After the Irish referendum: what next for EU reform?
2 July 2008

The shock of Ireland’s rejection of the Lisbon Treaty should force European politicians to take steps to ensure that the EU is “owned” by - and serves - all its citizens, not just a political elite, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


EU regional policy post-2013: more of the same or a new beginning?
1 July 2008

Europe’s poorer regions which benefit most from its cohesion policy are recording much faster economic growth than the rest of the EU but, with continuing uneven regional growth, there is scope for further structural changes, Danuta Hübner, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, told a Breakfast Briefing.


How can future European industrial policy help European companies to stay competitive?
27 June 2008

The aim of the EU’s industrial policy is to provide a suitable framework for European companies to compete in a globalised world, but the real push has to come from entrepreneurs themselves, Günter Verheugen, European Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry, told a Breakfast Briefing.


Global chemistry: the implementation of REACH and Europe's growing role as a global standards-setter
27 June 2008

Just one month after the ECHA - set up to administer REACH - began work, it is already setting international standards on chemical safety which global companies will adhere to in order to maintain their share of the EU market, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


Japan and the G8 summit: tackling the challenge of climate change
26 June 2008

The Japanese government has introduced stringent measures to transform the country into a low-carbon society, so is now on target to meet its Kyoto commitments, Professor Hironori Hamanaka told a Policy Briefing.


Radicalisation of Muslim youth: a self-fulfilling prophecy?
25 June 2008

The EU must confront the threat of Jihadism through national security policies to prevent more terrorist attacks in Europe, long-term EU measures to address the tensions which fan this violence, and measures to prevent it spreading outside Europe’s borders, Walid Phares, Visiting Fellow at the European Foundation for Democracy, told a Policy Briefing.


Tackling Afghanistan's security and development dilemma
24 June 2008

The international community must give a long-term commitment to help rebuild Afghanistan, but Afghan leaders must be in the driving seat in strengthening the country’s institutions, and stamping out corruption and opium production, speakers agreed at a Policy Dialogue.


New initiatives from the EIB for SME financing
20 June 2008

Small- and medium-sized enterprises are the key drivers of the modern European economy, and the European Investment Bank supports them through ‘Global Loans’ to banking intermediaries which then ‘lend on’ to SMEs, and through the European Investment Fund, which lends to commercial banks, EIB President Philippe Maystadt told a Breakfast Briefing.


My vision for the reunification of Cyprus
19 June 2008

Cyprus should be one state with “a single sovereignty, single citizenship and a single international personality”, not a confederation of two states, Demetris Christofias, President of the Republic of Cyprus, told a Breakfast Briefing.


The Balkans in Europe: containment or transformation?
17 June 2008

The emphasis of the EU’s Balkan policy should move from containment to transformation, and it should send a positive message that the Union’s “door is open” to countries in the region.


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