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  • The Future of Europe: Is Romania Up To It?

    Just a few months before the start of the Romanian Council Presidency, the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, presented his views on the future of Europe to the European Parliament on 23 October.   The Romanian Council Presidency comes at a critical time due to the daunting challenges the EU is currently facing, ranging from…

  • UN Sustainable Development Goals – A New Role for Business?

    One year after the adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) the European Commission unveiled its Communication on the next steps for a sustainable European future: European action for sustainability. It maps EU’s policies that contribute to the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and launches a reference indicator framework to measure…

  • REFIT: What’s it All About?

    Everybody loves a good plumber. One who comes in, fixes a leak and leaves with a minimum of fuss. That is precisely what the European Commission’s REFIT programme is designed for: give anyone in Europe the opportunity to flag red tape in EU laws and get EU institutions to fix it. Well, that’s the theory.…

  • 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…

  • Towards a Circular Economy

    On 2 December 2015 the European Commission relaunched the Circular Economy Package, which is aimed at improving resource efficiency performances across manufacturing industries and along the whole value chain. The new package will move beyond recycling targets, notably by requiring products to be better designed for repair and reuse. While the circular economy is a…

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