From the Recovery Plan for Europe to the response to the war in Ukraine, the European Commission is the driving force behind the most ambitious policies. How are they affecting the lives of Europeans? The “Europe Calling” podcast features interviews with key EU decision-makers and experts.
Powering Europe through winter
As Russia’s aggression in Ukraine continues and Moscow’s cuts in European gas deliveries start to bite, how can European consumers and industries get through the coming winter months?
The European Union is putting in place measures to help member states soften the blow for citizens facing soaring energy prices, to help industries worried about energy supplies, and to help Ukraine.
European Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson, walks us through key issues of supply diversification, EU support for consumers and the impact of sanctions on Russia. We’re also joined by the Energy Community to explain how Europe is helping Ukraine manage in winter and we’ll hear from the European Consumers Organisation too.
A Year with COVID-19: wins, loses and challenges ahead, with Commissioner Kyriakides
Over a year ago, Europe implemented lockdown measures to control the spread of COVID-19. After a year of uncertainty and abrupt changes in all aspects of our lives, the situation now looks much brighter. The vaccination rollout is promising, while a new therapeutics strategy presented today foresees measures for speedier emergency EU-wide responses. However, the battle with COVID-19 is still not over. How can Europe improve its responses to health crises and what will it take to create a new normal with the virus still among us?
Tune in to the first episode of the Europe Calling and listen to Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Stella Kyriakides addressing the most debated questions of today.
Building back better: post-Covid recovery, resilience and resurgence in Europe, with Commissioner Thierry Breton
The European Union’s focus is shifting from crisis management to promoting a strong, sustainable recovery. With vaccination gathering pace, the Commission is putting the European Green Deal and digital transformation at the heart of its strategy to future-proof Europe’s economy. The EU’s internal market – the largest in the world, covering 450 million people – will also be integral to boosting competitiveness, driving growth and creating jobs.And NextGenerationEU, the Union’s €750 billion recovery plan unlocked just two weeks ago, offers a unique opportunity to confront the continent’s long-term economic and social challenges.The second episode of Europe Calling features Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton, whose portfolio covers everything from cybersecurity to intellectual property, SMEs to space. In this podcast, he responds to questions from entrepreneurs big and small, and outlines his approach to the tasks he faces.
Opportunity amid challenge: Europe’s commitment to young people’s future through social policy
The third episode of the “Europe Calling” podcast series focuses on the challenges of youth unemployment and the EU’s strategy for helping young people to secure stable, sustainable jobs – especially in the context of the EU’s green and digital transitions at the heart of the Commission’s priorities.Featuring an extended discussion with Commissioner Nicolas Schmit, who has responsibility for jobs and social rights, the podcast examines the challenges of including and integrating young people in the labour market across Europe, especially amid dramatic changes in the world of work post-Covid.
Front and centre: people with disabilities must be enabled to achieve their aspirations, with Commissioner Helena Dalli
Changing perceptions of people with disabilities, helping to integrate them into employment that matches their ambitions and enabling them to exercise their full rights in a diverse, inclusive society are the cornerstones of the EU’s approach – and a personal commitment by Commissioner for Equalities, Helena Dalli. In this fourth episode of the European Commission’s podcast Europe Calling, Commissioner Dalli uses the occasion of the International Day of People with Disabilities (3 December) to reaffirm the Commission’s resolute determination to build a union of equality for all individuals, regardless of how ‘different’ others might consider them to be. The podcast also features interviews with two people with disabilities, who explain the challenges they have observed in the workplace and outline their suggestions for practical and political measures to enhance their lives.
Security and Schengen’s open borders: A picture of increasing threat with matching drive for reform
In early 2022, Europeans woke to three potentially dire security threats to them and their way of life: more conflict in insecurity in Ukraine, increasing hybrid warfare and cyber attacks, and the possibility of new arrivals of refugees and migrants following the military withdrawal in Afghanistan and the resumption of power by the Taliban.
The fifth episode the European Commission’s podcast Europe Calling series tackles these security challenges and the pressing Reform of Schengen rules, with Vice-President Margaritis Schinas, responsible for Promoting the European Way of Life. Listen on Spotify Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts