Sustainable Prosperity for Europe

Between Prague and Copenhagen - Post-Summit Analysis
2 November 2009

This analysis concludes that the Summit delivered results on the first two, although perhaps inevitably limited in the case of the EU’s common position on climate change, and that the parameters for choosing the first holders of the two new posts are now clearer.

Economic recovery to a greener economy: mobilising ICT-based innovations
14 July 2009
Peter Johnston (Senior Adviser to EPC on information and knowledge society)

The Swedish Presidency has a unique opportunity to set the agenda for realising the EU’s ambitions of “smarter, greener and more sustainable growth”, argues this Policy Brief by Peter Johnston.

Not out of the woods yet... - Post-Summit Analysis
22 June 2009

This analysis warns that the decisions taken at the Summit may not be sufficient, per se, to guarantee success, as a number of potential pitfalls still lie ahead.

Blue Cards and the 'global battle for talent'
28 May 2009

This Commentary by Elizabeth Collett argues that winning the ‘global battle for talent’ remains vital despite the economic crisis, but questions whether the watered-down scheme just agreed goes far enough to divert the flow of high-skilled workers away from North America and Asia.

United we stand - for now - Post-Summit Analysis
23 March 2009

This analysis concludes that the Summit did succeed in shaping and showing a united EU front on all the main issues on the agenda, and agreeing on a series of concrete coordinated steps – no mean achievement in light of the tensions in the run-up to the meeting.

The recovery plan revisited
17 March 2009
Hans Martens (Senior Adviser to EPC on energy, public service reform and CHES) and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

This Commentary by Fabian Zuleeg and Hans Martens considers whether the measures taken so far are indeed “timely, temporary and targeted”.

Dragged along by Sarko, waiting for Obama
15 December 2008

This analysis warns that a combination of postponements, concessions, derogations and remaining unknowns make these “historic” agreements somewhat precarious and liable to further adjustment. But it concludes that, overall, France’s term at the EU’s helm has been a remarkable success.

The stimulus package: how much is enough - and what for?
27 November 2008
Hans Martens (Senior Adviser to EPC on energy, public service reform and CHES) and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

The European Commission’s economic recovery plan is a step in the right direction, but this commentary by Fabian Zuleeg and Hans Martens sounds a note of caution.

Tackling Europe's innovation deficit
6 November 2008
Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

In a week when top EU policy-makers from European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet to Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes stressed the importance of innovation to boost Europe's competitiveness in a challenging economic climate, this Policy Brief by Fabian Zuleeg argues that while the EU has come a long way in the last decade, progress needs to be accelerated.

A change of climate
20 October 2008

It was a quintessential case of good and bad news: on the one hand, the 15-16 October European Council agreed on the financial rescue package, thus sending a loud and clear message about EU leaders’ determination to tackle the crisis. On the other, they displayed growing disunity over the energy and climate package, thus sending a much less clear message to the outside world about their willingness to lead by example in this area.

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