In the face of new inside and outside threats, intensive discussions are currently underway regarding the future of the European Union. The increasing pressure to reform should be used to substantially reorganize the EU budget. The recent proposals of the European Commission for the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) still lack ambition in this respect.

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Between promotion and regulation
Markus Demary / Vera Demary IW News 8. March 2018

FinTech Strategy of the EU: Between promotion and regulation

With its Fintech Action Plan, the European Commission intends to promote new business models in the financial sector as well as new forms of business financing. The plan also includes the so-called Initial Coin Offerings (ICO), which could benefit above all young start-ups from the technology sector. However, the Commission’s proposal is not sufficiently far-reaching.

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(Un-)Fair taxation of the digital economy
Martin Beznoska / Tobias Hentze IW News 6. March 2018

(Un-)Fair taxation of the digital economy

The EU would neglect its responsibility for the mismatch of tax policies among member states by implementing a taxation of the digital economy. It would translate into a tax increase for a specific group of companies, which would make the classification of digital companies alone highly controversial. This would further enlarge distortions instead of guaranteeing a level playing field. Instead of the taxation of the digital economy, the German Economic Institute suggests a two-step approach in order to avoid distortions and unfair taxation.

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Training and Education in the Main Countries of Origin
Kristina Stoewe IW News 2. February 2018

Training and Education in the Main Countries of Origin

By the end of 2016, Germany had registered around 1.6 million persons seeking protection (Federal Statistical Office, 2017). In order to facilitate their integration into the vocational training and labour market, information on refugees' educational degrees, vocational qualifications and competencies is of central importance.

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High risks for the ECB
Markus Demary / Jürgen Matthes IW News 30. January 2018

New Euro area safe bonds: High risks for the ECB

An EU working group presented yesterday a feasibility study for sovereign bond-backed securities. These bonds are designed to reduce the vulnerability of the European banking sector to sovereign debt crises. The problem, however: Should there be any disruptions in the markets for these securities in the event of a crisis, the European Central Bank (ECB) would have to step in.

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Targets threaten efficiency of EU climate and decarbonization policies
Benjamin Tischler IW News 15. January 2018

Energy consumption: Targets threaten efficiency of EU climate and decarbonization policies

Increasingly stringent energy consumption targets for the year 2030 flanked by national energy efficiency targets are about to being agreed at the EU level. A study by the German Economic Institute (IW) shows that these targets when applied to ETS-sectors, conflict with the overall aim of a cost-efficient decarbonization.

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Wrapping the EU waste problem
Adriana Neligan IW News 24. November 2017

Plastics Strategy: Wrapping the EU waste problem

In hopes of getting its growing volumes of plastic waste under control, the EU will be publishing a plastics strategy in early December – and there is certainly plenty to do. A study by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) shows how the amount of plastic packaging waste per capita differs between member states.

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Usually an economic driving force
Matthias Diermeier / Henry Goecke IW News 20. October 2017

Capital cities: Usually an economic driving force

In almost every European country, the capital contributes strongly to the countries’ economy.However, according to the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW), there is one exemption: Germany. Without Berlin, the German gross domestic product (GDP) per capita would be even higher.

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