CEPS News December 2016

What role for a European think tank in the age of populism?

The role of a think tank is to provide policymakers with analysis and expert opinion, based on facts, figures and rigorous research. But this makes little sense in a world in which even facts and figures are contested. As memorably remarked during the Brexit campaign by a leading advocate of leaving...

Research

Book launches: The EU's new pacts with Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia

The Handbooks on the EU's new Association Agreements and DCFTAs with Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, which were published last summer in English by CEPS and Rowman and Littlefield International, have now been translated into the respective national languages. At a series of well-attended 'roadshow' book launches in Lviv, Kyiv and...

Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration – MEDAM

The labour market integration of newly arrived asylum-seekers is still a live political issue, especially in view of the latest influx of refugees into the European Union. Drawing on lessons from the past, CEPS’ first contribution to the MEDAM project followed up on Bosnians who were displaced during the Bosnian...
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Joaquin Almunia elected Chairman of the CEPS Board of Directors
MEETINGS

On with the Capital Markets Union, says ECMI annual conference

The 2016 ECMI Annual Conference was hosted by the National Bank of Belgium on November 9th, organised jointly by ECMI and the Brevan Howard Centre for Financial Analysis at Imperial College Business School. This high level event brought together over 30 academics, policymakers, and market participants to address an audience...

Reforming global bank capital requirements: What does it mean for Europe?

The global standards for bank capital requirements will be revised once again. The package that forms Basel III, or Basel IV as it is sometimes called, was discussed at a timely high-level seminar organised by CEPS and the International Research Centre on Cooperative Finance (IRCCF HEC) Montreal in the European...

ECMI among the supporters of Invest Week

Early in December, in the context of the first edition of the “Invest Week” and in cooperation with Pensions Europe, ECMI staged an event on “Asset allocation in a low interest rate environment”. Moderator (and ECMI General Manager) Karel Lannoo explored with his fellow panellists the extent to which current...

Rethinking economic policy for Europe and Germany

The Secretary General of the German Council of Economic Experts, Jochen Andritzky, presented the German Council of Economic Expert’s annual report 2016-17 at a CEPS seminar on November 23rd. In his view, the EU’s recent and excessive reliance on monetary stimulus now needed to shift towards fiscal and structural reforms...

The economic costs of gender inequality

Gender equality is not only desirable from an ethical and societal point of view, it also has a strong economic rationale. The CEPS-Intereconomics conference “Inefficient Inequality: The economic costs of gender inequality in Europe” on November 3rd illustrated this thesis quite clearly. The gap between genders in terms of remuneration,...

Joining the European Union

A debate at CEPS on November 15th about this year’s European Commission reports on the countries seeking to join the Union was dominated by the issue of Turkey, which has been backsliding on democratic reform. Simon Mordue, Director for Strategy and Turkey at DG NEAR, advised that while many developments...

The ever-elusive Cyprus settlement

“Cyprus: Re-unification, at last?” was the question considered by a CEPS panel debate on 21 November 2016 – just as a make-or-break meeting between the leaders of the Greek and Turkish communities on the divided island was getting underway. There was a sense of ‘now or never’ at the event...

Reform and conflict in Ukraine

Ukraine continues to fight for its territorial integrity in the face of Russian encroachment, while seeking to democratise and modernise. The enormity of these challenges was the subject of “Securing the Modernisation of Ukraine”, a seminar held in Brussels on December 6th. Adam Shub, Chargé d’Affaires of the US Mission...

Code and other laws of connectivity

The Commission’s proposed ‘connectivity package’ and a new Electronic Communications Code were discussed at a CEPS Digital Forum seminar on November 16th, chaired by Colin Blackman at CEPS. The seminar brought together a range of stakeholders’ and analysts’ views and considered the implications of co-investment and the possible impact of...

Digital evidence, privacy and security in the European Union

Terrorist and criminal organisations are increasingly relying on information and communication technologies (ICT) to plan and coordinate their activities. In the age of Big Data, intelligence and law enforcement agencies could exploit the deluge of available data to support criminal investigations and help prevent violence. Police and security agencies would...

International climate conference 2016, Marrakech

For two weeks around mid-November, climate policy wonks, negotiators and ministers flocked to Marrakech for the annual international climate conference. It was not long before the elation due to the early ratification of the Paris Agreement (just ahead of the start of COP22) gave way to dismay at the news...

CEPS-Hitachi Forum on European Social Innovation

The transportation sector dramatically highlights how the rapid evolution of technology and new business models is leading to innovation and how its widespread diffusion offers potential solutions to societal challenges. In combination, these trends can significantly contribute to long-term prosperity and inclusive, sustainable growth. Against this background, CEPS and Hitachi...
TASKFORCE NEWS

The future of retail financial services

In response to rising competition and increasingly demanding consumers, established banks and newcomers alike are using digital technologies to develop new products, processes and models. This wide structural transformation is triggering specific risks that European and national regulators are gradually addressing. The range of issues is relatively broad: cyber security,...

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