Thinking ahead for Europe

CEPS News May 2015

The UK’s cascade of uncertainties over Europe

Michael Emerson
Associate Senior Research Fellow

The parliamentary election in the UK on May 7th is a matter of exceptional importance and uncertainty for the EU. The two main parties take radically different positions on Europe, with Prime Minister Cameron committed to holding an in/out referendum in 2017, and the Labour Party promising a referendum only...

Research
While the European Commission is working on a proposal for legislative amendments to the Information Society Directive 2001/29/EC (Infosoc), which is expected to be submitted in the second half of 2015, the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament (JURI) is preparing a motion for a Resolution whose contents will...
Revelations of a vast wiretapping operation have raised serious concerns about the credibility of the government led by Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski. The conversations include allegations of corruption by ministers and other senior officials of the ruling party at every level of government, including direct interference in the judicial...
A team of researchers led by CEPS has been commissioned to produce the key external report for the High-Level Group on Own Resources, chaired by Mario Monti, a distinguished economist and former Prime Minister of Italy. CEPS, together with the London School of Economics, Université de Pau et des pays...
Upcoming events
4
May 2015
Monday 13:15 - 14:30

Daithi O'Ceallaigh will present the IIEA publication "Britain and Europe: The Endgame".

Dáithí O'Ceallaigh is a former Irish diplomat who served as Irish Ambassador in London from 2001-2007. He also served as Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva (2007-2009), Ambassador to Finland and Estonia (1993-1998) and Consul General in...

5
May 2015
Tuesday 13:30 - 15:00

This Digital Forum seminar tackled the topic of net neutrality, an important and contentious part of the Telecoms Single Market (TSM) package and covered issues around traffic management, blocking or throttling, specialised services, transparency and quality of service. Opinion differs on all aspects of net neutrality – even on its...

11
May 2015
Monday 09:45 - 13:15

Mexico is a rapidly developing economy, having successfully implemented many deep reforms and opened up its economy via its memberships of the WTO, NAFTA, APEC and the FTA with the EU. Mexico is also one of the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in the Asia-Pacific region. For these...

12
May 2015
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:15

While the discussions on the set-up of a Capital Markets Union have increased in intensity, the 2015 budget of European Supervisory Authorities, whose main goal is to contribute to the gradual creation of a safe and dynamic European market for financial services, has been cut significantly. In essence, these budgetary...

13
May 2015
Wednesday 13:30 - 16:30

This Digital Forum seminar, in cooperation with TechUK and the Coalition for the Digital Economy (COADEC), will discuss the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the issues likely to be discussed in the trilogue. The seminar will also highlight issues faced by start-ups and SMEs concerning data protection.

The proposed...

External Event
EU-Asian capital markets regulation is the focus of this high-level symposium, which bring together around 100 regulators, policy-makers, academics and sell-side and buy-side firm representatives. CEPS is the academic partner leading the organisation of this symposium, and topics of discussion this year include, among others: Financing large infrastructure projects: Are...
Recent Events
Balancing surveillance and privacy is a delicate exercise for governments, especially in the context of so-called ‘deterritorialised’ terrorist organisations and the use of mass national surveillance schemes to counter this threat. The CEPS Digital Forum and the Justice and Home Affairs unit organised a roundtable discussion on April 8th to...
IFPRI’s Director General, Dr. Shenggen Fan, presented IFPRI’s flagship publication, the 2014–2015 Global Food Policy Report at CEPS on 16 April 2015. The report puts into perspective the major food policy issues, developments and decisions in 2014 and highlights challenges and opportunities for 2015. The report calls for a renewed...
That is the title given by the IMF to its recently published Fiscal Monitor, which was presented on April 28th at CEPS. The exhortation refers to the urgent need to adopt Fiscal Policies for Sustainable Growth. Of course, the key question is how? Xavier Debrun, Deputy Chief of the Fiscal...
This year's symposium on transatlantic relations in financial services, jointly organised by CEPS and the Harvard Law School, weighed in with extensive discussions between policy-makers, academics and market practitioners on the implementation of financial reforms. The implementation of global standards is proceeding with hiccups vis-à-vis the governance of this process...
Corporate Events
As of 2016, the Single Resolution Board (SRB) will be responsible for the resolution of euro area cross-border banking groups. The Board, chaired by Elke König, Head of the Germany's Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin), will examine bank recovery and resolution plans, assess and structure eligible liabilities for bail-ins, call...
Staff News
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the European Commission's Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL) organised an international seminar to raise awareness about the potential of the Active Ageing Index (AAI), which is a statistical tool first launched in 2012 by both organisations...
In early April 2015, CEPS launched its new, topic driven website with six research areas in the centre that combine the work done by the different research units at CEPS. Check it out now: www.ceps.eu After more than ten years, Dr Lorna Schrefler, Research Fellow and Head of the Regulatory...

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