Sustainable Prosperity for Europe

ICT research and telecoms: Europe's opportunity to lead the global competition?
3 October 2008

ICT is an integral part of Europe’s economy, and accounts for 40% of overall productivity growth. However, Europe can only retain its current lead in this area by integrating systems Europe-wide, improving the Single Market in telecoms, and encouraging research and development and public-industry initiatives, Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for the Information Society and the Media, told a Breakfast Briefing.


Mental Health in Europe: Policy Options for the Future - CHES Roundtable
30 September 2008

Mental ill-health is an important challenge for national health systems in the EU. It has significant implications in terms of social cohesion (marginalisation and stigma) and also has a broader economic impact (lower quality of life and productivity). Mental ill-health is among the top three reasons for absence from work and a leading reason for people taking early retirement or a disablement pension. Designing policy measures and strategies to tackle issues associated with mental ill-health is crucial, but finding effective tools and approaches is most challenging.


Comment relancer la croissance en zone euro
17 September 2008

The most important measures to boost economic growth and reduce inflation in the euro zone are to restore consumer confidence and push Eurogroup members to coordinate their fiscal policies, Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister of Luxembourg and President of the Eurogroup, told a Breakfast Policy Briefing.


Europe's future approach to globalisation: engagement, denial or protection?
16 July 2008

Europe must engage with the changing world by “shaping” globalisation rather than hiding from it, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


EU regional policy post-2013: more of the same or a new beginning?
1 July 2008

Europe’s poorer regions which benefit most from its cohesion policy are recording much faster economic growth than the rest of the EU but, with continuing uneven regional growth, there is scope for further structural changes, Danuta Hübner, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, told a Breakfast Briefing.


How can future European industrial policy help European companies to stay competitive?
27 June 2008

The aim of the EU’s industrial policy is to provide a suitable framework for European companies to compete in a globalised world, but the real push has to come from entrepreneurs themselves, Günter Verheugen, European Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry, told a Breakfast Briefing.


Global chemistry: the implementation of REACH and Europe's growing role as a global standards-setter
27 June 2008

Just one month after the ECHA - set up to administer REACH - began work, it is already setting international standards on chemical safety which global companies will adhere to in order to maintain their share of the EU market, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


New initiatives from the EIB for SME financing
20 June 2008

Small- and medium-sized enterprises are the key drivers of the modern European economy, and the European Investment Bank supports them through ‘Global Loans’ to banking intermediaries which then ‘lend on’ to SMEs, and through the European Investment Fund, which lends to commercial banks, EIB President Philippe Maystadt told a Breakfast Briefing.


Demonstrating the economic value of the non-profit sector for society
12 June 2008

The non-profit sector is growing in every country and employs 14% of the national workforce in some EU Member States. Despite this, surprisingly little is known about its contribution to the economy, speakers told an EPC-King Baudouin Foundation Policy Dialogue.


Europe's economy
11 June 2008

The EU has led global integration and open markets through the example of its dynamic economy, and should now take the lead on solving climate change and energy problems, Peter Sutherland, Chairman of BP and Goldman Sachs International, told a Breakfast Policy Briefing.


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