Greening the EU budget

February 22, 2018

While the European Union is debating its future and attempting to define its policy priorities for the coming decade, it must—at the same time—draft its next financial framework for the post-2020 period. As the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-2020 is nearing completion, discussions concerning its successor have begun; on February 27, 2018, EU leaders will […]

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Globalisation: what project for Europe?

February 2, 2017

Today, globalisation is a disputed political project. Growing inequalities, the situation of “losers” and the “downwardly mobile”, and the lack of transparency in negotiations all cast doubt on the capacity of international trade to contribute to progress. Governments need to answer a question that is both simple and complex: what is the point of globalisation?

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The “Winter Package” on Climate and Energy: does it live up the EU’s ambitions?

December 1, 2016

On Wednesday, November 30, the European Commission published its much anticipated “Winter Package”—a major set of legislative proposals and new policy initiatives on climate and energy. The purpose is to put in place the policies and measures that the EU needs to deliver on its climate and energy targets for 2030 and beyond. The proposed measures […]

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The SDGs: unlocking their potential at the European level

May 12, 2016

Agenda 2030  is a real global policy project on sustainable development. However, the reporting exercise designed by the United Nations will not be enough to ensure its effective implementation. One key to its success lies in the capacity of the targets to generate policy decisions that are conducive to sustainable development. But how exactly? How […]

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Why SDGs should become a crucial issue of national policy debates

April 28, 2016

The appropriation of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) by policy makers is still very variable, and even rudimentary in the developed countries, compared to that of the commitments made during COP21. However, the SDGs do not concern only the countries of the South; they address issues that are also critical in Europe (income inequalities, global […]

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Energy transition strategies in high coal consuming countries

March 23, 2016

A case study for China and Poland – The EU member states are required to put in place a significant transformation towards a low-carbon economy in order to meet the 2030 EU emission targets. Poland faces specific challenges due to its high reliance on domestic coal. The efforts undertaken by other coal intensive economies—like China—to reduce […]

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