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Mid Term Review | PubAffairs Upcoming events & Editorial activities | July – August 2017

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Dear PubAffairs Member/Follower,

we would like to thank you for your interest in and participation to our editorial activities.

We are currently working to improve the services for you, while we are preparing for the next phase of our event series which will restart in September.

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

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Many thanks again for your interest and looking forward to offering you another round of high-level debates!

PubAffairs Bruxelles Editorial Team 

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Featured Analysis | Brexit Talks have started but have the French and British elections changed the tone? by J.Hoerner | Europp – LSE Blogs

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In 2017, citizens in the three largest EU member states have gone (or are due to go) to the ballot box. The general election in the UK was followed by the French legislative elections, while in September, Angela Merkel is facing German voters in her bid to become chancellor for the fourth consecutive time. One of the most pressing issues facing the EU is of course Brexit. And the outcome of this year’s elections in these three key member states will have a significant impact on the way the Brexit negotiations are conducted and the potential outcome. Contrary to most expectations, Theresa May could not increase her majority in the UK’s election and is now dependent on the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to govern. Even though in some respects to the right of the Conservative Party, the DUP has arguably a preference for a ‘softer’ Brexit given Northern Ireland’s close trade links to the Republic south of the border. Moreover, the strong performance of the Scottish branch of the Conservative Party with their socially liberal leader Ruth Davidson could potentially influence the balance of power within the party. Finally, against expectations, the Labour Party, which has a more ambivalent position on leaving the EU, increased its seat share, as did the decidedly pro-European Liberal Democrats.

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Featured Analysis – 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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INVITATION | Sustainable City solutions: a central pillar for the next phase of the EU energy transition? (June 20)

We are most pleased to invite you to participate in an evening of discussion on sustainable city solutions as a central pillar for the next phase of the EU energy transition with our distinguished speakers 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.

The debate will be moderated bu Hughes Belin, freelance journalist.

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About the debate

The executive body of the European Union announced its willingness “to lead the energy transition, not only adapt to it. For this reason, the EU has committed to cut CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 while modernising the EU’s economy and delivering on jobs and growth for all European citizens”. The bold stance of the European Commission has multiple goals: firstly, the fostering of the modernisation of European economy and society in order to remain coherent with the obligations stemming from both the issue of climate change and the commitments of the Paris agreement. Secondly, this policy setting should not only lower both the demand and the dependency on fossil fuels, but should also lower energy costs for EU citizens who could eventually benefit from a more sustainable environment by the use of affordable and advanced solutions.

Ambitious climate goals and respective measures to reduce CO2 emissions as part of the overall Energy Union goals present enormous challenges to cities and communities alike. In addition, cities of all scale will play a crucial role in the next phase of the energy transition towards a low-carbon society. While urban infrastructure needs to be transformed into an active player in the energy system, smart networks will connect urban and rural areas, where the massive deployment of renewable energies in Europe happened in the first place. Districts of all kinds are the nucleus of sustainable development. With decentralised and highly efficient energy solutions for new development areas and renovation projects, communities can actively shape a climate neutral environment. Furthermore, dense urbanized areas are ideal platforms for coupling together different sectors, e.g. electricity with heating and transport.

While smart meter applications and devices, as part of the development of a vision to integrate information and communication technology (ICT) and Internet of things (IoT), are the crucial enablers of the vision of sustainable city solutions, an adequate level of financing for the transition towards a low carbon energy economy is also of prior importance for the environmental and economic sustainability of the whole of the EU in the years to come. Smart city solutions could, for example, allow for proper energy storage and water and sewage treatment, as well as for smart metering and environmental monitoring. However, the policy solutions of a more sustainability-friendly EU are encountering a series of challenges.

The Clean Energy Package addresses the above mentioned issues, from local energy communities and self-consumption to smartness indicators for buildings, to long-term renovation strategy and infrastructure for E-mobility, just to mention a few. For instance, while the review of these elements is still under scrutiny, digital solutions and big data still need to be fully integrated, while the questions of data privacy and cyber security are further complicating the findings of integrated policy solutions. Last but not least, the financial side of innovative green projects has often been pointed out by experts and officials as the weak link in the chain.

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

This event will be held under the Chatham House Rule. Participants are free to use the information received but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the attendees may be revealed. For this reason, unless explicitly authorised by PubAffairs Bruxelles, the filming and/or the recording of the event by any means are strictly forbidden.

The event will commence with a welcome drink at 7h00 pm, followed by a panel debate at 7.30 pm. After the panel debate there will be an opportunity for questions and discussions.


We look forward to seeing you at 7h00 pm on the 20th of June at Science14 Atrium, rue de la Science 14-B, Brussels.

All our debates are followed by a drink in a convivial atmosphere.

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EVENT HIGHLIGHTS | The “two-speed Europe” project and the Brexit negotiations: a combined unity test?

On the 26th of April, PubAffairs Bruxelles hosted a debate on the “two-speed Europe” project and the Brexit negotiations: a combined unity test?” with Ms Danuta Maria Hubner MEP (EPP/PL) and Mr Michael Theurer MEP (ALDE/DE). The event was moderated by Graham Bishop, a leading expert in EU and UK Economic, Financial and Government Affairs.

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Five challenges facing next UK premier | EURACTIV.com with AFP

Screen Shot 2017-06-09 at 17.17.55Whoever ends up becoming Britain’s new prime minister faces a daunting five years in office, with the negotiations of the country’s withdrawal from the European Union topping the list of priorities. According to the authors, the five main challenges ahead consist of Brexit, terrorism and security, the economy, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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Featured Analysis | Trump’s Climate Scapegoat, by s. Tharoor | Project Syndicate

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By accusing India of demanding “billions and billions and billions of dollars” as a condition for its participation in the Paris climate agreement, US President Donald Trump has ruffled what promised to be a close relationship between the world’s two largest democracies. After Trump singled out India in his speech renouncing the Paris accord, Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj retorted that “there is absolutely no reality” in Trump’s allegation. According to Swaraj, India joined the agreement not “out of greed or fear,” but “because of our commitment to protecting the environment.” India thus has no choice but to build new coal plants in the medium term. As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pointed out when the Paris agreement was concluded, India still needs to “grow rapidly to meet the aspiration of 1.25 billion people, 300 million of whom are without access to energy.”

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