The European Parliament at a crossroads
26 November 2008

The European Parliament can play an important role in helping the EU to weather the current economic storm and politicians should focus on this in the forthcoming Euro-elections, the Parliament’s former Secretary-General Sir Julian Priestly told a Sixty-Minute Briefing.


Justice, reconciliation and EU integration in the Western Balkans: the legacy of the ICTY
25 November 2008

Western Balkan countries’ hopes of joining the EU depend partly on their cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), by dealing seriously with war criminals and signalling that they cannot operate with impunity, as this is crucial to build reconciliation, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


Can social dialogue help us through the current economic crisis?
19 November 2008

European Works Councils - a voluntary management-workforce consultation mechanism in trans-European companies - are an important element of social dialogue and could be a useful tool to help manage the inevitable restructuring of transnational companies in the current economic downturn, speakers agreed at a Policy Dialogue.


Public opinion in the Balkans: between hope and disenchantment
17 November 2008

Most people in the Balkans are very realistic about the prospects for eventual EU membership, recognising that major challenges lie ahead.


The EU and the Arctic: exploring uncharted territory?
13 November 2008

The EU is a “natural and legitimate player” in the Arctic region, which is growing in importance as new transportation routes are opening up and its energy resources could help strengthen EU security of supply, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


The current financial crisis: challenges and policy responses
12 November 2008

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is preparing a “two-pillar” action plan for governments, as part of a global response to the world financial crisis, calling for tighter regulation and oversight of financial markets and improved national policies to promote economic growth, its Secretary-General Angel Gurria told a Breakfast Briefing.


Countering youth radicalisation: what works, what doesn't?
29 October 2008

Many young people feel frustrated about political events, but only become radicalised when they are offered an extremist Islamist rhetoric that provides them with a “them and us” narrative, speakers agreed at a Policy Dialogue held in cooperation with the King Baudouin Foundation and supported by the US Mission to the EU.


Health and privacy: personal health data as an asset to better care for patients - CHES Roundtable
29 October 2008

This roundtable discussion addressed how personal data is collected and used, and what are the necessary safeguards and opportunities offered by data analysis techniques in the field of health.


The future of development policy
22 October 2008

With a plethora of development cooperation programmes, it is “an exciting time for development” and future funding will be based on a “country-ownership” - from government down to the local level and a “results-based” approach, speakers told a Roundtable.


Doing business in China and the EU: opportunities and pitfalls
22 October 2008

EU-China relations are “deep and dynamic”, and bilateral trade is growing by 20% annually, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


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