The final session of Friends of Europe's annual Balkans Summit focused on regional actions: democracy, peace and stability as well economic development, integration and interconnectivity in the Western Balkans do not just depend on the policies and actions of national governments but also on the role of regional, municipal and city authorities.
The second session of Friends of Europe's annual Balkans Summit addressed the business opportunities of the Western Balkans. Growth and employment have increased especially in countries that have made significant progress in economic reforms and improved the environment for domestic and foreign investments.
The first session of Friends of Europe's annual Balkans Summit focused on peace, democracy and reconciliation in the region. While their membership of the European Union is progressing slowly, countries in the Western Balkans are moving swiftly up the European agenda.
The second session of Friends of Europe's Security Summit 2017 wanted to answer the following questions: Would clear time frames by the EU or NATO for European governments' catch-up efforts help or hinder the momentum towards improved capabilities? How do states’ defence spending policies impact their abilities to prepare for war, and what new threats must governments take into consideration?
The first session of Friends of Europe's Security Summit 2017 wanted to answer the following questions: Faced with evolving geopolitical concerns, is a consensus emerging in the EU or NATO on the need to promote greater dialogue with Russia that would entail listening and not just talking? How should military and civil policymakers adapt the current security doctrine to address the evolving hybrid threats and challenges of the 21st century?
The second session of Friends of Europe's Security Summit 2017 wanted to tackle the following questions: Are NATO, the US and the EU on the same wavelength on the policies needed to tackle Daesh-related terrorism while stabilising civil societies in the Arab world? The deterioration in both Europe's and America's relations with Turkey is an unwelcome development in terms of Middle Eastern security efforts. What policy solutions are available to NATO, the EU and their member states?
This event, organised in the framework of the Housing Solutions Platform, focused on identifying and implementing innovative and effective policies to meet current needs presents both a financial and political challenge.
This event, organised in the framework of the Housing Solutions Platform, focused on the innovative financing instruments and approaches that are being implemented to balance housing supply and demand, tackle inefficient and costly housing markets, and improve housing systems.
In partnership with the International Energy Agency (IEA), Friends of Europe’s annual high-level conference and presentation of the International Energy Agency’s flagship World Energy Outlook, regarded as the gold standard in energy analysis, discusses the rapidly-evolving global energy landscape and its implications for Europe.
Ahead of the 2018 EU-China Year for Tourism, the conference will look at China’s growing soft power and global influence, expanding EU-China cultural ties and people-to-people relations. Its first panel will discuss the role of tourism in promoting cultural understanding, while the second will focus on China and Europe’s soft power, including the global rise of China’s creative and innovative industries and EU-China cultural cooperation.
Average carbon prices in 2020 are likely to be almost nine per cent lower than forecasted in 2016. This makes it less attractive for stakeholders in the EU carbon market to invest in the technology needed to hit emissions targets. At EU level, talks on the fourth phase of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) continue, but with little consensus: effective change towards a European economy-wide carbon price requires more time. But in the run-up to major elections in Europe, the national level...
Despite Europe’s efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of the electricity sector, and the substantial growth of renewables, coal – the most carbon-intensive fuel – still accounts for nearly 80% of the EU power sector’s emissions and its share in the mix is virtually unaltered. Europe’s role as a climate leader and the growth of intermittent renewables ask for an evolution of its energy mix towards greater flexibility and lower carbon emissions. The European Commission’s Clean Energy...
The United States has pulled out of the Paris agreement, and the rest of the world is eager to fill the void. It’s time for the energy transition to step up a gear to strengthen European leadership, global cooperation and international governance and move to a green and resilient economy. Progress is being made. China, which accounts for about 30% of global emissions, is pledging to invest $360bn in renewables over the next three years. In 2014 more than half of all Latin America’s...
Jamie Shea is Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges Division at NATO and Trustee of Friends of Europe. He participated Friends of Europe's policy insight on transatlantic cooperation and Europe's southern neighbourhood on 28 June 2017.
Teri Schultz is a freelance Reporter for National Public Radio, CBS and Deutsche Welle. She participated Friends of Europe's policy insight on transatlantic cooperation and Europe's southern neighbourhood on 28 June 2017.
The 7th EU-China Forum looked at the future directions of EU-China relations in an age of increased uncertainties. The first session analysed China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)and its impact on the relationship with the West. Speakers included: Ambassador and Head of Mission of China to the EU Yang Yanyi, Chi Fulin (China Institute for Reform and Development), Pino Musolino (North Adriatic Sea Port Authority), State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Latvia Andrejs Pildegovičs,...
The 7th EU-China Forum looked at the future directions of EU-China relations in an age of increased uncertainties. In the second session, speakers and participants discussed current geopolitical changes and their impact on both Europe and China and on EU-China relations. Speakers included EU Commissioner for trade Cecilia Malmström, Cao Yuanzheng (BOCI Research), author of “China’s Millennials: the want generation” Eric Fish, Liu Miao (Luzhou Laojiao), Meng Hong (Renmin University of...