EU Elections 2024: our 5 points for achieving a sustainable future in Europe

EU Elections 2024: our 5 points for achieving a sustainable future in Europe

The European Elections are just around the corner. After five years filled with unprecedented events like the COVID-19 pandemic, war, geopolitical tensions, supply shocks, climate and energy crises, and the rising cost of living, it’s clear that Europe has had to adapt to multiple critical challenges. Will Europe be able to shape a response that offers hope for a fairer, safer future?

Implications of the ECB’s new operational framework for the green transition

Implications of the ECB’s new operational framework for the green transition

On Wednesday March 13, 2024, the European Central Bank (ECB) announced changes to its operational framework, the toolbox it uses to implement its monetary policy. Think of it like the control panel of a car, with the ECB adjusting the settings (interest rates) to keep the car (financial conditions and prices) running smoothly. The operational framework relates to how the ECB adjusts these settings, which is to say the mechanisms by which it sets interest rates.

Dual rates: here is how the ECB can speed up the green transition

Dual rates: here is how the ECB can speed up the green transition

When we think of fighting climate change, financial institutions like the European Central Bank (ECB) might not immediately come to mind. However, as we have shown in our latest explainer, the ECB holds a pivotal role in this global challenge. As a major financial authority, the ECB can influence financial flows and investments across Europe, making it a potential powerhouse in driving the green transition.

A missed opportunity: EU Parliament’s resolution falls short on green initiatives

A missed opportunity: EU Parliament’s resolution falls short on green initiatives

On Tuesday, 27 February 2024, the European Parliament adopted its annual resolution on the Annual Report of the European Central Bank (ECB). While this resolution is non-binding, it serves as an important tool for monitoring and evaluating the ECB’s activities, both past and present. It also provides a platform for the European Parliament to offer recommendations for the Bank’s future policies. Essentially, it is a key instrument for democratic oversight of an independent institution like the ECB, whose decisions significantly impact the lives of Europeans. 

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