Navigating Europe's economy through turbulence
28 May 2008

Ten years after the launch of European Monetary Union, the euro is an “astounding success” and has helped to maintain stability in the current financial turmoil, speakers agreed at an EPC-European Economic Governance Monitor Policy Dialogue.


Poland's new foreign policy
26 May 2008

Poland has launched a joint initiative with Sweden to enhance the European Neighbourhood Policy by establishing a “Eastern Partnership” with neighbours such Ukraine, Belarus and Georgia. Polish Foreign Minister Rodosław Sikorski told a Breakfast Briefing that as the entire territories of these countries fall within Europe, they fulfil the criteria to become EU members.


State of the Union debate 2008
26 May 2008

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner told at the EPC’s Annual Conference that the EU had achieved an “unbelievable amount” - the challenge now is to give globalisation a human face. European Commission President José Manuel Barroso stressed the need for an “open” EU, and said an enlarged and united Union had the power and capacity to shape the global order.


Making migration work: the role of employers in migrant integration
22 May 2008

European employers are increasingly reliant on migrant labour and could do more to foster integration in the workplace and publicise the benefits migration brings to European society and its economy, speakers agreed at a Policy Dialogue held in cooperation with the King Baudouin Foundation to launch a new Working Paper.


Energising Russia, connecting Europe: electricity sector liberalisation and security of supply
15 May 2008

The reform of Russia’s electricity sector now underway will introduce more private ownership and foster competition, resulting in cheaper electricity prices and more efficient delivery, Anatoly Chubais, Chief Executive Officer of the Unified Energy System of Russia (RAO UES), told a Policy Briefing.


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.


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