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The EPC's Europe’s Political Economy Programme (EPE) is dedicated to covering topics related to EU economic governance, the single market, industrial and digital policies, and strategic autonomy in a context of deep geo-economic and technological shifts. The Programme has contributed actively to these debates over past years, leveraging its convening power, analysis and multistakeholder taskforce model. EPE analysts pioneered the concept of a ‘wartime economy’ following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the Programme is currently running projects focusing on the EU’s ambitions and the private sector’s capacity to deliver on the “triple” green, digital and economic security transitions. As fast-advancing components of ‘economic security’, digital and emerging technologies, such as quantum, are priority areas of focus. Linked to the changing international context, the Programme also focuses on trade policy, the transatlantic agenda, notably the EU-US Trade and Technology Council, China, and the EU’s close economic partnerships (UK, EEA, Switzerland). The EPE Programme consists of a young and dynamic team, with recent recruitments bolstering analytical capacities linked to economic growth and crises, resilience and recovery, emerging tech and cybersecurity.



Industrial policy / EPC FLASH ANALYSIS
Resolving the EU’s industrial policy trilemma
By Fabian Zuleeg , Philipp Lausberg - 19/07/2023
Cybersecurity / DISCUSSION PAPER
A quantum cybersecurity agenda for Europe
By Andrea G. Rodríguez - 17/07/2023
Economic governance / DISCUSSION PAPER
Economic security: A new EU paradigm?
By Fabian Zuleeg - 08/06/2023


Eurozone governance / INTERVIEW
Interview for CCTV
Philipp Lausberg gave an interview for China Central Television (CCTV) on the Eurozone money supply shrink and the impact on the EU's economy. 

Watch the Report here: 
Report 1 
Report 2 

Interview for CCTV
10 September 2023 - ,
China Central Television
Cybersecurity / QUOTE
Revista SIC
Andrea G. Rodriguez's Discussion Paper on the need for an EU quantum cybersecurity agenda was mentioned in Revista SIC (n. 156). 

Read the Issue here. (In Spanish)

Revista SIC
08 September 2023 - ,
Revista SIC
Interview with RFE/RL
Philipp Lausberg was interviewed by RFE/RL on the EU's gas purchases from Russia. The interview was featured in an article and on Current Time TV. 

Read the article here. (In Ukrainian)
Watch the interview here. (In Russian)

Interview with RFE/RL
01 September 2023 - ,

Health / PODCAST

Vaccine certificates: Damned if you do, damned if you don't
An EU vaccine passport could help us get back to normal sooner, but at what cost?

Despite lingering disagreement between member states, the Commission will soon present its proposal for an EU vaccine passport. The upcoming 'digital green pass' should make it easier for EU citizens to cross borders in time for the summer holidays.

But not everyone is on board; health experts warn there are still too many unknowns about the effectiveness of the existing vaccines, while others worry about the ethical, social, and privacy implications.

With vaccine certificates becoming a potential ethical, technical and political minefield, the Commission and member state governments will have to think through all possible effects and outcomes: What are the benefits of having an EU vaccine certificate? What are the potential pitfalls? And what could be some of the unforeseen, downstream consequences in the long run?

In this episode, EPC analysts try to answer those questions, covering the health, social, freedom of movement and data privacy dimensions of the debate.

With contributions from Greek Minister of Digital Governance, Kyriakos Pierrakakis, and EPC policy analysts Simona Guagliardo, Alberto-Horst Neidhardt and Andreas Aktoudianakis; and Programme Assistant Helena Hahn.

With Rebecca Castermans , Alberto-Horst Neidhardt , Simona Guagliardo , Andreas Aktoudianakis , Helena Hahn



The Digital Services Act - Why data access matters
With its upcoming Digital Services Act, the European Commission intends to set clear rules for online platforms and the services they provide, which will make them more accountable and subject to public scrutiny and oversight.   

If internet platforms are to be held accountable, the new rules must enable journalists and researchers to gain access to data that allows them to dissect the algorithmic systems that govern the content users get to see on their screens.  
In this podcast, AlgorithmWatch and the EPC explore why data access matters; what makes it so difficult for journalists and researchers to get their hands on data from internet platforms; and how EU policymakers plan to take the decision-making on internet governance out of the private boardroom.

You will hear excerpts from a speech by Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice President of the European Commission for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age and Competition. She spoke recently at an online webinar where AlgorithmWatch and the EPC presented the outcome and final recommendations of their 'Governing Platforms' project. We also spoke with Tom Dobber, postdoctoral researcher at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research, and Rania Wazir, data scientist and board member of the Vienna Data Science Group. They are two of many researchers who, in the context of AlgorithmWatch's 'Left on Read' campaign, gave an account of their experiences with trying to get access to data on internet platforms.

The support the European Policy Centre receives for its ongoing operations, or specifically for its podcasts and publications, does not constitute an endorsement of their contents, which reflect the views of the authors only. Supporters and partners cannot be held responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.

With Rebecca Castermans , AlgorithmWatch



Chief Executive and Chief Economist 
Europe’s political economy, Future of Europe, EU relationship with third countries, transnational think tank cooperation
Associate Director and Head of Europe's Political Economy programme
International negotiations, trade, EU’s international role, security and defense, single market, digital policies, EU governance and interinstitutional relations, future of Europe
Policy Analyst
EU economic governance, banking and financial policy, energy policy, industrial policy, the single market, politics and economics of Russia and Eastern Europe
Lead Digital Policy Analyst
EU digital policy, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, quantum computing and communications, space policy, NATO digital policy, transatlantic relations
Junior Policy Analyst
Industrial policy, energy policy, EU economic governance
Programme Assistant
EU digital policy, internet paradigms, artificial intelligence, transatlantic relations

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