The EU Foreign Service: how to build a more effective common policy
22 November 2007
Giovanni Grevi (Head of Europe in the World programme and Senior Fellow)

This Working Paper analyses the key questions which need to be addressed and offers some ideas aimed at framing the debate.

How to grow old without going bust
16 November 2007
Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive and Chief Economist)

This Policy Brief by Fabian Zuleeg argues that while pension reform is crucial, much more attention should also be paid to labour market reform.

Over and done with - at last
22 October 2007

The analysis argues that, amid all the talk of “moving on” from this painful chapter in the EU’s history, this summit may mark the end of an entire phase of the European integration process in which progress has chiefly been made through institutional ‘giant leaps forward’.

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.

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