Briefing Paper: Growing Militarisation of the EU

This new briefing paper by Chris Venables introduces the problem of the militarisation of the European Union and outlines recommendations of what individuals, NGOs, and policy makers can do to build the strength of the EU as a peace project rather than attempting to transform it into a defence institution. … More…

Briefing Paper: Shrinking Civil Space in European Countries

Restricting anyone’s right to speak his or her voice and truth is fundamentally at odds with both the Quakers’ testimony to equality and the EU democratic foundation. This new briefing paper describes the shrinking civil space in society in some EU and Council of Europe Member States, and what we … More…

Briefing paper: A Guide to Getting Involved – Part 2 – The European Commission and the Council of the European Union

‘Who do I call if I want to call Europe’ is a quotation attributed to Henry Kissinger which is often quoted when people want to suggest that the European Institutions are too diverse to provide a clear target audience for political messages addressed at ‘Europe’. It is, of course, a simplification. As explained in Part 1 of this briefing paper, the first question is whether we mean Europe, the European Union, or the Council of Europe? And if you are not clear about the reason for this question, click on the hyperlinks for more information. Secondly, any one of these is complex and therefore having just one phone number for them would be simplistic and unrealistic. But that said, it is important for citizens to understand how they can communicate effectively and at the right time with the appropriate decision-makers about the issues they care about.

This paper tries to shed some light on the other two (and a half?) European Institutions that make up the core of the decision-making (and implementation) structures of the European Union: the European Commission, the Council of the European Union, and the European External Action Service.

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Briefing paper: EU Trade with Israeli Settlements

The EU plays a significant economic role in both Israel and Palestine. QCEA are currently working for an import ban on EU trade with Israeli settlements as we are aware that settlement produce is routinely mislabeled to gain access to the EU market at preferential tax rates reserved for Israeli goods within … More…

Briefing paper: A Guide to Getting Involved – Part 1 – European Parliament

QCEA has published a new briefing paper giving you all the information you need to find just the right Member of the European Parliament to contact about the things that matter to you. ‘Who do I call if I want to call Europe’ is a quotation attributed to Henry Kissinger … More…

Briefing paper: The EU’s response to the threat of terrorism (update)

In 2005 QCEA  published twelve briefing papers outlining and evaluating EU responses to terrorism, and in its 2007 report “Effective Counter-Terrorism: A Critical Assessment of European Union Responses” QCEA set out a series of recommendations to policy makers. In 2011, QCEA updated these with a set of three briefing papers which … More…

Briefing paper: Horizon 2020 – reflecting on changes proposed for the new EU research agenda

A new QCEA briefing paper addresses the questions which arise from the proposals for the EU research programme for the security agenda, ethics and participation of third countries. What is important for QCEA in examining these proposals in details is the question of how the funding is to be used, … More…

Briefing paper: EU security research and peacebuilding – a case of institutional and political disconnect

QCEA has done work on the European Security Research Programme for several years; this was focused initially on making the programme better known in order to demonstrate the involvement of the defence industry in the programme. This briefing paper brings this strand of our work together with research we have … More…

Briefing paper: the EU Crisis Management Missions in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

This briefing paper looks at two European Union Crisis Management missions in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the EU-BAM Rafah border mission and the European Union Police Co-ordinating Office Palestinian Territories mission, particularly in the context of the Common Defence and Security Policy. Read “The EU Crisis Management Missions in the … More…