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…

Recommendations to the Foreign Affairs Council on Palestine Israel released

In February 2012, on the basis of cooperation between QCEA, the EAPPI Programme of the World Council of Churches and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the occupied Palestinian Territories (UN OHCHR OPT), we released a press release with clear recommendations to the European Union … More…

Briefing paper: EU external action – the agenda as reflected in spending priorities

As part of our ongoing work on the EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2014 to 2020, today QCEA has published a new briefing paper examining the proposals for external action financing after 2013. The paper looks at key changes proposed and examines critically the prospects for external action financing to direct … More…

Briefing paper: poverty, inequality and climate change

This briefing paper was created to create a discussion on the need for policy coherence between climate change, energy, external action (including conflict prevention), trade, economic policy, and international development as these all relate directly to a sustainable future for those within Europe and those in other areas. The paper … More…

Consultation response: the external dimension of the EU energy strategy

The Directorate General for Energy within the European Commission launched a public consultation on the external dimension of the EU energy strategy. QCEA welcomed this consultation as a public acknowledgement of the connections between EU foreign/external policy and energy policy. This is a connection not made often enough either in … More…

Report: Military Responses to Energy Security Problems

EU Member States have taken part in military missions with energy security components for many years, though NATO, in support of US-led actions and independently. EU militaries contributed to US interventions Operation Earnest Will at the tail-end of the Iran-Iraq war and the 1991 and 2003 Gulf Wars. Britain, the … More…

Report: Neutrality

This report is based on Neutrality within Irish politics. Martina Weitsch, QCEA Joint Representative, writes an article that focuses on whether there are differences between the so-called ‘neutral’ Member States of the EU and other Member States. Read “Neutrality: Irish Experience, European Experience” … More…

Mainstreaming Conflict Prevention in ACP Countries – Somalia Case Study

In 2001 the EU introduced the approach of ‘mainstreaming’ conflict prevention into its Partnership Agreement with the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. QCEA carried out case studies on six ACP countries and this report looks at the EU conflict prevention programme in Somalia. The purpose of this project is to serve … More…

Mainstreaming Conflict Prevention in ACP Countries – Fiji Case Study

In 2001 the EU introduced the approach of ‘mainstreaming’ conflict prevention into its Partnership Agreement with the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. QCEA carried out case studies on six ACP countries and this report looks at the EU conflict prevention programme in Fiji. The purpose of this project is to serve … More…