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Our regional offices met with experts from the EU institutions, think tanks, NGO and the academic world to shed light on current challenges, changes and credibility  of the EU's Eastern Partnership.

 

A critical assessment of the current ENP.  Experts from the EU institutions, think tanks, NGO and the academic world met our respective regional offices.

The 2016 Presidential election results have been hard to predict but the Republican Donald Trump had been able to convince more than 50% of the electoral delegates. At our event we analysed the outcome and its impact on Europe.

The results of the Russian parliamentary election in September 2016 were predictable in many ways, But is the situation as clear as it seems and what does this recent election tell us about the political situation in Russia?

Is the European Neighbourhood Policy compelled to define its role in Lebanon anew? Is ENP’s focal point to be shared values or stability? The paper gives recommendation for further improvement of the ENP regarding the case of Lebanon.

Find here our contribution to the consultation on the future of the EU's relations with neighbouring countries.

Lampedusa

So far Europe has not acted in unity to find a solution for what has to be considered a humanitarian crisis and rather than on the safeguard of the rights of migrants the focus has mainly been on security. How will Member States now practically commit to the action plan and conclusions? Will the European Agenda on Migration tackle new territory and what else is needed to solve the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean?

Syria, Dar Al-Shifa hospital.

What is the strategy of the European Union and the US behind their war against ISIS? How can the EU and the international community play a more constructive role in Syria and Iraq?

Ukraine

Are the Western sanctions against Russia working, how long should they remain in force and are there any other means to influence Russia’s politics? What else is it the EU can do to strengthen Ukraine? Is a long-term EU membership for Ukraine feasible and how would Russia react to that? What exactly is the driving force behind Putin’s policy towards Ukraine and how can EU-Russian relations evolve under such hostile circumstances?

Syria, Dar Al-Shifa hospital

How can Europe contribute to a much needed broader political strategy for Syria?

Regulatory cooperation under TTIP

One of the most central topics of the ongoing negotiations is the removal of so called non-tariff measures (NTMs) through regulatory cooperation.

Using international policy processes as entry points for reform of fossil fuel subsidies in the EU and the USA

In this report, we assess the potential of three relatively promising international processes - the focus on fossil fuel subsidy (FFS) reform in the G20 group, the Sustainable Develoment Goals (SDGs), and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) - to act as possible routs to reform in a transtlantic context.

Promises and Perils of the TTIP

In this paper, we outline some of the concerns key for healthier, more equitable and sustainable agriculture and food systems.

Peace building experiences from countries formed by the disintegration of Yugoslavia

The countries formed after the disintegration of Yugoslavia need to be aware of their potential to enrich the European Union by making their own contribution. In this sense, paradoxically, the negative experience of war becomes an opportunity to embed their direct peace building experiences into EU security policy, and thus work together toward conflict prevention.

Syria

The security of both the Syrian refugees and of the hosting communities is at risk. The European Union may be the largest donor with the total humanitarian assistance committed by the EU over 1.85 billion euro, but there is more the EU and its Member States should do.