Consultation response: more Sustainable Consumption and Production

While we welcome the Commission’s flagship initiative entitled A resource-efficient Europe, and more sustainable consumption and production policy development, we still consider the effort to be too vague. We also do not understand why the resource efficiency strategy has been included in the Europe 2020 Strategy. We consider the former to be a concrete expression […]

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Green paper response: criminal justice in the field of detention

Strengthening mutual trust in the European Judicial Area – a Green Paper on the application of EU criminal justice legislation in the field of Detention Our research comparing the operation of prison systems across Europe has led us to certain conclusions, which we clarify here because they inform our thinking about the questions in the […]

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Consultation response: permit granting procedures for energy infrastructure projects

Europe has had a disjointed year in terms of energy policy, with three different roadmaps and an overabundance of ambitious rhetoric, none of which add up to a coherent plan for energy and climate security, and only piecemeal policies to show for it. Given the long life of energy infrastructure, the pipelines and power stations […]

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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 EU’s largest military power, has […]

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A Quaker Vision of Europe

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As members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), one of the peace churches, we believe in that of God in everyone. We believe in non-violent approaches to conflict resolution, in the intrinsic equality of all people everywhere, and in a sustainable way of life for everyone that the one earth we share can support. […]

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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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