Macedonia - preparing for the European Union
28 September 2005

Radmila Sekerinska, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), delivered an upbeat message about her country’s post-conflict reforms at a Breakfast Policy Briefing.


The future of the EU and its relations with the US
15 September 2005

Speaking at a Breakfast Policy Briefing, Ambassador John Bruton, Head of the European Commission's Delegation to the United States, said he had seen a major transformation in American attitudes towards Europe in his ten months in the job.


EU-China relations
25 July 2005

Speakers at an EU-China Relations Think Tank Roundtable co-organised by the EPC and the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) outlined the challenges which lay ahead for the EU and China in implementing their envisioned "strategic partnership" and welcomed the opportunity to have a frank and open exchange of views.


The idea of Europe: can we make it live again?
25 July 2005

European Union Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson was adamant that Europe's future depended on the European Commission reasserting itself as the EU's political powerhouse when he delivered a lecture on 'The idea of Europe – can we make it live again?" at an event co-organised by the EPC and UACES.


Limits to privatisation
19 July 2005

In the first of a series of lectures and debates organised by the EPC and the Toyota Chair for Industry and Sustainability, Ernst Ulrich von Weizsacker outlined a study carried out for the Club of Rome on "Limits to Privatisation." An analysis of privatisations around the world revealed a mixed picture, with examples of both good and bad experiences. He traced the origins of the privatisation in the 1970s and the role played by governments, industry and civil society in the process.


Cyprus - The way forward
19 July 2005

At a conference in Nicosia organised jointly by the EPC, the ARI Movement and Greek and Turkish Cypriot partners, speakers were pessimistic about the chances of negotiations on the island's future resuming in the near future, given the substantial gaps that remain between the official positions of the two communities. However, there are many small but important confidence-building measures which could - and should - be introduced without any new negotiations. The key issue is whether the political leaders on both sides can escape their past and look towards the future.


The role of science in EU decision-making
14 July 2005

A conference on the role of science in EU decision-making stressed the importance of ensuring that the best available science was available to EU decision makers.


What prospects for reform in the wider Middle East?
11 July 2005

Keynote speakers at a joint European Policy Centre and World Bank Policy Dialogue painted a sombre picture of progress on the ground, while acknowledging positive signs of changes in the long term. They stressed the importance of using the potential of the European Union’s Barcelona Process, which embraces partner countries in the Mediterranean region. Senior diplomats from the region were more optimistic, stressing the progress which had been made, while conceding that much more work remained to be done.


The status of Imams in Europe
8 July 2005

Speakers at the Dialogue agreed that the size and circumstances of Muslim communities in European Union member states varied widely. The situation regarding the training of Imams was inadequate in most countries. Improved training structures for Imams would help the integration of Muslim communities in the EU.


Innovation and investment: Achilles' heel of Europe or stepping stone to Lisbon?
5 July 2005

The mood was gloomy at a Dialogue on the EU's Lisbon Agenda, with speakers voicing pessimism about Europe's competitiveness prospects.


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