Injecting new momentum into ASEM: an uphill struggle?
20 October 2008

The global financial crisis will dominate the 24-25 October ASEM 7 Summit and the organisation must deliver a coordinated response to demonstrate its relevance and show that it is more then just a useful discussion forum, speakers told a Policy Dialogue organised with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF).


Georgia on the EU's mind
14 October 2008

Events this summer have consolidated EU-Georgian relations, as the population feel that the Union’s quick, decisive actions saved the country from foreign occupation and the EU now feels it can play a role in the Caucasus, said former Georgian Foreign Minister Salomé Zourabichvili at a Policy Briefing.


Azerbaijan and the EU in the new geo-strategic context
8 October 2008

Azerbaijan is a growing economic and strategic energy power in the Caucasus and lies at the gates of Central Asia, and the EU needs to redefine its relations with Baku for strategic political and economic reasons and to guarantee future energy supplies, speakers told a Policy Dialogue organised in collaboration with the Institute for Strategic Studies, Ljubljana.


The impact of the Immigration Pact: what future for amnesties in Europe?
7 October 2008

The EU’s new Immigration Pact is designed to reflect and respond to Europe’s “new realities”, but there are concerns about its impact on the key question of how to deal with ‘irregular’ migrants, speakers agreed at a Policy Dialogue.


Asian regional deals: spur or obstacle to free trade?
6 October 2008

Many of the free trade agreements that have been negotiated or are being negotiated by Asian countries and the EU are in fact “trade light” because they reflect foreign policy and political imperatives rather than economic goals, speakers agreed at a Dialogue.


ICT research and telecoms: Europe's opportunity to lead the global competition?
3 October 2008

ICT is an integral part of Europe’s economy, and accounts for 40% of overall productivity growth. However, Europe can only retain its current lead in this area by integrating systems Europe-wide, improving the Single Market in telecoms, and encouraging research and development and public-industry initiatives, Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for the Information Society and the Media, told a Breakfast Briefing.


Iran & non-proliferation: challenges and opportunities
2 October 2008

As a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran has a right to a uranium enrichment programme and has always agreed to stringent International Atomic Energy Agency inspections, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


The European Parliament: waiting for Lisbon
30 September 2008

The EU needs the Lisbon Treaty to function effectively with an enlarged membership and meet internal and external challenges - and it cannot move ahead until the uncertainty over the Treaty’s fate is resolved, Jean-Luc Dehaene, Belgian MEP and former Belgian Prime Minister, told a Sixty-Minute Briefing.


Mental Health in Europe: Policy Options for the Future - CHES Roundtable
30 September 2008

Mental ill-health is an important challenge for national health systems in the EU. It has significant implications in terms of social cohesion (marginalisation and stigma) and also has a broader economic impact (lower quality of life and productivity). Mental ill-health is among the top three reasons for absence from work and a leading reason for people taking early retirement or a disablement pension. Designing policy measures and strategies to tackle issues associated with mental ill-health is crucial, but finding effective tools and approaches is most challenging.


The role of civil society in EU immigration and integration policy: a two-way process?
24 September 2008

Civil society plays a significant role in European integration and immigration, so more should be done to strengthen their ability to advocate on behalf of migrants, particularly as they can foresee trends which institutions are unaware of, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


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