Innovation and creativity in Europe's public sectors: time for radical change
13 May 2009

Europe’s public sectors need to innovate and be more creative to improve their efficiency if they want to safeguard Europe’s economic and social model, speakers told the third Brussels Debate.


Climate policy and the EU's role in Copenhagen
7 May 2009

The EU has an ambitious, but realistic set of proposals for the Copenhagen climate change conference in December and is working as an “honest broker”, including with the US, for a successful outcome, Stavros Dimas, European Commissioner for the Environment, told a Breakfast Briefing.


Russia in the global economic storm
6 May 2009

Russia has been badly affected by the economic crisis, because in the boom years - when it was able to rely on oil and gas exports - it had not diversified its economic base or introduced any major structural economic reforms, speakers agreed at a Policy Dialogue.


Europe in recession: who is looking after the consumers?
30 April 2009

Consumer protection is particularly important in times of recession, as people struggling to make ends meet are particularly vulnerable to “suspiciously cheap offers or rogue service providers” speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


Five years after enlargement: expectations for the European Parliament elections
29 April 2009

EU enlargement has not resulted in deadlock in the European Parliament, as some had feared. Rather, it has become an increasingly efficient legislative body, although there is concern that this may have been to the detriment of democratic decision-making, speakers agreed at a Policy Dialogue.


Azerbaijan: an increasingly important partner for the EU
28 April 2009

Azerbaijan is using its position as an energy supplier to maintain rapid economic development, in tandem with political and social reforms, and discussing ways of helping the EU to diversify its oil and gas supplies with the European Commission, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev told a Policy Briefing.


A more transparent and accountable Commission? State of play and future challenges
17 April 2009

The European Commission is striving for a “high level of transparency” and to ensure the EU is “open to public scrutiny and accountable for its work” to bolster public trust in the European institutions, Siim Kallas, Commission Vice-President for Administrative Affairs, Audit and Anti-Fraud, told a Breakfast Briefing.


EU Enlargement - five years on
31 March 2009

EU enlargement must not become a scapegoat for the economic recession, as studies show that both old and new EU Member States have benefited from it, Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn told a Breakfast Briefing.


Beyond chalk and talk: creativity in the classroom
30 March 2009

People must be stimulated to innovate and think creatively in Europe’s future ‘knowledge’ society, and this requires rethinking the role of education and changing formal teaching structures, speakers told the second Brussels Debate.


The Western Balkans and the global economic crisis: in or out?
24 March 2009

Serbia is affected by the financial crisis but is taking steps to enable it to weather the turmoil, Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Bozidar Đelić told a Breakfast Briefing.


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