Thinking ahead for Europe

CEPS News March 2016

The EU deal to avoid Brexit

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

With its all-night negotiations, ‘war room’ of lawyers, heated private consultations and snippets of news delivered to an eagerly waiting press corps, left to muse over the ‘English’ menu throughout  the course of the day, the European Council meeting of February 28-29th had all the theatrical trappings of a make-or-break...

Research
Held on the 25th and 26th of February 2016, the third annual CEPS Ideas Lab was once again a huge success, an event unlike any other in the crowded Brussels calendar. With over 100 speakers, more than 700 participants, and 52 nationalities represented, it managed to grow without losing its...
The European Commission recently acknowledged in its Digital Single Market Strategy the growing importance of creating an environment that was favourable towards content creation and distribution. Priority therefore is now being given to content-related policy initiatives such as reforming copyright law, evaluating the ‘fitness’ of legislation on audio-visual media services...
With support from the Mercator Foundation, CEPS is poised to begin a three-year project to provide policy advice and conduct related academic research on the European immigration and asylum system. Together with our research partners (Migration Policy Centre at the European University Institute and the Kiel Institute for the World...
The rise of the on-demand (aka gig, sharing, collaborative economy, crowd work, etc., etc.) is attracting attention from all quarters. And everyone is wondering: how important is it? Who are the on-demand workers and how does their work differ from others? Will the on-demand economy turn us all into self-employed...
On January 28th, the Justice and Home Affairs research unit at CEPS and MEP Carlos Coelho co-hosted a closed-door policy meeting on the topical issue of “Schengen under pressure? Taking stock of the latest developments of the borderless Europe”. The event was organised as part of the SOURCE project with...
Following the success of two previous editions in Singapore (2014) and Hong Kong (2015), the 2016 Symposium on EU-Asia Relations in Financial Services, organised by CEPS together with ASIFMA (Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association) and Afore Consulting, will take place in Beijing, 25-27 May. China holds the G20...
Upcoming events
10
March 2016
Thursday 09:00 - 13:00

Session 1. Overcoming market fragmentation in the EU

The European asset management industry has witnessed a solid growth in recent years, reaching an estimated €19 trillion in assets under management (AuM) at the end of 2014, divided almost equally between discretionary mandates (largely serving institutional investors) and investment funds. Notwithstanding...

14
March 2016
Monday 14:00 - 18:00

Monday 14 March from 14.00 to 18.00 - Tuesday 15 March from 09.00 to 18.00

EuroCPR is organised annually with the ambition to contribute constructively and critically to European Information Society Policy developments. The conference addresses the use of ICT throughout society and the economy as well as the evolution...

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March 2016
Friday 13:15 - 14:30

Since November 2014, the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) has been responsible for supervising the most significant banks in the eurozone, with the aim of ensuring consistent supervisory practices and increasing the soundness and stability of the financial system.

After more than one year of rapid implementation, overseen by the European...

30
May 2016
Monday 11:00 - 15:30

The DIACORE project started in April 2013 and is carried out under the Intelligent Energy – Europe programme. The aim of project is to ensure a continuous assessment of the existing policy mechanisms and to establish a fruitful stakeholder dialogue on future policy needs...

MEETINGS
One lesson learned from the spiralling fiscal deficits that emerged during the crisis was the importance of national fiscal councils to monitor national budget-making vis-à-vis the sustainability of fiscal deficits. It is clear that the key to the success of these bodies is their independence from other national institutions. On...
The panellists backing the Brexit indicated that London would continue to thrive even outside the EU due to its own unmatched competitive advantage. Financial services represent up to 1/10 of the UK’s GDP while no other European financial centre comes close to London. The UK alone would also be in...
With the first review of the latest bailout package for Greece dragging on, it is reasonable to ask: Is this the Greek endgame? Professor of Economics and former Greek Minister of Finance Nicos Christodoulakis did more than that when launching his recent book, Greek Endgame – From austerity to growth...
A new Regulation proposed by the European Commission aims to ensure that “subscribers to online content services in the Union, when temporarily present in a Member State, can access and use these services”. While consumer groups have welcomed the proposal, others have expressed concern about the lack of detail, its...
The Capital Markets Union (CMU) project is an opportunity to rethink financial integration in a multi-currency area like the European Union after the crisis. The lack of private risk sharing, i.e. cross-border holdings of assets, lies at the core of the financial instability in the region. Integration of the single...
CORPORATE EVENTS
On February 9th, Commissioner Lord Hill joined CEPS’ Corporate Members for an informal breakfast meeting to present his priorities for 2016 and exchange views. The discussion touched on the online consultation on the Capital Markets Union and the need for banking rules that are proportionate. Chaired by CEPS Director for...

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