Innovation-lagging and economically weak countries in the European Union cut their public research and innovation (R&I) budgets during the crisis, while innovation leading and fiscally stronger countries forged ahead with public R&I spending. There is therefore an increasing research and innovation divide in Europe. The European Commission monitors the progress of member states towards their
Preparation of the European Council meeting of 17 and 18 March 2016 and outcome of the EU-Turkey summit
My hope and wish are that the heads of agreement reached by the European Council and Turkey will develop into a fully operative agreement. However beyond wishes, one must also acknowledge realities. Turkey and the EU have different — asymetric — sometimes mutually exclusive — interests regarding the relationship between them, over the refugee crisis
One view of the austerity programme that is being carried out in Greece under the auspices of the eurozone is that it is leading to the pauperisation of the Greek working and middle classes, also that it is undermining intergenerational stability betweeen families due to the restructuring of pensions. I would like to tie this
Thank you for giving me this opportunity to be with you at the start of an initiative meant to contribute to the European Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. Half a million people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer every year in Europe. Half of them will die of the disease. Getting that number down as fast as
The real problem of current economic performance in Europe is investment. There is not enough of it. So growth is limited. The improvement, indeed the preservation, of social conditions for workers in employment, young people looking for a job, working families and pensioners is not in sight. These people claim that Europe is failing them.
Dr Sant spoke on the topic “Parliaments’ experiences with enhanced economic coordination and governance”
We all of us, have been highlighting the need for greater volumes of investment, public and private, in Europe, if significant economic recovery is to take hold. We have been told, time and time again, that with the consolidation of public budgets and with the pursuit of structural reforms, investments and growth would follow. As