EPC in the debate

Members of the EPC team regularly speak at conferences and seminars and moderate high-level publications in Brussels, EU Member States and beyond, and contribute to outside publications.

Role of the EU in the integration of migrants
18 December 2014

Claire Dhéret discussed the role of the EU in the integration of migrants at an event organised by the University of Birmingham, University of Groningen and Radboud University Nijmegen on 18 December 2014.

Towards a New Pact for Europe
12 December 2014

On 12 December 2014 Janis A. Emmanouilidis presented and discussed the main points and proposals laid down in the report 'Towards a New Pact for Europe' with the members of the EU affairs committee of the parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Youth Guarantee Scheme
9 December 2014

Claire Dhéret participated in a panel discussion on youth unemployment and the youth guarantee scheme organised by Ernst & Young and the region of Lombardy on 9 December 2014.

Black Sea NGO Forum
8 December 2014

Paul Ivan gave a presentation about relations between the West and Russia at the 7th edition of the Black Sea NGO Forum organised in Kiev, Ukraine, by FOND (Federation of Romanian NGOs for Development), with the support of the European Commission, the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in partnership with UNDP Bratislava Regional Center.

Fighting unemployment
4 December 2014

Claire Dhéret participated in a panel discussion on local and European strategies for combatting unemployment organised by Eurocities on 4 December 2014.

Migration in the Mediterranean
2 December 2014

On 2 December 2014, Yves Pascouau spoke at the 'Lampedusa-Europe. A common way' conference in Rome on the origins and characteristics of migration in the Mediterranean. The conference was organised by the Fondazione de Gasperi and the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies.

Enhancing competitiveness and returning to sustainable growth
2 December 2014

On 2 December 2014, Fabian Zuleeg spoke at the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) President debate: ‘A new course for Europe: Focusing on enhancing competitiveness and returning to sustainable growth’ at the Bibliotheque Solvay in Brussels. 

European integration of the Balkans – What now?
1 December 2014

Corina Stratula spoke at the 'European integration of the Balkans – What now?' event, organised by the European Fund for the Balkans (EFB) and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) on 1 December 2014 at the SWP offices in Brussels. 

Presentation of the second project report 'Towards a New Pact for Europe'
1 December 2014

The second project report – Towards a New Pact for Europe – was presented and discussed at a public event in Warsaw on December 1. Following a presentation of the report's key points and recommendations by Janis A. Emmanouilidis, Director of Studies at the European Policy Centre, the new Foreign Minister, Grzegorz Schetyna, used to opportunity to deliver his first major speech on the Poland´s perspective regarding the future of the European Union. Minister Schetyna praised the quality of the report arguing that it both identifies Europe's key challenges and presents ambitious while at the same time also realistic proposals in view of the new institutional cycle. He announced that Poland wants to participate in the discussion on the EU future and that his country will lobby for making EU institutions more effective. Minister Schetyna explicitly underlined the need for an Energy Union, which could integrate all 28 Member States: "This is another Polish project – after the Eastern Partnership – that all the EU countries should intensely cooperate in".

New pact event

The keynote speech of Minister Schetyna was followed by a panel debate with Marek Cichocki, Research Director at the Natolin European Centre, Roman Kuzniar, Advisor on International Affairs to the President of the Republic of Poland, Katarzyna Zajdel-Kurowska, Member of the Board of the National Bank of Poland, and Janis A. Emmanouilidis, which was moderated by Pawel Swieboda, President of demosEUROPA - Centre for European Strategy. The debate covered a number of issues including among others the prospects for the new investment package proposed by the Juncker Commission, the perspectives for Poland's entry into the euro area as well as the future regional and global role of the EU especially in light of the tense situation in the Eastern part of the continent. 

For more information about the speech of Foreign Minister Schetyna see here:

Download the second report 'Towards a New Pact for Europe' here:

Youth employment
27 November 2014

Claire Dhéret presented the ongoing work of the EPC Task Force on youth employment at the Wales Forum in Cardiff on 27 November 2014.

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