Economic recovery to a greener economy: mobilising ICT-based innovations
14 July 2009
Peter Johnston (Former EPC Senior Adviser)

The Swedish Presidency has a unique opportunity to set the agenda for realising the EU’s ambitions of “smarter, greener and more sustainable growth”, argues this Policy Brief by Peter Johnston.


Not out of the woods yet... - Post-Summit Analysis
22 June 2009

This analysis warns that the decisions taken at the Summit may not be sufficient, per se, to guarantee success, as a number of potential pitfalls still lie ahead.


Post-Election Analysis: Between apathy and anger - but no earthquake
9 June 2009

As the centre-right European People’s Party celebrates and the Socialists lick their wounds after a bruising defeat, this EPC analysis assesses the results of the European Parliament elections and considers what impact they are likely to have on the way the assembly operates and votes over the next five years.


Blue Cards and the 'global battle for talent'
28 May 2009

This Commentary by Elizabeth Collett argues that winning the ‘global battle for talent’ remains vital despite the economic crisis, but questions whether the watered-down scheme just agreed goes far enough to divert the flow of high-skilled workers away from North America and Asia.


Where next for the Lisbon Agenda?
25 May 2009
Hans Martens (Senior Adviser to EPC on energy, public service reform and CHES) and Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

As the 2010 Lisbon Agenda deadline for making the EU “the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world” approaches, this Policy Brief by Hans Martens and Fabian Zuleeg analyses the progress made to date, warns that work on a successor to ‘Lisbon I’ must begin now, urges policy-makers to focus more strongly on long-term challenges and the new global realities, and insists that further structural reforms are essential if Europe wants to safeguard its economic and social models.


Strength in numbers? An evaluation of the 2004-2009 European Parliament
15 May 2009

This Issue Paper by Sara Hagemann analyses the outgoing Parliament’s performance and assesses the impact the 2004 and 2007 EU enlargements have had on the way it operates.


Preparing for transboundary threats: what role for the next Commission?
11 May 2009

This Policy Brief by Arjen Boin, Magnus Ekengren, Sara Myrdal and Mark Rhinard offers a series of recommendations for the next European Commission to lead the EU towards playing a clear, value-added role in coordinating transboundary crisis management.


Blink and you missed it
8 May 2009
Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

Ahead of this week’s EU Employment Summit, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso said it was an opportunity to “keep employment at the top of the EU agenda, where it belongs”. But this Commentary by Fabian Zuleeg argues this opportunity was missed.


Revitalising EU-Japan relations: time to move from rhetoric to action
30 April 2009

This Commentary by Shada Islam argues that while the EU-Japan meeting on 4 May is likely to attract the least attention, its significance should not be under-estimated.


After Georgia: conflict resolution in the EU's Eastern Neighbourhood
29 April 2009
Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst)

This Issue Paper by Amanda Akçakoca, Thomas Vanhauwaert, Richard Whitman and Stefan Wolff analyses the conflicts over South Ossetia, Abkhazia, Transnistria and Nagorno-Karabakh, and makes a series of recommendations for more effective EU policies and approaches to enable it to play a stronger role in resolving these decades-old disputes.


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