Council of the European Union

Around Europe 360 December 2014 – January 2015

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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Briefing Paper: Growing Militarisation of the EU

This briefing paper by Chris Venables introduces the problem of the militarisation of the European Union and outlines recommendations of what individuals, NGOs, and policy makers can do to build the strength of the EU as a peace project rather than attempting to transform it into a defence institution. Click here to read the briefing …

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Around Europe 342 – May 2012

Israel destroys EU development projects worth € 29 million; Who is protecting human rights in Europe?; Restorative Justice: European Parliament makes progress?; Introducing our new Office Manager Click here to download (PDF – 2.0 Mb) Deutsche Ausgabe – Mai 2012 Restorative Justice: Macht das Europa-Parlament Fortschritte? Klicken Sie hier für die deutschen Auszüge (PDF – …

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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 included an evaluation, legal and …

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Statement: Civil Society Contact Group

In 2005, the Council of the European Union agreed to undertake a thorough review of the budget before the next multi-annual financial framework had to be agreed. From the point of view of the Civil Society Contact Group (CSCG) the process and the result was disappointing. This statement underlines the recommendations of the CSCG and highlights issues within …

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Consultation response: the EU budget review 2008/9

In 2006 European decision-makers decided to undertake a ‘full, wide ranging review covering all aspects of EU spending, including the CAP, and of resources, including the UK rebate, to report in 2008/9’. In September 2007 the Commission launched a public consultation to prepare for the review, in which all interested parties are invited to contribute. …

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Briefing paper: the EU’s response to the threat of terrorism

Briefing Paper 1 (published 1 August 2005) The first briefing paper in the EU and terrorism series looks at the historical development and current context of the EU’s work on counter terrorism in a globalised world. Read “Terrorism – Historical Development and Context” (PDF – 89 KB) Briefing Paper 2 (published 5 August 2005) The …

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Briefing paper: the European Union Constitutional Treaty

Briefing Paper 1 The European Union has developed over a number of decades. This development has been characterised by the agreement of a series of Treaties concluded between the Member States. At the point at which a new Member State joined that Member State had to accede to the existing Treaties. Read “The European Union …

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Briefing paper: the Future of Europe — spiritual values and citizenship

To make an input into the Future of Europe debate, QCEA has decided to consult Quakers across Europe by running seminars and a conference. The feedback from these efforts will be used to produce a report entitled a ‘Quaker View of Europe’, which will be used as a submission to the Convention, but will also …

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