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Brussels’ think tanks join forces in Forum to debate ‘the State of the Union’


13 January 2010

At the Opening Plenary ‘From Lisbon Treaty to Global Recession: out of the frying pan into the fire’ policy analysts looked at the Lisbon Treaty ahead, the EU and the economic crisis and the EU external performance.

In the four workshops which followed participants debated the following issues:

  • how to develop the EU climate policy model following the Copenhagen debacle;
  • how to deal with Europe’s economic challenges;
  • Stockholm Plus, transforming political goals in coherent policies on migration social cohesion and human rights;
  • developing new global governance in a new global order and the EU’s position.

President Barroso ‘upbeat’ about future prospects

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso addressed the closing plenary on ‘Defining an EU Action Agenda for 2010-2014’, and in contrast to the scepticism that had pervaded some of the workshops, delivered what he termed a ‘message of confidence’ about EU future prospects.

While he acknowledged the Copenhagen Climate Change meeting had failed to meet its objectives, he insisted the EU would live up to its commitments in cutting greenhouse gas emissions and would lead by example. Looking at the EU’s economic future he said it “made common sense” to have closer economic cooperation between EU Member States.

During his speech President Barroso highlighted the contribution think tanks make in offering the European Commission an overview of EU policies.

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Notes for editors

The nine think tanks are: the Bertelsmann Stiftung, the Brussels European and Global Economic Laboratory (Bruegel), the Centre For European Studies (CEPS), the Egmont Institute, the European Policy Centre (EPC), Friends of Europe-Les amis de l’Europe, the Institut français des relations internationales (Ifri), Madariaga-College of Europe Foundation and the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP)

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