Thinking ahead for Europe

CEPS News February 2016

Thundering ahead into 2016: CEPS Agenda for the coming year

Karel Lannoo
Chief Executive Officer

Migration, digitalisation and the EU’s relations with countries in the ‘arc of instability’ to its east and southeast are the three overriding themes driving the CEPS research programme for 2016. Work will also continue on the different aspects of market integration, most importantly energy markets, EMU governance and trade policy....

Research
On January 28th, the Dutch Presidency to the EU held a high-level event in Amsterdam dedicated to the future Multi-annual Financial Framework. At the request of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jorge Núñez Ferrer prepared a briefing paper for the event and spoke at the session on financing the...
CEPS, in partnership with Ecorys Brussels and Economisti Associati, has been selected to carry out the Cumulative Cost Assessment (CCA) of the EU ceramics and glass industries by DG GROW. This study aims at identifying, assessing and, where possible, quantifying the cumulative costs generated by selected areas of EU legislation...
On December 16th, CEPS hosted the final conference of the FLAGSHIP project, which examined policies, scenarios and models to sustainably address the greatest challenges facing society. After closely analysing the state-of-the-art in forward-looking analysis and working extensively with innovative quantitative and qualitative methods for assessing these grand challenges, the project...
Upcoming events
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February 2016
Wednesday 13:15 - 15:00

After a year-long exercise with a wide group of stakeholders, including academics, policy-makers and industry experts, CEPS and ECMI will launch the final report of the European Capital Markets Expert Group (ECMEG).

The Final Report is a comprehensive overview of financial integration in Europe and major barriers to capital market...

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February 2016
Tuesday 13:15 - 14:30

Launch of a new paperback published by Rowman & Littlefield International.

Greek Endgame explores in depth both the origins of the Greek debt crisis and the conditions under which the economy might be turned around from its current malaise. Greek debt turned explosive after the 2008 global crisis, through a...

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February 2016
Wednesday 10:00 - 13:00

How strong should customer authentication be?

Offering payment solutions is high risk – money movement always was and always will be. Risk has always been a core part of payments and this has been controlled by ensuring authentication and verification mechanisms. These authentication methods have matured, as payment has grown...

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February 2016
Monday 13:30 - 16:30

Following the publication of the European Commission’s Digital Market Strategy, which expressed a desire to prevent “unjustified geo-blocking”, and a public consultation on this topic, a regulation has been proposed that would ensure that “subscribers to online content services in the Union, when temporarily present in a Member State, can...

MEETINGS
The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) with its geographical components of the Eastern Partnership and the Union for Mediterranean has served as the overarching framework under which the EU conducts its relations with its neighbours. Faced with the multiple crises afflicting these countries, the EU engaged in a review of the...
The continued impact of the lower oil prices in a context of ongoing international sanctions has caused the Russian economy to contract by almost 4% in 2015. The recession is having a severe effect on households as double-digit inflation erodes real wages and incomes and sharply increases poverty rates. Medium-term...
CEPS marked the passage of 30 years since the signing of the first Schengen Agreement in 1985 with a major conference celebrating the main achievement of free movement throughout Europe. But the event, organised in partnership with King’s College London and Sciences-Po Medialab, also provided an occasion to examine the...
Statistics are commonly regarded as a very technical field, which has little do to with policy-making. In modern times, however, good policy-making heavily relies on good statistics. This is particularly true in Europe, where most fiscal rules are based on numerical targets. From this perspective, the European Statistical Governance Advisory...
The pickup in global economic activity in 2016 and 2017 will be more gradual than expected at the end of 2015. This prognosis was presented at CEPS on January 20th by Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti, Deputy Research Director of the research department at the IMF, based on the IMF’s World Economic...
TASKFORCE NEWS
The CEPS Task Force on “Unleashing Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Europe: People, Places and Policies” met for the fourth time on December 8th. Academics, practitioners and representatives of EU and national institutions discussed the role of the state and public policies in fostering innovation and entrepreneurship. The event was opened...
From the start of this year onwards, new rules for bank resolution are in place – as spelled out in the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD) – across the EU, and a new authority (the Single Resolution Board, or SRB) is fully operational for resolving all banks in the...
Setting up a framework to resolve financial institutions in an orderly fashion without implicating taxpayers’ money is one of the key challenges in the post-financial crisis era. During the 3rd meeting of the CEPS Task Force on Implementing Financial Sector Resolution, held on December 11th, the various initiatives for the...
CORPORATE EVENTS
On January 25th, CEPS hosted its Corporate Members (CMs), as one of its crucial stakeholder groups, at a wide-ranging discussion of CEPS’ research priorities for 2016. The main objectives of the meeting were i) to present an overview of the planned research activities for the coming year and ii) to...

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