Active and healthy ageing - can the EU deliver?
28 February 2011
Annika Hedberg (Head of Sustainable Prosperity for Europe programme and Senior Policy Analyst)

In this Policy Brief Annika Ahtonen considers the challenges on the way and suggests how the newly launched European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing could deliver on this aim.


What do citizens want? What survey results reveal about values, attitudes and preferences
11 January 2011
Benedetta Guerzoni (Former Programme Assistant at the EPC), Eric Harrison (Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Sociology, City University of London), Elissa Sibley (External authors) and Sotiria Theodoropoulou (External authors)

What kind of Social Europe do European citizens want to maximise their well-being in the future? This issue paper by Eric Harrison, Elissa Sibley, Sotiria Theodoropoulou and Benedetta Guerzoni attempts to answer this question, by analysing the results of several social surveys.


Beyond austerity
26 November 2010
Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

This commentary by Fabian Zuleeg takes the crisis in Ireland as its starting point and notes that euro zone troubles are continuing, with Portugal and Spain under fire from the markets.


Escaping the poverty trap: will Europe 2020 deliver more equal societies?
28 October 2010
Claire Dhéret (Head of Social Europe & Well-being programme and Senior Policy Analyst)

With concern mounting about the growing level of income inequality within and between EU members, this Policy Brief by Claire Dhéret assesses whether the poverty-reduction target in the EU’s new strategy for growth: Europe 2020 has any chance of delivering more equal societies over the next ten years.


Skills and education for growth and well-being in Europe 2020: are we on the right path?
22 October 2010
Sotiria Theodoropoulou (External authors)

Last June European leaders agreed the Europe 2020 strategy to aim for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, and introduced a headline target on education and skills. This issue paper by EPC Policy Analyst Sotiria Theodoropoulou evaluates whether these education targets can help achieve these growth goals, given the constraints in public finances.


Austerity loves company?
29 September 2010
Hans Martens (Senior Adviser to EPC on energy, public service reform and CHES) and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

Issued as the ECOFIN Council meets to discuss economic governance proposals and the public finance crisis, this Policy Brief by Fabian Zuleeg and Hans Martens recalls that EU coordination of economic policies played a role in the response to the financial, economic and euro crises, reflecting Europe's economic interdependence.


Impact of the economic crisis: greater income equality but less well-being?
18 May 2010
Claire Dhéret (Head of Social Europe & Well-being programme and Senior Policy Analyst) and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

Despite the overwhelmingly negative impact of the economic crisis on social cohesion, it might well have the paradoxical effect of reducing income and wealth inequalities by impacting disproportionately on those with higher incomes and wealth levels, say Claire Dhéret and Fabian Zuleeg in this Policy Brief.


The European Council: balancing short term crisis and long term strategy
24 March 2010
Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

This week’s Spring Council should not be side tracked by the Greek crisis from tackling Europe’s main economic problems, says Fabian Zuleeg in this Commentary.


Challenge Europe Issue 20 - Europe 2020: delivering well-being for future Europeans
23 March 2010
Claire Dhéret (Head of Social Europe & Well-being programme and Senior Policy Analyst), Annika Hedberg (Head of Sustainable Prosperity for Europe programme and Senior Policy Analyst) and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

Published on the eve of this week's EU Spring Council, this new issue of policy journal Challenge Europe includes contributions from policy-makers from the world of politics, business, academia, civil society and government on the Commission's Europe 2020 Strategy.

Europe 2020: delivering well-being for future Europeans


Europe 2020: better - but still not good enough
5 March 2010
Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

This Commentary by Fabian Zuleeg assesses the Strategy’s strengths and weaknesses.


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