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Bosnia-Herzegovina after the protests and elections - How to break the vicious cycle?
3 December 2014

Bosnia-Herzegovina finds itself at a stalemate, facing constitutional gridlock, a dysfunctional and overly complex state structure, a self-perpetuating political class with no regard for the public interest, and economic stagnation.


Agricultural biotechnology - A tool for addressing food security?
3 December 2014

The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has estimated that, due to the growing world population and changes in diet and income, food demand will increase by 70% by 2050.


Food Taxes - What is their impact?
25 November 2014

European Member States have introduced food taxes over the past years on the grounds that they contribute to tackling obesity. The short-term public revenues of these measures can be high, but their impact on other variables such as consumption patterns, industry competitiveness, socio-economic development, inflation, public health and the European single market are harder to assess. The discussion first examined the DG Enterprise-commissioned Ecorys study on food taxes, and then looked at Hungary’s experience, international meta-analysis and experience by the food industry, and various other studies from around Europe. The dangers of oversimplifying dietary choices were then discussed, along with the need for other non-taxation measures to be introduced as part of a broad package. There were diverse views on the subject of taxation, but consensus on the need for a broad variety of measures, rather than a single policy instrument.


Latvia’s priorities for the Council Presidency
21 November 2014

Latvia will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2015, for the first time since it joined the EU in 2004.


Trade in greener goods and services
21 November 2014

The event looked at the ongoing talks on the Green Goods Initiative. The initiative involving the EU and 13 other World Trade Organization members aims to remove tariffs on a range of environmental goods.


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