Towards an Eco-Efficient Europe - Newsletter
26 January 2012

This newsletter summarises the key findings and recommendations of the Eco-efficiency Task Force.

Eco-innovation and resource efficiency: gains from reforms - Study
26 January 2012

The Issue Paper 'Green revolution: making eco-efficiency a driver for growth' is accompanied by an economic study 'Eco-innovation and Resource Efficiency: Gains from Reforms', which was written for the EPC by Copenhagen Economics. This study provides additional support for the economic rationale for action.

The European External Action Service at work - How to improve EU foreign policy
25 January 2012
Alyson Bailes (External authors), Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World) and Megan Kenna (External authors)

The European External Action Service can make a difference to EU foreign policy, contributing to building a new strategic culture and designing holistic policies to respond to longstanding challenges to EU foreign policy. This EPC Issue Paper by Rosa Balfour with Alyson Bailes and Megan Kenna argues that the EEAS needs to prove its added value by championing and improving the EU’s cross-cutting foreign policy assets. To do so, the Service must seek to become the EU’s foreign policy entrepreneur and identify the steps necessary to achieve this ambition.

EU Single Permit Directive: a small step forward in EU migration policy
24 January 2012
Sheena McLoughlin (External authors) and Yves Pascouau (Senior Adviser to EPC on migration and mobility policies)

In this Policy Brief, Yves Pascouau and Sheena McLoughlin show that the “EU Single Permit Directive” merely constitutes a small step forward in EU migration policy.

Thinking beyond a fiscal union
20 December 2011
Janis A. Emmanouilidis (Director of Studies) and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

Steps towards establishing a 'fiscal union' may not only convince and enable the European Central Bank (ECB) to act as a temporary 'buyer of last resort', but also prepare the political ground for two major innovations: the need to balance austerity and growth in the framework of a 'New Deal', and the introduction of some form of (temporary) debt collateralisation, argue Janis A. Emmanouilidis and Fabian Zuleeg in this EPC Commentary.

Achieving sustainable austerity
16 December 2011
Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

To sustain the euro, Europe has no other choice but to jointly encourage more growth to achieve a level of sustainable austerity, argues Fabian Zuleeg in the latest version of the European Economic Sustainability Index.

All roads lead to Frankfurt: the results of an enigmatic summit - Post-Summit Analysis
12 December 2011
Janis A. Emmanouilidis (Director of Studies)

The 8-9 December European Council was not the 'major breakthrough' many had hoped for in the run-up to this crunch meeting of EU leaders: it is not likely to go down in history as the meeting which turned the tide, and the EU is destined to remain in 'crisis mode' for some time to come.

Enlargement to the Balkans: one step forward, two steps back
12 December 2011
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World) and Corina Stratulat (Head of European Politics and Institutions programme and Senior Policy Analyst)

Croatia’s signing of its EU Accession Treaty at last Friday’s European Summit was a step forward on enlargement policy. But the EU took two steps backwards when the member states postponed a decision on giving Serbia candidate status and Montenegro a date for the start of accession negotiations until the upcoming General Affairs Council in February and the European Council meeting in March, write Rosa Balfour and Corina Stratulat in this Commentary.

Time to act: the case for developing Europe's electricity market
9 December 2011
Serban Chiorean-Sime (Former Programme Assistant at the EPC)

An Internal Market for electricity would offer European consumers and businesses numerous advantages, helping to drive sustainable economic growth and providing secure energy supplies at competitive prices, argues Serban Chiorean-Sime in this Policy Brief.

Europe: Germany's dilemma
9 December 2011
Josef Janning (Head of ECFR Berlin Office and Senior Policy Fellow)

In this Policy Brief Josef, Janning analyses the German approach to European integration and reviews its changes since the days of German reunification. He concludes that Germany should not rely on its ability to secure preferred outcomes by pushing its weight around.

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