About: Lisbon

Future EU 06-04-2009

Can an Irish protocol be added to Croatia’s Accession Agreement?

"There is unlikely to be anyone with locus standi who would challenge non-compliance with Community law [in the European Court of Justice]" on the Irish protocol issue, writes Stanley Crossick, the founder of the European Policy Centre and a commentator on EU policies, on his blog.
Future EU 24-11-2008

Ireland’s future after Lisbon

Ireland's rejection of the Lisbon Treaty this summer "endangers the national interest as defined for the past half century," according to a November paper from the Dublin-based Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA).
Future EU 10-11-2008

Reflecting on a second Irish Lisbon referendum

The only viable option for the Irish government to resolve the Lisbon Treaty crisis is "to hold a second referendum on the substantive question of whether or not Ireland remains a member state of the EU," writes John O'Brennan, a lecturer on European politics and society at the National University of Ireland, in an October paper for the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).
EU Priorities 2020 09-04-2008

‘Le Monde’ goes Europe, the UK goes chicken

National communication plans on Europe tend to see the EU as a problem, implying that "how to communicate" dominates "what to communicate," write Judith Merkies and Marcel Canoy of the European Commission. Instead, we'd better accept Europe as a fact of life, they argue.
Future EU 03-03-2008

Treaty of Lisbon: A sustainable answer to constitutional questions?

The Treaty of Lisbon represents "another milestone" towards further EU integration in a journey which started over 20 years ago with the Single European Act, write Andreas Hofmann and Wolfgang Wessels of the University of Cologne in an article for 'Integration' magazine.  
Future EU 11-12-2007

Treaty of Lisbon ‘must not fail’

The Treaty of Lisbon represents the abandonment of the "constitutional concept" whereby the current EU treaties would have been replaced by a single text, writes Marianne Dony for the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).

The Lisbon Strategy: the European route to globalisation

The Lisbon Strategy is a challenge for both France and Europe. In France, new presidential and parliamentary cycles are favourable to economic and social reform, argue Yves Bertoncini and Vanessa Wisnia-Weill in this publication from the Robert Schuman Foundation, released in September 2007.

Analysis: Getting Europe to Work

This 38-page working document by the Centre for European Policy Studies examines the role of flexibility in tapping the unused potential in European labour markets

Tax Wedge and Skills: Case of Poland in International Perspective

Researchers of the Centre for Social and Economic Research (CASE) analyse the impact of tax wedges on employment and find that the consequences of tax wedge might be devastating for low-skilled labour.
Trade & Society 22-03-2006

Comment: a growth strategy for France and the EU in the 21st century

The Robert Schuman Foundation asked Jean-Paul Betbèze, Professor of economy at the Paris II-Panthéon-Assas, for a diagnosis on the French and European economies ahead of the Spring European Summit.

An Agenda for Sustainable Growth in Europe

This paper by the Growth Task Force of the European Policy Centre presents a comprehensive analysis on how to achieve long-term sustainable growth in Europe. The paper argues that economic growth is not an end in itself. Rather, economic growth is there to serve a greater ambition: the creation and maintenance of a vibrant, socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable European society.
Technology 20-01-2005

The European Union and its eGovernment development policy

In this book, Antonio Alabau from the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (Spain), tries to answer the following question in the context of the Lisbon strategic objectives: Can the EU, using instruments from its Industrial, Trans-European Networks, Research and Technological Development, Internal Market, Competition and Regional Development Policies, get public administrations to use ICT, carry out organisational changes, improve public services and democratic processes and develop their public policies?
Technology 02-12-2004

ICT and Social Capital in the Knowledge Society

This report from the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS - part of the Joint Research Centre - European Commission) examines the relationship between ICTs and social capital against the backdrop of the Lisbon objectives. It develops the notions of digital divide and death of distance to concludes with key messages to policy makers.

Ten Do-s and Don’t-s for Sustainable Growth in Europe

This EPC paper presents ten 'do-s and don't-s' designed to boost growth in Europe while retaining the positive agenda for jobs, social cohesion and sustainability, which are at the heart of the Lisbon process.

R&D and the Financing of Ideas in Europe

This Working Document argues that the weakness of R&D and the slow accumulation of knowledge in the EU is probably a major reason why Europe has failed to catch up with the US productivity performance during recent decades.

R&D in the EU: Can the Open Method of Coordination Succeed in Closing the Gap?

This CEPS policy brief adds to the discussion that the relative inefficiency of European R&D is to a considerable extent the result of the segmentation of public research efforts and overlapping of competing research programmes, and thus underutilisation of the available human resources.

The European Productivity Slowdown – Causes and Implications

This CEPS policy brief paper concludes that in the short term, an increase in the labour force participation of women and the elderly is unlikely to be achieved without accepting that this expansion of employment will be accompanied by a temporary slow rise in productivity.