Consumers: the competitive advantage
22 January 2008

The European Commission is planning to launch a ‘consumer market scoreboard’ using five indicators - prices, complaints, satisfaction levels, switching rates and safety - to monitor how consumers are being served, Consumer Protection Commissioner Meglena Kuneva told a Breakfast Briefing.


Future of the euro zone
22 January 2008

The introduction of the euro resulted in an “immense change” for the single market and should lead to closer collaboration in areas such as financial services, but progress has been slow, Italian Finance Minister Tommaso Padoa Schioppa told a Sixty-Minute Briefing.


'Chindia': the spectacular rise of China and India
21 January 2008

China and India’s economic rise is “unparalleled in human history” and the West should accept them as equal partners in international fora to frame new rules to govern the global economy, speakers agreed at a Policy Dialogue organised with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF).


An ocean of opportunity
10 January 2008

Europe’s seas play a large role in its economy and the massive growth in maritime industries calls for an integrated approach taking all sectors into account, said Joe Borg, European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, at a Breakfast Policy Briefing.


The EU in 2008 - what MEPs expect
8 January 2008

The biggest issue for the EU in 2008 is to get the Lisbon Treaty ratified, the leaders of the European Parliament’s three largest political groups agreed at an a EPC debate organised in collaboration with EurActiv.


European growth and jobs in 2008
20 December 2007

Although the downturn in the US economy is making itself felt in Europe, there is likely to be a “soft landing”, with an upturn in the European economy by the end of 2008 and “resilient” global growth, speakers told a Policy Dialogue.


Establishing a European Public Prosecutor: arguments for and against
12 December 2007

The creation of a European Public Prosecutor, made possible by the new Lisbon Treaty, could provide a practical example of judicial cooperation in the EU’s criminal and legal space, speakers agreed at a Policy Dialogue.


Central Asia and the global agenda
11 December 2007

The five Central Asian Republics, seen as ‘candidates for state failure’ after the demise of the Soviet Union, are instead evolving into fully-fledged states, speakers told an EPC-Sasakawa Peace Foundation Policy Dialogue.


Getting Russia Right
8 December 2007

Russia’s political future is marked by uncertainties, speakers agreed at a Policy Dialogue.


The European Parliament and the December European Council
6 December 2007

Now that a new institutional reform package has been agreed, the “priority of priorities” is to get the Lisbon Treaty ratified in 2008 so that it can enter into force before the 2009 Euro-elections, Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the European Parliament, told a Breakfast Policy Briefing.


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