Thinking ahead for Europe

CEPS News May 2017

The Syria donor conference: Still-born Initiative of the EU’s new strategy?

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

As the devastating and intractable war in Syria entered its seventh year, US President Donald Trump momentarily stepped into the fray, citing the red line on the use of chemical weapons that his predecessor laid down but shied away from enforcing. While Obama worked with Russia in 2013 to get...

Research
CEPS is reinforcing and upgrading its work on digital policy. Within the Regulatory Policy unit, we’ve long realised the key role played by the internet in the economy, politics and society. It now represents the regulatory front line and Europe is taking the global lead in proposing how policy-makers should...
A team of economists at CEPS (Michael Emerson, Matthias Busse, Mattia Di Salvo, Daniel Gros and Jacques Pelkmans) was commissioned by the Committee on Internal Market of the European Parliament to assess the likely economic impact of Brexit on the EU27, together with some scenarios for the terms of the...
Negotiations for EFSI 2.0 are almost concluded: the European Fund for Strategic Investments was set up to deliver €315 billion by 2018, but the need to push further on investment brought EU institutions to extend it to 2020, with a targeted total investment of €500 billion. The European Parliament's Committee...
Upcoming events
8
May 2017
Monday 17:00 - 19:15

Digital technologies providing for online privacy and security have contributed to create trust among users. However, those technologies can also be misused.

Encryption has been at the center of a debate on the interplay between online security and the notion of national security. The recent struggle...

9
May 2017
Tuesday 10:30 - 13:00

On May 6, 2015, the European Commission launched an ambitious program to create a single digital market. It included 16 initiatives with the goal of uniting Europe’s fragmented digital economies into a unified one with more than 500 million consumers. If the national barriers could be removed, the Commission estimated...

10
May 2017
Wednesday 09:30 - 13:30

CEPS, in cooperation with MSLGroup, invites you to a seminar on the business practices and policy developments in the fight against counterfeiting and illicit trade.

Customs authorities are confiscating rising amounts of counterfeit goods year on year. Recent forecasts predict that the value of international trade in counterfeit and pirated...

15
May 2017
Monday 10:00 - 15:00

The Juncker Commission, and in particular Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research and Innovation, have set an ambitious goal for the EU. It should become more open in all respects: provide open access to the results of publicly funded research; promote open science and citizen science; engage in more direct and...

30
May 2017
Tuesday 08:45 - 15:30

Between 2011 and 2016, global investment in FinTech increased markedly. Resulting from the use of enabling digital technologies, new products and processes are being developed by “traditional” providers and by ever-rising numbers of FinTech startups. While policy-makers are gradually creating the necessary conditions to strengthen this digital transformation of financial...

MEETINGS
Is cybersecurity an appropriate issue for internet governance? Should cybersecurity governance follow the multi-stakeholder approach? These questions, which focused the debate at the first event of the Cybersecurity@CEPS Initiative on March 29th, are becoming increasingly relevant given the increasing concern over the proliferation of state-led cyber-attacks. The equation of cybersecurity...
CEPR and CEPS hosted a joint discussion forum on April 3rd at CEPS to launch a new CEPR eBook entitled Quo Vadis? Identity, policy and the future of the European Union . The three panellists –Thorsten Beck (Cass Business School), Dennis Novy (Warwick University) and Geoffrey Underhill (University of Amsterdam),...
Pre- and post-trade transparency requirements under MiFID II are expected to cause a big bang effect in non-equity markets, especially for bonds and derivatives markets. As underlined in the discussions among the participants at a half-day conference organised by ECMI on April 6th, much more remains to be done between...
On April 11th CEPS invited two researchers from the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation (DIF) – Iryna Bekeshkina and Olexiy Haran – to come to CEPS and discuss the prospects for conflict resolution in the Donbas. Based on recent sociological data they had gathered from national surveys in Ukraine, the...
It is inevitable that sooner or later the eurozone, or parts of it, will experience another crisis. The Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) is now equipped with additional tools to cope with economic crises, foremost the ESM (European Stability Mechanism), but will these suffice? Many economists have argued that the...
TASK FORCE NEWS
In the coming years, asset allocation will be impacted by the changing macroeconomic environment, evolving investor demographics, technology and regulation. CEPS and ECMI are inviting policy-makers, industry representatives and academics to take part in a special Task Force. The purpose is to contribute to the public debate about the need...
CORPORATE EVENTS
On April 24th, CEPS hosted a Corporate Breakfast with Michael-James Clifton, Barrister and Head of Cabinet of the President of the EFTA Court. Clifton outlined the technicalities of the different types of agreement the United Kingdom might be able to strike with the European Union once the Art. 50 process...
CEPS Academy
The third CEPS Summer School on Economic and Financial Governance of EMU will run from Monday, 4 September through Saturday, 9 September 2017, at CEPS in Brussels. We are now accepting applications. This Summer School is a week-long training programme that aims to challenge participants to sharpen their knowledge and...

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