Sustainable Prosperity for Europe

Consumers: the competitive advantage
22 January 2008

The European Commission is planning to launch a ‘consumer market scoreboard’ using five indicators - prices, complaints, satisfaction levels, switching rates and safety - to monitor how consumers are being served, Consumer Protection Commissioner Meglena Kuneva told a Breakfast Briefing.

Future of the euro zone
22 January 2008

The introduction of the euro resulted in an “immense change” for the single market and should lead to closer collaboration in areas such as financial services, but progress has been slow, Italian Finance Minister Tommaso Padoa Schioppa told a Sixty-Minute Briefing.

An ocean of opportunity
10 January 2008

Europe’s seas play a large role in its economy and the massive growth in maritime industries calls for an integrated approach taking all sectors into account, said Joe Borg, European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, at a Breakfast Policy Briefing.

European growth and jobs in 2008
20 December 2007

Although the downturn in the US economy is making itself felt in Europe, there is likely to be a “soft landing”, with an upturn in the European economy by the end of 2008 and “resilient” global growth, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.

Getting Europe back to work - the contribution of active labour market policies
4 December 2007

Active labour market policies are needed to cope with demographic change in Europe and the prospect of a declining workforce unable to support the increasing number of retired people, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.

The EU budget review: challenges and opportunities
17 October 2007

Budget reform is urgently needed to respond to new challenges in today’s dynamic, globalised world and EU spending needs to better reflect these new realities and priorities, Budget Commissioner Dalia Grybauskaitė told a Breakfast Policy Briefing.

Cultivating a market for innovation in Europe
16 October 2007

Innovation is a cross-cutting issue and must therefore move out of the “scientific box” and into “the reality of life”, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.

EU Competition policy
12 October 2007

The June EU summit debate on competition in the context of the Reform Treaty was a “wake-up call” to governments to acknowledge the important role it plays, Philip Lowe, European Commission Director-General for Competition, told a Sixty-Minute Briefing.

Governance of the euro zone
9 October 2007

Sound economic management is the key to ensuring that the euro zone functions properly and guard again economic shocks, given the diversity of the countries within it, Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the European Central Bank, told a Breakfast Policy Briefing.

The EU's energy goals
19 September 2007


The development of a genuinely competitive internal energy market, and a balanced approach towards energy efficiency, energy saving and reducing emissions, are preconditions for securing a competitive, affordable and clean energy in the future, Angelika Niebler, Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), told a Breakfast Policy Briefing.

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