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15 June 2022

Hello, and welcome to the news and tools delivery from EDJNet.

If you're booking your holidays (or looking at the bills), you've probably noticed that prices are going up quite a lot. The good news is that EDJNet content comes to you for free and will continue to do so – but it's worth taking a look at all that isn't free: Alternatives Economiques looked at anti-inflation measures across Europe.

Talking of money, this week we also present an analysis by EUrologus on how supposedly green EU funds are actually used in Hungary. We're also glad to share a new story on pretrail detention in Europe, and on its abuses and risks in particular; the story was produced by Deutsche Welle.

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How are EU countries doing against inflation?

In March prices rose by 7.8% over one year in the EU on average. From transfers to the most vulnerable to tax cuts and price regulation, European countries are taking measures to curb inflation. Which ones are the most effective? Alternatives Economiques presents an overview of the situation.

  • Some countries are hit harder than others:
  • Three main types of policies are being enacted in Europe since autumn 2021 and the outbreak of war in Ukraine: transfers to the most vulnerable, temporary tax reductions or discounts on fuel prices, and price regulation.
  • In the coming months, some governments plan to expand their anti-inflation efforts. They are pushing for strategic gas stockpiling, joint purchase of natural gas, and a revision of carbon markets, among other things.
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Other stories  

Do EU green investments in Hungary go where they are the most needed?

Laszlo Arato, Kata Moravecz | EUrologus

Climate change will heavily affect the economy of some Hungarian regions, but they receive a relatively low share of EU funding meant for green projects, sustainability and environmental protection.

Presumed innocent but detained for months pretrial in Germany and EU

Kira Schacht | Deutsche Welle

One in five people jailed in the European Union hasn't been convicted of a crime – including 12,000 in Germany alone. Studies suggest that pretrial detention is unnecessary in most cases.

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From our partners at the European Data News Hub


ECB gears up for ‘series’ of rate hikes to fight inflation

The European Central Bank has ended its bond-buying stimulus and unveiled plans for a series of interest rate hikes from July, the first in more than a decade, to combat soaring inflation.

EU electric car adventurers should plan carefully

With summer holidays looming, Europe's electric car owners may be wondering whether to risk taking their vehicles for long journeys. AFP investigates the pitfalls and joys of long-distance emissions-free motoring.

Tools and Tips

Free training courses on data journalism 

After the summer, our member Dataninja will provide two cycles of entry-level training in data journalism in the framework of EDJNet. Training activities will be held in English, they will last 6 weeks overall and they will target journalists all across Europe. In order to co-design the training and identify possible candidates for it, Dataninja has prepared a survey open to anyone who might be interested in participating in the courses: Feel free to share it with your contacts!

From the European data journalism community

 Webinar  Open data and global warming
In this webinar, organised by Tactical Tech with CIJI, Ornaldo Gjergji (OBC Transeuropa) will explain how they developed Glocal Climate Change to analyse temperature data for more than 100,000 European municipalities in 35 countries, and how this work can help narrate global phenomena such as climate change at local level.
👉 The webinar will take place on 16 June at 16pm CEST. More information here.

 Grant  Stars4Media
A project co-funded by the European Commission and coordinated by Vrije Universiteit Brussel, it provides European news organisations financial support, coaching and peer-to-peer knowledge transfer to achieve long-term transformation. 14 projects will be selected and can receive up to 100, 000. A typical project includes two organisations based in two different countries, at least one of them must have 25 employees or more.
👉 The deadline is 30 June. More information here.

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