Thinking ahead for Europe

CEPS News November 2016

CETA’s signature: 38 statements, a joint interpretative instrument and an uncertain future

Guillaume Van der Loo
Researcher

On October 30th, the EU and Canada finally signed the long-awaited Comprehensive and Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which had been in limbo for almost two weeks because the Belgian region of Wallonia refused to give its consent to the federal Belgian government to sign the deal. CETA was classified...

Research
CEPS, the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) and the Migration Policy Centre (MPC) have launched the Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration (MEDAM), a large-scale project on pressing EU migration and asylum issues. Against the background of the current refugee crisis, the MEDAM project will support the design...
For the last five years, GLOBSEC, an independent, non-partisan NGO that builds on earlier work done by the Slovak Atlantic Commission, has organised a prominent international conference called the Tatra Summit, to discuss Europe’s most pressing political, economic and financial affairs. This year’s summit, held 27-29 October, examined the ongoing...
The European Parliament is increasingly concerned about the future of the Schengen area, particularly in light of the fact that five member countries – Germany, Austria, Sweden, Norway and Denmark – have continued the internal border controls they introduced in September 2015. The EP Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and...
The aim of the SIMPACT project is to understand the economic underpinnings of social innovations that target vulnerable and marginalised people. Particularly after the global economic downturn, coupled with decreasing social spending as a result of austerity measures and failing delivery of public services, social innovation has, to a certain...
Upcoming events
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November 2016
Tuesday 13:15 - 14:30
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November 2016
Wednesday 10:00 - 13:00

The review of the EU’s telecoms rules was expected to take a deregulatory approach in a thorough overhaul of the regulatory framework and lay the foundation for the Digital Single Market. The new package comprises a draft Directive for an Electronic Communications Code (ECC), along with additional (non-binding) broad targets...

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November 2016
Wednesday 17:00 - 18:30

Just days after the United States elects its 45th president,​CEPS will welcome two of America’s foremost political strategists for a post-election conversation – asking, after six tumultuous political months on both sides of the Atlantic, what are the real lessons ​to​ draw?

No one is better placed than Will Marshall...

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November 2016
Monday 13:15 - 14:30

After 42 years of separation and more than a decade since the failure of the Annan Plan, a negotiated settlement to reunify the island of Cyprus is coming more sharply in focus.

Some say that this may be the last chance to strike a deal in a very long time....

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November 2016
Wednesday 10:00 - 13:00

Terrorist and criminal organizations increasingly rely on information and communication technologies (ICT) to coordinate and plan their activities. In the age of Big Data, intelligence and law enforcement agencies can exploit the deluge of available data to buttress criminal investigations in order to help prevent violence. Police and security agencies...

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November 2016
Wednesday 13:15 - 14:30
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November 2016
Wednesday 14:00 - 18:00

Event jointly organised by CEPS and Hitachi. 

As technology and new business models evolve at a breath-taking pace in various sectors of the economy, governments are becoming increasingly aware that innovation, and its widespread diffusion, bear the potential to address existing and future societal challenges and thus contribute to long...

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December 2016
Thursday 13:00 - 14:30

From a historical perspective, interest rates have been on a downward trend over the past four decades. In Europe, the financial and sovereign debt crises and the ensuing weak macroeconomic environment – characterised by persistent output gap, low growth and excessively low inflation – together with the expansionary monetary policy...

MEETINGS
“Resilient Growth amid Rising Risks" is the title of the World Bank's most recent Economic Report on the countries of South Eastern Europe. This semi-annual publication covers recent trends and key economic developments as well as the near-term outlook in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia...
The transformation of Europe’s energy system requires policies that are informed by systemic analysis and energy innovation. A systemic perspective on innovation emphasises that the stages and processes involved, e.g. R&D and market diffusion, are supported by a broader innovation environment comprising knowledge, actors & institutions, resources and adoption &...
In response to the financial crisis, authorities have given a greater role to financial market infrastructures (FMIs), and specifically to central counterparties (CCPs), without fully addressing the question of their resolvability. CCPs clear derivative trades for the largest international banks, which makes them systemic by their very nature. Since business...
Conflict prevention and peacebuilding reside at the heart of the EU’s external action. Both the Lisbon Treaty and the new Global Strategy (EUGS) assign a special responsibility to the EU to promote and preserve peace, prevent conflicts and strengthen international security. A quick glance at the security map of the...
The Lisbon Treaty marked a watershed in the European integration process. With the ink still wet after having signed off on a decade of institutional reform negotiations, the EU was severely hit by the deepest global financial and economic crisis since the end of the Second World War. At the...
In light of the recent movement by a large number of consumers away from traditional media to, for example, streaming services, CEPS organised a seminar on October 5th, chaired by Colin Blackman (Director, CEPS Digital Forum), to explore the implications for the DSM in general and particularly for copyright. René...
On October 21st, CEPS hosted the final conference of the POCACITO (Post-Carbon Cities of Tomorrow) FP7project. As a foresight study for sustainable pathways towards livable, affordable and prospering cities, the objective of the project was to facilitate the transition of European cities to a sustainable or ‘post‐carbon’ economic model. Many...
5G is expected to represent a major leap forward from current telecommunications technologies, including revolutionary changes in radio interfaces and spectrum use. Although still to be defined precisely, 5G networks will be faster, always accessible, more reliable and more efficient in handling a large number of devices for the Internet...
CEPS TASKFORCE
CEPS is launching a new Task Force on the Role of Business in the Circular Economy. The first meeting will be held at CEPS in Brussels on November 24th. The Task Force will focus on the role of EU policy and regulation to guide businesses and industry. Special attention will...
CORPORATE BREAKFAST
Discussing CETA over croissants with Cecilia Malmström On the morning of October 19th, in the midst of the debate surrounding the conclusion of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada and the Walloon Parliament’s vote against it, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström joined CEPS Corporate...

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