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Making Use of the Lisbon Treaty’s Passerelle Clauses

The unprecedented speed of societal, technological and geopolitical change today means EU policymaking needs to become more responsive and agile. With its ‘passerelle’ clauses, the Lisbon Treaty allows for a transition to more effective modes of decision-making in areas such as Common Foreign and Security Policy, taxation and social policy, which are central to addressing some of the world’s biggest societal challenges. Shifting to qualified majority voting in selected areas would not only result in more effective decisions but also strengthen the EU as a global actor.

The once remote-seeming dangers of climate change are today a reality – also in Europe. As the world struggles to limit global warming, what are the major trends reshaping global and European energy markets, regulatory and policy frameworks, and technological progress that will determine whether we will, one day, be able to achieve a climate-neutral economy?

Global Trends to 2030:
Shaping the Future
in a Fast-Changing World

28-29 November 2018 | ESPAS Annual Conference 2018

This landmark conference brought together a select community of global foresight practitioners and strategists to explore the latest and most pressing social, economic, technological and geopolitical trends shaping the future of Europe and the world.

Democracy and Governance in the Digital Age

EPSC Newsletter #6

With just a few months to go before some 367 million people across the EU will have the possibility of voting in the next European elections, we zero in on some of the biggest threats and opportunities facing our democracies in the digital era.

The EU’s firm commitment to strengthening the Single Market and improving the business environment is reflected in its ambitious Investment Plan for Europe – widely acknowledged as one of the most successful initiatives of the Juncker Commission.

Held in the lead up to two new European Commission Communications on the Single Market and Investment – and in the midst of the ongoing negotiations on the EU’s future budgetary framework – the conference gathered key stakeholders from the European institutions and Member States, as well as private sector representatives from within and outside the EU.

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14 January 2019

The unprecedented speed of societal, technological and geopolitical change today means EU policymaking needs to become more responsive and agile. With its ‘passerelle’ clauses, the Lisbon Treaty allows for a transition to more effective modes of decision-making in areas such as Common Foreign and Security Policy, taxation and social policy, which are central to addressing some of the world’s biggest societal challenges. The EU should not waste the opportunity to better equip itself for demanding times ahead. Shifting to qualified majority voting in selected areas would not only result in more effective decisions but also strengthen the EU as a global actor.

17 December 2018

On 17 December 2018, the European Political Strategy Centre hosted five leading international experts for a High-Level Hearing on ‘Strategic Autonomy in the Digital Age.’ During the Hearing, the experts were asked to address a set of predetermined questions pertaining to the intersection of digital technologies and strategic autonomy.

28 November 2018

Global power shifts, pressure on liberal democracies, challenges to global governance, the transformation of economic models and of the very fabric of societies, new uses and misuses of technology, humanity’s growing ecological footprint: the world may be on the cusp of a new geopolitical, geo-economic and geo-technological order.

To stimulate thinking about the key trends that will shape the world to 2030 – and their possible implications for the EU – we have put together a collection of over 35 original, insightful and forward-looking essays authored by global thought leaders, foresight practitioners and strategists who spoke at the 2018 ESPAS Annual Conference ‘Global Trends to 2030: Shaping the Future in a Fast-Changing World.’

3 December 2018

The once remote-seeming dangers of climate change are today a reality – also in Europe. As the world struggles to limit global warming, what are the major trends reshaping global and European energy markets, regulatory and policy frameworks, and technological progress that will determine whether Europe will, one day, be able to achieve a climate-neutral economy?

Newsletter #6
26 November 2018

With just a few months to go before over 367 million citizens across the EU will be invited to vote in the next European elections, the European Political Strategy Centre – the European Commission’s in-house think tank – zeroes in on some of the biggest threats and opportunities facing our democracies in the digital era.

From election interference and disinformation, to the future of civic participation and liberal democracy, this sixth edition of our thematic newsletter ‘Democracy and Governance in the Digital Age’ highlights some of the world’s most pressing contemporary issues – many of which will also be covered at the landmark European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS) annual conference that takes place later this week (Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 November).

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