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Towards an EU Collective Security

Strategic Note #28 | 18 October 2017

From the proliferation of terrorism in European cities to the use of cyberattacks to disrupt critical infrastructures and destabilise democracies, modern-day threats stem both from within the EU’s borders and outside, challenging the traditional boundaries of security and defence. The increasing versatility and cross-border nature of these threats mean that the EU has a unique added value in providing Europeans with a stronger collective security. Although some progress towards a more joined-up approach to defence and security has already been made, the scale and versatility of the challenges warrant more forward-looking and ambitious measures.

Plans for the Future of Europe

As laid out in President Juncker's State of the Union and President Macron's Initiative for Europe

Two Visions,
One Direction

Plans for the Future of Europe

As laid out in President Juncker's State of the Union and President Macron's Initiative for Europe

Reclaiming Europe’s Digital Leadership

Digital transformation and Artificial Intelligence are driving economic and societal changes of unprecedented pace and scale. To better respond to the needs of its businesses and citizens’ and to keep up with the rapidly-growing tech giants around the world, Europe must come together and actively play on its key assets – a strong reputation for quality and safety, a leading research community, and a prominent positioning in favour of protection of personal data and fundamental rights and liberties.

Advanced Economies Shaping the Next Stage of Inclusive Globalisation

The timing of the conclusion of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement is not coincidental. In today’s state of intense geopolitical uncertainty, the economic partnership concluded between the EU and Japan surpasses mere business interests. It is a forceful and timely joint statement of intent in favour of multilateralism and strategic cooperation at a time when isolationism and confrontation are all too prevalent.

Filling the Pensions Gap and Refinancing the Economy

Strategic Note #26 | 29 June 2017

Voluntary private pension products can play a central role in helping pensioners to maintain an adequate level of income as Member States implement far-reaching reforms to mitigate the impact of ageing populations. However, too few Europeans are investing in such schemes. This is in large part due to the EU internal market’s limited ability to deliver cost-efficient and transparent private pension products. The creation of a pan-European pension product would entail significant benefits for future pensioners, while also opening up an important new source of long-term capital to boost the EU’s growth potential.

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19 October 2017

The paper takes a look at where non-euro Member States stand on the convergence criteria, and how President Juncker’s proposed euro accession instrument could play a role in ensuring that these countries are both willing and able to join the euro area, and help foster a relaunch of the economic convergence process in the Union.

Berlaymont
19 October 2017

‘In a Union of equals, there can be no second-class citizens.’ This was at the heart of the message delivered by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in his State of the Union address on 13 September 2017.

How will this pledge translate into policy action? What are next steps in the drive towards upward economic convergence? And how can the EU help build resilience in its Member States to ensure that upgraded economic performance and improved social outcomes can withstand shocks and be sustainable over time?

Issue 28
18 October 2017

From the proliferation of terrorism in European cities to the use of cyberattacks to disrupt critical infrastructures and destabilise democracies, modern-day threats stem both from within the EU’s borders and outside, challenging the traditional boundaries of security and defence. The increasing versatility and cross-border nature of these threats mean that the EU has a unique added value in providing Europeans with a stronger collective security. Although some progress towards a more joined-up approach to defence and security has already been made, the scale and versatility of the challenges warrant more forward-looking and ambitious measures.

29 September 2017

In September 2017, European Commission President Juncker and French President Macron each outlined bold visions for the future of Europe.

This paper provides a comparative assessment of the two speeches and the proposals they advance. While recognising the nuances, the analysis reveals a strong convergence of opinions between the two leaders. Both are looking to build a better future for Europe, built on prosperity, resilience and security.

Issue 27
28 September 2017

Reclaiming Europe’s Digital Leadership

Digital transformation and Artificial Intelligence are driving economic and societal changes of unprecedented pace and scale. To better respond to the needs of its businesses and citizens’ and to keep up with the rapidly-growing tech giants around the world, Europe must come together and actively play on its key assets – a strong reputation for quality and safety, a leading research community, and a prominent positioning in favour of protection of personal data and fundamental rights and liberties.

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