Possible Committee of the Regions (CoR) political messages regarding the upcoming EU multiannual financial framework (MFF) post-2013
16 February 2011
Elisa Molino (External authors) and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

The release of the EU Budget Review by the Commission last October has set out some major issues all institutions will have to debate, before the official start of these difficult negotiations.


The Impact of New EU Own Resources on Regional and Local Governments
16 February 2011
Elisa Molino (External authors) and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

This paper addresses the potential consequences an EU tax could have on territorial entities, highlighting how impacts are likely to be very diversified. After reviewing the main possible options, Fabian Zuleeg and Elisa Molino argue that the introduction of an EU tax would not succeed in solving the ‘juste retour’ issue or in reducing the alienation of citizens.


The EU's External Action Service: new actor on the scene
28 January 2011
Graham Avery (Senior Adviser to EPC on EU enlargement policy)

In this commentary, Senior Adviser Graham Avery considers the potential and problems of the arrival of the EEAS.


Why does the EU fear change in its neighbourhood?
27 January 2011
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World)

Why does the EU dither to respond to events taking place amongst neighbouring countries, asks Rosa Balfour in this commentary?


The Turkey-EU deadlock
26 January 2011
Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst)

Turkey’s EU membership negotiations enter 2011 in dire straits, says Amanda Paul in this commentary.


Upgrading the EU's role as global actor
25 January 2011
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World)

In response to globalisation and the new multi-polar balance of power, a new book by a team of Brussels and Leuven-based researchers argues that the EU should build up a world-class diplomatic corps, capable of becoming a major actor in global affairs, drawing on the enabling provisions contained in the Treaty of Lisbon.


In danger of breakdown: is the EU approaching budget stalemate?
24 January 2011
Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

This issue paper by Chief Economist Fabian Zuleeg on the coming negotiations for the EU multi-annual financial framework charts the difficult economic, political and institutional context, which might well result in budget stalemate, with disastrous consequences for the delivery of EU policy priorities.


Working inside out: what role for Special Envoys in the European External Action Service?
24 January 2011
Cornelius Adebahr (Political analyst and entrepreneur working on European foreign policy; Associate in the Europe Programme at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Associate Fellow of the Research Institute of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP))

With the creation of the European External Action Service (EEAS) in December 2010, this Policy Brief by Cornelius Adebahr questions the actions taken so far and looks at the immediate challenges to the EUSR mandates, and outlines criteria for a strategic use of the EUSRs as an effective instrument of a strong diplomatic service.


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.


Adding pieces to the European economic governance puzzle - Post-Summit Analysis
20 December 2010
Janis A. Emmanouilidis (Director of Studies)

In this post-summit analysis, Janis A. Emmanouilidis argues that EU leaders were justified in heralding the decision to establish a European Stability Mechanism as a major success.


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