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.


The Eastern Partnership: how far, how deep, how fast?
19 March 2009

The EU’s planned Eastern Partnership is designed to broaden its bilateral relations with the six countries on its Eastern borders (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine and Belarus) on issues such as energy, trade, the economy and migration, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


Belgrade-Pristina: mirror images from the Balkans
16 March 2009

While official relations between Serbia and Kosovo remain blocked, young people are building their own informal contacts and Kosovo’s population is more concerned with practical improvements such as being allowed to travel abroad, speakers told an EPC Policy Dialogue organised with the King Baudouin Foundation and the Compagnia di San Paolo, in cooperation with the IKV Pax Christi and South East Europe TV Exchanges.


Boosting European consumers' rights through collective redress: next steps?
6 March 2009

The European Commission proposal for a collective redress system to give European consumers proper cross-border protection and protect consumer markets was discussed by speakers at an EPC Policy Dialogue.


Turkey as an energy hub for Europe: prospects and challenges
4 March 2009

Turkey is developing as an energy hub between suppliers in the East and the EU, and the Nabucco pipeline could be a major channel for transporting oil and gas - but work on it needs to begin before it is too late, speakers told a Policy Dialogue organised in partnership with TUSKON.


The economic crisis and beyond: are further reforms needed?
3 March 2009

It is too soon to know whether Europe’s fiscal stimulus measures will be fully effective in stabilising domestic economies, but their impact should begin to be felt in the second half of 2009, with recovery beginning in 2010, Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Joaquín Almunia told an EPC Breakfast Briefing.


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