Thinking ahead for Europe

CEPS News June 2016

Tomorrow’s Silk Road: Assessing an EU-China free frade agreement

Federica Mustilli
Research Fellow

The idea of an EU-China free trade agreement (FTA) had never been studied in any detail until President Xi Jinping suggested a joint exploration of this possibility during a visit to Europe in March 2014. The suggestion was taken seriously by the EU in 2016 when Commissioner Cecilia Malmström affirmed...

Research
In a forthcoming report, Profs Nicholas Ashford, of MIT, and Andrea Renda, of CEPS and Duke University, argue that the EU is not only suffering from a shortage of innovation in some areas, but even more importantly from a ‘diffusion deficit’, since many technologies and solutions do not reach the...
Mikkel Barslund (CEPS) and Alan Walker (University of Sheffield) were invited by the European Policy Committee (EPC) of the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs (ECFIN) of the European Commission to present the interim findings of their MoPAct project (Mobilising the Potential of Active ageing in Europe) on May13th...
While Europe is still recovering from one of the most severe economic downturns it has ever experienced, many have called for reform of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). The crisis has indeed uncovered the shortcomings of EMU and addressing them will be one of the main challenges ahead. One...
Employment creation and socio-economic development are among the main challenges confronting the Mediterranean in the coming years. As an active member of the Euro-Mediterranean Network of Economic Studies (EMNES) – a consortium of research institutions and think tanks based on both shores of the Mediterranean – CEPS contributes to efforts...
CEPS participates as a partner in an FP7 Network of Excellence called SOURCE (Virtual Centre of Excellence for Research Support and Coordination on Societal Security). The network is built upon five types of activities: networking, research, information gathering, education and training, and knowledge-sharing. Through an integrated information-gathering hub, educational programmes...
Upcoming events
9
June 2016
Thursday 13:15 - 14:30

EU-Israeli relations are supposedly based on shared values as well as common strategic and economic interests. However, there are political disagreements over the fate of the Palestinians, settlements and the rise of the extreme right in Europe. The EU’s recent requirement for labelling goods produced in the occupied Palestinian territories...

13
June 2016
Monday 13:15 - 14:30

With 10 days to go until the historic in-or-out referendum that will decide whether the United Kingdom will leave or remain in the European Union, the University of York  and CEPS are hosting a final debate on the issue.

This is the second time Britons are asked to vote in...

15
June 2016
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:30

The European Commission released its proposal for changes to the AVMSD on 25 May. We now expect a period of intense debate and lobbying that will be largely dominated by voices from the larger, longer-standing EU member states. In this first major event organised to respond to the Commission’s proposal,...

16
June 2016
Thursday 13:15 - 14:30

Launch of the OECD's Agricultural Policy Monitoring and Evaluation 2016

The OECD Monitoring and Evaluation report is an annual publication which provides information on policy developments and related support to agriculture in OECD countries and selected partner economies. The  2016 report includes 50 countries from all six continents, including the...

17
June 2016
Friday 13:15 - 14:30

This event will feature a presentation of two new reports produced by CEPS in Brussels, the Johns Hopkins University Center for Transatlantic Relations (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. and the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Berlin.

The first study, entitled “The Eastern Question: Russia, the West, and Europe’s Grey...

22
June 2016
Wednesday 13:15 - 14:30

In the context of the capital markets union plan, the European Commission proposed an initiative to re-launch securitisation, with harmonised rules across the EU for a subset of standardised offerings, and with CRR amendments to adjust capital charges to provide for a more risk-sensitive treatment for such instruments. Securitisation is...

28
June 2016
Tuesday 09:00 - 13:00

The financial sector is no stranger to innovation. Nevertheless, over the past few years, the exponential growth of FinTech companies suggests that more disruptive changes will be required in order to bring the financial system fully into the 21st century. Providers of investment services have begun to revisit their product portfolios...

5
September 2016
Monday 09:30 - 17:30

Since the inception of the financial crisis in 2008, and more importantly since the sovereign debt crisis in 2010, the governance of the euro area has substantially changed. Multi-layered institutions and rules now define its economic and financial governance.

Extending over five intense days, the Summer School offers participants a...

MEETINGS
3rd EU-Asia Symposium on Relations in Financial Services Following the success of two previous editions in Singapore (2014) and Hong Kong (2015), the 2016 Symposium on EU-Asia Relations in Financial Services took place in Beijing on 26-27 May. The implementation of Basel III is affecting banks' trading book, but the...
While the repercussions of the financial and euro crises still weigh heavily on the policy focus, the time may nevertheless have come to reflect upon what lessons the euro area (EA) has learned from those crises. In this respect, an important question is whether the global fiscal architecture is now...
How can Europe address youth unemployment, increase labour market participation and ensure continued financing of the welfare system, when more and more people will live to be 100 years old? In response to these challenging questions, former Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt (2006-2014) has developed a 12-point plan, which he...
The recent debate on transatlantic trade, which has mainly focused on TTIP, has also re-opened the discussion on the merits of the EU-Canadian Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA), negotiations for which were concluded in September 2014. Even if the agreement is now finally approaching its final stages, a solid debate...
CEPS is one of six members of a consortium responsible for coordinating GreenEcoNet, ( www.greeneconet.eu ) the first global platform to support SMEs in the transition to a Green Economy, Funded by the European Commission , the project aims to accelerate the uptake of green business practices across Europe. The...
The practice of counterfeiting has led not only to a reduction in legitimate sales across all EU member states, but also to significant tax losses estimated to total €11.5 billion per year and a negative impact on businesses and employment. In light of the magnitude of these damages, CEPS hosted...
Although traditional linear TV transmitted over broadcast networks still dominates audiovisual (AV) consumption today, this is changing with fixed and wireless broadband playing a growing role in delivering and distributing video content. New business models are emerging, e.g. for LTE broadcasting, both as a substitute for, and a complement to,...
On May 23rd, the Jobs & Skills Unit organised an expert workshop on how big data can be used to advance policy research, in close collaboration with the Regulatory Policy Unit. The aim of this workshop was to bring together academics and policy-makers working on this topic from different perspectives...
Paradoxically, international diplomatic efforts aimed at a peace agreement for Syria sped up rapidly following Russia’s military intervention in Syria. Spurred also by the success of the nuclear talks with Iran, a serious peace process got underway in Geneva in the framework of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG). Whereas...
Democracy, which protects freedom and citizens’ rights more than any other form of governance, is in crisis. On May 23rd, CEPS hosted a seminar to launch a new book Challenges of Democracy in the European Union and its Neighbors, co-edited by Sasha Toperich (Senior Fellow and Director of the Mediterranean...
A number of EU Directives (RED, CHP, Energy Efficiency) have proposed the use of an instrument called Guarantees of Origin (GOs), which label electricity from renewable sources to disclose information to consumers on the origin and environmental attributes of the electricity sold. To explore what kinds of changes GOs and...

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