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Greece's priorities for the Council Presidency
29 November 2013
Greece faces an "interesting and challenging" six-month EU presidency starting on 1 January, said Theodoros Sotiropoulos, Permanent Representative of Greece to the EU, at this Breakfast Policy Briefing. It will be a "Spartan" presidency with no superfluous spending, reflecting the economic crisis and recent Greek financial problems. Looking beyond the next six months.
The word from Warsaw: results of the Climate Change Conference and the way forward
28 November 2013
The 19th United Nations Conference on Climate Change, which took place in Warsaw from 11-22 November, can be seen as one step forward in building trust and transparency among the 198 participating countries, with the aim of a global agreement in Paris by the end of 2015 and ratified by 2020, heard participants in this Policy Briefing with Marcin Karolec, the Polish Government’s Plenipotentiary for Climate Policy and President of the COP, organised with the kind support of the Ministry of the Environment of Poland.
Health innovation - time for a pause or a push?
26 November 2013
Health systems across Europe are in distress, with spending outpacing income and ageing populations demanding evermore efficient services; however, on a positive note, smart innovation and fast-advancing scientific research can deliver cost-effective healthcare benefits, heard participants in this CHES Policy Dialogue.
After Croatia - Re-energising EU enlargement policy on the Balkans
25 November 2013
There is growing concern that, following the "big bang" expansion in 2004, enlargement momentum is slowing. However, the Balkans enlargement drive is re-energising the whole process, with other countries in the accession waiting room "moving forward", heard participants in this Policy Dialogue, organised in cooperation with the European Fund for the Balkans (EFB) and the Centre for Southeast European Studies (CSEES) of the University of Graz, and the benefits of continued EU expansion need to be better explained to a public increasingly suffering from "enlargement fatigue".
Albania and the EU - The new government's roadmap to 'candidate status'
22 November 2013
After two “Nos” in 2010 and 2011 and a conditional recommendation for ‘candidate status’ in 2012, Albania was finally given the green light by the European Commission for the candidate status on 16 October. The EU executive’s progress report for Albania was significantly positive, based on the detailed action plan that the newly elected government has prepared as a benchmark in its road to European integration. At this Policy Dialogue, Albanian Ministers stressed that this is a crucial moment for the country, a few weeks ahead of the December 2013 European Council when EU Member States’ decision on making Albania a candidate is expected.