De-briefing on the outcome of the Transatlantic Economic Council
13 May 2008

The May meeting of the Transatlantic Economic Council provided “political push” to resolve issues such as the EU ban on imports of US poultry and how to treat US cosmetics within the EU’s REACH chemicals legislation, speakers agreed at a Policy Dialogue.


The collection, sharing and protection of data
6 May 2008

Technology advances mean people now generate much more personal data, and there is a greater appetite for that data - the “basic raw material” in the fight against crime and terrorism - in today’s globalised world. But there is also great sensitivity about how that data is used, Jonathan Faull, Director-General for Justice, Freedom and Security, European Commission, told a Sixty-Minute Briefing.


Can Europe cap its energy demand? European agriculture and the next generation of biofuels
6 May 2008

Media claims that biofuel production will “empty every food bowl in the developing world” are unjustified, Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel told a Policy Dialogue.


Sustainable growth in Turkey: opportunities and challenges
28 April 2008

Turkey has introduced considerable economic and social reforms which have made its economy more competitive and resulted in sustained 7% growth. However, further structural reforms are needed to increase employment and productivity, improve education and boost energy generation, speakers agreed at a Policy Dialogue.


Albania at the gates of NATO and the EU
28 April 2008

Albania, which verged on becoming a ‘failed state’ three years ago, has changed dramatically since then. It has now introduced legal, economic and social reforms, and is moving towards becoming a mature democracy.


Public Private Partnerships: a viable option to increase public investment and efficiency across Europe?
23 April 2008

Public Private Partnerships which establish broad cooperation and share the financial risks between the public and private sectors can help local authorities to provide public services by introducing private-sector finance and skills while retaining public control, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


From brain drain to brain gain? The impact in Central and Eastern Europe of the free movement of workers
17 April 2008

Migration within Europe is increasing, with 2.2% of the EU-27’s working population and up to 4% of those from new EU Member States in Central and Eastern Europe living abroad, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


The rights of women in Islam: a reality check
16 April 2008

The Koran’s vision of women describes them as equal partners with men, but patriarchal culture has distorted this and regulated them to an inferior status, said Azizah Y. al-Hibri at a Policy Briefing.


Unity in diversity? The EU vis-a-vis Russia
16 April 2008

The new Partnership and Cooperation Agreement currently being negotiated by the EU and Russia should be more pragmatic and based on commitments not values, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


EU asylum policy in a securitised world
15 April 2008

Asylum policy is one of the most challenging issues facing the EU, but is increasingly being driven by political and security - rather than humanitarian – concerns, Irene Khan, Secretary-General of Amnesty International, told a Sixty-Minute Briefing.


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