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The European Policy Centre turns 20!
21 October 2016
The European Policy Centre celebrated its 20th anniversary on 13 October 2016 with an incredible line-up of speakers and intense discussions on the future of the European project at the Palais des Académies in Brussels. Hundreds poured into the Throne Room to hear EU leaders and high-level policy-makers talk about the state of the Union, and discuss the biggest threats that it is currently facing. The key question put to the speakers, panelists and audience members was whether the Union is at serious risk of polarisation and therefore of unraveling, or whether the upcoming 60th anniversary could be a unique opportunity to regain momentum and make a fresh start.
Energy integration in the Baltics: An energy island no more?
5 October 2016
This Policy Dialogue, organised with the support of the Permanent Representation of Lithuania, discussed the state of play of several key energy trends in the Baltic states. These included demand, supply and market integration in the Baltic states; barriers to competition and security of supply in the regional energy market; the extent to which ongoing projects are aligned with the objectives of the Energy Union, and additional measures and support needed to truly free the region from being an energy island.
“Jihad 2.0”: How to tackle on-line propaganda, radicalisation and recruitment?
4 October 2016
Following recent deadly terrorist attacks in Europe, the EU has strengthened political coordination among member states to detect and help prosecute terrorism-inspired activities on the internet. At this Policy Dialogue, a group of experts discussed how the EU and member states can frame a more comprehensive and multi-level response to the threat of online radicalisation and recruitment, in coordination with the private sector and civil society at large.
What next for the Eastern Partnership?
3 October 2016
The Eastern Partnership (EaP) was launched in 2009 in Prague with the goal of fostering democracy, stability, security and prosperity in the six EaP states: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus. This Policy Dialogue looked at the key challenges facing the EaP both in terms of the policy itself and the relations with individual states, including the extent to which the EU’s internal challenges may have an impact on the future European integration aspirations of some of the EaP states.
Refugee reception in Greece – The present situation and future plans
28 September 2016
Since the beginning of the refugee crisis in September 2015, Greece has been at the forefront of the struggle to manage the reception of refugees in an orderly and humane manner. However, the measures put into place to address the issue have fallen short. This Policy Dialogue looked into the current situation on the ground, as well as solutions to move forward.
24 October 2016
Post Summit Briefing