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Implementation of the 2014 European Semester

6 language versions available in PDF formatDurchführung des Europäischen Semesters 2014 Ejecución del Semestre Europeo 2014 Mise en œuvre du semestre européen 2014 Attuazione del semestre europeo 2014 Wdrożenie europejskiego semestru w 2014 r. Implementation of the 2014 European Semester Written by Marcin Szczepanski Member States’ economic policies are coordinated at EU level through the … Continue reading

Bitcoin: Market, economics and regulation

Bitcoin is a digital currency which started circulating in 2009. It was the first form of virtual money to become relatively popular. Bitcoin is public in nature as it maintains a log of all transactions. These are verified by its users in a process called mining. The extent of computing power and energy needed to … Continue reading

Self-employment and social security: effects on innovation and economic growth

Self-employment and entrepreneurship represent an important force for innovation and economic growth. Self-employed people make up more than 15% of workers in the European Union. Although the majority work solely on their own account, almost a third of the self-employed create jobs for others. Whilst social security systems differ from one Member State to another, … Continue reading

The “Flexibility Instrument” of the EU budget

If multi-year financial planning includes strict expenditure limits, it can be difficult to deal with unforeseen events or new priorities. In case of need, the EU can resort to its Flexibility Instrument (FI), which has, up to now, been used mainly for external action and competitiveness policies. The maximum annual budget of the FI is … Continue reading

The EU Parliament and the Battle to Secure Our Common Future

By Eric Lowitt This guest blog post is a pre-cursor to the upcoming debate on The Collaboration Economy scheduled for 16 October 2013 at 18.00 to take place in the EU Parliament Library in Brussels. Worldwide we are engaged in a conflict that we must win. This conflict has three components: math, trust, and economic … Continue reading

Corporate tax avoidance by multinational firms

The scale of Member States’ (MS) losses through the increasingly aggres­sive use of tax-avoidance schemes by multi­national companies (MNCs) is difficult to estimate, but is considered serious. Press reports have highlighted the low tax paid by well-known, very successful companies. The tax reduction methods used by MNCs have been well known for decades. They include … Continue reading

EU macro-regional strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR)

Updated October 2014 The European Council endorsed the European Union Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) (on 24 October 2014) and called on all relevant actors to implement it without delay, as outlined in the Council conclusions of 29 September 2014. This strategy builds on the Maritime Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Seas … Continue reading

European Union’s macro-regional strategies

The European Commission has published its report on EU’s macro-regional strategies. It aims to ‘clarify the concept of macro-regional strategies and to evaluate their value added’.  The report and its accompanying document   were submitted to the Council and to the European Parliament in July 2013. Currently, the European Union is implementing two macro-regional strategies: the EU Strategy for … Continue reading

The EU Strategy for the Atlantic Area

The Action Plan for a Maritime Strategy in the Atlantic Area, published in May 2013 by the European Commission, sets out four priorities for research and investment in the eligible regions of  the five Member States (United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Portugal and Spain) participating to the Atlantic Area programme to drive the ‘blue economy’ forward in this … Continue reading

Blue growth

In September 2012, the European Commission (EC) adopted a Communication on blue growth which aims to develop the potential of the EU’s seas, oceans and coasts to create employment and promote innovation and sustainable growth. A wide variety of marine and maritime economic activities fall within the sphere of this initiative, with five specific sectors … Continue reading

EU Steelday sets out needs for European steel sector, Brussels, May 16th, 2013

Three voices were heard at the high level conference on 16 May, entitled “Securing the industrial future with steel in Europe“: The Industry The industry, which stressed that, compared with its competitors, the EU steel industry is facing specific difficulties due to policies that are weakening it: the price of energy is higher in the … Continue reading

Lutte contre la fraude et l’évasion fiscales

6 versions linguistiques disponibles en format PDF Bekämpfung von Steuerbetrug und Steuerflucht Fighting tax fraud and tax evasion Lucha contra el fraude y la evasión fiscal Lotta alla frode e all’evasione fiscali Zwalczanie oszustw podatkowych i uchylania się od opodatkowania Lutte contre la fraude et l’évasion fiscales La lutte contre la fraude et l’évasion fiscales … Continue reading

A single EU banking supervisory mechanism

6 language versions available in PDF format Ein einheitlicher EU Bankenaufsichtsmechanismus Un mecanismo único de supervisión bancaria de la UE Un mécanisme de surveillance bancaire unique pour L’UE Un meccanismo di vigilanza unico per il settore bancario europeo Jednolity mechanizm nadzoru bankowego UE A single EU banking supervisory mechanism Identified as a building block for … Continue reading

China’s role in development in Africa: Challenging the EU approach

China’s two-way “win-win” partnerships with African countries contrast sharply with the traditional asymmetric, one-way donor-recipient relationships between the EU and its African partners. China’s approach to Africa is primarily guided by the quest for natural resources for manufacturing, energy security, and export markets to sustain the burgeoning Chinese economy. Trade, investment and aid are inextricably … Continue reading

Africa Week: Library focus on African development

Our recent focus on China was just the first in a series. This week we put Africa in the centre of attention, to share with you our latest work on African development. But even when the spotlight is on Africa, it is hard to ignore China, a key player in recent years on the black … Continue reading

Business relocation in the EU

Businesses continuously relocate for three main reasons: improved access to markets, lower costs and better skills. There are many factors that need to be looked at in comparing locations. Some of the main ones are labour (costs, availability, productivity and skills), the infrastructure (communication, transport….), the legal, polit­ical and reg­ulatory environment, the size of the … Continue reading

Le Forum Social Mondial : Evolution et enjeux

Le Forum Social Mondial (FSM) a été initié en 2001 au Brésil, dans une tentative de réunir la société civile globale et de favoriser l’élaboration d’alternatives à la mondialisation néolibérale. Conformément à sa Charte de Principes, le FSM constitue un espace de rencontre ouvert pour l’échange des idées, la mise en réseau des participants et … Continue reading

Regulating bankers’ bonuses

Bankers’ bonuses have been under debate with the review of the Capital Requirements Directive (CRD IV). The Directive, meant to regulate the amount of capital banks hold, already includes guidelines on the remuneration of bankers, but the European Parliament has sought to introduce a fixed cap on bankers’ variable pay proportionate to their fixed pay. … Continue reading

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