Global Agenda Council on Europe 2012-2014
Since the start of the financial crisis, the world’s media have helped reinforce a negative view of Europe’s economy. Their coverage has often focused on the near-fragility of the euro and raised questions about the bloc’s legitimacy, reform and integration. Such questions have reminded Europe of the challenges it faces and of the growing competitiveness gaps within the region. Countries have received international monetary assistance, bailouts and other rescue mechanisms with the strings of “austerity” attached. This has made it almost impossible for governments to build support for reforms aimed at reducing debt and fostering competitiveness. Ultimately, there are fears that austerity measures may have hampered economic progress.
What the Council is doing about it
The Council believes that too much negativity has been associated with the continent. It wants to promote a positive narrative highlighting the progress Europe has made while fighting the crisis. During the past 12 months, the Council has opened a series of conversations on these issues. It has structured discussions around four main topics:
- boosting European competitiveness and driving innovation and entrepreneurship
- fostering conditions for the creation of a digital single market
- spearheading an open and internationally engaged Europe
- improving communication of governments and EU institutions
For the first half of 2013, each Council Member contributed to Euractiv, a European policy blog, accomplishing its goal to provide publicly available, high-level written contributions to the European debate. The Council also distilled the recommendations from the series into a workshop in June 2013, in which the Council presented its proposals to key stakeholders in the region.
“Ultimately, there are fears that austerity measures may have hampered economic progress.”
The Council’s plan for the coming months is to continue to act as a soft-diplomacy body within Europe. It aims to prepare recommendations to be delivered in the run-up to the October 2013 European Council where leaders will discuss innovation and entrepreneurship. The Council will also work to create a dialogue between key business leaders to identify areas of shared interest for a potential Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Subsequently the Council hopes to engage with potential opponents of the TTIP to address its existing sticking points and highlight both its benefits and challenges. Finally, the Council would like to work with the Global Shapers to create a grassroots movement for the completion of a digital single market in Europe.
To get involved please contact
Research Analyst: Stefan Hall, Global Agenda Councils, firstname.lastname@example.org
Council Manager: Serena Pozza, Senior Community Associate, Europe, email@example.com
Forum Lead: Nicholas Davis, Director, Head of Europe, firstname.lastname@example.org
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