Thinking ahead for Europe

CEPS News July 2015

Argentina or Puerto Rico: How will this Greek tragedy play out?

Cinzia Alcidi
Senior Research Fellow and Head of Economic Policy Unit

The last weekend of June was intense and chaotic for both Greece and the EU. Talks to extend the bailout were suddenly abandoned and the Greek government announced a snap referendum – of dubious value – and a bank run ensued, requiring the imposition of capital controls and several bank...

Economy and Finance
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Economy and Finance

Sylvain Bouyon

In recent decades, a growing body of academic literature has focused on the possible negative effects of high levels of home ownership, especially on labour markets. More-than-optimal levels of...

Daniel Gros

By the end of June, both Greece and Puerto Rico seem to have arrived at the end of the road. The governor of the Commonwealth has announced that the public debt needs to be restructured (although...

Energy and Climate Change
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Energy and Climate Change

Christian Egenhofer, Anna Dimitrova, Julian Popov

The implementation of regional energy policy cooperation initiatives is a priority of both the Energy Union and the so-called 2030 Energy and Climate Framework. The Energy Union proposal has...

Upcoming events
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July 2015
Friday 13:15 - 14:30
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July 2015
Monday 13:15 - 14:30

The OECD will present new data and highlights from its most recent work on measuring agricultural support and monitoring agricultural policy developments during a panel discussion at CEPS in Brussels on 6 July 2015, starting at 13:15hrs. The new data run through 2014, and cover all OECD countries as well...

9
July 2015
Thursday 09:30 - 11:00

 

Seminar hosted by CEPS for the presentation of a SWP study on "Kurdish Upswing: Iraq, Syria and Turkey

9
July 2015
Thursday 13:15 - 16:00

A key plank in the Digital Market Strategy is described by the European Commission as “preventing unjustified geo-blocking”, and legislative proposals are planned for the first half of 2016 to address this practice. Online sellers use geo-blocking for commercial reasons to either deny access to websites and content based in...

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October 2015
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:30

The ECMI Annual Conference is a landmark event in Brussels that brings together policy-makers, academics and international experts to discuss challenges for European capital-markets integration policies and global financial reforms. This year's conference will discuss how EU institutions can set long-term goals against the background of highly volatile market conditions....

RESEARCH
Informing the debate on Greece CEPS’ researchers have closely followed developments in Greece since the problems first erupted in May 2010, and have made frequent contributions to the policy debate through our own publication series and elsewhere. For CEPS readers who may have missed some of our latest commentary and...
This year’s CEPS Summer School will focus on The Economic and Financial Governance of EMU (Economic and Monetary Union) and offer an in-depth view of how it works in practice and how it impacts the economy. The School will take place on 7-12 September 2015 at CEPS' meeting facilities in...
Ahead of talks on the extension of EU sanctions against Russia, the latest World Bank economic report casts some doubt over the immediate future of Russia’s economy. Weak investments, an uncertain consumer market, soaring inflation and high poverty rates mean that Russia’s economy is unlikely to rebound soon from the...
The long-awaited “ Five Presidents’ Report ”, which outlines the steps that need to be taken by 2025 in order to complete the Economic and Monetary Union, was published by the European Commission on June 22nd. The report includes the design of a common stabilisation function to improve the available...
A new website tool to help policy-makers and other users identify and understand the best indicators to measure progress towards a sustainable economy has been developed by CEPS and five other EU research organisations. The interactive web tool ( www.measuring-progress.eu ), developed with the financial support of the European Commission,...
A week-long workshop with partner think tanks from Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia took place at CEPS on June 8th-12th to conclude the inception phase of a three-year project on the three new Association Agreements and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas (DCFTA) between the EU and these eastern countries. The...
MEETINGS
A special closed-door round table meeting with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, Mr François Crépeau, was co-hosted by CEPS and the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) on June19th. The meeting was an opportunity for delegates from civil society, international organisations, policy-makers, researchers...
Migration is still high on the EU agenda, not least because of the rising migrant death toll in the Mediterranean. The most salient EU policy responses to this crisis so far have been the “European Agenda on Migration”, which includes a resettlement and relocation scheme, and the military operation (EUNAVFOR...
A new Energy Climate House (ECH) has been established within CEPS as an independent centre of excellence to strengthen our work on energy and climate change. The ECH will analyse the most salient challenges facing these sectors from a pan-European and policy-oriented perspective. With the emergence of the EU Energy...
Ahead of the June European Council, which was partly devoted to defence and a strategic review of the EU’s position in the world, the final report of the CEPS Task Force on European Security and Defence was presented in several European capitals: Riga, Brussels, London, Rome, Paris and Berlin. During...
The liberalisation of the communications and media sectors in Europe has so far been fairly successful, but the time has come to break the so-called 'policy path dependency' and focus on the future. As the Telecoms Single Market package is being watered down and restricted to roaming and net neutrality,...
TASK FORCE NEWS
Among the many responses to the financial crisis, the most novel has been the insistence on creating resolution frameworks for the financial sector. For each bank there must now be detailed recovery and resolution plans readily available, which are prepared by the banks and the resolution authorities, respectively. These resolution...
CORPORATE EVENTS
Towards a Digital Union? Unlocking the potential of Europe’s digital economy is the declared goal of Commissioner Gunther Oettinger. During an informal Corporate Breakfast Meeting at CEPS on 30 June, Oettinger reaffirmed his commitment to ending the status quo and upgrading infrastructure to create a vibrant digital single market able...
Illicit trade and counterfeiting involves money, goods or value gained from illegal activities – activities that cause considerable economic, social, environmental and political damage and cost hundreds of billions in tax, revenues, income and jobs. Studies also show that despite innovative tools, illicit trade and counterfeiting is on the increase,...
OTHER PUBLICATIONS
The May/June “Forum” of the latest issue of the bi-monthly journal Intereconomics focuses attention on Europe’s industrial policy in light of the often-heard call for an industrial renaissance. Industrial policy has now become a top priority in countries where it had not been explicitly considered in the past. Some of...
STAFF NEWS
CEPS is proud to announce that it has been selected as the best EU Think Tank in the category of EU Energy and the Environment by Prospect Magazine. The Prospect Think Tank Awards 2015 were held at the Institute of Directors in London on June 30th. Inaugurated in 2001, the...

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