What future for multilateralism after the Millennium Summit?
12 October 2005

At best two cheers, but certainly not three" was how Lord Hannay, a member of the United Nations' High-Level Panel, summed up the outcome of the UN Millennium Summit in New York in September at a conference organised by the Royal Institute for International Relations (IRRI-KIIB), the EPC and the United Nations Association Flanders Belgium (VVN).


Ukraine facing the future: on the road to reform
11 October 2005

With the Orange Revolution barely a year old, Ukraine Prime Minister Yuri Yekhanurov aptly summed up his country's aspirations by quoting the words of the hero of the hour, President Viktor Yushchenko who said that "without Ukraine, Europe will not be complete" at a conference.


Sustainable development and competitiveness
10 October 2005

Environmental regulation and economic growth are closely linked, as higher standards prompt industry to innovate and invest in cleaner technologies, insisted Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas at a Breakfast Policy Briefing.


Better regulation: the EU and the transatlantic dialogue
6 October 2005

The European Union’s institutions have made impressive progress on the Better Regulation initiative in recent years, but it is vital to maintain this, not least because unnecessary red tape generates enormous costs, heard participants at a conference.


The outlook for Europe in the global economy
3 October 2005

Major structural reforms are needed in the euro zone to meet upcoming challenges, particularly those posed by its ageing population, warned Michael Deppler, the European Department Director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), at a Policy Briefing.


Macedonia - preparing for the European Union
28 September 2005

Radmila Sekerinska, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), delivered an upbeat message about her country’s post-conflict reforms at a Breakfast Policy Briefing.


The future of the EU and its relations with the US
15 September 2005

Speaking at a Breakfast Policy Briefing, Ambassador John Bruton, Head of the European Commission's Delegation to the United States, said he had seen a major transformation in American attitudes towards Europe in his ten months in the job.


EU-China relations
25 July 2005

Speakers at an EU-China Relations Think Tank Roundtable co-organised by the EPC and the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) outlined the challenges which lay ahead for the EU and China in implementing their envisioned "strategic partnership" and welcomed the opportunity to have a frank and open exchange of views.


The idea of Europe: can we make it live again?
25 July 2005

European Union Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson was adamant that Europe's future depended on the European Commission reasserting itself as the EU's political powerhouse when he delivered a lecture on 'The idea of Europe – can we make it live again?" at an event co-organised by the EPC and UACES.


Limits to privatisation
19 July 2005

In the first of a series of lectures and debates organised by the EPC and the Toyota Chair for Industry and Sustainability, Ernst Ulrich von Weizsacker outlined a study carried out for the Club of Rome on "Limits to Privatisation." An analysis of privatisations around the world revealed a mixed picture, with examples of both good and bad experiences. He traced the origins of the privatisation in the 1970s and the role played by governments, industry and civil society in the process.


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