EU citizens have spoken: assessing the outcome
9 June 2009

While turnout was “regrettably” low at the European elections, it did not fall “disastrously” (as many suggested) but was in fact “flat”, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


The future of EU enlargement in the Western Balkans
29 May 2009

The EU has to “carefully manage” future enlargement to the Western Balkans so that its citizens appreciate the benefits of admitting new members and prospective Member States achieve the necessary benchmarks.


Prospects for EU-US relations
26 May 2009

The Obama administration has taken many initiatives which impinge on EU-US relations, from its new policies on climate change to its pledge to close Guantanamo Bay and its push to find a solution to the Middle East conflict, John Bruton, European Commission Ambassador to the United States, told a Sixty-Minute Briefing.


Empowerment of Europe's minorities: why, when and how?
19 May 2009

Barack Obama’s election as US President is empowering many young US citizens from minority groups, but Europe is lagging behind, speakers told an EPC Policy Dialogue organised in cooperation with the King Baudouin Foundation and the Institute of Community Cohesion and with the support of the US mission to the EU.


Solidarity for societal security: coming together to make Europe safer
18 May 2009

The EU has made good progress in dealing with external and internal crises and threats, but past actions have been too ad hoc and “a more holistic and comprehensive approach” is required, speakers told a Policy Debate.


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.


Russia in the global economic storm
6 May 2009

Russia has been badly affected by the economic crisis, because in the boom years - when it was able to rely on oil and gas exports - it had not diversified its economic base or introduced any major structural economic reforms, speakers agreed at a Policy Dialogue.


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.


Five years after enlargement: expectations for the European Parliament elections
29 April 2009

EU enlargement has not resulted in deadlock in the European Parliament, as some had feared. Rather, it has become an increasingly efficient legislative body, although there is concern that this may have been to the detriment of democratic decision-making, speakers agreed at a Policy Dialogue.


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