Think Global. Act European. The Contribution of 14 European Think Tanks to the Spanish, Belgian and Hungarian Trio Presidency of the European Union

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With the establishment of the permanent European Council presidency and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the role of rotating presidencies has changed. This will have an impact on the role of the Trio Presidency in future. Does the rotating presidency still matter?

In this new edition of Think Global – Act European (TGAE), launched by Notre Europe, 14 Europeans think tanks answer that question by scrutinizing the 18-month agenda of the Spanish, Belgian and Hungarian Trio Presidency. For each specific issue (structural reform, economic governance, energy, climate change, migration, internal security, global governance, foreign policy defence, enlargement, neighbourhood, EU institutions, European political space and budget) they analyse the global context, existing challenges and put forward concrete proposals concerning key initiatives that can be taken by the Trio Presidency during this period.

In the sensitive context of the Lisbon Treaty implementation and complex management of the economic crisis, specific attention is given to the decisive coordination role that can be played by the Trio Presidency in defining more efficient – more integrated – European strategies.


Part 1: Sustainable growth conditions
Post Lisbon Strategy
- The EU-2020 Strategy: Re-Launching (and Matching) the ambitions for a More Competitive and Sustainable European Growth in the Globalised World
- The Challenge of Building a Low-Carbon European Future: Combining Economic, Social and Environmental Policies into a Post-2010 Lisbon Strategy
- Greening the Stimulus Debt

Economic governance
- Governing the Eurozone out of the Crisis
- New Changes and Old Challenges in the Economic Governance of the Eurozone
- The Governance of the European Patent System

Part 2: Energy and climate change challenges
- Towards a New Energy Policy for Europe: the Need for a New Framework
- Key Strategic Decisions for Europe in Energy and Climate Change
- The Nabucco Project: Implications for the EU Strategic Energy Review

Climate change
- The Climate Change agreement the World Needs ... Rather Urgently
- Weak Carbon Prices Threaten the EU’s Environmental Leadership
- The Missing Link: an Integrated Strategy to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Transport
- The Role of Clean Coal in addressing Energy and Climate Policy

Part 3: A renewed action in Justice and Home Affairs Migration
- The area of Freedom, Security and Justice: a New Horizon for European Integration
- Achievements and Challenges towards a European asylum and Immigration Policy: the Stockholm Programme and Beyond
- Migration Policy-making under the Stockholm Programme and the Lisbon Treaty: Getting back to the Serious Business of Governing?
- Strengthening EU Borders at the Expense of the Fundamental Right to Asylum? The Externalisation of EU’s Asylum Policy

Internal security and judicial co-operation
- The EU and Counter-terrorism: Next steps
- EU Police and Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Law: Balancing Efficiency and Human Rights Protection

Part 4: EU in the World
Global governance
- Internal and External Challenges for the EU: the Economic agenda of the Spanish-Belgian-Hungarian Trio Presidency
- Crisis Calls for Greater EU Cohesion to Manage Globalisation
- The Post-Crisis Financial Market agenda
- Global Governance as Multilateral Regionalised World Order: Planning for the Global Role of the EU in the SBH Trio Presidency

Foreign policy and defence
- Building a European External Action Service (EEAS): a Difficult Birth?
- A Realistic ambition: Setting Priorities for CSDP
- More Coherence, more Normative Power: Key Elements in the Consolidation of CFSP / CSDP
- Becoming a More Effective actor in Crisis Management and Post-Conflict Peace Building: Strengthening CSDP Missions and Operations
- A New Standard for Fighting Terrorism under the Rule of Law
- Integrating Peace, Security and Environmental Priorities in EU Development Cooperation Policies

Enlargement and the Neighbourhood (ENP)
- Enlargement: Stalemate or Breakthrough?
- The EU’s Role Towards Russia and the Eastern Neighbourhood: Between Consultation, Cooperation and Confrontation
- The European Neighbourhood Policy and North Africa: acknowledging Tensions and Putting Reforms First

Part 5: Governing the EU: Ways and means
- Delivering on the Institutional Reform of the Lisbon Treaty and Looking beyond
- The Distribution of Competences under the Reform Treaty: Some Suggestions towards an Improved Policy-Making Process
- The Potential of the Lisbon Treaty: How one Treaty May Conceal another?
- Differentiated Integration and Flexibility in the EU under the Lisbon Treaty: Challenges for the Trio Presidency
- Use or abuse of National Constitutional Requirements in the Dynamic Development of EU Treaties?

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