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European Policy Briefs

Capital Markets Union: a work in progress quick and high impact measures for the Capital Markets Union

By Gergely Polner, John Ryan (17-09-2015)

In European Policy Briefs

Capital Markets Union has three objectives. The first objective is to improve access to finance for all businesses but especially SMEs; the second is to increase the share of capital markets in the funding mix of the real economy; and Read more

Prostitution as a human right: an oxymoron

By Sophie Heine (25-08-2015)

In European Policy Briefs

Prostitution is an extremely contentious topic, for political forces as well as for civil society. The recent position adopted by Amnesty International in favour of a full decriminalization of this activity is an opportunity to launch a critical debate on this issue, at the Global and European levels. Read more

Turkish Stream and its implications for the EU

By François Koch (08-04-2015)

In European Policy Briefs

A first assessment is that this would not work, EC Vice-President in charge of Energy Union Mr. Maros Sefcovic said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal at the World Economic Forum in Davos on the 22nd of January. He was commenting on the recent announcement by President Vladimir Putin and Gazprom’s Alexei Miller. Indeed, the Russian gas Read more

European elections: from ‘second-order’ elections to ‘first-order supranational’ elections

By Fabian Willermain (01-04-2015)

In European Policy Briefs

Starting from the idea that European elections cannot be considered as purely second order elections, the author gathers some proposals in order to transform gradually the European elections into genuine “first-order” elections.

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Who is leading the European Union?

By Jean De Ruyt (10-03-2015)

In European Policy Briefs

The European Union will only be reconciled with its citizens when they will be able to identify leaders at the level of the institutions.

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The European semester in Belgium: A state of play

By Xavier Vanden Bosch (30-10-2014)

In European Policy Briefs

After four rounds of the European Semester process of EU economic coordination, Belgium has done relatively little to comply with EU recommendations. This brief substantiates and confirms this claim after clarifying the meaning of these recommendations. While the challenges underlined by the European Commission still lie ahead, Belgium’s Read more

A Eurozone Subcommittee in the European Parliament: high hopes, low results?

By Stijn Verhelst (04-07-2014)

In European Policy Briefs

The task of ensuring the democratic legitimacy of the euro has been placed high on the agenda. A eurozone subcommittee in the European Parliament is one of the rare concrete proposals to secure this, creating high hopes. Due to legal and political hurdles the idea might nonetheless have minimal results, which might result in suboptimal parliamentary scrutiny Read more

The German Constitutional Court’s decision about the European Central Bank’s OMT mechanism: A masterpiece of judicial arrogance

By Charles Secondat, Daisy Roterod, P.J. Goossens (07-04-2014)

In European Policy Briefs

The German Constitutional Court (BVG) recently referred different questions to the European Court of Justice for a preliminary ruling. They concern the legality of the European Central Bank’s Outright Monetary Transaction mechanism created in 2012. Simultaneously, the German Court has threatened to disrupt the implementation of OTM in Germany if its very restrictive Read more

Re-designing the European Climate and Energy policies post-2020

By Clémentine d'Oultremont (28-03-2014)

In European Policy Briefs

Ensuring the sustainability, security and cost-competitiveness of energy supplies for the EU citizens are the main objectives of the EU climate and energy policy, which remains high on the EU agenda. The next European legislature will have the difficult task to reconcile these different objectives into a comprehensive 2030 framework for climate and energy policies. Read more

The Belgian parliaments and EU affairs: the reasons behind their limited involvement

By Xavier Vanden Bosch (26-03-2014)

In European Policy Briefs

Given their limited involvement in EU affairs, the Belgian parliaments at the different levels of the Belgian federation barely contribute to the legitimation process of the EU’s actions. In order to strengthen their role, not only should governmental communication towards parliaments be improved but parliamentary activities should also adapt to the confederal features of Belgium. The latter poses a unique challenge in Europe. Read more