Thinking ahead for Europe

CEPS News November 2017

The Brexit bill – what is the real issue?

Jorge Núñez Ferrer
Senior Research Fellow

Financial issues, usually referred to as the Brexit bill, remain at the core of Brexit negotiations and are fuelling strong sentiment, particularly on the British side. This is partly because of years of outcry in the UK about the ‘unfair’ gross contribution it makes to the EU budget. The UK...

Research
CEPS is one of the founding members of the recently launched research network EconPol , which brings together think tanks and research institutes from across the European Union. The first EconPol conference was held in Brussels on November 9-10th, and discussed The Euro – Which Way to Go? with around...
Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solbert and European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip will attend an all-day seminar on December 14th, organised jointly by CEPS and the Estonian government. Taking place at the Arsenal, a 19th century military headquarters in the heart of Brussels, ministers and...
Economy and Finance
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Economy and Finance

Zachary Kilhoffer, Karolien Lenaerts

The partnership between delivery platform Deliveroo and workers’ cooperative SMart has been terminated, sparking new debate over workers’ rights in the platform economy....

Energy and Climate Change
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Energy and Climate Change

Milan Elkerbout

The ETS will be much stronger after the Phase 4 revision. But further adjustments may be inevitable in the future, given ongoing developments in the climate/energy world....

TASKFORCE NEWS
In view of the new EU Cybersecurity Strategy , which underlines the need to create enabling conditions to implement coordinated vulnerability disclosure across member states, CEPS recently launched Task Force on Software Vulnerabilities Disclosure (SVD) is timely. The Task Force will look at how to devise guidelines for governments and...
PAST EVENTS
As a kick-off meeting to a new series of events on the Future of Europe, Martin Selmayr, Head of Cabinet of the President of the European Commission, took part in a lively lunchtime debate at CEPS on September 22nd. In discussion with CEPS Director Daniel Gros, Selmayr took stock of...
The internet offers each individual the opportunity to reach a global audience, or market, with a few keystrokes. But will big-city dwellers benefit from this opportunity while small city and rural residents fall behind? Will the prosperous and well-educated thrive, while the less well-off lose ground? The US-based Internet Society...
After last year’s terrorist attacks in France and in Belgium, several EU member states expressed concern at the December 2016 Justice and Home Affairs Council that encryption was slowing down the process of accessing data in criminal investigations. In response, the European Commission initiated an information-gathering process on these issues...
The recent IMF report Global Financial Stability Report: Is Growth at Risk? was presented at a meeting hosted by CEPS and ECMI on October 18th. The key message delivered at the meeting by representatives of the IMF and the European Commission was that both policymakers and market participants should remain...
By broadening the reach of the regulatory framework to the full product and service cycle, MiFID II emphasises the role of product governance (manufacturing and distribution) and the product intervention in preventing harmful products from reaching the market. The main conclusion drawn from participants at an CEPS-ECMI half-day seminar on...
Since the financial crisis, banks have accumulated about a trillion euro’s worth of non-performing loans (NPLs) on their balance sheets. The high levels of NPLs in Italy, Greece and Portugal, for example, constrain their banks’ lending abilities and cause delays in economic recovery. Various potential private and public solutions have...
Since the Euromaidan revolution in 2014, Ukraine has endured the annexation of Crimea by Russia and the ongoing war in Eastern Ukraine. Ukraine’s government is now implementing the Association Agreement and the DCFTA with the EU. Despite substantial progress in reforms, however, Ukraine still faces challenges in combating widespread corruption...
The successful implementation of the EU-Association Agreements by Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine requires the introduction of much-needed reforms in these countries. Since the (provisional) application of DCFTAs, bilateral trade between three Eastern Partnership (EaP) states and the Union has increased, reinforcing the EU’s position as their main trade partner. At...
The Western Balkans have been the subject of renewed attention in recent months, amid growing concerns that some countries might be vulnerable to Russian or Turkish influence, and that accession to the EU is such a distant prospect that it cannot generate or maintain the momentum for reform. At the...
The number of migrants entering the EU irregularly via the central Mediterranean route has increased substantially over the past five years. In the first half of 2017, Italy received more than 80,000 migrants, mostly coming from Africa. Public pressure on the EU and the Italian government to curb these irregular...
CORPORATE NEWS
We are delighted to announce the addition of Allen & Overy LLP to the ranks of CEPS Corporate Members.
​ Progress on the Clean Energy for all Package Date: Tuesday, 21 November 2017 , from 8h00-9h30 Speaker: Miguel Arias Cañete , Commissioner on Climate Action & Energy, to discuss the progress on the Clean Energy Package Chair: Christian Egenhofer , CEPS Head of the Energy and Climate programme and...
The revision of the posting of workers Directive will be discussed in the Trilogue of European institutions, after a long and cumbersome process of negotiation among member states and stakeholders. Inge Bernaerts, Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Marianne Thyssen, spoke at a CEPS Corporate breakfast on October 19th about the...

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