Beyond GDP: what do citizens want for Social Europe 2030?
9 December 2009

Citizens’ perceptions about their quality of life, which includes both individual and societal elements, is becoming the lodestone for social progress, replacing GPD growth, said speakers at a Policy Dialogue, organised as part of the Well-being 2030 project, co-financed by the European Commission.


Priorities of the Spanish Presidency to the EU
8 December 2009

The Spanish Presidency of the EU will be “unique”, as it falls during the transitional period between the ‘Nice Treaty’ and the Lisbon Treaty institutional structure of the EU, and during a time of economic crisis, said Diego López Garrido, Secretary of State for EU Affairs at a Policy Briefing.


Eastern Partnership: state of play
8 December 2009

A year after its establishment the Eastern Partnership is helping to create political stability in the region, but both perseverance and enthusiasm are needed for it to fulfil its lofty ambitions, said speakers at a Policy Dialogue held with kind support of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Walking westwards: Turkey's European vocation
3 December 2009

Turkey is striving for the same values and goals as the EU and its current reform programme will make the country a better democracy and peace-builder, said Egemen Bağış, Turkish Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator, at a Policy Briefing.


Economic turmoil: the impact of the crisis on the new EU Member States
2 December 2009

Trade dependence on Western economies and balance of payment problems were key reasons for the differential impact of the crisis between ‘old’ and ‘new’ EU Member States, said speakers at a Policy Dialogue.


Fit for the future? EU economic governance after the crisis
1 December 2009

Europe is in the recovery phase after the crisis, but growth will be slower and policy-makers and financiers should not expect it to be “business as usual” said speakers at a Policy Dialogue.


Security and stability in the EU's Eastern Neighbourhood: prospects and challenges
27 November 2009

The Berlin Wall that divided Europe has fallen, and while some countries in the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood want to become part of the EU, others prefer to forge different alliances. However all consider themselves “European” in their values and approach and want visa-free travel, speakers said at a Policy Dialogue.


Adapting to climate change: the real costs for developing countries
26 November 2009

In order to adapt to climate change in developing countries, there has to be an emphasis on effective policies, sufficient financing and synergies between the adaptation and mitigation programmes, heard participants at a Policy Dialogue.


Russia and Europe: strategic partnership and energy dialogue
25 November 2009

The EU and Russia need to forge a new relationship, and to move beyond the Cold War standoff to a constructive dialogue about confronting joint security threats and global problems and about EU-Russian energy interests, said Igor Ivanov, former Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs and member of LUKOIL Board of Directors at a Policy Briefing.


Can North Africa satisfy Europe's solar energy needs?
23 November 2009

Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) technology, using mirrors in deserts to turn the sun’s rays into energy, works and can make a major contribution towards Europe’s need for clean and efficient energy, said speakers at a Policy Dialogue.


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