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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.

TOPICS


Publications

Economic Security / OP-ED
Economic security: The strategic argument for Ukraine’s EU membership
By Svitlana Taran , Philipp Lausberg - 02/02/2024
Economic governance / EXTERNAL PUBLICATION
Hidden champions, missed opportunities: Mid-caps’ crucial roles in Europe’s economic transition
By Georg Riekeles , Philipp Lausberg , Laurent Maurin , Julie Delanote , Huyen Tran - 26/01/2024

Contributions

Social policies / QUOTE
Europe must urgently tackle its housing crisis, warn EU officials
Philipp Lausberg provided a quote for a Euractiv article on the need to address Europe’s shortage of affordable housing to tackling the continent’s cost of living crisis and establish a viable social market economy.

Read it here.


Europe must urgently tackle its housing crisis, warn EU officials
22 February 2024 - ,
Euractiv
Cohesion policy / QUOTE
Cohesion policy must be revamped ‘to ensure Europe’s survival’, EU report finds
Philipp Lausberg was quoted in an article by Euractiv on the need to revamp the EU's Cohesion Policy to stem the rise of Eurosceptic parties.

Read it here.

Cohesion policy must be revamped ‘to ensure Europe’s survival’, EU report finds
20 February 2024 - ,
Euractiv
Fiscal union / QUOTE
European Left party vows to slash EU fiscal rules ahead of elections
Philipp Lausberg was quoted in an article by Euractiv on the European Left party's push to slash EU fiscal rules ahead of the European elections.

Read it here.

European Left party vows to slash EU fiscal rules ahead of elections
19 February 2024 - ,
Euractiv


Cybersecurity / PODCAST

Is the EU ready to face quantum cyberattacks?
Von der Leyen’s State of the Union speech calls for member states to advance efforts in emerging technologies and invest in everything, from microelectronics to quantum computing and AI. But is Europe ambitious and prepared enough to bring forward von der Leyen’s agenda?

This episode of the EPC Podcast looks at the rapid development of quantum technologies in Europe and beyond, its implications for cybersecurity and the EU’s role in ensuring safety online.

With Andrea G. Rodríguez, EPC’s Lead Digital Analyst, and Jesse Robbers, Quantum Delta NL’s Executive Board Member and Director.

Photo credits: CANVA
The audio from Ursula von der Leyen's State of the Union speech was taken from the Commission's audiovisual service. Credits: European Union, 2023

With Andrea García Rodríguez , Barbara Vanotti , Jesse Robbers

                             

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, EU relationship with third countries, transnational think tank cooperation
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:
Industrial policy, energy policy, EU economic governance
Junior Policy Analyst
Expertise:
EU digital policy, internet paradigms, artificial intelligence, transatlantic relations
Research Fellow
Expertise:
Generative AI, ethics of data and AI applications, transport justice and policy, simulation modelling for policymaking

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