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Wednesday, 22.02.2017, 01:35
Heated debate about the EU’s future in the European Parliament recently showed that the EU faced big shocks if reforms were not introduced urgently. Three separate reports were debated in Strasbourg’s plenary prepared by most influential party groupings: socialist, Christian democrats and liberal democrats.
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European regions and separate EU states are key players in helping entrepreneurs in business activity, in creating company, in providing grants or arranging taxes breaks. The Commission and other EU institutions decided to include regions and countries in “conversation” on business possibilities in Europe. Hence, the ideas of creating the Startup Europe Week (SEW), a European Partnership (SEP) and a Network (SERN).
Business measures and regulations are covered by at least 11 areas and spheres of corporate activity. The World Bank Report in its 14th edition concentrates on governments/states’ efforts to stimulate business activity in 190 countries around the world. Situation in the Baltic States could be of additional interest to the BC’s readers.
EU common agricultural policy (CAP), launched in 1962, is one of the Union's longstanding policies. It’s time to modernise the policy in line with the present social, political, environmental and economic challenges. Commission opened a 3-month public discussion among the member states to modernising and simplifying the CAP.
Several EU member states have for long been disputing the ways the EU “finances” were formed and used, i.e. showing discontent in the way the common financial recourses are compiled and distributed. Brexit was just a culmination of the old-aged resistance to often uncontrolled by the national governments EU’s spending. The time is here for change…
The European Social Fund (ESF) is the EU's oldest fund, created by the Treaty of Rome in 1957, and its main tool for investing in human capital, by promoting employment and social inclusion. Helping people to get a job (or a better job), integrating disadvantaged people into society and ensuring fairer life opportunities for all, are the priorities under the Fund.
Developing stronger and stable capital markets in the EU and the member states is crucial for the European development. CMU gives businesses access to alternative, more diverse sources of funding. The Commission suggests new CMU’s review, which will assess the optimal ways for free capital movements across borders. Besides, it will increase the European companies’ competitive and investment opportunities.
From January to the end of June 2017, Malta assumes the rotating presidency of the Council of Ministers of the European Union, for the first time since its accession to the EU in 2004. It will take over the Presidency at a difficult period in European integration. In this situation, the Maltese Presidency will have to find consensus and achieve agreements in the Council and also with the European Parliament.
During 2017, Aarhus and Pafos will hold the title of European Capital of Culture. For these cities it is an excellent opportunity to show “the city’s image”, put the city on the European and the world map and attract more tourists. At the same time, the event provides opportunities for the city’s authorities to rethink the cities’ development through culture.
The European continent is full of confrontation and conflicts. Prognoses for 2017 do not seem bright: threats of terrorism, migration and refugees’ problems, general economic downturn, unstable EU and uncertainty in Brexit’s aftermath, to name a few. Besides, EU-Russia relationships deteriorating too; something must be done, i.e. generally, through dialogues and respectful attitude to avoid conflicts in future.
The latest Standard Eurobarometer survey published at the end of December 2016, together with the Special Eurobarometer survey “Future of Europe” signaled two key outcomes: Europeans continue to see immigration and terrorism as the major challenges facing the EU. Support for the EU’s priorities and policies remains strong, and has increased since spring 2016.
Both in Europe and around the world (e.g. in the UN Sustainable Development Goals) education quality has become a hot issue. Hence various European education facilities are willing to take part in education quality assurance. Annual European Quality Assurance Forum provides a platform for discussion involving teachers, academics and professionals.
A Declaration was reached by the European Commission, the European Council and the Prime Minister of Denmark to minimise the negative referendum’s effect on Danish participation in Europol.
Baltic Sea region’s cooperation is a priority for all countries in the area. The report on the state of the Baltic Sea region’s for 2016 shows the ways the region’s countries keep their positions as one of the most dynamic regions in the world. However, the report concludes that it is unlikely that the region would make a central platform for common actions.
The European Commission quite regularly invites religious representatives from churches and religious associations, spiritual communities and philosophical and non-confessional organisations for high-level meetings and working level discussions. At the present migration crisis, it is really highly important.