The EU and the Western Balkans: an end of a romance?
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Scotland and Independence: out of the frying pan and into the fire?
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3rd Edition of Success Bazaar!
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2nd Edition of Success Bazaar! Click on the image to register and click here for the details!
EU/Turkey deal panel debate – Click here for the report
French elections panel debate
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1st Edition of Success Bazaar
Youth and Populism in light of the Austrian presidential election
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Debate on the situation in Poland
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Schengen 2.0 – Do we need a reformed Schengen system?
“Addressing the refugee crisis and managing the migratory pressure on our external borders is the most pressing priority the Union faces today, and instability, war and poverty in our neighbourhood mean that this issue will need to remain at the top of the political agenda for some years to come.”
Commission Work Programme 2016, Strasbourg, 27 October 2015
Vast numbers of refugees have made their way across the Mediterranean to Europe in 2015, creating division in the EU over how best to deal with the crisis. One of the most important achievements of the European Integration is the free movement of people and that the borders are only existing virtually between member states of the Schengen area.
This achievement is currently under huge pressure as we are seeing more and more border controls reinstalled. Contrary to the ominous voices it is still in compliance with the rules of the Schengen system and does not imply the failure of it. Nevertheless, on the long-term, these exceptional measures may override the current regulatory framework.
As the influx of the refugees does not seem to stop we would like to examine the possible short- and long-term changes the decision-makers should decide upon in the future. To create an open and constructive discussion about the future of the Schengen system, we would like to provide a forum to talk about the possibility of a fully redesigned Schengen zone and will also look at the actions that could make the current system working more properly.
The format of our debate makes it easy to share your ideas with the audience and have special questions to our invited experts. We are looking forward to welcome you at our debate and share a drink with you afterwards.
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Two events – Summer of 2016 – a participatory workshop and a social night
Leadarise and the Centre for European Progression invite you to a workshop for men and women on 21st century gender-stereotypes in the workplace. Due to the limited number of spaces, we recommend answering the questions on the sign-up form. We will confirm participation by the end of the week.
CFEP Social Night
The Eurozone at the crossroads – Implosion or Greater Integration?
We organised a debate about the future of the Eurozone on the 23rd of June.
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The past years of global economic upheaval have sorely tested the EU’s Economic and Monetary Union and its crowning achievement, the euro. At base, the problem is simple: the EMU is an outlier in political and economic history, and markets do not know what to expect from its unique combination of a single currency and separate nation-states. The eurozone crisis reveals the challenges of the EU’s sui generis political status—no longer a mere collection of nation-states, yet not a fully fledged federal entity. CFEP wanted to provide the ground for interactive dialogue about what we should expect for the future of European integration and what does the still not fully solved eurozone crisis mean for our future. For that reason we had the pleasure to host the distinguished speakers, namely: Roxana Nedelescu (College of Europe), Alessio Terzi (Bruegel), David M. Garcia (Union of European Federalists), Jan Ceyssens (European Commission) and Sander Roelandt (European Parliament) in order to depict the current and the future situation of the Eurozone and the further European integration.
Which way forward? – The United Kingdom and the European Union
On the 11th of May we, Centre for European Progression, hosted a debate to discuss the possible EU policy the British government will follow after the elections of 7th May and analyze the balances of power and the distribution of the seats after a historic and unpredictable election. The distinguished guests that contributed to a fruitful and substantial debate were: MEP Seb Dance (S&D, UK) and Pieter Cleppe (Head of Brussels Office, Open Europe). Our aim was to create a balanced panel, invite young professionals to speak about this topic, representing different sides of the political spectrum.
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We have uploaded a follow-up interview with Pieter Cleppe and Seb Dance to our ‘News’ section. Read it here.
A new ambition for Europe? – The Energy Union – Opportunities and Challenges
The European Commission pushes for a new union stating that energy should be, along with freedom of movement for people, goods and services, a key dimension of the EU while it would help tackling climate change as well. Through this event Centre for European Progression seeks to address the issue whether the Energy Union will be able to reach the balance between granting EU powers because all depends on the enforcement and implementation of energy policy goals in member states.
On the 22nd of April, Centre for European Progression held an event entitled ‘The Energy Union – A new ambition for Europe? Opportunities and Challenges’.
Our distinguished speakers were: Ms. Siobhán McGarry (Avisa Partners), Mr. Cillian O’Donoghue (Fleishman Hillard), Mr. Marco Giuli (European Policy Centre), and Mr. Ben McPherson (Brussels Energy Club).
A wind of change? – Syriza’s first months in power and its political and economic impact on Europe
On the 25th of March (a symbolic day for Greece) we, Centre for European Progression, hosted a debate to discuss about the Greek government’s two months in power from a political and economic point of view. We discussed what kind of deal Syriza could reach with its European partners as well as with its voters back home and how the Greek situation could influence the future of the European integration, especially the eurozone. The panel was composed of the distinguished speakers namely: Mr. Bodo Ellmers (Eurodad), Mr. Constantine Levoyannis (Greek Energy Forum), Mr. Antonios Nestoras (VUB-IES), and Mr. Marco Giuli (European Policy Centre).
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The Juncker Investment Plan – A major initiative to get Europe out of the trouble?
Investing in youth and building on the Youth Guarantee Scheme.
“My number one priority will be getting Europe growing again and getting people back to work. Now it is time to roll up our sleeves and get down to work: to kick-start economic recovery, create more and better jobs, address the plight of Europe’s youth for a better future.”
More than 6 million people lost their job during the crisis. Youth unemployment has reached record highs. Europe has lost some of its credibility and the gap between the European Union and its citizens is widening. Especially, young people in Europe have been disappointed by the inefficient measures in the fight against youth unemployment and the lack of understanding of their needs and wishes.
On the 17th of February we, the Centre for European Progression, hosted a debate on the Juncker’s Investment Plan with special focus on the youth. The invited speakers were Ms. Aura Salla, Policy Advisor – Cabinet of Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, Mr. Fabian Willermain, Research Fellow of Egmont Institute and Mr. Pieter Cleppe, Head of the Brussels Office of Open Europe.
Ms. Salla began her contribution by presenting the priorities and main aspects of the European Commission’s investment plan. She expressed that the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), which will be established in close partnership with the European Investment Bank (EIB), would boost growth and put an additional risk capacity on the European investment plan. The EFSI is the main channel to mobilise at least €315 billion in additional investment for the real economy over the next three years. It will boost public spending and unlock private investments by financing projects with a higher risk profile.
She mentioned that she would like to see the entrepreneurs and SMEs taking more risk, in order to attract investors, money and create jobs. EFSI constitutes a part of the solution on the liquidity aspects that torment European Union. Additionally, Ms. Salla asked for improvement of investment environment towards a deeper Single Market, with better regulation, which will change Europe in the long-term.
Mr. Willermain took the floor by underlining the importance of the Investment plan for Europe and the adequacy of EU’s contribution to that. He referred to the projects and the reaction of the private sector. Mr. Willermain stated that he would like to see if investors and SMEs will be engaged in these projects. He also underlined that the selection criteria must be very specified and well-detailed to boost growth and mentioned that according to his point of view some of the already submitted projects by Member States do not serve this purpose.
Mr. Cleppe, started his speech by supporting the general purpose of the European Commission’s investment plan, however he did mention that there are some points that need additional tuning and improvements. He expressed his concerns if this plan could encourage private investors to take on greater risk. Mr. Cleppe stated that he was not sure if the EU values and EU’s involvement could return more benefits on private investment than the broad market. By concluding, he pointed out that it is very controversial and could breach state-aid rules if the participation of the Member States to that plan-project will not be counted to their national deficits.
We decided to focus on how the Investment Plan proposed by Jean-Claude Juncker could help the economic situation of the youth. Click here for details.
EUuntied on the situation of migration in Ukraine – 3rd of December 2014
The Centre for European Progression organized an event at the Aloft Hotel Schuman on the 3rd of December and invited three young professionals to talk about the current situation of migration in Ukraine.
Thibaud Deruelle, a Senior Academic Assistant from College of Europe talked about the general characteristics of Ukrainian migrants, the regions they are moving to, the different visa-regimes they face when they want to leave their country. He provided a well-detailed overview on migration patterns and the recent changes of them.
Anna Yavorska, the Head of the Brussels Office of NGO Bridge EU-Ukraine presented recent information on IDPs, their current legal and economic status in Ukraine and came up with interesting figures about how the number and conditions of IDPs have changed since the breakout of the crisis.
Quentin Boulanger, an Energy Expert at the Institution for Energy Efficiency of Ukraine focused on how the international community, especially the European Union could provide help for people who are struggling to meet their everyday needs and he raised a few open questions which triggered an interesting discussion between the participants and the speakers.
We would like to thank everyone who contributed to our discussion.
Young Pioneers in Brussels
We were hosting an introductory event entitled
“Young Pioneers in Brussels – Innovative Ideas to put Europe back on track”
at the Microsoft Executive Briefing Centre (Rue Montoyer 51, Brussels) on the 30th of September.
The Centre for European Progression was hosting this evening in co-ordination with the European Young Entrepreneurs.
During this event participants had the opportunity to explore innovative ideas and initiatives for the future of Europe, conceptualised through the young professional generation. These range from movements towards greater inclusion of youth in policy and business sectors, to entrepreneurship; and innovative policy to unique professional training events. At this solution-orientated forum we introduced some of the initiatives that young Europeans have developed to help Europe move towards greater prosperity.
Benedek was talking about our future plans and how we imagine to organise the EUuntied debate nights.