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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.

EU Security and Defence in a Volatile World

EPSC Newsletter #4

How can we meet the unprecedented security challenges of our times? Read the opinions of Vice-Presidents and Commissioners of the European Commission, Prime Ministers and Defence Ministers from Member States, military commanders, defence industry representatives, and experts from the think tank community: all in our latest Newsletter

Taking EU Cooperation to the Next Level

Cyberattacks are already occurring on a daily basis – in some cases even recognised as state-sponsored. Such aggressions are likely to be used with greater intensity and accuracy in the future – moving ever closer to the sphere of cyber wars. In this rapidly evolving context, the Union and its Member States need to anticipate and plan for extreme scenarios. Scaling up Europe’s cyber capabilities and furthering EU-wide cooperation is a major priority.

Triggering Investments for the Clean Economy

The United States' unilateral decision to withdraw from the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change provides the EU with a unique window of opportunity to take the global lead on sustainable finance and position itself as the investment destination for low-carbon technologies. Seizing this opportunity will be crucial to ensuring the EU’s long-term competitiveness. But it can only be achieved through a fundamental remodelling of the financial system.

Where African and European Ambitions Meet

EPSC Strategic Notes | Issue 23

A strong, stable and prosperous Africa is not only vital for Africans, it is essential for Europe. Cooperation between the two continents is hardly new and a lot of progress has been made, but Africa and Europe can and must go much further together.

 

 

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Issue 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.

Newsletter 4
21 June 2017

Security has become one of the biggest preoccupations of EU citizens – and with good reason. The volatile strategic environment, combined with recent dynamics in the transatlantic relationship, suggest that Europe must do more to take its destiny in its own hands. Against this backdrop, the European Commission presented, on 7 June, a major new package on the future of European Defence.

With this newsletter, we are delighted to further the debate on how to meet the unprecedented security challenges of our times, and to share with you important insights from key voices, including Vice-Presidents and Commissioners of the European Commission, Prime Ministers and Defence Ministers from Member States, military commanders, defence industry representatives, and experts from the think tank community.

Issue 25
8 June 2017

The United States' unilateral decision to withdraw from the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change provides the EU with a unique window of opportunity to take the global lead on sustainable finance and position itself as the investment destination for low-carbon technologies. Seizing this opportunity will be crucial to ensuring the EU’s long-term competitiveness. But it can only be achieved through a fundamental remodelling of the financial system. Obstacles and market failures throughout the investment chain must be addressed to achieve a more future-friendly capital allocation.

Berlaymont
6 June 2017

Convened as part of the reflection process on the Future of Europe, the event provided an opportunity to discuss the transformative trends that will shape the EU’s future with a view to making informed and realistic choices as regards the political priorities and the related budgetary needs for the forthcoming Multiannual Financial Framework.

15 May 2017

In Focus: China’s Expansion in the EU

The Greenfield Investment Monitor is a new occasional publication by the EPSC that aims to provide updates on the state of play of greenfield investment in the EU. Accessible to experts and novices alike, this first edition offers an overview of greenfield investment flows into Europe and takes a closer look at where and how much China really is investing in the EU.

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Funding the EU's Future: Towards a New Multiannual Financial Framework

6 June 2017

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