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Europe is in the anticipation of NATO summit which will take place on June, 11-12 in Brussels. Before this meeting the Pentagon thoroughly analyzed all allies’ expenses on collective defence. It turned out that NATO members’ defence budgets don’t reflect real needs of the Alliance. Among the twenty-nine members, only the United States is really… » read more

  Posted by News from the Baltic States

The European Union and Ukraine have a broad range of tools of integration covering different aspects of relations: Association Agreement, law enforcement and readmission cooperation, visa liberalization, Creative Europe etc. Both parties expressed intention to cooperate on joining Ukraine to Customs Union, Energy Union, and Single Digital Market. Launch of visa-free regime was the second… » read more

  Posted by Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels

Guest post by Vidvuds Beldavs, strategist for NZP FOTONIKA-LV, the national photonics platform of the University of Latvia Juncker’s European Commission (EC) has until the end of its term 31 October 2019 to take decisive action to address Europe’s energy problematique – intermingled problems that cannot be solved independently. The EU needs to maintain robust… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

On the 2nd May 2018, the European Commission introduced its first draft of the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework as well as a special provision[1] outside the MFF regulation. Its intention is to assure that beneficiary countries respect “a sound financial management and the Rule of Law” – if a member state breaches these principles, it… » read more

  Posted by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

New report shows why the planned EU ban on unfair trading practices is urgently needed Millions of women and men who produce our food are trapped in poverty and face brutal working conditions, despite billion-dollar profits in the food industry, reveals a new report published by Oxfam today. The report, ‘Ripe for Change’, also assesses… » read more

  Posted by Oxfam's EU Advocacy office in Brussels

Guest blog post by Maarten de Groot, Campaign Coordinator ECI campaign and Daniela Vancic. The ECI Campaign is highly disappointed that the majority of the Constitutional Affairs Committee of the European Parliament yesterday decided to ignore our call, supported by more than 70 civil society organisations, to take greater ownership and responsibility for the European… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Guest blog post by Eugenio Cusumano, assistant professor in International Relations, University of Leiden The recent disembarkation in Valencia of the migrants rescued by the Aquarius, a ship operated by the charity SO-Mediterranée, solves a diplomatic standoff in danger of turning into a humanitarian crisis. The roads and sea routes to hell, however, are paved… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Guest blog post by Angela Mills Wade, Executive Director, European Publishers Council MEPs will vote this week on the controversial Publisher’s [neighbouring] right. There’s a lot at stake: As MEPs consider the details: the wording, the phrasing, the multiple possible interpretations, the nitty gritty of every line in every article of the draft EU Copyright… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Guest blog post by Lionel Rudant, Strategic Marketing, CEA-Leti and Bernard Strée, European Research Program, CEA-Leti The Industrial Revolution beginning in the mid-18th Century and its periodic echoes were driven by electronic miniaturisation that led to massive, low-cost production of consumer goods. From now on, new technologies will be deployed and adopted based on the… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Since the advent of the financial crisis of 2008 and the migration crisis of 2015, populism and Euroscepticism has gained traction within the EU, particularly amongst the member states that joined the EU in its 2004 expansion. With this surge of populism, authoritarian state leaders have risen to challenge the foundations of the EU itself;… » read more

  Posted by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

Before Donald Trump’s ascension to power, Washington, Berlin, and Paris were essentially on the same policy page toward pacifying the conflict in Donbas. The broad aim was to contain the violence and facilitate direct talks between Moscow and Kyiv. The Trump administration’s track toward Russia and Donbas has been disjointed, but lately, it appears to… » read more

  Posted by Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels

Europeans from all over the continent convened in The Hague this weekend to celebrate the seventieth anniversary of the Congress of Europe. The 1948 conference marked the beginning of the post-war process of European integration. The participants, whose deliberations stressed the importance of civic engagement in shaping Europe’s future, gathered in the ancient Knight’s Hall… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Summary of the decision On May 24, the European Commission has published its final and binding decision in its antitrust/cartel case 39816 on Upstream gas supplies in Central and Eastern Europe by virtue of which it has obliged Gazprom to rectify numerous abuses on the European gas market. Namely, in pursuance to Article 9 of… » read more

  Posted by Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels

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