Public Affairs

14-09-2011

The press in Europe: Freedom and pluralism at risk

The European Union has long been hailed as one of the areas of the world with the greatest press freedom. However, NGOs and international organisations warn that this may be under threat as the media becomes increasingly concentrated in ever fewer hands and some governments engage in politically-motivated lawsuits and outright censorship.

03-03-2011

Who runs EU energy policies?

The EU is putting in place an ambitious energy policy in a bid to improve security of supplies and achieve bold CO2 reduction targets. But how does the EU decision-making process function on energy-related issues? And what is the role of the industry sector and interest groups?

10-02-2011

The European Citizens’ Initiative

The European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) is the EU's foremost instrument of direct democracy and the first of its kind in a transnational context. Introduced by the Lisbon Treaty, will be used from 1 April 2012.

08-01-2010

Musical chairs: Officials take turns at European Commission

Since the presentation of the new team of European commissioners by José Manuel Barroso, officials have been busy swapping seats in a round of 'musical chairs' that involves some of the most powerful EU jobs in Brussels.

01-10-2009

Transparency Initiative

The drive to strengthen ethics rules for EU policymakers and the estimated 15,000 lobbyists, NGOs and other pressure groups seeking to influence them in Brussels has triggered extensive public debate since the European Commission launched its Transparency Initiative in 2005. But will it be enough to restore citizens' confidence in the European project? 

26-08-2009

EU Communication Policy

Communicating with EU citizens has long been a primary concern of the European Commission, with the need to boost popular trust in the European project becoming more important following the rejection of the EU constitution by French and Dutch voters and more recently rejection of the Lisbon Treaty by the Irish.

26-02-2009

The changing face of European think-tanks

The number of think-tanks in Europe has more than quadrupled in recent years, and they have become more active and inventive at disseminating policy solutions to decision-makers. But they are at risk of turning into lobbyists as they face issues related to funding, autonomy and innovation.

Digital 25-02-2009

Media regulation in the Internet age

The fast-moving world of Web-based media has long been defined by a lack of regulation, but as legislators and industry begin to grapple with reigning in the Internet, issues of state aid, freedom of expression and intellectual property have come to the fore.

17-05-2008

Consumer communications: A more popular EU?

Consumer policy is moving up the European Commission's agenda as the EU becomes increasingly concerned about its popularity level among citizens.

Digital 17-04-2008

Web 2.0: New opportunities, new risks

New user-friendly technologies have made the Internet more interactive, turning millions of users into content creators and increasing the services available online. The changes introduced have created a kind of second-generation Internet - the so-called Web 2.0.

26-03-2008

Blogs: Filling the EU’s ‘communication gap’?

Recent years have seen the emergence of a wide variety of blogs on EU affairs, and even European commissioners have begun to post daily messages on their websites under José Manuel Barroso's tenure. But will blogs really lead to more intelligent European debate? 

Corporate Social Responsibility: Back on the EU agenda?

The financial and economic crises have prompted companies to move away from 'business as usual' social models in an effort to behave more responsibly. The question now is whether the new European Commission will revive the debate on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) after a period of stagnation.