EPC in the debate

Members of the EPC team regularly speak at conferences and seminars and moderate high-level publications in Brussels, EU Member States and beyond, and contribute to outside publications.

Third annual European Migration Forum
3 March 2017

Marco Funk attended the third annual European Migration Forum at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels on 2 and 3 March, 2017. Participants discussed a wide range of migration challenges and provided recommendations in various workshops and interactive debates. 


EU-China expert-to-expert discussion on digital economy
1 March 2017

On 1 and 2 March, Iva Tasheva participated in a EU-China expert-to-expert discussion on the digital economy in Leuven. The event was part of a series of debates on the economic consequences of cybersecurity policies and success factors for the successful development of the digital economy, and is funded by the Partnership Instrument of the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI) of the European Commission. 


The EU’s neighbourhood: how to stabilise the ring of fire?
28 February 2017

Giovanni Grevi spoke at a conference organised by the Jacques Delors Institute – Notre Europe addressing the EU’s approach towards the regions surrounding the Union. He focused on the challenges of stabilisation and the role of security sector reform in that context. 


EU-Japan relations
25 February 2017

Fabian Zuleeg, Chief Executive of the EPC, participated in a high-level programme organised for him by the Japanese government, taking place from 20 to 25 February 2017 in Tokyo. The programme provided him with the opportunity to deepen his knowledge about Japan, through exchange of views with researchers, businesses and officials, as well as providing the Japanese interlocutors with analysis on the situation in Europe, including the impact of Brexit and views on EU-Japan relations, specifically the Strategic Partnership and the possibility of an Economic Partnership Agreement. The EPC will use this input in its work, aiming to provide an objective review of current challenges and future prospects of bilateral cooperation between the EU and Japan in a variety of policy areas, notably in the economic and external relations domains, also in the light of transforming regional and global challenges.


From growth to well-being
23 February 2017

Claire Dhéret spoke at the Monthly Forum of ETUI on 23 February 2017 and provided comments on the new policy brief ‘From growth to well-being: a new paradigm for EU economic governance’. 


Monitoring radicalisation risks in Central and Southeast Europe: Shaping diagnostic tools for EU policymakers
23 February 2017

On 23 February 2017, the European Policy Centre, in cooperation with the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD), organised an Expert Roundtable on ‘Monitoring radicalisation risks in Central and Southeast Europe: Shaping diagnostic tools for EU policymakers’. The event was chaired by Andrea Frontini, EPC Policy Analyst, and brought together a group of EU officials, practitioners and experts to discuss the parallel challenges of Islamist and right-wing radicalisation across Europe.


Judy Asks: Can the Minsk Agreement Succeed?
22 February 2017

Amanda Paul was one of the experts that contributed to Carnegie Europe's weekly column 'Judy asks'. This week, the question was 'Can the Minsk Agreement Succeed?'


Iron Constitution - Why Turkish voters are likely to hand more power to the president
21 February 2017

Amanda Paul wrote an article for International Politics and Society called 'Iron Constitution - Why Turkish voters are likely to hand more power to the president', about the Turkish referendum on introducing an executive presidency, a dramatic expansion of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers. 


The Future of a More Differentiated E(M)U – Necessities, Options, Choices
17 February 2017

Janis Emmanouilidis wrote a paper on 'The Future of a More Differentiated E(M)U – Necessities, Options, Choices', prepared within the context of the project EU60: Re-Founding Europe. The Responsibility to Propose. This initiative was launched by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI), in cooperation with the Centro Studi sul Federalismo (CSF) and in the framework of IAI’s strategic partnership with the Compagnia di San Paolo, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome.

The paper argues that future EMU reforms will require a higher level of differentiation between Euro and non-Euro countries. However, the creation of a closed core Europe involving merely the “willing and able,” which would establish a two-tier Europe with different institutionalized classes of membership, is neither likely nor desirable. It should not be the Leitbild (guiding concept) steering the way towards a more differentiated Europe. The EU and its members should rather adhere to the notion of functional-pragmatic differentiation by applying instruments of differentiated integration foreseen by the EU Treaties. However, given the experience since 2010, member states are likely to continue to revert to intergovernmental avenues of differentiation outside the EU’s framework. In this case, it would be advisable to make sure that future agreements/arrangements follow the logic and principles of an intergovernmental avant-garde to avoid some of the risks linked to a higher level of cooperation outside the Union’s legal framework.


Building resilience in the Western Balkans
16 February 2017

Corina Stratulat spoke on 'Internal drivers of fragility' at the EUISS expert workshop on 'Building resilience in the Western Balkans' organised by the European Union Institute for Security Studies in Brussels. 


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