Thinking ahead for Europe

CEPS News December 2015

How to interpret the new twist in Cameron’s ‘renegotiation’ strategy

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

Europe’s heads of state or government will try to reach a deal on Britain’s demands for EU reforms at an extraordinary summit of the European Council in February, and use the Council meeting on December 17th for political guidance.

The four areas of demands that were set out in a...

Research
Maintaining Europe’s welfare states in the face of increasing longevity will mean encouraging people to work for longer. Fortunately, there is potential to sustain the extension of working lives - a phenomenon already observed in most EU countries. Yet challenges remain in how to design labour market and pensions policies...
Will we all end up self-employed if digital platforms continue to spread? What are the working conditions of digital workers, and who are they? Do they use platforms like AirBnb and Task Rabbit to earn a full-time income or as a secondary source? These were some of the questions that...
Elspeth Guild and Raluca Radescu presented the main findings of a new CEPS study entitled “A Quest for Accountability? EU and Member States’ inquiries into the CIA Rendition and Secret Detention Programme” at the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) Committee on October 13th. The report, which...
Upcoming events
10
December 2015
Thursday 13:15 - 14:30

Launch of the 7th Annual Report of the European Statistical Governance Advisory Board (ESGAB)

The European Union is unique in the degree to which its policies are based on statistics. The quality of European statistics needs to be ensured through compliance with high professional standards in all Member States. The...

11
December 2015
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

CEPS, in collaboration with Queen Mary University of London

The main purpose of the conference is to explore the legal and policy challenges that mutual legal assistance and cybercrime are posing to EU‐US cooperation.  

Particular attention will be paid to issues of legal competences and accountability: first, the effects...

16
December 2015
Wednesday 17:30 - 19:30

Carbon Market Forum Year End Event with Jos Delbeke, Director General of DG CLIMA

 

 

17
December 2015
Thursday 12:00 - 18:00

The '30 Years of Schengen' Conference

The Schengen Agreement was signed on the 14 June 1985 with a view to enabling freedom of movement in Europe. Together with other initiatives, such as the European Single Act, it represented a milestone in the realisation of what later became known as the...

MEETINGS
The role of the proposed general data protection Regulation (GDPR) in shaping the future digital ecosystem could be significant, especially in defining the interests of users and companies, while having important effects on the processing of data by third parties outside the EU. In this context, CEPS Digital Forum seminar,...
With ‘platformisation’ rapidly transforming every sector of the economy, some observers have called for regulatory intervention to frame the digital ecosystem. Participants at a CEPS Digital Forum seminar, organised on November 17th with support from the Computer and Communications Association (CCIA), looked at evidence concerning the nature and activities of...
Following the eagerly awaited publication of the European Commission’s annual “Enlargement Package”, CEPS, in cooperation with the European Commission, organised a debate on November 16th with Simon Mordue, Director for Strategy and Turkey at DG for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiation. Mordue presented the key changes in this year’s package, including...
The Intereconomics Annual Conference on TTIP, held at CEPS on November 10th, was well attended and shed light on the ongoing transatlantic negotiations from various angles, including economic impact, the sectoral approach and consumer protection. There are in fact few areas that TTIP does not potentially touch upon. The papers...
The launch of the IMF regional report on Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe (CESEE) was hosted at CEPS on November 17th. Jörg Decressin, Johannes Wiegand and Ernestro Crivelli presented the outlook for the region, pointing to a healthy pace of growth, with the exception of Russia and other CIS countries...
This question was the basis for discussions at an ECMI-CEPS lunchtime meeting held on November 20th at which PwC presented the main findings of their recent Global financial markets liquidity study . In its review of liquidity trends and prospects across a broad range of financial instruments and issuers, using...
Two panels discussed the past, present and future of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) at CEPS on November 13th. The first, chaired by Rolf Moehler former Deputy Director of the European Commission’s DG Agriculture and Rural Development, discussed the economics and politics of the 2014-20 CAP reforms agreed in...
The DIACORE project stands for “Policy Dialogue on the assessment and convergence of RES policy in EU member states” and is financed under the Intelligent Energy Europe programme. A workshop at CEPS on November 12th considered policy options for making the EU’s renewable policy more sustainable, i.e. with minimal burden...
TASKFORCE NEWS
Technological innovation and digital entrepreneurship may be the key to boosting Europe’s productivity and competitiveness, but on their own they are not enough to deliver growth and jobs, or to propel Europe ahead in the global economy. Formulating a strategic European industrial policy is essential to any innovation policy intervention...
CORPORATE EVENTS
European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Věra Jourová, was the special guest at a Corporate Breakfast Meeting at CEPS on December 2nd, moderated by Kerstin Born-Sirkel, Director at CEPS. The discussion focused on the future of transatlantic data flows following the Schrems judgment of October 6th in which...

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