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The Europe’s Political Economy (EPE) Programme is dedicated to covering topics related to EU economic policy, in a context of increasing globalisation and rapid technological change. From an intra-EU point of view, the Programme provides expertise on reforming and strengthening the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and regional economies; ensuring a holistic approach to industrial policy; supporting the Single Market and digital policy; as well as optimising the use of the EU budget and its programmes. Within the international context, the Programme focuses on trade policy and multilateral governance systems. The Programme’s team is also a skilled analyst on the process of Brexit and the long-term relationship between the United Kingdom and the EU.
The activities under this Programme are often carried out in cooperation with other EPC Programmes, with whom there are overlaps and common interests. For example, this is the case for work related to Brexit and differentiated integration, skills and labour markets, sustainability and strategic autonomy.

Publications

Economic governance / OP-ED
The EU’s trillion-euro question
By Georg Riekeles , Philipp Lausberg - 24/11/2022
Democracy / JUBILEE THINK PIECE
European think tanks: Time for transnational cooperation
By Fabian Zuleeg , Sophie Pornschlegel - 17/11/2022
Future of Europe / DISCUSSION PAPER
Overcoming the ambition-unity dilemma
By Fabian Zuleeg , Janis A. Emmanouilidis - 31/10/2022

Contributions

Energy / INTERVIEW
Interview with Deutsche Welle
Philipp Lausberg was interviewed by Deutsche Welle (Russian language service) on the gas price cap proposed by the EU Commission, the G7's proposal for a price cap on Russian oil, and the EU embargo on Russian oil. 

Read the full article here. (In Russian)

Interview with Deutsche Welle
25 November 2022 - ,
Deutsche Welle (Russian language service)
Energy / INTERVIEW
Interview with El Mercurio
Philipp Lausberg was interviewed by El Mercurio on the member states' responses to the rising energy prices and Germany's energy susbsidy plan. 

Read the full article here. (In Spanish)

Interview with El Mercurio
20 November 2022 - ,
El Mercurio
Energy / INTERVIEW
Europe's coldest winter
Philipp Lausberg was interviewed by the Chinese magazine Caijing on Europe's energy crisis and the challenges facing the EU in the upcoming winter. 

Read the full article here. (In Chinese)

Europe's coldest winter
19 November 2022 - ,
Caijing


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

                             

DIGITAL EU / PODCAST

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

                             

team

Chief Executive and Chief Economist 
Expertise:
Europe’s political economy, Future of Europe, economic governance & EMU, EU budget, industrial policy, trade, Single Market, European labour markets, Brexit & the EU-UK relationship
Associate Director and Head of Europe's Political Economy programme
Expertise:
International negotiations, trade, EU’s international role, security and defense, single market, digital policies, EU governance and interinstitutional relations, future of Europe
Policy Analyst
Expertise:
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
Expertise:
EU digital policy, artificial Intelligence, cybersecurity, quantum computing and communications, space policy, NATO digital policy, transatlantic relations
Junior Policy Analyst
Expertise:

Single market, Economic and Monetary Union, international trade, EU trade policy


Programme Assistant
Expertise:
Single market, international economic relations, EU trade policy, European economic governance, China-EU relations

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