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Enhancing EU-US cooperation on Democracy Support
20 February 2014
The European Union and the United States have longstanding policies in supporting democracy abroad but a limited track record of collaboration. Although their approaches sometimes differ, there are signs of gradual convergence toward an emphasis on strengthening civil society from the bottom up. Can the international community support people fighting for democracy? Can the United States and the European Union, which jointly share an ethos of promoting democracy, work more closely together?
The Macedonian European Future – Prospects and challenges
18 February 2014
The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is strongly committed to its European integration process and determined to find a solution to its bilateral disputes with neighbours. During the Policy Briefing, Fatmir Besimi, Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, stressed the importance of the European integration process in the stabilisation of the country's inter-ethnic divide and stated that the Balkans will have a sustainable peace only once all the countries will be members of the EU and NATO.
Paying for health - New approaches needed?
13 February 2014
European healthcare systems are under enormous pressure due to budget constraints and demographics and paying for it remains one of the existential dilemmas facing European governments. The discussion considered the state of play regarding public over private financing of healthcare, how healthcare spending can be improved and spent more efficiently, and the overarching issue of universal coverage and what that means in today’s slimmed down socialised healthcare world.
Ukraine in 2014 - What lies ahead?
12 February 2014
With an uncomfortable anticipation building around Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych potential for escalating the already severe situation in Ukraine, this Policy Dialogue took stock of the events leading up to the protests, the conditions for those living in the Ukraine and the responses the European Union could take. With a wide range of speakers from the European Institutions, partnering think tanks and government officials, the debates focused on a number of key questions: What future for Ukraine-EU relations? What can be expected from Russia? What future for Ukraine?
Towards toxic-free plastics and more sustainable recycling – Europe’s pressing challenge
11 February 2014
In the European Union, only 25% of plastic waste is recycled, and while recycling would make economic, as well as environmental sense, one of the main challenges to increasing this rate lies in the plastics themselves. They contain a wide variety of substances, some of which can be hazardous for human health and the environment, and this makes re-use of plastics difficult. This Policy Dialogue explored how effective Europe is in recycling plastics, the extent and nature of the threat posed by hazardous substances, and how the EU can support the development of a more sustainable model for recycling plastics.