European Union

  • AMSTERDAM WINS EMA PRIZE

    After more than 18 months of speculation, and the toss of a coin, we now know that the new host city for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be Amsterdam. In this short piece, we take the temperature of what this means for European citizens – and consider how high fevers can be avoided and…

  • What’s next for the EU? – The 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome

    The European Union celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome on 25 March 2017. The Treaty of Rome is the bedrock of the longest period of peace the continent has ever experienced. Yet as leaders of the EU celebrate this achievement, multiple challenges lie ahead, ranging from populism, the refugee crisis, Brexit, geopolitical…

  • Brexit’s Impact on R&D Funding

    The UK is a global leader in R&D and benefits more from EU research funding than any other EU country – receiving €1bn annually. It is also home to many top researchers from other EU countries who are invaluable to maintaining the quality of UK universities. Business also benefits from such expertise and the funds…

  • State of the Union – steadying the ship

    Brexit, economic sluggishness and the refugee crisis has dented the EU’s reputation over recent months both at home and abroad. These were the challenges confronting Jean-Claude Juncker – the President of the European Commission – as he contemplated his second annual ‘State of the Union’ speech, which he delivered today at the European Parliament in…

  • Brexit Bowl 8 July

    Two weeks after the historic United Kingdom (UK) referendum on the European Union (EU) and under the shadow of Brexit, the European Parliament (EP) this week met in Strasbourg, the EP’s official seat, for its final plenary session before the summer recess. Across the English Channel, the political fallout in the UK continues to unfold in dramatic fashion:…

  • Brexit’s impact on financial services

    Financial services is possibly the policy area where Brexit will have the strongest impact. The City of London is the largest financial centre in Europe; many financial firms offer their services from their London base, making use of “passporting” rights granted through European legislation, which are now clearly at risk. As a result of being…

  • BREXIT Post-Weekend European Reaction

    Just over 72 hours after the Brexit referendum, politicians and business far and wide spent the weekend reflecting on the outcome and attempting to anticipate the implications and next steps. In the United Kingdom, the result continues to impact political parties across the divide and throughout the whole of the country. Further developments lie in…

  • Spanish general elections – Political deadlock remains

    After six months of political deadlock, Spaniards headed to the polls on Sunday 26 June for an unprecedented repetition of the general elections. The truth is that little has changed since the December ballot that left the country without an elected government. The conservative Partido Popular (PP) has won most votes and increased the number…

  • 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…

  • 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…

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