April 2016

  • A Flagship in the Cloud

    The Commission recently launched a European Cloud Initiative. Many of you reading this may be aware of previous Commission-led efforts in this area; this blog aims to shed light. In 2012 the Commission launched a cloud computing strategy to enable and facilitate “faster adoption of cloud computing throughout all sectors of the economy”. Work streams…

  • Public Tax Reporting – Panacea or scapegoat?

    The leak of the Panama Papers intensifies the debate on tax fairness and actions individuals and companies take to avoid taxes. Although, unlike tax evasion, tax avoidance is legal, policy makers are now looking how to prevent companies from avoiding taxes by stalling their money in tax havens. The European Parliament is seeking to establish…

  • Shale gas hasn’t gone away

    Europe still needs pragmatic solutions to its critical energy challenges. Europe’s Energy Union Strategy shapes the EU’s approach to climate and energy policy. Its intentions are clear:  to provide a framework to address an increasingly turbulent and rapidly evolving geopolitical landscape at a time when our own indigenous resources are declining.  In short, seeking to…

  • MEPs’ Twitter conversations in March 2016 – Turkey

    This month, we were looking what members of the European Parliament and their followers on Twitter had to say about Turkey.  In March, Turkey was the second most commented topic with 8.957 tweets, second only after Brexit, which was the favourite topic of UK MEPs with 9.491 tweets. Turkey’s instrumental role in the refugee crisis…

  • Poland – what direction for Europe’s enfant terrible?

    A conservative government is enjoying for the first time in Polish modern democracy an unequivocal mandate to govern alone, supported by a loyal president. But the first 150 days have prompted a wave of concern about developments in Warsaw. The ruling Law and Justice party is complex: socially conservative but left-leaning on economics. It all…

  • At last enhanced data sharing in Europe

    As the dust settles after the Brussels attacks, it seems that Europe may at last be stirring itself into some sort of coordinated counter-terrorism cooperation, especially in terms of data sharing. While previous terrorist attacks produced noble sentiments and noises of solidarity, they prompted little meaningful in terms of a coordinated approach. Madrid (2004), London…

  • Corporate Reputation takes center stage at ReputationTime 2016 – What we learned from transformers

    The ReputationTime conference took place in Paris on 11 March dedicated to the ‘Transformers’: individuals, activists, nongovernmental associations but also outstanding companies who are conscious about the meaning of their actions and get inspired by the expectations of the communities surrounding them. They manage to have an impact on society and make change happen. The…

  • Media Matters – The Role of Media in European Competition Cases

    DG Competition is the executive arm of the European Commission responsible for overseeing mergers, cartels and State Aid within the EU, the world’s largest single trading bloc. This makes its Commissioner one of the few in Brussels who has real power across the Union and at Member State level. Its current incumbent, Margrethe Vestager, has…

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