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Non-discrimination 18-03-2021

We need to do more than talk about racism

Racism runs deeper than individual acts of hate - it is embedded in the EU’s social, economic and political system. With the Anti-Racism Summit and National Action Plan Against Racism, the EU has a huge opportunity to truly tackle racism, but to do so it needs to tackle it structurally.
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AFEMS dresses European

Over the years, AFEMS – the Association of European Manufacturers of Sporting Ammunition - has undergone many evolutions, in order to be more effective in advancing its missions and promoting the voice of the sector.
Digital & Media 19-06-2013

Data protection: One law should cover EU, governments and private sector

The biggest threat to European citizens’ privacy is posed not by companies, but by governments, according to Digital Europe’s director-general. The US Prism scandal has highlighted the potential for governments to snoop on individuals, which makes it even more important that neither the EU institutions nor other government bodies should be excluded from new data protection rules.

A European diplomatic service in quest of a foreign policy

The Lisbon Treaty introduced a major institutional innovation in the field of external relations by creating a common diplomatic service, the European External Action Service (EEAS). During the past 20 months this service has progressively been set up. With some 3,000 officials and an annual budget of around €500 million, it is still small but unique in its talents and language skills.
Future EU 22-06-2011

How the EU institutions work and how to work with the EU institutions

It is more necessary than ever for private and public organisations to understand how to work with European institutions, argues Alan Hardacre. Though EU policymaking can be complex and difficult, he says that preaching this understanding need not be the monopoly of professional lobbies and consultancies.
Global Europe 06-07-2010

External Action Service: Much ado about nothing

The European External Action Service (EEAS) certainly does not signify the advent of a new dynamism in the EU's common foreign policy. There are too many differences between the interests of the various countries and the positions of the EU institutions and in the long term, all that remains is the hope that the EEAS will have the effect of a large socialisation structure, writes Stefani Weiss of the Bertelsmann Stiftung in a June publication.
EU Priorities 2020 14-05-2009

The European Commission 2004-09: A Politically Weakened Institution?

The European Commission has been "politically weakened" under President José Manuel Barroso's stewardship, suggests a European Policy Institutes Network (EPIN) report compiled by national experts from 25 EU member states.
Public Affairs 23-09-2008

The impact of the EU on real estate in Brussels

"Europe's hold over real estate prices in Brussels is a significant reality," writes Nicolas Bernard of the Facultés Universitaires Saint Louis in the September issue of Brussels Studies, arguing that the effects of this can be moderated if public authorities are willing to do so.
Languages & Culture 10-06-2008

Shakespeare is curbing Molière and Goethe in Brussels

"French and German are unlikely to survive in Brussels" unless both countries "unite to better assert the importance of their languages," argues Marc Foglia, the chief editor of the Groupe des Belles Feuilles, a reflection group, in a post on Blogactiv.
Global Europe 04-06-2008

The pillars of an EU-India partnership

The situation is starting to change between the EU and India, but the relationship between the two was not previously being taken seriously by either side, writes Charles Grant of the Centre for European Reform (CER).
Public Affairs 04-03-2008

Now’s the time for the EU to improve communication with citizens

"The time has come to improve communication between Europe and its citizens," argues Dr. Susana del Río, a senior consultant in the fields of participation and communication with EU citizens.