February 2015

  • The Energy Union – A wiring scheme for Europe’s energy future

                      Energy Union is one of the main priorities of the Juncker Commission. The Communication adopted on 25 February outlines the strategy that evolves around five dimensions such as security of energy supply, internal energy market, decarbonisation and energy efficiency and lists the legislative and non-legislative initiatives…

  • Shaping the Capital Markets Union

    To date the market for bonds, stocks and derivatives remains highly fragmented along national borders. Barriers to a genuine European capital market range from the high administrative cost to access capital markets and national limitations to what assets pension funds can invest in, to the general lack of trust of retail investors in financial markets…

  • Anti-US Sentiments – A concern for business?

                  The Snowden revelations, domination of the internet by US companies and the ongoing critical debate about TTIP impact public opinion of US business in the EU. While the US is by far Europe’s most important partner in political as well as economic terms, US companies are increasingly concerned…

  • CCS: A painful start for a promising technology

    Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is critical to achieve the reduction in CO2 emissions necessary to manage global warming and keep energy affordable. However uptake of CCS in the EU has been disappointing – despite political support – and not a single CCS facility in Europe is yet operational. Recent developments in the UK, where…

  • Europe’s energy future – destructive innovation and change

    Hosted by FTI Consulting Brussels’ Head of Energy Kerstin Duhme, FTI Consulting’s Ladies Who Lunch Network welcomed Susanne Nies, Head of the Distribution System Operators Unit at Eurelectric on Monday 26 January. With a wealth of experience in energy and power generation, Susanne shared a frank and refreshingly provocative view on Internal Energy Market, the…

  • Democratising coding to drive growth

    Coding is the 21st century literacy. From Elon Musk to Andrus Ansip, everyone is urging kids to learn to code. A European Commission report says that Europe is currently short of some 500,000 ICT jobs in development, analysis and management, a number that is set to nearly double by 2020. At the same time, unemployment…

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