Sustainable Prosperity for Europe

Innovation and creativity in Europe's public sectors: time for radical change
13 May 2009

Europe’s public sectors need to innovate and be more creative to improve their efficiency if they want to safeguard Europe’s economic and social model, speakers told the third Brussels Debate.


Climate policy and the EU's role in Copenhagen
7 May 2009

The EU has an ambitious, but realistic set of proposals for the Copenhagen climate change conference in December and is working as an “honest broker”, including with the US, for a successful outcome, Stavros Dimas, European Commissioner for the Environment, told a Breakfast Briefing.


Europe in recession: who is looking after the consumers?
30 April 2009

Consumer protection is particularly important in times of recession, as people struggling to make ends meet are particularly vulnerable to “suspiciously cheap offers or rogue service providers” speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


Beyond chalk and talk: creativity in the classroom
30 March 2009

People must be stimulated to innovate and think creatively in Europe’s future ‘knowledge’ society, and this requires rethinking the role of education and changing formal teaching structures, speakers told the second Brussels Debate.


Boosting European consumers' rights through collective redress: next steps?
6 March 2009

The European Commission proposal for a collective redress system to give European consumers proper cross-border protection and protect consumer markets was discussed by speakers at an EPC Policy Dialogue.


The economic crisis and beyond: are further reforms needed?
3 March 2009

It is too soon to know whether Europe’s fiscal stimulus measures will be fully effective in stabilising domestic economies, but their impact should begin to be felt in the second half of 2009, with recovery beginning in 2010, Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Joaquín Almunia told an EPC Breakfast Briefing.


Social Europe: advancing or retreating in the economic crisis?
23 February 2009

Europe's social dimension has always been an integral aspect of EU policies and has never been as relevant as it is today, in the midst of a severe economic downturn, Nikolaus van der Pas, Director-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, European Commission, told a Sixty-Minute Briefing.


Boosting Europe's knowledge economy
16 February 2009

The economic crisis could be an opportunity for Europe to create more, faster and smarter, as “innovation is the name of the game”, Education, Training, Culture and Youth Commissioner Ján Figel' told a debate held in the context of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation, organised in cooperation with the European Commission.


Building a healthy Europe: challenges and opportunities
13 February 2009

Keep the population healthy boosts the economy, so EU governments should not cut health budgets during the financial crisis, Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Health, told a Breakfast Briefing.


European competition policy
21 January 2009

Competition policy is a “badly needed instrument” in a single, integrated market, former Competition Commissioner Karel Van Miert told an EPC Sixty-Minute Briefing.


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