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The EU and the US: a relationship in motion, by M. Demertzis | Bruegel

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Europe’s post-crisis recovery has been disappointing in comparison with the USA. But lower rates of inequality are staving off populism and bolstering support for globalisation. With the USA an increasingly unpredictable partner, the EU must address internal imbalances and build alliances to defend the multilateral order. The legacy of the financial crisis has left a different trail in the EU economy by comparison to that of the US. Almost a decade after the start of what was undoubtedly the worst financial crisis in the last 50 years, the US has managed to restore financial stability and deliver a convincing path back to growth. The EU, by contrast, has not achieved a credible return to economic vigour. It is true that Europe has seen some renewed growth recently, but it remains weak and precarious. This is in part due to the EU’s weaker institutional resilience. High unemployment, particularly for the young, an excess of non-performing loans on banks’ balance sheets, and an incomplete banking union, all help explain the precarious nature of the stability and growth that we observe.

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PubAffairs Mid-Term Review | Past, Upcoming events & Editorial activities | July 2017

Dear Member/Follower,

We would like to thank you for your interest, participation and/or collaboration with PubAffairs.

We are pleased to announce that we are preparing for the next phase of our event series which will restart in September.

We are also pleased to give you an overview of our event series, which, from January to June 2017, included the following debates:

 

Sustainable City solutions: a central pillar for the next phase of the EU energy transition? 

Mr Dimitrios Sofianopoulos, New Energy Technologies, Innovation and Clean Coal, European Commission, DG ENERG, Ms Dorthe Nielsen, Policy Director, Eurocities, Mr Adrian Joyce, Secretary General, European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EuroACE) and Mr Marco Marijewycz, Technology Policy & Modelling, E.ON discussed the question of sustainable city solutions and their relevance with the next phase of the EU energy transition process.

The debate was moderated by Hughes Belin, freelance journalist.

Event highlights available here | Event pictures available here


 

Payments security: do the EBA RTS on strong customer authentication create an open and secure market for retail payments in Europe?

Ms Silvia Kersemakers, European Commission, Retail Financial Services and Payments, DG FISMA, Ms Marie Pascale Brien, Senior Policy Advisor, European Banking Federation, Mr Matthias Hönisch, Head of Card Business Unit, National Federation of Cooperative Banks and Ms Emma Mohan-Satta, Fraud Prevention Consultant, Kaspersky Fraud Prevention, together discussed the effects of the recently released European Banking Authority’s regulatory technical standards on strong customer authentication and the creation of an open and secure market for retail payments in Europe.

Ms Emma Mohan-Satta held an introductory speech, while Mr Pascal König, Policy Advisor, E-commerce Europe, was also present for comments.

The debate was moderated by John Rega, Chief Correspondent, Financial Services at MLex

Event highlights available here | Event pictures available here

 


 

The ‘two-speed Europe’ project and the Brexit negotiations: a combined unity test? 

Ms Danuta Maria Hubner MEP (EPP/PL) and Mr Michael Theurer MEP (ALDE/DE) engaged in two topical matters for the future of the European Union while the UK was grappling with internal disagreements on both the timing of the triggering of Article 50 and the establishment of the extent to which the British Parliament should have controlled the Brexit process. In this context, the leaders of the EU’s four largest economies organised a meeting in Paris in order to prepare the 25th of March EU summit in Rome as well as to (re) launch the so-called ‘two-speed Europe’ proposal.

The debate was moderated by Graham Bishop, leading expert in EU and UK Economic, Financial and Government Affairs.

Event highlights available here | Event pictures available here

 


ETS and renewables: a win-win strategy?

Mr Peter Zapfel, Head of Unit, ETS Policy Development and Auctioning, European Commission, Mr Ruud Kempener, Policy Officer, Renewables and CCS Policy Unit, European Commission, Mr Michel Matheu, Head of EU strategy, EDF, and Mr Daniel Fraile, Senior Analyst, Wind Europe together discussed the long-standing issues of the emission trading system (ETS) revision, notably one of the European Union’s pivotal policy instruments for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) for the period 2021-2030.

Mr Florent Le Strat, Researcher and Expert, Climate policy R&D, EDF  held an introductory speech about a recent EDF study entitled “Towards a successful coordination of climate energy policies”.

The debate was moderated by Hughes Belin, freelance journalist

Event highlights available here | Event pictures available here


 

What could be the features of the Pan-European Personal Pensions initiative (PEPP)?

Ms Nathalie Berger, Head of Unit, Insurance and Pension, European Commission, DG FISMA, Mr Heinz K. Becker MEP (EPP/AU), Mr Bernard Delbecque, Senior Director, Economics & Research, EFAMA and Mr Guillaume Prache, Managing Director, Better Finance discussed the European Commission’s  legislative initiative to launch a legislative framework for a Pan-European Personal Pensions (PEPP) system.

Ms Sultana Sandrell, Trade, Economic and Financial Affairs Unit, Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU and Mr Philippe Setbon, Member of the AFG Strategic Committee, respectively held an introductory speech.

The debate was moderated by Mr Pierre Bollon, Chief Executive, French Asset Management Association.

Event highlights available here | Event pictures available here



Will the year 2017 be a defining moment for the EU? 

Mr Reinhard Butikofer MEP (Greens/DE), Mr Pawel Swieboda, Deputy Head of the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC) and Mr Roland Freudenstein, Policy Director of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies discussed the role of the European Union in the global context with special regard to Transatlantic relations as well as  the possible ways to finalise some of the most important initiatives related to the deepening of the EU integration process ahead of the Commission’s White Paper on the future of Europe.

The debate was moderated by Chris Burns, long-time journalist and moderator.

Event highlights available here | Event pictures available here


We hope you have enjoyed participating in our debates as well as following our daily news.

We will continue to keep you up to date on the latest cutting-edge EU-related issues trough our website, as well as through our social media channels.

 
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EVENT HIGHLIGHTS | Sustainable City Solutions: a central pillar for the next phase of the EU energy transition?

On the 20th of June, PubAffairs Bruxelles hosted a debate on sustainable city solutions as a central pillar for the next phase of the EU energy transition. Mr Dimitrios Sofianopoulos, New Energy Technologies, Innovation and Clean Coal, European Commission, DG ENERG, Ms Dorthe Nielsen, Policy Director, Eurocities, Mr Adrian Joyce, Secretary General, European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EuroACE) and Mr Marco Marijewycz, Technology Policy & Modelling, E.ON were all present as speakers. The debate was moderated by Hughes Belin, freelance journalist.

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Featured Analysis | Bloody difficult’ Britain has already blown its chances of a good deal from the EU27 | Europp – LSE Blog

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The run-up to the Brexit negotiations has been disastrous for the UK, writes former negotiator Steve Bullock. It has hectored and insulted the EU27’s intelligence and undermined its own credibility. The chances of securing a good deal in the time left are minimal: approaching extremely complex negotiations, Britain chose to be ‘bloody difficult’. Being “tough” and being “difficult” are not the same thing. Being tough can work, but only if deployed sparingly at strategic points in negotiations. Being difficult for difficult’s sake never works. It simply breaks trust and creates resentment leading to a justifiable unwillingness in partners to compromise. Successful negotiation in the EU is not, contrary to popular belief, about thumping the table and demanding you get everything you want for nothing in return. It’s also not about undermining your opposite numbers (oppos in Brussels-speak), or insulting their intelligence by making outlandish claims. Yet, in preparing for Brexit negotiations, the UK government has done all of these things with, it seems, gusto and pride. Trust is key to a successful negotiation. Both sides must know that the other is negotiating in good faith. Both may know that walking away is an option in extremis, but openly threatening this undermines trust that a solution is being sought. Any compromises or concessions require trust and good faith.

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The G20’s Role Reversals: the list of pressing global issues confronting G20 leaders seems to grow every year | Project-Syndicate.org

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Since the Group of Twenty (G20) was founded in 1999, the United States and China have generally managed to restore or instill confidence in the international order, even when other members were mired in crisis. And in the ensuing years, both countries have maintained stable growth and weathered economic storms better than most. G20 summits thus became occasions for the US and China to flex their muscles as they helped others, not least the members of the eurozone. But, at this year’s G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, the tables seem to have turned. The US under President Donald Trump has no appetite – or, it appears, the ability – for global leadership, and China is confronting mounting threats to growth and stability, whereas the European Union is now growing faster than at any time since 2008. And recent elections in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and France seem to have closed the door on the threat of populism in Europe, at least for now.

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EVENT HIGHLIGHTS | Payments security: do the EBA RTS on strong customer authentication create an open and secure market for retail payments in Europe?

On the 31st of May, PubAffairs Bruxelles hosted a debate on the recently published EBA Regulatory Technical Standards on Strong Customer Authentication and their ability to provide an open and secure market for retail payments. Ms Silvia Kersemakers, Policy Officer, Retail Financial Services and Payments, European Commission, Ms Pascal-Marie Brien, Senior Policy Advisor, European Banking Federation, Mr Matthias Hönisch, Head of card Business, National Federation of Cooperative Banks and Ms Emma Mohan-Satta, Fraud Prevention Consultant, Kaspersky Fraud Prevention, spoke at the event. Mr Pascal König, Policy Advisor, E-Commerce Europe provided a closing statement. The debate was moderated by John Rega, Chief Correspondent at Mlex. 

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Who Will Fill America’s Shoes? by N.R. Haas | Project-Syndicate

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It is increasingly clear that US President Donald Trump represents a departure when it comes to America’s global outlook and behavior. As a result, the United States will no longer play the leading international role that has defined its foreign policy for three quarters of a century, under Democratic and Republican presidents alike. We have already seen many examples of this change. The traditional US commitment to global organizations has been superseded by the idea of “America first.” Alliances and security guarantees once regarded as a given are increasingly conditioned on how much allies spend on defense and whether they are seen to derive unfair advantage from trade with the US.  More broadly, foreign trade is viewed with suspicion – supposedly a source of job loss rather than an engine of investment, job creation, growth, and stability. Immigration and refugee policies have become more restrictive. Less emphasis is being placed on promoting democracy and human rights. More dollars are going to defense, but fewer resources are being devoted to supporting global health or development This is not to be confused with isolationism. Even Trump’s America will continue to play a meaningful role in the world. It is using military force in the Middle East and Afghanistan, increasing diplomatic pressure on North Korea to rein in its nuclear and missile programs, and renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. And the policies of states, cities, and companies will translate into an American commitment to climate change, despite Trump’s decision to abandon the Paris agreement.

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Photo Album | Debate | Sustainable City solutions: a central pillar for the next phase of the EU energy transition?

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OUR UPCOMING JOB CALL IS NOW OPEN ! | EU Public Policy Assistant at PubAffairs | The call for applications is open until the 30th June 2017

EU Public Policy Assistant – Autumn Internship

PubAffairs Bruxelles is looking for a highly-motivated Public Policy Intern who is willing to gain a hands-on approach to EU Public Policy and Communications or to improve his/her knowledge and experience in this domain. The Intern will be hired around the beginning of September for a period of 6 months. The internship may lead to an extension or a permanent position within the organisation.

General profile:

The Intern will be part of a small and dynamic team and will have the chance to be involved in all operational aspects of the organisation. It is essential that applicants have excellent academic credentials, possess very good IT and communications skills, accuracy and attention for details, and are ready to work in a flexible and fast-paced manner. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of both the President of PubAffairs Bruxelles and of the Communications Director.

Tasks:

  • Monitoring EU public policies of interest to PubAffairs Bruxelles;
  • Producing ad hoc researches, background notes and/or presentations on relevant items debated within EU Institutions;
  • Assisting in the communications activities of the organisation;
  • Assisting in the organisation of events and meetings, as well as in other PR and commercial tasks;
  • Drafting documents and reports for internal and external use;
  • Keeping track of the organisation’s agenda;
  • Acting as a back-up to other colleagues;
  • Event organisation, administrative, office-management work is also an important part of the job.

Professional profile:

  • Graduate or recent graduate in Law, European Studies, Political Sciences, Economics or related disciplines;
  • Hard-working and willing to achieve results;
  • Excellent analytical, writing, and communication skills;
  • Demonstrated interest and kbowledge in EU affairs, public policy and European political mainstreams;
  • Excellent team-player and capable of working both independently and as a team;
  • Proactive, problem solving and positive attitude;
  • Native or nearly-native English language skills;

Desirable:

  • Very good knowledge of French and/or German. Other languages are an asset, too.
  • Very good knowledge of specific EU politics mainstreams as well as sectorial policies is definitely an advantage;
  • Previous experience in European Affairs or EU institutions (Blue Book trainees welcome);
  • Work experience in communications tools, design programs and social media.
  • Sense of humour and humble-but-confident attitude

What we offer:

  • A six months paid internship within a well growing organisation;
  • A valuable working experience in a dynamic and well-growing organisation;
  • The possibility of gaining or expanding your knowledge and your operational expertise in the domain of EU public policy-making, as well as the chance of gaining a permanent position.

The deadline for the candidature for this position is the 30th of June 2017 at 12.00PM GMT+1.

How to apply:

Please send your CV (maximum 2 pages) and motivation letter (maximum 1 page) in this order, in one document and in “.pdf” format to info@pabxl.eu

The e-mail should: be addressed to Ms Monaco, contain “EU Public Policy Assistant – Application” in the subject line, as well as  a simple text on the core of the mail (e.g. not your motivation letter) with your contact details including current address of residence, phone and e-mail.

Please note that applications which are not complying with the following instructions will be immediately disregarded 

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