Single market, competition & trade

Unshackling services is the key to Europe's economic future

Unshackling services is the key to Europe's economic future

Digby Jones
03 June 2005
In the last edition of the CER Bulletin, John Monks, secretary-general of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), wrote an interesting and engaging - but in my view incorrect - article on the Commission's draft directive for opening up EU services markets.
Bulletin issue 42

Issue 42 - 2005

Charles Grant, Digby Jones, Alasdair Murray
27 May 2005
Clumsy politics on services

Clumsy politics on services

John Monks
01 April 2005
It may be too early to read the last rites for the EU's proposed services directive. But even the strongest supporters of the directive, which seeks to liberalise services ranging from estate agents to employment firms, must now see that the prospects for its introduction are bleak.
The EU's common fisheries policy: The case for reform, not abolition

The EU's common fisheries policy: The case for reform, not abolition

Aurore Wanlin
01 April 2005
During the British general election campaign, political parties have found the EU's common fisheries policy (CFP) a temptingly soft target.
Bulletin issue 41

Issue 41 - 2005

Charles Grant, Katinka Barysch, Mark Leonard, John Monks
25 March 2005
The Lisbon scorecard V: Can Europe compete?

The Lisbon scorecard V: Can Europe compete?

Alasdair Murray, Aurore Wanlin
01 March 2005
The EU is half-way through its ten year programme of economic reform, the 'Lisbon agenda'. The EU is unlikely to achieve its goal of becoming the world's most competitive and dynamic economy by 2010.
A fair referee?

A fair referee? The European Commission and EU competition policy

Alasdair Murray
01 October 2004
The EU's policies for enforcing competition and restricting state subsidies are among its biggest success stories. But the way the European Commission conducts these policies is coming under attack.
Over but far from finished - The EU's financial services action plan

Over but far from finished - The EU's financial services action plan

Alasdair Murray
01 September 2004
The EU has now all but completed the legislative phase of its financial services action plan (FSAP). The action plan is an attempt to reduce the legal obstacles which prevent businesses – whether banks, insurance companies or stock exchanges – from selling their services seamlessly across the EU.
Is tax competition bad?

Is tax competition bad?

Katinka Barysch
02 August 2004
EU enlargement was meant to be a cause for celebration. But one seemingly esoteric issue is threatening to spoil the fun: taxation. West Europeans fear that low tax rates in the new member-states will lure companies eastward, taking jobs and investment with them.
Manufacturing first

Manufacturing first: A new way forward for global trade

Bruce Stokes
07 May 2004
Global trade negotiations inside the WTO remain stalled. Recently, negotiators have talked up the prospects for progress in the 'Doha development round' – but no one is expecting an imminent breakthrough.
Raising the quality of Europe's higher education

Raising the quality of Europe's higher education

Richard Lambert
01 April 2004
European universities are in urgent need of reform. They have a crucial role to play in helping the EU to achieve its goal of becoming the 'most competitive knowledge-based economy in the world'.
The Lisbon scorecard IV

The Lisbon scorecard IV: The status of economic reform in the enlarging EU

Aladair Murray
05 March 2004
With cynicism, even derision – this is how many Europeans look at the EU's key economic target, namely to become the "most competitive and dynamic, knowledge-based economy in the world" by 2010.
The EU budget

The EU budget: Common future or stuck in the past?

Iain Begg
06 February 2004
The EU's common budget is small and rather rigid. Most of its outlays are determined years in advance, and most of them go on just two policies, namely support for farmers and poorer regions. Yet the EU budget invariably attracts acrimonious debate and close scrutiny out of all proportion to its economic significance.
Policing public sector aid

Policing public sector aid

Alasdair Murray
02 February 2004
Europe's powerful public sector trade unions are campaigning to protect public services from the disciplines of EU competition and state aid laws.
Bulletin issue 34

Issue 34 - 2004

Steven Everts, Heather Grabbe, Alasdair Murray
30 January 2004
Is Europe working?

Is Europe working?

Katinka Barysch
01 January 2004
With more than 14 million people out of work, unemployment is the EU's greatest economic problem. However, while EU policy-makers ponder Germany's 4.3 million unemployed, Britain's low labour productivity and Italy's greying workforce, they have missed one of Europe's key labour market challenges: eastward enlargement.
If the EU's labour market statistics...
Germany – the sick man of Europe?

Germany – the sick man of Europe?

Katinka Barysch
05 December 2003
Germany was once the economic motor of Europe. Its large domestic market offered business opportunities for its smaller neighbours. Its high-quality machines powered manufacturing all across Europe. Its sound budget policies set the standard for the other EU countries. In the 1980s, however, the German motor began to sputter. It...
Bulletin issue 33

Issue 33 - 2003

Charles Grant, Katinka Barysch, Steven Everts, Daniel Keohane, Adam Townsend
28 November 2003