The benefit of European Union membership outweighs the cost
19 May 2013

On 19 May 2013 the Independent newspaper published a letter from prominent British business leaders making the case for the UK's continued EU membership.


Georgia: the next episode
15 May 2013
Dennis Sammut (Member of the EPC's Strategic Council; Director, LINKS)

Dennis Sammut argues in this Commentary that a new sense of political maturity offers the best opportunity yet for Georgia to move away from the problems of its recent past towards its declared objective of European and Euro-Atlantic integration.


Intra-EU mobility: the 'second building block' of EU labour migration policy
6 May 2013
Yves Pascouau (Senior Adviser to EPC on migration and mobility policies)

Since 1999, EU labour migration has remained a field in which member states have proven to be reluctant to adopt common rules, thus neglecting to develop a sound and comprehensive EU labour migration policy. In this Issue Paper, Yves Pascouau explores how intra-EU mobility could be improved at EU level, and proposes solutions to enhance intra-EU mobility for migrant workers already residing in the EU.


Think Global - Act European
3 May 2013
Annika Hedberg (Head of Sustainable Prosperity for Europe programme and Senior Policy Analyst), Andrea Frontini (Former Policy Analyst at the EPC), Hans Martens (Senior Adviser to EPC on energy, public service reform and CHES) and Yves Pascouau (Senior Adviser to EPC on migration and mobility policies)

The “Think Global – Act European” project brought together 16 think tanks and over 40 experts to examine the new challenges faced by the EU’s external action and reflec­t on the EU’s role as a global power.


Economic governance: helping European healthcare systems to deliver better health and wealth?
2 May 2013
Annika Hedberg (Head of Sustainable Prosperity for Europe programme and Senior Policy Analyst)

As austerity measures hit the healthcare budgets, the tendency is to go for quick savings. This is short-sighted. The EU should use the European Semester to encourage cost-effective measures that can improve people’s health outcomes and ensure the sustainability of the healthcare sector today and tomorrow, writes Annika Ahtonen in this Policy Brief.


The UK and Scotland
1 May 2013

Click here to read the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee report on 'Foreign policy considerations for the UK and Scotland in the event of Scotland becoming an independent country', in which Graham Avery, EPC Senior Adviser, and Fabian Zuleeg, Chief Economist, are quoted.

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Strong attack against the freedom of movement of EU citizens: turning back the clock
30 April 2013
Yves Pascouau (Senior Adviser to EPC on migration and mobility policies)

In a joint letter sent to the Irish presidency, four Ministers launched a violent attack against freedom of movement of EU citizens. However, in this Commentary, Yves Pascouau argues that the letter goes further than the usual and recurrent calls for a revision of rules governing freedom of movement of EU citizens, and uses concepts and words normally used in the field of immigration, thereby enabling EU citizens to be compared and treated as foreigners.


Serving the citizens? Consular role of the EEAS grows in small steps
30 April 2013
Kristi Raik (External authors)

In the longer term, there is a strong economic rationale for assigning EU Delegations with consular assistance tasks, argues Kristi Raik in this Policy Brief. Building up such a capacity for the EEAS would require additional resources, but pooling resources in this way would ease, not duplicate, the burden on member states. But if these benefits are to materialise, then a major leap is required in member states’ views on the transfer of national competences and resources to EU level, the paper concludes.


Europe’s Lost Generation?
29 April 2013

How are young people across Europe coping with and overcoming the current economic and social crisis?


Youth unemployment - Does the EU care about its future?
26 April 2013
Claire Dhéret (Head of Social Europe & Well-being programme and Senior Policy Analyst)

In this Policy Brief, Claire Dhéret argues that the pan-European nature of the youth unemployment challenge calls for urgent action at EU level. She stresses that despite a steady process of Europeanisation of youth-related policies, getting serious about addressing youth unemployment and inactivity in Europe will require the simulataneous activation of three strategic plans.


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