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2011

The ongoing crisis in the Eurozone has posed particular challenges to the current Polish EU Presidency. Poland, like Sweden, is not a member of the Euro Group and has therefore been excluded from some of the most important decision-making during the second half of 2011.
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For quite some time now, the EU Member States have tried to mold the EU into a socially more acceptable form. This has largely remained big words and solemn declarations, but the Lisbon Treaty establishes the EU as a social market economy. The present anthology discusses whether this implies a...

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The impact of European law on the regional and local levels In the Member States is important. As local markets open up for competition, the scope of EU law is extended and competition and state aid rules become applicable. In this publication, Jörgen Hettne, Senior Researcher in Law at SIEPS,...

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The Euro Plus Pact was developed as a complementary mechanism to support the economic governance reform program at the national level, particularly with regard to sectors, which are prerogatives of Member States. Already early on, however, it gained a rather controversial reputation.

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The EU and other concerned parties are now gathered in Durban in order to try to reach an agreement governing emission reductions after 2012, when the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol expires. The EU has been a leading actor in the climate negotiations since the 1992 Rio conference...

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As the European sovereign debt crisis deepens, the fiscal resources of the European monetary union seem increasingly inadequate. So far, the euro area policy response has failed to change the market's rather pessimistic expectations. In this analysis, Martin Flodén, Professor of Economics at...

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Welfare services in Sweden are to a large extent the responsibility of municipalities, county councils and regions. This includes the provision of housing, health care, waste management and education. The actual execution of those tasks however, is frequently delegated to private providers,...

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The European Sovereign Debt Crisis has dominated the EU Member States’ agenda since May 2010. One of the main issues that EU policy makers need to address is the structure of a future fiscal framework. In this publication, Professor Lars Jonung analyses the issue by turning to the fiscal history...

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As the euro area's debt crisis has worsened, two parallel decision-making processes have started in the EU. One aims to strengthen economic policy coordination in order to avoid similar crisis in the future. The second process regards the handling of urgent rescue efforts. In this publication,...

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Can organised interests be of help in bringing the EU closer to its citizens? In this SIEPS report the issue is examined by studying the process that produced the new regulatory system for chemicals (REACH). The conclusion is that participation of interest organisations contributed to better and...

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The Swedish wolf-hunting policy is today an issue high on the EU agenda. The European Commission has questioned the Swedish management plan for wolves and the Swedish government has replied by replacing the 2012 licensed hunting with extended protective hunting. In this publication Jan Darpö,...

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In this analysis, the authors scrutinizes the method of the Court of Justice of the European Union when balancing diverging or even opposing interests protected by EU law. The starting point is two joined cases, where the two authors are critical of the Court’s reasoning and argues that the...

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With the establishment of the permanent European Council presidency and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the Lisbon Treaty modified the role of the rotating presidencies. In a new report from Think Global – Act European (TGAE), this issue is...

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The Hungarian presidency has faced a series of truly challenging economic and political problems. These include the responses to the economic and financial crises and the uprisings in the Arab world. The present report outlines these responses as well as progress in rolling policies. The author...

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In response to the financial crisis that erupted in Greece, the European Council decided to amend the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to allow the establishment of a stability mechanism to safeguard the stability of the euro area. This is the first use made of one of the two ‘...

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Europe´s population live longer live and the workforce´s share of the population is shrinking. This constitutes a big challenge for the EU´s Member States and within the EU there is now a debate on future European pension systems. This analysis discusses the issue against the background of the...

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The EU’s R&D policy has recently come under the spotlight. It is a central element both in the review of the EU budget and in the so called Europe 2020 strategy, where the goal of increasing the level of investment in R&D in the EU to three percent of GDP is emphasized. The authors of...

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The quality of government shows considerable variation within and between EU member states. The authors of this report presents new and unique data of regional differences in the quality of government and a number of conclusions regarding what distinguish regions with high quality of government...

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The aim of reducing regional disparities in the European Union is enshrined in the EU Treaty. An important aspect that takes centre stage in discussions on the EU’s so-called cohesion policy is the ranking of the Union’s many regions in terms of their levels of prosperity. This ranking largely...

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Despite the financial crisis and the subsequent euro crisis, the Swedish public opinion is increasingly in favour of the EU. In the 2010 survey, 53 percent are in favour of the Swedish membership while 23 percent are against. 24 percent have no opinion. But not all indicators point in the same...

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When markets are liberalized and open for competition, the scope of EU law is widening simultaneously. Even though EU law permits considerations other than free competition, the member states must themselves use the space available. In principal, it is a question about qualifying certain...

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Even though the Member States are ambitious in setting the agenda for the EU, they are less keen to provide the funding necessary to meet these ambitions. Indeed, if the EU seriously sought to attain all goals and ambitions of the Member States, it would easily swallow large parts if not all of...

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At the end of last year, the Hungarian parliament adopted a new media law. It was met by strong reactions and believed – among other things - to constitute a threat to the freedom of the press and being incompatible with EU law. Even the European Commission questioned the law, leading up to the...

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Sovereignty over the Economic and Monetary Union, EMU, is divided. Monetary policy is unified at the European level while economic policy is in essence national. The debate on how the economic part of the EMU could be given a content so as to prevent future crises has been re-ignited during the...

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In the aftermath of the financial crisis, a vast amount of economic analysis and a sizeable number of reforms in the financial markets have followed. In this report, Professor Henry Montgomery takes the analysis one step further by examining the psychological explanations behind the crisis. The...

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The Commission’s Fifth Cohesion Report provides a wealth of new data on social, economic and territorial trends in Europe. This gives an excellent basis for discussing the future of cohesion policy, but the questions asked by the Commission in its consultation are too narrow.

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