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Risto Nieminen

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Common agricultural policy

After World War II, Europe was in pieces, devastated and facing a shortage of food. The main objective of the European Coal and Steel Community, a new institution set up in 1952, was therefore to work to unite a fragmented Europe. Continue reading

The added value of international trade and impact of trade barriers

It is recognised that GDP growth and trade are interlinked – consequently, measures which facilitate international trade also have positive effects on the development of GDP. Continue reading

‘Radar’ tool helps EU policy-makers plan for the future

Written by Risto Nieminen, Things change. In the European political environment and in the world in general, society has lately changed faster than ever before. Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA) have increased considerably. Today’s challenges are increasingly fast-moving, interconnected, and complex. Policy-makers nevertheless need solid information on which to base legislation. A systematic approach … Continue reading

Testing times for Schengen [Policy podcast]

Written by Alexandra Gatto, Pierre Goudin, Risto Nieminen, Over the years, the Schengen system has decidedly brought important economic benefits. The combination of a rising number of asylum-seekers, increasing migratory pressure, security concerns and a fragile economic recovery has put the Schengen area under stress, and called into question its functioning. A ‘wave-through’ approach applied … Continue reading

Schengen area: Update and state of play

Written by Alexandra Gatto, Pierre Goudin, Risto Niemenen, Passport-free travel across the Schengen area has been called into question as a result of pressure on certain internal EU borders from the rising number of asylum-seekers and migrants seeking to reach certain Member States, as well as security concerns in the wake of the Paris terrorist … Continue reading

At least €990 billion of untapped economic growth potential

Written by Risto Nieminen Why economic growth is important Weak or negative growth curbs EU economy, endangers fiscal sustainability, hampers income levels and increases unemployment and inequality. The EU’s economic recovery remains fragile and subdued. Labour markets have improved only mildly and weak growth has compounded disinflationary trends. The persistence of high structural unemployment has … Continue reading

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