12 January 2016
At a time when the EU finds itself in a perfect storm of crises which it seems unable to overcome, a bold move is needed to reinvigorate the EU’s system of government and stave off the risk of disintegration. In order to address the inherent weakness of the EU’s monetary and economic governance, this pamphlet proposes a new treaty for the eurozone: the Protocol of Frankfurt. Written by Andrew Duff, former Member of the European Parliament and Visiting Fellow at the EPC, it is the first ever attempt to draft a treaty aimed at setting up a fiscal union. “The Protocol of Frankfurt provides the constitutional framework for a proper economic government and will, hopefully, also serve to accelerate the debate on the Five Presidents’ Report”. Realising that the time is not ripe for a major constitutional overhaul, the pamphlet instead puts forward a shorter treaty revision that concentrates on re-engineering the Maastricht arrangements for the economic and monetary union, taking on the form of a Protocol to be added on to the existing Treaties. Article 48(2) of the Treaty on European Union allows the government of any member state, the European Parliament or the Commission to table amendments to the Treaties. Our hope is that somebody, informed by this draft Protocol, does just that.
Herman Van Rompuy gives speech on State of the Union at official opening of new EPC offices
10 September 2015
To mark the official opening of the European Policy Centre’s new offices at 14-16 Rue du Trône, 1000 Brussels, Herman Van Rompuy, President Emeritus of the European Council and President of the EPC, gave a speech on the State of the Union, addressing the many challenges the EU is facing at the moment and the role he envisions for the EPC in current and future EU policy making.
President Emeritus of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy becomes new President of the EPC
26 June 2015
The European Policy Centre is pleased to announce that Herman Van Rompuy, President Emeritus of the European Council and former Prime Minister of Belgium, will become the EPC’s new President on 1 September 2015.
Moldova Elections 2014
28 November 2014
Sunday 30 November, Moldovans will take to the polls to vote in one of the most important elections the country has ever faced. These elections are a significant test for Moldova's pro-European ruling coalition, a vote that could determine the country's geopolitical and development trajectory for the foreseeable future. Amanda Paul (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Paul Ivan (email@example.com) will be available for comment.
Analysis of the impact of the Scottish Referendum on the Scottish-EU & UK-EU relationships
12 September 2014
On 18 September 2014 Scotland will participate in an historical referendum which might result in independence. Fabian Zuleeg, Chief Executive, European Policy Centre will be in Edinburgh from the 18 to 20 September, available for TV, radio and press interviews, to provide rapid analysis of the events as they unfold and answer the most pertinent questions with regard to the EU implications of the vote.
A new pact for Europe?
02 July 2014
Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, called for a European Union that is “stronger outside and more caring inside”, at a 1 July 2014 event, What are Europe’s strategic options?, organised by the New Pact for Europe consortium.
European Parliament Elections 2014 – new faces, same ages
15 May 2014
What implications does this have for youth policies and youth engagement? FutureLab Europe have recently launched a report: Missing a Generation in EU Politics: How to involve young Europeans? which details the attitudes of young adults towards the European Parliament elections, and how well they are informed about them.
Europe’s youth present manifesto to the European Council Summit in Brussels
18 October 2013
European youth called today on Europe’s leaders at the European Council Summitto take action to address the growing jobs crisis for young people and presented a manifesto with practical recommendations.
EPC names new Chief Executive
21 June 2013
The European Policy Centre has named its new Chief Executive.
Dr Fabian Zuleeg, who is currently the EPC’s Chief Economist and heads its ‘Europe’s Political Economy’ programme, will take over as Chief Executive from Hans Martens during September 2013.
Britain and the EU: EPC launches new online space
20 November 2012
Britain’s relations with the EU have reached a critical juncture. Responses to the present economic crisis in the EU entail solutions that are likely to lead to a deeper economic, fiscal, and ultimately political union in the years to come. But the current UK government is adopting increasingly Eurosceptic positions, threatening to veto EU policy developments and moving towards a renegotiation of the country’s relationship with the EU. This is leading the UK to re-examine the merits of its EU membership.
Adaptation to climate change can no longer wait and the EU must support such efforts in Europe
24 September 2012
While the climate challenge has fallen off the political radar due to the focus on economic crisis and fiscal consolidation, the reality has not changed. We in Europe are witnessing ever-faster warming of the climate in the form of extreme weather and natural disasters, which pose serious economic, social and environmental challenges. Even the best efforts to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions – the cause of this change – will not stop the extreme weather events that are already affecting Europe today.
Survey: young Europeans call for further integration to tackle the crisis
26 March 2012
A new survey by FutureLab Europe shows that many young Europeans believe more integration, not less, is the answer to the current economic and political crisis.
Solidarity and Austerity: The 2012 State of the European Union
03 February 2012
Annual Brussels Think Tank Dialogue - 31 January 2012
Europe in danger of disintegration
15 June 2011
The European Union is at a crossroads and could disintegrate if leaders do not find a way to revitalise it. This is the stark warning at the heart of a Strategy Paper on the ‘State of the Union’ from the European Policy Centre.
Comments on 11 March extraordinary meeting of the European Council
10 March 2011
Prior to the extraordinary meeting of the European Council in Brussels on 11 March, on developments in EU Southern Neighbourhood-Libya, the EPC issued comments on:
North Africa: Underlying economic problems must be addressed
Migration: Redistribution of asylum seekers may be necessary
Strategic objectives: Stable governance a priority
The EU approach: Historic opportunity to help build the EU neighbourhood
Security issues: No-fly zone solves no problems
Comments on 11 March informal meeting of the Euro area Heads of State or Government
10 March 2011
Prior to the informal meeting of the Euro area Heads of State or Government in Brussels on 11 March, the EPC issued comments on:
Competitiveness: Independent assessment essential
Eurozone rules: Future Eurozone countries should agree the ground rules
Market pressure: A rescue for Portugal could deter speculation
Economic governance: New rules will fail if long-term problems are not resolved
Future governance: A narrow focus on national interests threatens stability
European Policy Centre mourns the death of its Founding Chairman Stanley Crossick
22 November 2010
The European Policy Centre is mourning the death of its Founding Chairman, Stanley Crossick, at the age of 75. Stanley was the inspiration and driving force behind the EPC’s creation in 1997 in collaboration with Max Kohnstamm and John Palmer. His death comes little more than a month after that of Max Kohnstamm.
Skills and education for growth and well-being in Europe 2020: are we on the right path?
22 October 2010
Last June European leaders agreed the Europe 2020 strategy to aim for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, and introduced a headline target on education and skills. This issue paper by EPC Policy Analyst Sotiria Theodoropoulou evaluates whether these education targets can help achieve these growth goals, given the constraints in public finances. Among its recommendations are to: prioritise public investment in high-quality, early education, develop indicators to measure skills and the quality of education systems, invest in job creation, and for the EU to monitor education goals in coordination with other key policy areas of its competence.
European Policy Centre mourns the death of Max Kohnstamm, one of its founding fathers
22 October 2010
Max Kohnstamm, Honorary President of EPC and one of its founding fathers, died peacefully on 20 October, aged 96, survived by his wife Kathleen and five children.
The EU as a counter-terrorism actor abroad: finding opportunities, overcoming constraints
27 September 2010
With the anniversary of 9/11 still fresh in people’s minds, this EPC Issue Paper discusses the EU’s role in counter-terrorism abroad in five countries with an insecure security system, discovers common shortcomings and suggests measures for improvements.
New EPC economic index compares economic ‘health’ of EU Member States
16 June 2010
Launched on the eve of the European Council meeting, this European Economic Sustainability Index (EESI) has been designed by Fabian Zuleeg to enable a comparison of the long term economic sustainability of EU Member States. Each EU country is simultaneously assessed according to six criteria (deficits, national debt, growth, competitiveness, governance/ corruption and cost of ageing) and then ranked against the other 26. The 2010 data show that Scandinavian countries, plus Estonia, perform best, and northern/central European countries such as the Netherlands and Germany also perform well. Greece comes out bottom, closely followed by Italy with Portugal also performing badly.
EPC launches ‘Well-being 2030’ research project
11 May 2010
Well-being 2030’ is a new two-year research project, co-funded by the EPC and the European Commission which will investigate the major trends and developments that will determine Europe’s policy options for improving its citizens’ quality of life by the year 2030. Based on a belief that policy can crucially shape our future, the project aims to stimulate a debate from which a strong vision for future social progress in Europe can emerge.
New EPC research reveals that a European Digital Single Market could increase EU GDP by 4.1% by 2020
19 April 2010
Just days before former Competition Commissioner Mario Monti submits his findings on relaunching the Single Market to Commissioner President José Manuel Barroso, the EPC has unveiled the results of its own project showing that a Digital Single Market could add at least 4.1% to EU GDP by 2020, and be a key driver for productivity and competitiveness.
European Spring Council reaches “acceptable compromise” over Greek crisis - international market
23 March 2010
As the European Spring Council closes, the European Policy Centre made comments on the results.
Can the Europe 2020 Strategy bring real changes to ordinary people’s lives?
22 March 2010
Brussels think-tank makes recommendations on how the Europe 2020 Strategy can improve the well-being of Europe’s citizens.
Leading European Muslim thinkers look at problems facing Muslim women in Europe
17 March 2010
In an animated debate in Brussels yesterday organised by the British Council, the European Policy Centre and the European Muslim Network, leading European Muslin thinkers looked at the challenges facing Muslim women in Europe and the obstacles they face in integrating into society.
Economic recovery to a greener economy: mobilising ICT-based innovations
11 March 2010
This new EPC Working Paper by Peter Johnston and Waldo Vanderhaeghen, is very timely as it gives concrete proposals of how to make Europe a more energy-efficient, low-carbon economy, in line with the aims of the European Commission Europe 2020 Strategy.
Comments on the Europe 2020 Strategy, unveiled today
03 March 2010
Hans Martens, EPC Chief Executive, and Fabian Zuleeg, EPC Chief Economist made the following comments on the Europe 2020 Strategy, unveiled by the European Commission today.
John Wyles joins EPC as chief strategy coordinator
11 February 2010
The European Policy Centre, an independent think tank committed to making European integration work, is pleased to announce that John Wyles, a former journalist and communications consultant, is stepping up his collaboration with us.
EPC signs up to Transparency Register
14 January 2010
The European Policy Centre is pleased to announce that it has signed up to the European Commission's voluntary Register of interest representatives.
Brussels’ think tanks join forces in Forum to debate ‘the State of the Union’
13 January 2010
Yesterday, nine leading Brussels’ think tanks, in cooperation with Agence Europe, held the first annual Forum to debate the Europe Union's politico-strategic agenda for the coming year. This is the first time the Brussels’ think tanks have collaborated to take a broad approach on the future of the EU.
Beyond Stockholm: overcoming the inconsistencies of immigration policy
15 December 2009
The new five-year programme for Justice and Home Affairs adopted by EU leaders at last week’s European Council comes at a time of great change for the Union. One of the biggest headaches for policy-makers has been what to do with immigration and asylum policy, increasingly the ‘elephant in the room’ within the Justice, Liberty and Security (JLS) portfolio.
What do citizens want? Well-being measurement and its importance for European social policy-making
09 December 2009
As the current European Commission’s term of office draws to a close, media attention has inevitably focused on who will be at its helm for the next five years, and who is likely to be sitting alongside the President at the College table when the new Commission starts work.
Is Big Brother watching you – and who is watching Big Brother?
10 December 2008
Hardly a day goes by without reports in the media about some new facet of what many regard as Europe’s emerging ‘Big Brother’ society, amid fears that we are moving towards realising the vision set out in George Orwell's famous novel Nineteen Eighty-Four of an all-knowing, all-seeing government which uses pervasive and constant surveillance of the populace to exercise total control over its citizens.
The Balkans in Europe: containment or transformation? Twelve ideas for action
17 June 2008
Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn said recently that, having weathered a number of potential crises, the challenge now is to make the Balkans “boring”. In order to do so, ways forward need to be identified by analysing EU policy towards the region and its successes and failures to date.
Making migration work: the role of employers in migrant integration
22 May 2008
Europe’s ageing population, growing labour shortages, skills gaps in key sectors and increased mobility are making the global ‘war for talent’ a daily reality. This has intensified the Europe-wide debate on the need for more active migrant integration policies, but those who are most integral to the process – the people who employ them - are often left out of the policy discussions.
Gain without pain: towards a more rational use of energy
05 March 2008
The European Commission’s package of climate change proposals will be top of the agenda at the 13-14 March EU Summit. But with attention focusing on increasing the share of renewables in the energy mix, ‘unbundling’ Europe’s energy giants and upgrading the Emissions Trading Scheme, EU policy-makers are in danger of overlooking an obvious way to make progress in the short term.
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