Thinking ahead for Europe

CEPS News May 2016

Towards a Federal EU Border and Coast Guard

Sergio Carrera
Senior Research Fellow and Head of Justice and Home Affairs Unit

The European refugee crisis has laid bare the many challenges of guarding the external borders of the EU. Responsibility for guarding these territorial external borders falls largely to the member states holding them, whose resources are often limited and sometimes badly organised. The European Commission has presented a proposal to...

The FP7 EURA-NET project (Transnational Migration in Transition: Transformative Characteristics of Temporary Mobility of People) examines the transformative characteristics of temporary transnational human mobility in Europe-Asia contexts. It assesses the ways in which international, EU and domestic policy, and the legal framing of human mobility as ‘temporary migration’, affects people's...
In view of the economy's increasing dependence on electronic communications and infrastructure, and the growing threats to network security, the cybersecurity industry itself is critical to assuring the development of a Digital Single Market. CEPS and SCF Associates Ltd have been commissioned by the European Union Agency for Network and...
Upcoming events
May 2016
Tuesday 19:00 - 20:30

Launch of a new CEPS book co-published with Rowman & Littlefield International: Britain’s Future in Europe: The known Plan A to remain or the unknown Plan B to leave, edited by Michael Emerson.

Venue: Waterstones, 71-75 Blvd. A Maxlaan, 1000 Brussels

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May 2016
Wednesday 14:00 - 13:15

The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is considered as a ‘deep’ and ambitious agreement.The objectives behind CETA are not only the search for additional growth and the promotion of bilateral trade and investment, but also the deepening...

May 2016
Friday 09:30 - 13:30

CEPS, in cooperation with the MSL Group, has the pleasure of inviting you to a seminar on new police developments and business practices in the prevention of counterfeiting and illicit trade.

Officials from the OECD, the World Customs Organisation and the European institutions will present the results of their latest...

May 2016
Monday 12:00 - 17:00

Expert Workshop

Using Big Data to Advance Policy Research

Advances in digital technologies now make it possible to collect, store and process massive amounts of data. This explosion of data holds an incredible potential to boost innovation and provide new insights that can help inform policy-making....

May 2016
Monday 13:15 - 14:30

This is a seminar to launch the book: "Challenges of Democracy in the European Union and its Neighbors" by Aylin Ünver Noi and Sasha Toperich (SAIS 2015). Democracy, which protects freedom and citizens’ rights more than any other form of governance, is in crisis. In recent years, it has been sorely tested in...

May 2016
Wednesday 17:30 - 14:00

CEPS, the Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA) and Afore Consulting are organising the 3rd Annual Symposium on EU-Asia Relations in Financial Services. The event is supported by the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ), the International Monetary Institute of Renmin University of China (IMI) and the Centre for Banking & Finance Law of University of Singapore (CBFL).

May 2016
Thursday 10:00 - 15:45

The circular economy is not only a buzzword in environmental policy circles, but is also one of the EU’s key strategies to stimulate sustainable economic growth and jobs, as illustrated by the European Commission’s Work Programme for 2016. During 2015, the circular economy was one of the most debated topics...

May 2016
Friday 13:15 - 14:30

Launch of an e-book published by the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Public Finance.

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...

June 2016
Friday 09:30 - 11:00

Presentation of the Spring 2016 IMF Fiscal Monitor

The presentation will discuss the main findings of the Fiscal Monitor report issued by the IMF last spring. The report examines how countries can respond to the sharp deterioration of fiscal positions in the past year. Public debt ratios have been revised...

June 2016
Thursday 13:15 - 14:30

EU-Israeli relations are supposedly based on shared values as well as common strategic and economic interests. However, there are political disagreements over the fate of the Palestinians, settlements and the rise of the extreme right in Europe. The EU’s recent requirement for labelling goods produced in the occupied Palestinian territories...

June 2016
Thursday 13:15 - 14:30

Launch of the OECD's Agricultural Policy Monitoring and Evaluation 2016

The OECD Monitoring and Evaluation report is an annual publication which provides information on policy developments and related support to agriculture in OECD countries and selected partner economies. The  2016 report includes 50 countries from all six continents, including the...

Since innovation calls for more than just R&D and adequate funding, an ambitious EU-wide strategic vision is needed urgently. Future EU policy for entrepreneurship and innovation should be systemic, simple and, more importantly, tied to societal needs. To this end, CEPS and MEP Eva Paunova organised a seminar at the...
Russia remains in a difficult economic situation as a result of low oil prices and continuing EU and US sanctions. Its economy contracted by 3.7% last year, which led to a 10% drop in gross domestic income, weakened consumer demand, discouraged investment and increased poverty levels. Discussions about a possible...
The POLIMP project aimed to mobilise and transfer knowledge on post-2012 climate policy by identifying knowledge gaps and their implications for policy- and decision-makers, internationally and in the EU. The final conference of this FP7 project took place at CEPS on 21 April 2016, under the heading “The Future of...
Launching a new Horizon 2020 project entitled EUNPACK at CEPS on 20 April, panellists debated how far EU crisis mechanisms have been developed to enable responses that are sensitive to the political and social context on the ground. EUNPACK takes an integral approach to the crisis cycle – from conflict...
This debate, co-organised with the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik and held at CEPS on April 18th, was an opportunity to analyse developments in EU and US relations with Cuba, following the recent visits of both HR/VP Mogherini and President Obama to the island. The visit of Mogherini, her second in...
The aim of this seminar was to launch a dialogue on the need to modernise public policies for the development of the digital ecosystem in Latin America. Organised in cooperation with Telefonica and chaired by Colin Blackman (CEPS) the seminar took place on April 26th. In his presentation Professor Raul...
CEPS, in partnership with Ecorys Brussels and Economisti Associati, is carrying out a Cumulative Cost Assessment (CCA) of the EU ceramics and glass industries for the European Commission’s DG GROW. A so-called ‘Open Mirror Group’ workshop took place at CEPS on April 26th, involving the research team and various stakeholders...

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