Europeans have the highest per-capita consumption of alcohol, and drinking causes nearly 1-in-10 cases of ill health and premature death. The European Commission’s informal alcohol strategy, launched in 2006, is set for a detailed evaluation in 2013, with the policy objective of reducing the health and social harm caused by excessive alcohol consumption.
The United States is often ahead of Europe when it comes to the newest technology but also unhealthy lifestyles. Therefore, the EU could look to the US for solutions on how to deal with obesity, says James O. Hill.
Despite deploying lobbyists and spending several hundred thousands of euros to derail Europe's energy and climate policy ahead of this week's Summit, BusinessEurope – the employers' umbrella organisation - did not succeed in integrating their campaign into the Summit's conclusions, writes Claude Turmes.
This briefing paper by the College of Europe (Bruges,
Natolin) inspects the main economic aspects of EU rail
reform. After highlighting the dramatic loss of market share
of rail since the 1960s, the case for reform is argued to
rest on three arguments: the need for greater competitiveness
of rail, promoting the (market driven) diversion of road
haulage to rail as a step towards sustainable mobility in
Europe, and an end to the disproportional claims on public
budgets of Member States.
: Loris Di Pietrantonio, and Jacques
to download a pdf copy of "The
Economics of EU Railway Reform", Bruges
European Economic Policy Briefings n°8,
College of Europe, Brugge, Natolin (September