Taxation and the Competitiveness Agenda
1 March 2006

Tax reform is essential to help EU companies compete effectively in global markets, László Kovács, the European Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, told a Breakfast Policy Briefing.


Making innovation happen: creating a conducive environment for R&D and innovation in Europe
20 February 2006

The European Union must take urgent action to stimulate research and development and innovation to avoid losing out in the global market-place, warned speakers at a joint EPC-KBF Policy Dialogue.


The EU in the World
3 February 2006

Benita Ferrero-Waldner, the European Commissioner for External Relations, told a Breakfast Policy Briefing that she was preparing a “concept paper” for the June EU Summit on Europe’s world role - a role which would have been enhanced by the foreign policy measures set out in the Constitution.


European energy security
2 February 2006

Europe cannot afford any complacency about its future energy supplies, warned speakers at a Policy Dialogue on European energy security, stressing the need for a single and coherent European Union energy policy.


Hong Kong: promise or burial of a successful Doha Development Agenda?
31 January 2006

Christine Lagarde, French Minister for Trade, urged World Trade Organization members to strive for a "balanced" package of measures to liberalise global trade in the current Doha round.


Business perspectives on European competitiveness
27 January 2006

The President of UNICE Ernest-Antoine Seillière delivered a clear warning to EU leaders at a Breakfast Policy Briefing: if they failed to restore business confidence in the wake of a "dreadful" 2005, companies would move outside the Union.


Emissions trading - A first assessment and the way ahead
16 January 2006

The EU’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) has been in place for barely a year, but is already yielding promising results and putting the lie to some of the gloomy prophesies made when it was launched, according to speakers at a debate hosted by the EPC and the College of Europe.


Priorities of the Austrian Presidency
19 December 2005

Austria's six-month presidency of the European Union would be challenging and difficult, HE Dr Gregor Woschnagg, the country's Permanent Representative to the EU, told a Breakfast Policy Briefing.


Non-proliferation and terrorism: EU visions and policies
16 December 2005

The international security environment is the most complicated the world has ever known because of the highly complex character of new terrorist threats.


After the annus horribilis: a review of the EU institutions
15 December 2005

The EU's constitutional treaty would have given 'added value' to the way the EU’s institutions function, but it would be wrong to deduce that nothing could be done in its absence, former Justice and Home Affairs Commissioner Antonio Vitorino told a Policy Dialogue.


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