Walking the Circle – the 4 guiding pillars for a Circular Economy

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This paper outlines four key areas that QCEA, along with 11 other NGOs, believes that European Union institutions should work on to ensure a comprehensive European circular economy. The EU must focus on efficient material management, the reduction of toxic substances, energy efficiency and economic incentives. Working ambitiously across all these areas. in conjunction with […]

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The Israeli-Palestinian conflict: What the EU can do to help facilitate long-awaited peace

This briefing paper provides an outline of the ongoing conflict within Palestine and Israel. It recommends ways in which the European Union (EU) can act to alleviate the suffering of people in the region. The conflicts are multifaceted and complex. This paper provides a short summary with recommendations and links to further reading. To read […]

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A guide to getting involved: Europe and the local level

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This briefing paper explores the relationship between the European Union and the local and regional levels of government,  and considers how citizens can engage with the EU on regional issues. The paper examines the Committee of the Regions, the main link between local governments and the EU, explaining its structure, role and relations with other […]

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Around Europe 360 December 2014 – January 2015

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In this issue of Around Europe, Sevasti Christoforou examines the issues of identifying, recording and addressing hate crime across the European Union, and the variance between EU Member States. George Thurley discusses how citizens and local governments can act as pioneers on climate and environment issues, bypassing necessary compromises at the national and European levels. Andrew […]

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Background paper: Pre-trial detention

This QCEA background paper explores the human impact of widespread pre-trial detention in the European Union. Studies indicate that pre-trial detention both causes harm to individuals and is unlikely to contribute to reducing crime. Pre-trial detainees are less likely than sentenced prisoners to receive support services or to have contact with family members and the […]

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Übersicht der QCEA-Stellungnahmen zur „Europa 2020“-Konsultation

[For English, click here] Die Europäische Kommission leitet ein Konsultationsverfahren zum Thema „Europa 2020“. Bei „Europa 2020“ handelt es sich um einen- von der EU entwickelten- Plan mit den Schwerpunkten Wachstum und Arbeit zur Förderung der europäischen Wirtschaft. Dieser Wirtschaftsplan beinhaltet auch Klima- und Energiezielsetzungen. QCEA’s Antworten fokussieren sich auf diese beiden Bereiche. Die drei […]

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