Thinking ahead for Europe

CEPS News April 2015

Time to forge a European Defence Union

Steven Blockmans
Senior Research Fellow and Head of EU Foreign Policy Unit

The EU will not be endowed with a collective army any time soon, as shown by the opposition of several member states to the recent proposal by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Die Welt. But it should move forward to a new framework for defence cooperation. The...

Research
A dozen experts from CEPS and its network of associates delivered the conclusions that the UK government should have drawn from its own research into the balance of competences between the EU and the member states. Launch events for the CEPS book Britain's Future in Europe were held at the...
CEPS Board Chairman Edmond Alphandéry took the occasion of the 2nd CEPS Ideas Lab to announce the creation of the CEPS Energy Climate House , which is legally independent but operationally integrated into CEPS. The Board of Directors took the initiative to regroup energy and climate activities into a new...
Attentive readers of European news will have spotted the schizophrenic character of the recent debate on labour mobility in Europe: on the one hand, there is allegedly too much and on the other, too little. Given the sustained high unemployment rates in the southern European periphery, many had indeed expected...
CEPS and the Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR) in Washington, D.C. have begun to produce a series of in-depth analytical papers on various aspects of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The purpose is to provide negotiators with solid research output and to offer serious contributions of both an...
Upcoming events
8
April 2015
Wednesday 12:30 - 13:45

Roundtable Discussion with Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner: Balancing Surveillance and Privacy

This lunchtime roundtable, jointly organised by the CEPS Digital Forum and the Justice and Home Affairs Unit, offers a unique opportunity to discuss key issues on the transatlantic digital agenda with Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner. Congressman Sensenbrenner is a Member of...

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April 2015
Thursday 13:15 - 14:30

On 16 April 2015, IFPRI’s Director General, Dr. Shenggen Fan, will present IFPRI’s flagship publication, the 2014–2015 Global Food Policy Report. The report puts into perspective the major food policy issues, developments, and decisions in 2014 and highlights challenges and opportunities for 2015. The report calls for a renewed focus...

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April 2015
Tuesday 13:15 - 14:30
Recent Events
With the population in Central Europe and the Baltics ageing faster than its neighbours in the rest of the European Union, there is a need for new policies that promote active, healthy and productive aging. These countries will soon face several challenges linked to reductions in the size of the...
With the fourth industrial revolution in the making, what will be industry’s needs for communications networks and services, and how should the telecoms sector respond? With the aim of exploring ways forward to meet this challenge, the CEPS Digital Forum organised a conference on March 17th, co-chaired by Colin Blackman...
Many economists have voiced doubts over whether the ECB’s quantitative easing will boost real economic activity in any substantial way – particularly where it is needed most. Anton Brender, Florence Pisani and Emile Gagna have taken a similarly pessimistic view, but at a global scale, in their new CEPS book...
The EU’s 2030 climate and energy framework raises several practical questions that need to be addressed in the upcoming legislative process, specifically regarding renewables. With the aim of exploring some of these pressing questions, CEPS organised a conference, Implementing the EU 2030 climate and energy framework: A closer look at...
Against the background of the recent fall in oil prices and renewed expansionary monetary policies, the European Capital Markets Institute (ECMI) organised a half-day conference at CEPS on March 24th to explore how commodity markets will once again react to economic and financial instability. Panellists In the first session discussed...

With the emergence of digital intermediaries, the policy debate related to the audiovisual media industry and the achievement of the digital single market has become even more intertwined than before. The 30th European Communications Policy Research (EuroCPR) annual conference was held at CEPS, chaired by Andrea Renda, Senior...

Task Force News
With the aim of providing new perspectives on the consumer loan market and, by extension, in the field of household financing, the European Credit Research Institute (ECRI) formed a Task Force on Household Credit in May 2014, under the chairmanship of Eric Delannoy, former Vice-President of Weave. Having met three...
CEPS STAFF
CEPS Senior Research Fellow Sergio Carrera and Didier Bigo, Professor at Kings College London and Sciences Po Paris, were invited to present the study National Security and Secret Evidence in Legislation and before Courts to the members of the European Parliament's LIBE Committee on March 31st. The study provides a...

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