Cultivating a market for innovation in Europe
11 October 2007
Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

This Policy Brief by Fabian Zuleeg, Jennifer Green and Carlos Buhigas Schubert, reflecting discussions which have taken place in the EPC’s Innovation Task Force, sets out a ten-point plan for making Europe truly innovative and unlocking all its economic potential.


The EU Reform Treaty: easier signed than ratified?
26 July 2007

As the Intergovernmental Conference gets underway and hopes rise of a final deal on the new EU treaty by mid-October, this Policy Brief by Sara Hagemann warns that getting the agreement ratified may be more challenging than has been assumed so far, even if governments manage to avoid holding referenda on the outcome.


Assessing the assessors: improving the quality of European Commission proposals
17 July 2007

Five years on from the launch of what was heralded by many as a policy revolution - the introduction of Impact Assessments on all new proposals - a recently published study for the European Commission highlighted weaknesses in the system which are undermining its effectiveness. This commentary analyses the reasons why this initiative is failing to live up to its promise and makes some concrete recommendations for action to improve the system.


A Midsummer Night's Treaty
24 June 2007

After two days of brinkmanship and high drama, EU leaders agreed a package of institutional reforms at the June summit that, despite the concessions made to the ‘minimalists’, will make the Union more effective.


Islam and the EU: the merits and risks of Inter-Cultural Dialogue
19 June 2007

This Policy Brief by Sara Silvestri analyses how the concept is being interpreted in the EU and warns that it must be accompanied by practical initiatives going beyond the institutionalisation of Islam and public diplomacy events.


Why speed must not be the only measure of success in the summit treaty talks
11 June 2007

With less than two weeks to go before the EU summit, it is still difficult to predict the precise outcome of the discussions on a replacement for the Constitutional Treaty. But there are signs that many EU leaders are tempted to opt for political ‘quick-fix’ at almost any price and without a broader public debate. This commentary warns against this, explaining why it could turn out to be a short-term ‘victory’ with potentially serious long-term consequences.


Reassessing the European Neighbourhood Policy
7 June 2007
Rosa Balfour (Senior Adviser to EPC on Europe in the World)

This Issue Paper by Rosa Balfour and Antonio Missiroli argue that changes to the ENP are now needed to narrow the gap between the goals it sets and the expectations it raises, on the one hand, and the results and outcomes it can deliver, on the other.


Up close and personal: data protection and EU-US relations
31 May 2007

This Policy Brief by Johnny Pring analyses the ongoing row over US access to European airline passenger data and warns that the political and legal uncertainty over this issue is set to continue.


European Citizens' Consultations: expert commentaries
14 May 2007

Representatives of the 1,800 citizens from all 27 EU Member States who took part in the European Citizens’ Consultations, the biggest-ever pan-European debate on the future of Europe, have delivered their report to EU policy-makers. This paper analyses the outcome of those deliberations, organised by a network of independent and non-political foundations, think tanks and civil society organisations.


Better Regulation: a regional perspective
8 May 2007

The Issue Paper outlines the findings of a survey on the transposition of EU directives in regions with legislative powers carried out by the EPC with the support of the Scottish Executive, underlines the need for more attention to be paid to this important aspect of the Better Regulation agenda, and makes a series of recommendations for action.


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