Sustainable Prosperity for Europe

Striking the right balance? An uneventful summit despite mounting socio-political uncertainties - Post-Summit Analysis
18 March 2013
Janis A. Emmanouilidis (Director of Studies)

The 14-15 March 2013 European Council meeting was an uneventful summit that will not enter history books, says Janis A. Emmanouilidis.


Squaring the circle - A European Investment Guarantee Scheme (EIGS)
14 March 2013
Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

In this Commentary, EPC Chief Economist Fabian Zuleeg argues that the countries most affected by the crisis need higher levels of private investment, both domestic and from abroad, but that uncertainty and risk constitute crucial barriers. To overcome them, he proposes the establishment of a European Investment Guarantee Scheme (EIGS) to provide a form of insurance for excessive risks incurred when investing in crisis countries.


The green light for a modern CAP?
8 March 2013
Romain Pardo (Policy Analyst)

In this Commentary, Romain Pardo argues that during its upcoming plenary session, the European Parliament should seize a historic opportunity to place greening at the centre of a modern Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).


The EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF): agreement but at a price
11 February 2013
Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

Following the traditional overnight negotiation marathon, EU leaders finally agreed the next EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2014-2020 at the end of last week.


Horse-trading Europe’s long-term future: Will infrastructure and research investment be sacrificed in the MFF negotiations?
6 February 2013
Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

In this Commentary, Fabian Zuleeg looks ahead to the summit at the end of this week which will discuss the next multi-annual financial framework for 2014-2020.


Steps but no roadmap towards GEMU – the results of a disappointing summit - Post-Summit Analysis
17 December 2012
Janis A. Emmanouilidis (Director of Studies)

The 13-14 December European Council was disappointing as it failed to live up to the expectations raised and the objectives set earlier in the year.


The implications of an EU fiscal union for local and regional authorities
3 December 2012
Claire Dhéret (Senior Policy Analyst and FutureLab Europe Programme Leader) and Francesco Nicoli (Former Programme Assistant at the EPC)

In this report, Claire Dhéret, Francesco Nicoli and Fabian Zuleeg analyse the implications of the integration of the European fiscal and budgetary governance for LRAs. The aim of this report is to provide a useful tool to frame the discussion concerning the opportunities and challenges that a full-fledged fiscal union may raise in Europe.


Time to dismantle barriers to green trade
26 November 2012
Romain Pardo (Policy Analyst)

The EU must seize the opportunity to finally step up as a leader in promoting the global green trade liberalisation agenda, argues Romain Pardo in this Commentary.


No complete breakdown – at least not just yet
23 November 2012
Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

It comes as no surprise that negotiations on the EU’s next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) did not produce a deal. UK Prime Minister David Cameron must either change his approach to Brussels or call an in-out referendum now, writes Fabian Zuleeg in this Commentary.


Can Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) lever investment to get Europe out of economic crisis?
7 November 2012
Claire Dhéret (Senior Policy Analyst and FutureLab Europe Programme Leader), Hans Martens (Senior Adviser to EPC on energy, public service reform and CHES) and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

To overcome Europe's deep economic crisis, investment is crucial. But with public finances under severe strain and a limited EU budget, private-sector investment will have to be a key driving force. This report produced by the European Policy Centre – with input from the European Investment Bank and other stakeholders – focuses on analysing stakeholders’ perceptions of the role that Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and the just-launched Project Bonds Initiative (PBI) could play in responding to Europe’s current challenges.


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