The United Kingdom expects to hold a referendum on its membership of the European Union. The political debate is dominated by phoney conversations and over-simplifications. This creates a difficult environment for citizens to engage in this process. QCEA has compiled briefing papers intended to help Quakers and others reflect on their position with regard to […]
Reduce, reuse, recycle and waste not, want not. Two common phrases, but we need to make sure these principles are incorporated into European policy. A truly ambitious circular economy can help make sure we get the maximum value from the resources we use, eliminating waste, and making the economy work within environmental limits, rather than […]
From the 4-6 December 2015 in Brussels, QCEA is organising a weekend conference together with Quaker Peace and Social Witness (QPSW) of Britain Yearly Meeting. In 2015, the conference will focus on “Castle or community? Quakers’ role in building the new Europe” Friends from all over Europe are invited to gather in Brussels and reflect […]
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The European Union was founded as a peace project, but today elements of EU security policy are a danger to its own people. Few citizens are aware of the policies their governments champion at the EU level. Since 2013, EU policy has increasingly supported the arms trade, the perpetuation of militarism with countries affected by […]
Friends may be aware of the ongoing negotiations regarding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a free trade deal between the EU and the US. The European Commission negotiates on behalf of the EU, with a direction approved by the heads of national governments of the EU Member States, within the context of an […]
Hate crime threatens European ideals of equality and human rights. The Quaker Council for European Affairs has produced a new background paper to raise awareness of hate crime and promote effective policies to reduce it. Read our background paper to find out why the small proportion of crime that is motivated by hatred, has such […]
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 […]
In this article for Around Europe, Alexandra Bosbeer explains that QCEA staff carry our our advocacy keeping in mind that we are people speaking to other people.
In this issue of Around Europe, George Thurley discusses the development of a new EU circular economy proposal , and whether it will be more ambitious than the previous legislation. Tim Harman examines US attempts to rewrite international law to justify its actions, particularly its use of armed drones, and what the EU is doing, […]