Sustainable Prosperity for Europe

A bigger bang for our euros: how to reform the EU budget
24 January 2008
Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

This Policy Brief by Fabian Zuleeg and Sara Hagemann, which outlines five key principles which should guide this review, warns that eastward enlargement, recent economic developments and the need to equip the EU to deal with the challenges which lie ahead make large-scale reform of the budget essential.


How to grow old without going bust
16 November 2007
Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

This Policy Brief by Fabian Zuleeg argues that while pension reform is crucial, much more attention should also be paid to labour market reform.


Cultivating a market for innovation in Europe
11 October 2007
Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

This Policy Brief by Fabian Zuleeg, Jennifer Green and Carlos Buhigas Schubert, reflecting discussions which have taken place in the EPC’s Innovation Task Force, sets out a ten-point plan for making Europe truly innovative and unlocking all its economic potential.


Assessing the assessors: improving the quality of European Commission proposals
17 July 2007

Five years on from the launch of what was heralded by many as a policy revolution - the introduction of Impact Assessments on all new proposals - a recently published study for the European Commission highlighted weaknesses in the system which are undermining its effectiveness. This commentary analyses the reasons why this initiative is failing to live up to its promise and makes some concrete recommendations for action to improve the system.


Better Regulation: a regional perspective
8 May 2007

The Issue Paper outlines the findings of a survey on the transposition of EU directives in regions with legislative powers carried out by the EPC with the support of the Scottish Executive, underlines the need for more attention to be paid to this important aspect of the Better Regulation agenda, and makes a series of recommendations for action.


The ENP three years on: where from - and where next?
27 March 2007
Antonio Missiroli (Director, EU Institute for Security Studies)

As EU Foreign Ministers prepare to meet in Bremen to discuss the future of the European Neighbourhood Policy, this Policy Brief by EPC Chief Policy Analyst Antonio Missiroli argues that the existing ENP cannot live up to expectations and is in need of reform.


Power politics - from rhetoric to results on EU energy policy
2 March 2007

Energy policy will rightly be top of the agenda at next week’s EU summit. But there is a real danger that, instead of taking the key decisions needed now on the European Commission’s energy package, the Union’s leaders will simply generate a great deal more hot air. This Commentary makes a number of recommendations for concrete action, and highlights the role a more rational use of energy could play in meeting the Union’s objectives.


Rising to the energy challenge: key elements for an effective EU strategy
18 December 2006

For all the talk about EU energy policy over the past year, remarkably little is happening in terms of concrete policy development or action on the ground, argues this Issue Paper by Jørgen Henningsen.


'Old' Europe, new Europe? Demography, labour markets and social policies
15 November 2006

The rapid ageing of Europe’s population poses significant challenges, but is not just a threat. It also provides opportunities to develop a more inclusive labour market and build a more equal, knowledge-based society, argues this Policy Brief by Katerina Rüdiger.


Making Europe work: improving the transposition, implementation and enforcement of EU legislation
27 June 2006

This Working Paper warns that failure to ensure that EU laws are correctly applied and effectively enforced risks further undermining support for the integration process, and makes detailed recommendations to improve the transposition, implementation and enforcement of legislation.


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