Fighting corruption: patterns in Eastern Europe and in Central Asia
12 September 2006

Corruption is the “number one concern” for businesses and private citizens in transition countries, speakers agreed at a joint EPC-KBF-World Bank Policy Dialogue.


Slovakia after the June elections
11 September 2006

Slovak’s new government intends to establish an ‘economically efficient welfare state’, while maintaining budgetary discipline and joining the euro zone in 2009, Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovakia, told a Policy Briefing.


Narrowing the divide: regional policy as an instrument for boosting Europe's competitiveness?
19 July 2006

A modern, reformed regional policy is vital to respond to the challenges of globalisation, Danuta Hübner, the European Commissioner for Regional Policy, told a Breakfast Policy Briefing.


Trade liberalisation or erosion of preferences? The impact of, and prospects for, 'everything but arms'
6 July 2006

The Least Developed Countries have benefited from the EU’s ‘Everything But Arms’ initiative since it was introduced five years ago and it should not be watered down, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


Economic prospects for Africa
4 July 2006

The international community has not lived up to the promises it made in 2005 and Africa still faces huge problems, with slow economic growth overall and rising poverty levels in the sub-Saharan region, John Page, The World Bank’s Chief Economist for Africa, told a Policy Briefing.


In whose interests? Labour migration from the new Member States
3 July 2006

Labour migration between ‘old’ and ‘new’ EU Member States benefits both the sending and receiving countries, but action is needed to prevent migrant workers from being exploited, speakers told a joint EPC-KBF Dialogue.


Security sector reform in peacebuilding: towards an EU-UN partnership?
30 June 2006

An unreformed security sector is a major obstacle to sustainable peace and reform must be part of a holistic approach towards peacebuilding, speakers told a conference organised by the EPC with the Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) and the King Baudouin Foundation.


TIEing up the loose ends: making Better Regulation work in practice
29 June 2006

Internal Market Commissioner Charlie McCreevy praised the EPC for presenting “constructive ideas and proposals” for promoting the single market on the ground, in its new Working Paper on the transposition, implementation and enforcement (TIE) of EU law. Speaking at a Policy Dialogue, he said the issue “certainly deserves more attention than it gets” and it was time to turn commitments into “tangible deliveries”.


Priorities of the Finnish Presidency
28 June 2006

Finland’s priorities for its presidency of the EU over the next six months will include steering further consultations on the future of the Constitutional Treaty and chairing discussions on future enlargements, HE Eikka Kosonen, Finland’s Permanent Representative to the EU, told a Breakfast Policy Briefing.


Health is Wealth
23 June 2006

More needs to be done to improve the state of European citizens’ health, as chronic diseases are responsible for 86% of fatalities each year. This affects Europe’s well-being and its productivity as a healthy workforce is the best generator of wealth, said speakers at a joint EPC-King Baudouin Foundation Policy Dialogue.


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