Sustainable Prosperity for Europe

Putting Europe's economy back on track
9 November 2009

European businesses - big and small - are the key to European growth, and they must be allowed to develop without unnecessary regulation, said Jürgen R. Thumann, President of BUSINESSEUROPE, at a Sixty-Minute Briefing.


Beyond the crisis: strategic options for Social Europe by 2030
27 October 2009

With the severe repercussions of the financial crisis, the public and policy-makers are rejecting the neo-liberal economic model and the idea that GDP is the primary measure of well-being, said speakers at the Well-being 2030 Inaugural Conference, a project co-financed by the European Commission.


Cultural diversity: spicing up creativity?
15 October 2009

Cultural diversity can spur on innovation and creativity, as the ‘European fabric’ is one of the most diverse on earth thanks to Europe’s ability to attract those who are culturally different, speakers told the sixth Brussels Debate organised in cooperation with the European Commission.


Risk or opportunity? Has Europe got the balance right on GMOs?
15 October 2009

The EU system for authorising and managing GMOs is one of the most stringent in the world, but when political considerations take precedence over science this can slow down the process of authorisation, said speakers at a Policy Dialogue.


Measuring citizens’ well-being for better EU policies - Forum meeting
7 October 2009

This Forum meeting dealt with how to exploit and improve current methods of measuring citizens’ well-being for better EU policy-making.


The crisis and beyond: can cohesion policy enhance citizens' long-term well-being?
24 September 2009

EU Cohesion Policy can help Europe climb out of the economic crisis and should continue to be used to support poorer regions, which otherwise will lag even further behind the richer regions, speakers told a Policy Dialogue organised with support from the Welsh Assembly government.


EU innovation policy: time to step on the gas
22 September 2009

The economic downturn could provide the impetus to rebuild Europe as a low-carbon, knowledge-based economy, based on the innovative flair of small businesses, speakers told the fifth Brussels Debate organised in cooperation with the European Commission.


The financial crisis - a need for better regulation
21 September 2009

The effects of the financial crisis have now reached the real economy and financial institutions must accept that their business models and the ‘light touch regulation’ that were responsible are no longer viable, Norbert Walter, Chief Economist, Deutsche Bank Group, told a Sixty-Minute Briefing.


Development policy and health: taking stock of EU action - CHES Annual lecture
7 July 2009

Health is a basic human right, but globalisation has increased the gap between rich and poor, despite a plethora of programmes to improve health in developing countries, said Stefano Manservisi, Director-General for Development, European Commission, delivering the second Coalition for Health, Ethics and Society (CHES) Annual Lecture.


Enforcing consumer protection across Europe
29 June 2009

Europe’s consumers are “strong economic operators” but they need to be assured that their rights are equally protected across the EU to take full advantage of the Single Market and Internet shopping, Meglena Kuneva, European Commissioner for Consumer Protection, told a Sixty-Minute Briefing.


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