Up close and personal: data protection and EU-US relations
31 May 2007

This Policy Brief by Johnny Pring analyses the ongoing row over US access to European airline passenger data and warns that the political and legal uncertainty over this issue is set to continue.


European Citizens' Consultations: expert commentaries
14 May 2007

Representatives of the 1,800 citizens from all 27 EU Member States who took part in the European Citizens’ Consultations, the biggest-ever pan-European debate on the future of Europe, have delivered their report to EU policy-makers. This paper analyses the outcome of those deliberations, organised by a network of independent and non-political foundations, think tanks and civil society organisations.


Better Regulation: a regional perspective
8 May 2007

The Issue Paper outlines the findings of a survey on the transposition of EU directives in regions with legislative powers carried out by the EPC with the support of the Scottish Executive, underlines the need for more attention to be paid to this important aspect of the Better Regulation agenda, and makes a series of recommendations for action.


Asian Voices in Europe
30 April 2007

Over the past year, the EPC and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) have joined forces to organise a lecture series entitled Asian Voices in Europe, with a string of high-profile speakers debating a wide range of issues including the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), India’s economy, Japan’s tense relations with North Korea and China, and the Korean Peninsula’s nuclear crisis. This new publication brings together the reports on all these events and transcripts of the keynote speeches.


Building societal security in Europe: the EU's role in managing emergencies
17 April 2007

This Working Paper charts the EU’s growing role in this area, identifies the major challenges in developing this role and sketches out some possible ways forward.


The ENP three years on: where from - and where next?
27 March 2007
Antonio Missiroli (Director, EU Institute for Security Studies)

As EU Foreign Ministers prepare to meet in Bremen to discuss the future of the European Neighbourhood Policy, this Policy Brief by EPC Chief Policy Analyst Antonio Missiroli argues that the existing ENP cannot live up to expectations and is in need of reform.


Blue skies over Berlin?
27 March 2007

This Commentary warns that despite the more positive mood around the Union’s top table, the arguments over the drafting of the Berlin Declaration illustrate just how difficult it will be to bridge the gap between the Constitution’s supporters and those who favour a minimalist approach.


Empowering Europe
11 March 2007

EU leaders were in triumphant mood after clinching an agreement on energy policy at the Spring European Council. Much remains to be defined and negotiated, but a direction has been given; a ‘critical mass’ of policy goals outlined and agreed.


A five-point plan for the Berlin Declaration
7 March 2007

The EU 50th anniversary celebrations on 24-25 March provide a golden opportunity for its leaders to send a clear message to the public about its achievements to date and its capacity to respond to the challenges of the 21st century. There is, however, a serious danger that this could fail or backfire. As EU leaders prepare to discuss the Berlin Declaration at this week’s summit dinner, this Commentary explains why and sets out five principles which should underpin the exercise.


Balkans in Europe: why, when and how?
5 March 2007

In 2003, EU leaders promised the countries of the Western Balkans that their future lay within the Union. However, several Member States have since succumbed to ‘enlargement fatigue’ and this has fuelled doubts about the EU’s commitment to the process. This Policy Brief by Graham Avery and Judy Batt argues that the Union has a moral and political responsibility to keep its promise, considers the likely timeframe for membership and assesses how to move the process forward.


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