The Eastern Partnership: how far, how deep, how fast?
19 March 2009

The EU’s planned Eastern Partnership is designed to broaden its bilateral relations with the six countries on its Eastern borders (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine and Belarus) on issues such as energy, trade, the economy and migration, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


Belgrade-Pristina: mirror images from the Balkans
16 March 2009

While official relations between Serbia and Kosovo remain blocked, young people are building their own informal contacts and Kosovo’s population is more concerned with practical improvements such as being allowed to travel abroad, speakers told an EPC Policy Dialogue organised with the King Baudouin Foundation and the Compagnia di San Paolo, in cooperation with the IKV Pax Christi and South East Europe TV Exchanges.


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.


Turkey as an energy hub for Europe: prospects and challenges
4 March 2009

Turkey is developing as an energy hub between suppliers in the East and the EU, and the Nabucco pipeline could be a major channel for transporting oil and gas - but work on it needs to begin before it is too late, speakers told a Policy Dialogue organised in partnership with TUSKON.


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.


2009 EU Presidency: a first Czech-up
18 February 2009

The start of the Czech EU Presidency was dominated by two “sharp and slippery turns” - the Gaza conflict and the Russia-Ukraine gas dispute - and the Presidency intervened decisively to help resolve these crises, Czech Deputy Prime Minister Alexandr Vondra told a Breakfast Briefing.


India-Pakistan relations: from tension to cooperation?
17 February 2009

Pakistan and India need to overcome their mutual hostility and differences, and change national borders “from barbed-wire fences into gateways”, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


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.


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