Thinking ahead for Europe

CEPS News July/August 2017

Increasing resilience to fight cyber-threats in Europe

Lorenzo Pupillo
Associate Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Cybersecurity@CEPS Initiative

Europe is facing a growing cyber-threat against its physical infrastructure. According to the latest FireEye-Marsh & McLennan Cyber Risk Report, financial services, manufacturing and telecommunications feature among the sectors that are most frequently targeted in Europe. Moreover, governments are a primary target for hackers across the continent. At the same...

Research
CEPS was one of the co-organisers of this year’s Shanghai Forum, a major international conference that is co-hosted by Fudan University and the Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies. The Forum’s mission is to “Concentrate on Asia, Focus on Hot Issues, Congregate Elites, Promote Interactions, Enhance Cooperation and Seek Consensus”. With...
CEPS launched the ENGAGE Fellowship Programme with the support of the Open Society Initiative for Europe. This tailor-made programme connects academic, civil society and think tank actors from Central and Eastern European and Western Balkans countries with EU-level policy debates. It consists of a one-year programme providing a set of...
On June 20th, CEPS researchers Mikkel Barslund and Lars Ludolph engaged in a closed-door meeting with the Belgian Secretary of State for Migration and Asylum, Theo Francken. The session opened with a briefing of Mr Francken on the main findings in the recently published MEDAM report “Sharing responsibility for refugees...
Eduworks is an interdisciplinary research and training network, funded by the EU’s Marie Curie Initial Training Network and focusing on matching processes between individuals, education and the labour market. On June 26th, CEPS hosted the Eduworks Final Workshop on Labour Market Matching Processes in the 21st Century. The purpose of...
Upcoming events
11
September 2017
Monday 13:15 - 14:30

CEPS Book launch.

 

Are EU policies on legal migration fit for managing and governing the movement of people across borders?

 

Over the past 15 years, the ‘Europeanisation’ of policies dealing with the conditions of entry and residence of non-EU nationals has led to the development of a common EU acquis....

19
September 2017
Tuesday 12:30 - 16:00

CEPS-ECRI will launch a Task Force on: "Cybersecurity in Finance: Getting the policy mix right!" on 19 September at CEPS. The different consensuses achieved during the Task Force will result in a list of recommendations and an action plan that will be submitted to the European regulators (primarily DG FISMA, DG Connect, DG Justice, ESAs, ECB, and European...

MEETINGS
CEPS invited Commissioner Julian King to come to CEPS on June 19th to present the Commission’s priorities for the Security Union. In view of recent terrorist events, particularly in the Commissioner’s home member state of the UK, he underlined the relevance of building the Security Union in an effective and...
CEPS hosted a conference and a workshop on June 9th devoted to exploring the performance, conditionalities and EU value added of the EU budget The conference was led by a panel featuring Lázló Andor, former EU Commissioner, Thomas Westphal, Director General in the German Ministry of Finance, Martina Dalic ,...
In recent years, observers have expressed deep concern about the level of ambition shown by the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) in implementing democratic and market reforms. In response, the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) , a US-based institute created by the National Endowment for Democracy, launched...
The entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty has led to profound institutional and material changes regarding the decision-making system of the EU, particularly regarding how the EU acts vis-à-vis the outside world. Wrapping up a multi-annual research project led by the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies (SIEPS) on...
The failure of Lehman Brothers almost a decade ago showed the shock-absorbing capacity of CCPs. With the increased importance of CCPs in derivatives trading, their systemic importance has also surged. This makes it even more important to complete the existing CCP legislation with a framework for orderly resolution in case...
The integration of refugees in European labour markets is one of the key challenges confronting EU member states in the coming years. At the same time, Southern Mediterranean countries, such as Jordan and Lebanon, are facing even greater challenges due to the larger refugee populations in these countries. Discussions at...
On June 20th, CEPS, together with the International Office of Migration (IOM) and Migration Policy Centre (MPC) of the European University Institute, hosted a high-level public event with the aim to lay out a grander vision for the governance of asylum and migration in Europe. The panellists included Eugenio Ambrosi...
The large inflow of asylum seekers to the EU in 2015-16 highlighted the shortcomings of the EU’s migration and asylum policies. It has become clear that EU member states need to revise the existing approaches to the governance of migration. Yet, the best way forward for policymakers is uncertain due...
Energy price levels in the EU, which are influenced by EU energy and climate change policies, naturally impact the competitiveness of energy-intensive industries. As a result, energy prices are a central theme in the European Commission’s CleanEnergy4All package, which was the topic of a stimulating debate at a CEPS-ECH Workshop...
Few issues could seem more dry and technical than radio spectrum, the electromagnetic waves through which radio, television and telecommunication signals pass. But former Federal Communications Commission chief economist Thomas Hazlett has managed to turn spectrum into an intriguing protagonist in his just published history of the US government’s regulation...
In the personal computer era, it took broadband connection and sophisticated technical skills to change operating systems or programmes. When Microsoft bundled software onto its dominant Windows, consumers found it almost impossible to avoid using its services. European trustbusters cracked down, first in 2004 and then in 2007, imposing billions...
Software today is everywhere: in our smartphones, our cars, our offices and our homes. But it has been estimated that the average programme has at least 14 separate points of vulnerability. Each of these weaknesses could permit an attacker to compromise the integrity of the product and potentially make an...
Almost two years since the signing of the nuclear deal and in the aftermath of the re-election of President Rouhani, it is widely acknowledged that the EU has demonstrated its cumulative capacity to facilitate complex dispute settlement mechanisms while maintaining political dialogue with Iran since 2003. The Joint Comprehensive Plan...
How does the EU’s supposedly ‘comprehensive approach’ to conflict and crisis mechanisms play out in reality? This is the guiding question of the EUNPACK project, which held its second Crisis Response Policy Forum at CEPS on May 29th. Funded under Horizon 2020, EUNPACK critically examines whether the EU’s external crisis...
Should companies be more transparent about how their investments and assets are exposed, or contribute to climate-related risks? An answer to these and related questions is sought in an increased number of for a, ranging from the EU institutions, to the G20, and at central banks around the world. Mark...
Energy security and the security implications of climate change were the main topics of debate at a large public conference on the "EU Global Strategy – Energy and Climate Securities in a Geostrategic Context", organised on June 16th by CEPS together with the European External Action Service (EEAS) and two...
For 30 years now, the OECD has published an annual report on “ Agricultural Policies: Monitoring and Evaluation 2017 ”, providing comprehensive information on policy developments and related support to agriculture in OECD countries and selected partner economies throughout the world. On June 21st, CEPS hosted a panel discussion to...
TASKFORCES
In the coming years, asset allocation will be impacted by the changing macroeconomic environment, evolving investor demographics, technology and regulation. Participants at the launch of the CEPS/ECMI Task Force on June 14th debated short vs long-term investment issues and the outlook for the asset management industry in Europe. More detailed...
CORPORATE EVENTS
Meeting with CEPS Corporate Members on June 27th, EU Commissioner for Justice Věra Jourová presented the European Commission's current Strategy on the EU-US Privacy Shield. In this regard, she confirmed the Commission’s view that establishing and implementing clear rules for electronic data transfers constitute key elements for ensuring mutual trust...

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