CEPS News July 2016

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Is the EU losing its talent to the US?

A new CEPS study on IT professionals, based on data from the professional networking site LinkedIn, would tend to answer this question affirmatively. Migration and free movement have long been contentious issues within the EU, as demonstrated by the Brexit vote in June. At a CEPS event on June 30th...

Stabilising the EMU through European unemployment insurance: Final conference

The global crisis of 2008 re-opened the debate on a supranational automatic stabilisation mechanism for Europe that could prevent economic shocks or mitigate their impact on employment and income. While most EU member states are equipped with powerful automatic stabilisers, the EMU currently lacks such a mechanism. A European unemployment...

The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

Guillaume Van der Loo, a Researcher in CEPS Europe in the World unit, has published a book on the new EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, entitled The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area: New Legal Instrument for EU Integration without Membership. Published by Brill | Nijhof, the book...
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Complicated and conflicted EU-Israeli relations

Although EU-Israeli relations are based on shared values as well as common strategic and economic interests, 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 by...

Political crisis in Macedonia - A Test case for EU mediation capacity

The ongoing political crisis in Macedonia was the subject of a debate hosted by CEPS on June 20th. The succession of crises and sporadic eruptions of violence that have convulsed the country in recent years highlight the challenges facing the EU in its effort to maintain the country on the...

Capital Markets FinTech: Beyond the hype

The panellists discussed in two separate sessions about the automation in financial advice (the so-called “robo advisors”) and the application of the distributed ledger technology to the trading and post-trading space, respectively. Robo-advisers have already stormed the market, but are mostly based on exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Contrary to a popular...

Simple, transparent and standardised (STS) securitisation: Is it possible?

In an effort to revive securitisation markets, the European Commission proposed a special “STS” label and related capital charge reductions. The criteria require: i) simplicity, i.e. the loans must be bundled and transferred to a special purpose entity (SPE), ii) transparency, i.e. the data regarding the performance of the underlying...

Audiovisual media services within the Digital Single Market

With the long-awaited proposal of the European Commission to reform the audiovisual media services Directive (AVMSD) released on May 25th, the LSE Media Policy Project partnered with the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) to organise a conference on June 15th. Owing to the increasing diversity of content delivery models...

Telecom Rules for the Digital Single Market - What should the Commission do?

In pursuit of a level playing field, network operators and digital services providers are calling for a new deal in order to make Europe’s infrastructure fit for the ‘gigabit society’. Following a series of public consultations (e.g. on the review of the telecoms regulatory framework, online platforms and broadband), the...

Better use of SOLVIT by European business

On June 28th, in close cooperation with the European Commission, CEPS and Unilever organised a workshop at CEPS to devise a better use of SOLVIT for resolving enforcement issues in business encounters in the single market. After a call to the participants by chair Jacques Pelkmans (CEPS Senior Fellow) to...

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