Around Europe 340 – March 2012

Israel’s Supreme Court Adapts International Law in West Bank Quarrying ruling; A View of the EU Budget through Green-Tinted Spectacles; Continued Cognitive Dissonance in EU Energy Effort; Democracy under stress: The global crisis and beyond; Apology and Correction Click here to download (PDF – 1.3 Mb) Deutsche Ausgabe – März 2012 Israels Oberster Gerichtshof passt […]

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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, the extent to which this […]

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Public Research should benefit Society, not Big Business: An Open Letter on the Common Strategic Framework for EU Research and Innovation Funding

An open letter to J.M.D. Barroso (President of the European Commission), Commissioners and services of the European Commission, Members of the European Parliament, and Representatives of Member States relating to Horizon 2020 and the need for funding to focus on the needs of society and the environment rather than those of big business. Read the letter: In English (pdf – […]

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Consultation response: EU project bonds

The Europe 2020 Project Bond Initiative proposes to provide European Investment Bank support to private sector companies issuing bonds to finance large-scale (transport, energy, ICT) infrastructure projects. In underwriting a significant component of the project financing, this proposal is a blatant attempt to transfer the private sector risk of these projects on to the already […]

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Consultation response: towards a common strategic framework for EU research and innovation funding

How should the Common Strategic Framework make EU research and innovation more attractive and easy to access for participants? From the Quaker Council for European Affair’s point of view, it is not the ease of access and attractiveness per se that is important. What is important is to attract the kind of research that will […]

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Briefing paper: the European Union budget review 2008/9

Analysis of the European Union budget review 2008-2009 The budget of the European Union is an important tool of the European Union and its institutions to implement its policies. It has often been criticised for various reasons. Popular complaints and criticisms include: The budget is not transparent; The budget is not democratically controlled; The budget […]

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