Business leaders gathered in Brussels on Thursday for the 11th edition of the European Business Summit 2013. The theme was 'Unlocking Industrial Opportunities - An EU Strategy for Competitiveness' and sessions and discussions addressed topics such as 'Energy and growth' and 'Transatlantic relations', 'Digitalisation of the economy' and 'Financing long term growth'.
Few criticisms of the state of the European Union are more pervasive than the democratic deficit of the European institutions. If so many voters feel there’s a deficit, politicians will have to work hard to improve things or be cast aside, writes Reinhard Bütikofer.
The European Commission and Member States are working together to ensure that resources are invested effectively in order to support smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
With the mid-term update and review of the Europe 2020 Flagship on industrial policy, planned for this year, more sustainable and green solutions could be called for.
Will the remaining year bring changes in policy also for abandoned industrial areas ('brownfields')?
The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is not obsolete and EU member states need to understand its importance for a stronger European security architecture, writes German MEP Reinhard Bütikofer (Greens/European Free Alliance) in a commentary sent to EURACTIV.
Had it not been all too easy in the past to rely on China for supplying Europe's high-tech industries with rare earths, we would not have fallen asleep at the wheel, writes Reinhard Bütikofer, a Green MEP, in an exlusive commentary for EURACTIV.