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The European Energy Union: challenges ahead
3 March 2015

At this Policy Briefing, Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President for Energy Union, European Commission, presented the Commission’s Energy Union strategy framework, which it recently unveiled. It addresses crosscutting EU policy issues ranging from competitiveness to growth to consumer pricing to climate change to energy security. While an EU single market for energy makes sense, the barriers are both physical and political; the current infrastructure is lacking and it’s not clear how far EU member states are willing to commit to a common energy policy.

The European economic outlook 2015
24 February 2015

Fears of an economic standstill in Europe, stagnating labour markets and the possibility of a Grexit made 2014 a turbulent year in terms of economics. The panellists at this Policy Dialogue, however, expressed cautious optimism about Europe’s economic growth prospects in 2015. They also addressed the key factors that will determine Europe’s economic outlook in the next year, including oil prices, inflation, the ECB’s quantitative easing and the Juncker Investment Plan.

New year, new government - A new impetus for Kosovo?
10 February 2015

Bekim Çollaku, Kosovo’s Minister for European Integration, shared his views on the 9 February meeting between the prime ministers of Kosovo and Serbia and Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the first one since the formation of new governments in both Belgrade and Pristina.

The view from a front-line EU Member State: Cyprus and the security and stability of the Middle East & Eastern Mediterranean
10 February 2015

At this Policy Briefing, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus Ioannis Kasoulides talked about the role his country could play in the EU’s policy towards the Middle East, the stalled peace talks with the Turkish Cypriot community, Cyprus’ gas exploration and the role of Turkey, as well as the country’s relationship with Russia.

Innovation and economic growth - Case studies from India, the EU, and global experiences
4 February 2015

This policy dialogue focused on innovation as a driver of economic growth in India on the one hand, and on global cooperation with the aim of fostering innovation on the other.