Consultation response on corporate social responsibility

The European Commission has held a consultation on corporate social responsibility (CSR). Through responding to the questionnnaire, QCEA promotes its viewpoint that corporations should fundamentlaly change how they view themselves and their role in society. CSR is currently seen as an optional extra for companies to engage in, which might … More…

A Sunset Clause to Protect European Citizens’ Future Well-being

This briefing paper by Chris Diskin outlines the risks in the curernt EU negotiations with the US on free trade and advocates for the inclusion of a sunset clause: an article in the final text which provides a specific date when the deal would expire and would need to be … More…

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – what is it?

Have you heard about TTIP yet? TTIP, or the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, is a Free Trade Agreement currently being negotiated between the European Union and the United States of America. This vast deal, while having potential benefits, could have serious and long term consequences for the well-being of … More…

Around Europe 355 February – March 2014

The February-March edition of our monthly newsletter. Deputy Representative Andrew Lane talks about the EU’s reversion to militarism. Programme Assistant Rebecca Viney-Wood discusses freedom of the press in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Chris Diskin writes about a sunset clause for TTIP and Alexandra Bosbeer reminds us of the importance of … More…

Around Europe 349 – February/March 2013

img-ae349-febmar-2013In this issue of Around Europe, Programme Assistant Bethany Squire asks how we might define the ‘green economy’. She takes us through some prominent definitions, then highlights some ideas of her own. Joint Representative Alexandra Bosbeer discusses the dangers of fracking, a technique used to extract natural gas which could be quite risky. Joint Representative Gordon Matthews asks if David Cameron knows what he is doing after the UK Prime Minister’s recent speech on renegotiating the UK’s position with Europe. Programme Assistant Chris Venables looks back at some of the first issue of Around Europe and compares the policy debates on terrorism in a new series on ‘Now and Then’.

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QCEA submission to EU consultation on fracking

Consultation response on fracking (alternative fossil fuels, or shale gas) in Europe In February 2011, citing needs for jobs, growth and European competitiveness, the European Council called for an examination of the environmental effects of hydrofracking. Hydrofracking is a method of harvesting gas held in impermeable rocks or coal. To … More…

Around Europe 347 – November 2012

November’s edition of our monthly newsletter: Programme Assistant Bethany Squire explains how QCEA communicates with the wider world, explaining our social media and web presence as well as how to subscribe to our newsletter and publications. Alexandra Bosbeer asks if we are ‘cutting ourselves off from Mother Earth’, and Chris Venables highlights the need for better protection for defence rights across the EU.

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Around Europe 346 – October 2012

This is the first Around Europe following the change in staff here at QCEA. Programme Assistant Bethany Squire asks if Europe is setting the bar too low when deciding upon climate change targets. She writes an article entitled ‘Plotting Europe’s Route to a Sustainable Future’. Chris Venables is critical of a recent European Commission Working Document which outlines how introducing military drone technology in to the civilian market might stimulate growth across Europe. We say goodbye to Liz Scurfield and Martina Weitsch after 10 years of hard work and service.

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Around Europe 344 – July / August 2012

Europe pays 10 million to Tony Blair’s Office of the Quartet Representative; European Energy Developments: an Update; Introducing our new Programme Assistants

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Consultation response: preparation of the EU adaptation strategy

This consultation sought to collect opinions from stakeholders and experts in the field of adaptation to climate change with a view to getting additional information for the preparation of the EU Adaptation Strategy. The scope of the consultation ranges from biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystem services to food production … More…