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Egmont papers

EU-China co-operation in global governance: going beyond the conceptual gap

By Balazs Ujvari (05-04-2017)

In Egmont papers

This Egmont paper aims to identify ways of overcoming the deadlock that often characterises EU-China co-operation in multilateral institutions and processes due to their differing interpretations of global governance. The paper draws on the perspectives of four Chinese experts of EU-China relations, Read more

Oratio pro PESCO

By Sven Biscop (23-01-2017)

In Egmont papers

Everybody is talking about Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) – will we finally do it now? And will we get it right? For if PESCO is activated only to launch initiatives that could also have been taken without it, the opportunity will be wasted. To bring real added value, PESCO must be sufficiently ambitious and make the step from cooperation to effective integration in defence. Read more

‘I wouldn’t start from here’: the making of European Banking Supervision, and the road ahead

By Stijn Verhelst (21-11-2016)

In Egmont papers

When eurozone leaders committed themselves in June 2012 to raising banking supervision to the European level, few in Europe realised the magnitude of the project. This Egmont Paper discusses the difficulties that had to be addressed when creating the single supervisory mechanism, Read more

Counterterrorism in Belgium: Key challenges and policy options

By Elke Devroe, France Lemeunier, Nils Duquet, Paul Ponsaers, Sophie André, Thomas Renard, Vincent Seron (27-10-2016)

In Egmont papers

Following the terrorist attacks in Paris (November 2015) and Brussels (March 2016), Belgium’s counterterrorism policy has been heavily criticized – domestically and worldwide.  Read more

Putting the Paris Agreement at the centre of Europe’s climate and energy map

By Clémentine d'Oultremont, Quentin Genard (16-09-2016)

In Egmont papers

The Paris Agreement, adopted in December 2015, sent a clear message to the world that the global transition to a low-carbon economy is an inevitability that requires commitment from countries but also from businesses, regions, cities and citizens. The European ‘bridge building’ diplomacy Read more

All or nothing? European and British strategic autonomy after the Brexit

By Sven Biscop (05-09-2016)

In Egmont papers

Does it make sense to announce a quest for strategic autonomy, in the new EU Global Strategy, just as the UK voted for Brexit? Sven Biscop argues that the European defence effort, through the EU, NATO and ad hoc clusters, can yet be streamlined and enhanced. Read more

The reform of the EU Courts (III). The brilliant alternative approach of the European Court of Human Rights

By Franklin Dehousse (05-09-2016)

In Egmont papers

This third Egmont/Tepsa report about the doubling of the EU General Court compares the completely opposite justice reform strategies of the European Union and the Council of Europe. It underlines the multiple advantages Read more

The European Union and the China-led transformation of global economic governance

By Balazs Ujvari (01-06-2016)

In Egmont papers

This Egmont paper compares the newly created China and BRICS-backed multilateral development banks to the established institutions they seek to mirror while also discovering various paths the EU may follow in its policy towards them. Read more

‘All radicalisation is local’. The genesis and drawbacks of an elusive concept

By Rik Coolsaet (31-05-2016)

In Egmont papers

The concept of ‘radicalisation’ is now firmly entrenched at the heart of European and global counterterrorism. But 12 years after its introduction, it remains ill-defined, complex and controversial. It is thus time to assess its added value. Read more

The reform of the EU courts (II). Abandoning the management approach by doubling the General Court

By Franklin Dehousse (21-03-2016)

In Egmont papers

The 2011 proposal of the European Court of Justice aiming to increase the number of judges of the General Court has mutated after four years into a complete change of the EU judicial system. This long legislative debate was the first implementation of the Lisbon Treaty in the judicial domain. Read more