Posts Tagged: Brussels

Rejecting violence and embracing our neighbours

The recent murders in Paris were intended to provoke a military reaction that could be used to attract vulnerable people to Daesh’s violent ideology. It was an attempt to divide communities, but one that each of us has the power

Rejecting violence and embracing our neighbours

The recent murders in Paris were intended to provoke a military reaction that could be used to attract vulnerable people to Daesh’s violent ideology. It was an attempt to divide communities, but one that each of us has the power

Conferences and consultations: making your voice heard on the circular economy

On the 25th June, QCEA joined the European Commission’s stakeholder conference on the Circular Economy, entitled “Closing the loop, Circular Economy: boosting business, reducing waste”. This star-studded event featured three European Commissioners (including two vice-presidents), Ellen MacArthur (along with various

Conferences and consultations: making your voice heard on the circular economy

On the 25th June, QCEA joined the European Commission’s stakeholder conference on the Circular Economy, entitled “Closing the loop, Circular Economy: boosting business, reducing waste”. This star-studded event featured three European Commissioners (including two vice-presidents), Ellen MacArthur (along with various

Europe and the local level

The European Union Committee of the Regions (CoR) estimates that seventy percent of EU policies have a direct regional or local impact, and EU funds can certainly play a significant role in developing regions. The role played by the CoR,

Europe and the local level

The European Union Committee of the Regions (CoR) estimates that seventy percent of EU policies have a direct regional or local impact, and EU funds can certainly play a significant role in developing regions. The role played by the CoR,

A cautious welcome for a new peace initiative

Given QCEA’s long-standing concern about the militarisation of the EU, we were pleased earlier this year to hear that nine European governments had launched a unique new peace organisation: the European Institute of Peace, or EIP for short. The EIP

A cautious welcome for a new peace initiative

Given QCEA’s long-standing concern about the militarisation of the EU, we were pleased earlier this year to hear that nine European governments had launched a unique new peace organisation: the European Institute of Peace, or EIP for short. The EIP

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): Short term gain for long term pain?

From the very beginning, facilitating trade has been a key aim of the European Union (EU) and its predecessors. One of the current trade projects being negotiated is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which enters the second stage of

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): Short term gain for long term pain?

From the very beginning, facilitating trade has been a key aim of the European Union (EU) and its predecessors. One of the current trade projects being negotiated is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which enters the second stage of

A Welcome Start In Narrowing The Embarassing Gap Between Rhetoric And Reality

‘This week I received another gift, obviously in anticipation of my 90th birthday, which is due in less than two months. No less an institution than the European Union has declared what practically amounts to a total boycott of the

A Welcome Start In Narrowing The Embarassing Gap Between Rhetoric And Reality

‘This week I received another gift, obviously in anticipation of my 90th birthday, which is due in less than two months. No less an institution than the European Union has declared what practically amounts to a total boycott of the

Q&A: What the EU and its citizens can do to prevent fracking

In a recent blog, I discussed the numerous dangers of the prospect of exploiting shale gas (fracking) in Europe. Fracking poses serious dangers to the health of the environment and people, including the leakage of potent greenhouse gases, the chemical

Q&A: What the EU and its citizens can do to prevent fracking

In a recent blog, I discussed the numerous dangers of the prospect of exploiting shale gas (fracking) in Europe. Fracking poses serious dangers to the health of the environment and people, including the leakage of potent greenhouse gases, the chemical

Militarism in the European Union: The Defence Industries Task Force

“From the smallest to the biggest EU country, no Member State can guarantee security all alone”. So said Michael Barnier, Commissioner for the Internal Market, when announcing the creation of the EU Defence Industries Task Force. Formed in 2011, the

Militarism in the European Union: The Defence Industries Task Force

“From the smallest to the biggest EU country, no Member State can guarantee security all alone”. So said Michael Barnier, Commissioner for the Internal Market, when announcing the creation of the EU Defence Industries Task Force. Formed in 2011, the

Losing the way with robots and inflatable shields

This blog draws on a new report by the Flemish Peace Institute, ‘A European Agenda for Security Technology: From Innovation Policy to Export Controls’, and a presentation by its author, Jocelyn Mawdsley, at the launch event in the Flemish Parliament.

Losing the way with robots and inflatable shields

This blog draws on a new report by the Flemish Peace Institute, ‘A European Agenda for Security Technology: From Innovation Policy to Export Controls’, and a presentation by its author, Jocelyn Mawdsley, at the launch event in the Flemish Parliament.