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After all that has been said this year on the Turkish application to enter the European Union, either by the ‘pro’ people like the Portuguese Manuel Lobo Antunes – Secretary of State of European Affairs -, the British Geoffrey Hoon – same position for the United Kingdom – or Massimo d’Alema, the Italian Minsitry of… » read more

This European Business summit (EBS 2008) workshop will discuss and debate EU policies for stimulating green investment. This post sets out the scope of this EBS 2008 workshop (see EBS ‘08 programme). Everyone interested in the topic, whether they’re coming to EBS 2008 or not, is welcome to use this blog to comment or submit… » read more

After having a look at the Greek Cypriot side of the `Cyprus dispute`, the logical next step is to cross to the North side of the island to ask for some opinions there. So, off I go today, across the UN-patrolled Green Line that splits Nicosia and all of Cyprus in two. Welcome to the… » read more

The second plenary session of the European Business summit (EBS 2008) workshop will discuss energy security. This post sets out the scope of this EBS 2008 plenary (see EBS ‘08 programme). Everyone interested in the topic, whether they’re coming to EBS 2008 or not, is welcome to use this blog to comment or submit their… » read more

This European Business summit (EBS 2008) workshop will discuss nuclear energy. This post sets out the scope of this EBS 2008 workshop (see EBS ‘08 programme). Everyone interested in the topic, whether they’re coming to EBS 2008 or not, is welcome to use this blog to comment or submit their own ideas – see About… » read more

This opening European Business summit (EBS 2008) workshop will discuss the development of a global carbon market. This post sets out the scope of this EBS 2008 workshop (see EBS ‘08 programme). Everyone interested in the topic, whether they’re coming to EBS 2008 or not, is welcome to use this blog to comment or submit… » read more

French president has proposed a new framework for the “bassin Méditerranéen”. That is what he calls the Mediterranean Union. If Europe wants to develop its southern neighbours the technical assistence of the Neighbourhood Policy is not sufficient. I think it is a good starting point but the idea has to be reformulated to be less… » read more

Philip Stephens, in today’s Financial Times writes that European leaders have a better opportunity than for some time to “stop asking what Washington can do for them and start thinking about what they might do for themselves.” The Lisbon agenda should be ratified and the new leadership is not tainted by the fall-out over Iraq.… » read more

Energy Efficiency (EE) efforts have fallen off The International Energy Agency (IEA) compiled an interesting graph, based on information about 10 European countries plus the U.S., Canada, New Zealand and Japan. It can be found on the Executive summary of the book ‘Energy Use in the New Millennium: Trends in the IEA countries’, published on… » read more

One year after it presented its first climate/energy package, the European Commission published [press release] on Wednesday 23 January five further proposals dealing with the strengthening and extension of its greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme (ETS); the individual commitments of member states to reduce non-ETS-sector emissions by 2020; the support mechanisms to produce electricity from… » read more

Our Friday discussion webinars are highly interactive events in small groups, during which expert participants discuss an issue related to sustainable energy. During the session, participants can test arguments and share electronic documents, such as powerpoint presentations, pdf’s, … The events take place in the context of Leonardo ENERGY’s knowledge management & intelligence programme. They… » read more

One of the lessons I took back home after my week’s stay in California is that there is a lot happening in the USA on “sustainability entrepreneurship”. During an inspiring dinner meeting with some friends of the Global Footprint Network, we discussed about several exciting start-ups which have introduced “ecological constraints thinking” into their business… » read more

The Social Platform announced its seven tests for the Slovenian Presidency, upon which it will assess the government in Ljubljana at the end of its mandate in June 2008. The forthcoming Spring Council will launch a a new three year cycle of the Lisbon Strategy. Today, the Slovenian Presidency will submit to […] Original post… » read more

This work is in the Public Domain. I started in 2000 with a process of understanding, developing and discussing a complex conceptual framework I called “The Social Computer”. This could be seen as a thought experiment along the lines of – What can a society achieve if it was more “reprogrammable”, and what could a building achieve… » read more

Wednesday January 23rd the EU package on renewable fuels and climate is advertised. The winning number 20 seems to be secured for the energy efficiency improvements, the fraction from renewables and the reductions of GHG. All should be 20% and achieved by the year 2020. But what about the number 10? Ten percent has been… » read more

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